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Astros Minor League Recap

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It's no secret that Mike Foltynewicz hasn't been the dominating pitcher that so many were expecting this season.  I've mentioned several times that expectations should be tampered for his performance early on simply because he's a cold weather pitcher and development takes longer for those guys.  That can be good though, many are willing to give up much earlier on prospects after a bad season or they lower the ceiling expectations.  With Folty, you can be disappointed in a season, but keep the ceiling expectations the same.  Folty still has front-line starter potential.

I realize this sounds like a prelude to another poor outing for Folty, but last night was actually another one of his flashes of greatness.  Arguably, Folty's two best pitching performances have come after the All-Star break, his first after the break, and last nights.  I'm not going to post his line here, but I'm going to show you something about his season.


April: 5.86 ERA, 27 2/3 IP, 3 HR, 7 BB, 12 SO

May: 3.67 ERA, 27 IP, 1 HR, 12 BB, 20 SO

June: 3.38 ERA, 26 2/3 IP, 2 HR, 14 BB, 16 SO

July: 3.52 ERA, 15 1/3 IP, 1 HR, 9 BB, 12 SO

Aside from this month, he had been showing a lot of improvement.  I know ERA isn't a good way to measure, but it's all we have broken down by month and I don't have time to figure it out myself.  Oh how I miss minorleaguesplits.com.  But, with one pretty bad outing pulling these stats are being pulled down for the month.  If he can put together two more average outings he will likely have his best group of stats this month.  In fact, his ERA in this last ten starts is a very low 2.78! Which will show regular progression and development.  His walk rate and strikeout rate still need work, but I think they will continue to get better with an eight strikeout and nine strikeout performance in two of his last four starts.

In closing, he's showing development, and that's what we need to look for.  He has the stuff and command, and now we might start seeing the results. 

Oklahoma City won 8-4

  • Andy Van Hekken-7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR, 12/4 GO/AO
  • Wesley Wright-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Jeff Fulchino-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Drew Locke RF-1-5, 2B
  • Robinson Cancel 1B-1-4, 2B
  • Anderson Hernandez 2B-3-3, 2B, HR, 2 BB
  • JR Towles C-2-4

Corpus Christi lost 2-1

  • Erik Abreu-6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR, 3/7 GO/AO
  • Jimmy Paredes 3B-1-4, HR
  • Jacob Goebbert RF-2-4, SO
  • JD Martinez LF-1-2, 2B, BB
  • Kody Hinze 1B-2-4, 2 2B, SO-Starting to hit some in CC!

Lancaster won 13-7

  •  Andrew Robinson-3 2/3 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 3/2 GO/AO
  • Chris Hicks-2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO-NICE!
  • Jio Mier SS-0-3, 2 BB, 3 SO, CS
  • Adam Bailey RF-0-4, 1 BB, 3 SO
  • Austin Wates CF-1-4, 3B, BB, SO, SB
  • Jonathan Meyer 3B-1-4, HR, BB, 3 SO
  • David Flores 1B-4-5, 3 HR

Lexington won 7-1

  • Mike Foltynewicz-6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO, 4/4 GO/AO-And ya'll were getting down on him!
  • Jason Chowning-2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO-I really like this guy, and I'm ready to see the FO treat him like Danny Meszaros and skip him to CC.
  • Jorge De Leon-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
  • Delino DeShields 2B-1-3, 2B, BB
  • Mike Kvasnicka 3B-2-5, SO
  • Telvin Nash 1B-0-3, 2 BB, SO
  • Kike` Hernandez LF-1-2, 2 BB, SO
  • Ben Heath C-2-4, 2B
  • Ben Orloff SS-1-2, 2 BB

Tri-City lost 6-3

  • Nick Tropeano-4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 5/3 Go/AO
  • Kristian Bueno-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 SO
  • Dayan Diaz-2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
  • Justin Gominsky CF-1-4, 2B
  • Miles Hamblin C-0-3, BB, 3 SO

Greeneville lost 17-1

  • I'm going to make you read through this list of terrible pitching performances because I had to.
  • Jamaine Cotton-1 1/3 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 5/0 GO/AO
  • Rodney Quintero-3 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 1/3 GO/AO
  • Paris Shewey-1 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 2/0 GO/AO
  • Scott Zuloaga-1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
  • Mattison Smith-1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR
  • Jordan Scott LF-2-3, 2B, SO
  • Chase Davidson DH-1-4, 2B, SO

GCL Astros won 6-1

  • Adrian Houser-5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 3/1 GO/AO-Sick!
  • Steven Dennison-2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
  • Justin Gill-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Jason Bourgeois CF-2-4
  • Chris Epps LF-3-5, SO-I wish this guy wasn't 22 already.
  • Yonathan Mejia DH-2-4

DSL Astros: Off