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Astros Minor League Recap: June 12, 2012

It was a rough night for the Hawks fans, and I mean JetHawks and RedHawks. Both teams had blown saves which is never what you want to see as you take a lead into the ninth. Jose Valdez who has been a very trustworthy closer in OkC for two seasons now just couldn't pull it out. Jason Chowning got his first opportunity as Lancaster's closer and got nickle and dimed to death by a line-drive off a glove and two groundballs that got out of the infield. Rough go...

Lets talk about Jose Cisnero. You know, the guy that some were talking about needing to be pushed to the pen. Well, how about we take a look at his last four starts. He's pitched 25 innings and allowed seven runs, six of them earned, which is good for a 2.16 ERA. He's only walked two and struck out an outstanding 28 batters! That's a 14:1 K:BB ratio! he's given up his fair share of hits with 21, but that's still a WHIP under 1. The glaring problem in that time is GO/AO ratio that leans to the flyout side which isn't optimal, but that's just some pitchers. Not everyone is a groundball pitcher. Cisnero works that way.

There was a comment in the open thread last night that talked about him not being dominant last night but was good. He wasn't as dominant as the numbers would suggest and primarily works off his fastball that gets up to 95 with movement. His off-speed stuff isn't outstanding either. But, lets think about this for a second. Most pitchers use their FB around 70% of the time and if he can be successful with a fastball as often as he does, he should be golden. Not many pitchers can get the swing and misses he can with his fastball. I still believe that when he has the right mindset to attack hitter with the fastball, he's one of the better prospects in the system. His fastball isn't as hard as the guys like Folty and Cosart, but because of the movement he gets, he has to be included in the discussion for best fastball in the system.

Game Scores Added

Oklahoma City RedHawks lost 4-3

  • Armando Galarraga-4 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 5/6 GO/AO, GS: 59 57 pitches-That's impressive
  • Adalberto Flores-2 IP,3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO
  • Juan Abreu-1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
  • Jose Valdez-2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO-Blown Save
  • Brad Snyder RF-1-4, 3 SO, CS
  • Carlos Corporan C-2-3, 2B, SO

Corpus Christi Hooks won 5-1

  • Jose Cisnero-7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 4/8 GO/AO, GS: 67 100 pitches
  • Josh Zeid-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Jason Stoffel-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO-Not a single walk all night from the pitchers!
  • Jonathan Villar SS-0-2, 2 BB, SO
  • Jose Martinez 2B-1-4, HR
  • Jonathan Singleton 1B-2-3, 2 2B, BB
  • Jordan Kreke LF-1-4, 3 SO
  • Jair Fernandez C-2-3, SO

Lancaster JetHawks lost 5-4

  • Bobby Doran-6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 5/7 GO/AO GS: 56
  • Andrew Robinson-2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2/0 GO/AO
  • Jason Chowning-1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO-Groundballs just getting through the holes
  • Kirk Clark-0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO
  • George Springer DH-1-3, HR, BB
  • Telvin Nash LF-0-4, 3 SO-It's getting comical
  • Chris Epps CF-1-4, 2B, SO
  • Enrique Hernandez 2B-2-3

Lexington Legends won 6-4

  • Jonas Dufek-7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 4/4 GO/AO GS: 51
  • Murilo Gouvea-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Dayan Diaz-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
  • Delino DeShields Jr. 2B-2-4, BB, SO
  • Mike Kvasnicka RF-3-4, 2B, HR
  • Brandon Meredith DH-0-4, 3 SO
  • Roberto Pena C-1-4, 2B, SO
  • James Howick SS-1-4, 3 SO

DSL Astros lost 12-1

  • I don't even want to address pitchers
  • Randy Cesar 3B-1-3, 2 BB
  • Arturo Michelena SS-1-3, 3B, BB