Is anyone else still catching themselves typing/saying Round Rock instead of Oklahoma City? Because I have typed it every time I have typed one of these up. I guess I'm still in denial...
I wanted to discuss what basically Timmy and I discussed in the comments section a little bit yesterday, second-base depth in the mid minors. Jimmy Paredes leap-frogged the diminutive Jose Altuve into AA to start the season and kept "the little engine that could" to start off in Lancaster. Timmy thinks that it was mostly a PR move to show that we receive legitimate talent for Lance Berkman, and I'm not going to say that it wasn't because it's entirely possible. If the two are both about at the same level and one had to go each place, send Paredes because that might get the in-depth fan excited.
Clack thinks a little on the other end in that the organization's scouts feel Paredes is the better talent. I can't argue against that either. He has a ton of tools and I have grown higher on him through the off-season. The FO must feel the same since they asked for him and they kept him around in major league camp for quite a while despite his numerous fielding errors during the spring.
Despite Paredes raw talent and short-comings in his refinement, the man is hitting, as is Jose Altuve. Lets hope the both of them continue to hit and both end up moving along to another level by mid to late June so we can really see what we have in both, Altuve especially. They both have me very excited for the season.
Oklahoma City lost 7-1
- Fernando Nieve-4 1/3 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 5 ER, BB, 6 SO-good and bad homecoming to the Astros organization. Good to see the strikeouts and low walks, but not good elsewhere.
- Ryan Rowland-Smith-2 2/3 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 SO-Great outing
- Brian Dopirak 1B-1-4, 2B, SO
Corpus Christi lost 3-2
- They lost in the 14th thanks to a top prospect in Wil Meyers, no shame in that, he can hit.
- Dallas Keuchel-6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 11/1 GO/AO-Groundballs and keeping balls in the park, that Keuchel! Thats why I beleive he'll be a starter in the bigs.
- Erik Abreu-4 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 SO
- Wladimir Sutil SS-1-6, 2 SO, 2 SB
- Jimmy Paredes 2B-1-6, SO, SB, Error
- Jonathan Gaston RF-0-4, 2 BB, SO-I'm just happy he's drawing walks.
- TJ Steele CF-1-5, 2 SO, SB-Still not hitting...
Lancaster lost 3-1
- Jake Buchanan-7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 15/2 GO/AO-Great start! He's a sleeper for sure. No walks and high groundball rates will save you from getting killed in Lancaster.
- Colton Pitkin-2 IP, 1 H, 3 SO-I really like this kid,but not sure why...
- Jonathan Villar SS-1-3, 2B
- Jose Altuve 2B-1-2, 2B, BB, SO-Back to the end of the lineup.
Lexington won 12-4
- Carlos Quevedo-6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 SO, 1 HR-Consistent...
- Bryce Lane LF-1-4, BB, SO-He was batting in the leadoff spot and had an outfield assist.
- Jio Mier SS-1-3, 2 BB, SO-He's drawn a good bit of walks this year...and strikeouts
- Chris Wallace DH-1-3, 2B, 2 BB, SO
- Michael Kvasnicka 3B-4-5, 2B, SB-didn't hit last year but he's hitting now.
- Adam Bailey RF-1-4, 2B, BB, 2 SO