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Astros Minor League Recap May 18th, 2012

There's one guy that I want to highlight today, and that's Tyson Perez. Anytime you throw a complete game in 81 pitches (radio announcer says 79-80), you deserve to get highlighted. But, that's not the only reason he deserves this, he has been solid in all three of his starts since getting called up to Lancaster from Extended Spring Training and skipping Lexington.

I'll give you a little background on Perez since he's not a top prospect. He was a 17th round draft pick last year out of Fresno Community College. He signed quickly and was assigned to Greeneville's rotation where he made 13 starts. His ERA was 5.07 and stuck out 49 while walking 13 in his 55 innings. None of his numbers really stood out, so when he didn't make a full-season roster to start the season, I wasn't surprised. Then, all the starting rotations started getting skewed with Kyle Weiland's injury and Lancaster's most stable starter, Wes Musick as sent to Corpus. In comes Tyson Perez. Now, that surprised me and said this was a temporary promotion and as soon as things leveled out, Perez would be back in EST. That hasn't happened, but neither has Weiland returned. But, given his performance, I think Perez is permanently in Lancaster.

What has he done in Lancaster? He's pitched in three starts for 20 innings and has allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits and just two walks. He's only struck out eleven, so once again that number is eye-popping. Up until last night, he had nine strikeouts in eleven innings, but his two strikeouts last night really dropped his k%. Even though he's not dominating with strikeouts, he's inducing weak contact and getting outs.

How is he doing it? I don't have any scouting reports on him but somebody asked Kevin Goldstein about him and he says that Perez could be a sleeper. He also said that he has a solid fastball and a good curve.

Oklahoma City RedHawks won 16-11

  • Paul Clemens-5 1/3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 HR, 9/5 GO/AO, 82 pitches, GS 36
  • David Carpenter-1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 2/1 GO/AO, 27 pitches
  • Juan Abreu-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
  • Jonnathan Arisitil-1/3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Adalberto Flores-2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Brian Bixler SS-3-5, 2B, SO
  • Jimmy Paredes 2B-3-6, 2B
  • Fernando Martinez RF-2-6, HR, 3 SO
  • Scott Moore LF-3-6, 2B, SO
  • Mike Hessman 1B-5-5, 2 2B, 2 HR, BB
  • Brad Snyder CF-1-5, 2B, SO
  • Landon Powell C-2-5, HR
  • Paul Clemens P-2-3, SO

Corpus Christi Hooks lost 11-4

  • Jake Buchanan-3 1/3 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 5/1 GO/AO, 62 pitches, GS 19
  • Alex Sogard-1/3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO
  • Jonathan Villar SS-0-4, BB, 3 SO
  • Jose Martinez 2B-1-4, 3B
  • Jonathan Singleton 1B-2-4, SO
  • Brandon Barnes CF-2-4
  • Ryan McCurdy C-1-3, 2B, BB
  • J.C. Thompson PH-1-1, 2B

Lancaster JetHawks won 9-1

  • Tyson Perez-9 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 12/7 GO/AO, 81 pitches! GS 80: Best GS in the system this season
  • Enrique Hernandez-2-4, 2B, 3B
  • Adam Bailey CF-2-4, 2 2B, BB
  • Domingo Santana RF-2-5, 2B, HR, SO
  • Erik Castro DH-2-4, 2B, BB, SO
  • Telvin Nash LF-1-5, 2B, 3 SO
  • Rafael Valenzuela 1B-2-3, 2 BB, SB

Lexington Legends lost 5-0

  • Nicholas Tropeano-6 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO, 7/3 GO/AO, GS 40
  • Nathan Pettus-2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 5/0 GO/AO
  • Delino DeShields Jr. 2B-1-4, 2 SO-Only hit for the team
  • Mike Kvasnicka DH-0-3, 3 SO