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Houston Astros Minor League Recap

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Let's talk this through. 

Paul Clemens has been lights out since joining the Astros organization.  Henry Sosa was lights out in the minors since joining the Astros organization.

Clemens has thrown four games for Corpus Christi, allowing four runs and three earned runs in 25 2/3 innings. Henry Sosa threw three games for the Hooks, allowing seven runs (six earned) in 18 2/3 innings. 

Clemens struck out 22 and walked 11 for rates of 7.71 K/9 and 3.84 BB/9. Sosa struck out 8.19 K/9 and walked 1.92. Clemens had a stronger fly ball tendency at Corpus and so did Sosa.

If you're comparing the two pitchers, Clemens has a slightly lower K rate and much higher walk rate, but has been just as effective in a short time span. The question is, does Clemens need a start at Triple-A before taking a spot in Houston's rotation?

I'm not saying I want to see Clemens in the rotation, which will just be weird. Honestly, another Clemens pitching for the Astros? Weird. At any rate, with the rate that Wade has been sending his trade booty to the majors and with his recent comments that we'll see parts of the Bourn trade soon, there's at least a slight chance Clemens will be considered for the rotation spot. Do you think he deserves it? Do you think he'll have a shot to perform well if given that shot?

Oklahoma City beat Iowa 4-0

Jordan Schafer, CF - 2 for 5, run scored, 2 strikeouts, stolen base, caught stealing

Jake Goebbert, RF - 2 for 5, double, run scored, 2 strikeouts

Jose Vallejo, 2B - 2 for 3, run scored, RBI, 2 walks, strikeout

J.A. Happ, starter - 7 IP, hit, no runs, 3 walks, 6 Ks

Fernando Abad, reliever - 2 IP, no hits, no runs, no walks, no Ks

Corpus Christi beat Springfield 9-6

T.J. Steele, CF - 2 for 5, triple, two runs, double, 2 RBIs

Adam Bailey, LF - 3 for 5, double, two runs, 3 RBIs, strikeout

Jonathan Villar, SS - 1 for 3, walk

Brandon Wikoff, 2B - 2 for 4, 2 RBis

Paul Clemens, starter - 6 IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 5 Ks, 102 pitches, 65 strikes

Jason Stoffel, reliever - 1 IP, 2 hits, no runs, no walks, 2 Ks

Lancaster lost 3-2 to Stockton

Jonathan Singleton, 1B - 1 for 4, double, 2 strikeouts

Jonathan Meyer, 3B - 1 for 3, run scored, double, RBI, walk, strikeout

Alex Todd, 2B - 1 for 2, double, RBI, sac bunt

Zachary Grimmett, starter - 6 IP, 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, 3 Ks

Michael Ness, reliever - 2 IP, hit, no runs, no walks, K

Lexington game cancelled

Tri-City game suspended

Greeneville lost 14-3 to Elizabethton

Joshua Magee, 2B - 2 for 4, run scored

Jordan Scott, LF - 3 for 4, home run, two runs, strikeout

Ernesto Genoves, DH - 1 for 3, RBI, walk, strikeout

Francis Ramirez, starter - 4 IP, 3 hits, 2 runs, walk, 3 Ks

GCL Astros beat Mets 5-4

Kelvin Vizcaino, CF - 2 for 5, two runs, triple, RBI, strikeout

Justin Shults, 1B - 2 for 3, double, 2 RBIs, strikouts, sac fly

Luca Martone, 2B - 3 for 4, two runs, double, strikeout, stolen base

Alfredo Gonzalez, C - 2 for 4, run scored, double, RBI, strikeout

Frederick Tiburico, starter - 5 IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 4 Ks

Blake Ford, reliever - 1 IP, hit, no runs, no walks, K