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Astros Minor League Recap: June 21, 2012

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I got to the park after the game started last night. I was helping a friend work on the A/C on his car. But, I didn't miss the fiasco. In the top of the sixth, Sounds Pitcher Seth McClung had a perfect game going, but that was quickly erased. Angel Sanchez was the lead-off hitter and took a high fastball off the back of his helmet. We aren't talking about a fastball that hits the side of the helmet, this was dead on solid contact. He went down immediately. After about five minutes of getting checked out, he took his base. I honestly don't know how he was able to do that. Landon Powell was next and drew a walk. The next batter is when it got interesting. Brian Bass was hit in the hands on a bunt attempt and was audibly upset. The umpire crew said he was bunting, and Manager Tony Defracesco said he was pulling the bunt back. After several minutes of arguing, he was thrown. Then Bass got a little more upset and did some arguing of his own and was tossed as well. During this time, Sanchez must have started to get a little woozy and left for the clubhouse with the both of them.

Lets talk about this Ross Seaton fellow. I've been very impressed with his whole body of work on the season. He's really only had a handful of starts that have been bad. There were several average starts and then a handful of gems. Last night was a gem. In fact, it's his second gem in a row. In eight innings he allow just one run on four hits and didn't walk anybody. He only struck out three, but I've come accept that he's not a high strikeout guy. Although, it takes a little while for pitchers to really mature, he may eventually have an average strikeout rate. But, what I was most impressed with is that he average about 10 pitches an inning for a total of 83 in 8 innings. That's impressive.

This season, Seaton has really taken a step forward. Both is BB% and his GB% are the best he's ever posted. With him being at 82 innings in Corpus, the sample size is pretty solid. He's pitching deeper into games as well as he's on pace to beat his innings total from last season. His K% is down though, so there is a negative to his season of work, but that's actually been improving as the season has gone on. Despite his ERA sitting at 3.83 for his time in CC, his FIP is 4.50. He's pitching better than his peripherals suggest he should be, but there are some pitchers who just outperform FIP. His BABIP is .300, so I wouldn't expect much change.

Over each month of work, there are some odd numbers. His best month was May when he posted an ERA of 2.70. But, thats the month with the worse K% and worst BB%. Doesn't make much sense. This month he's posted his worst ERA which is over 5 and has a measly 2.2 BB% and a 19 K%. His BABIP is also high for the month. Seaton has always had very strange numbers and this just illustrates more of that.

I like Seaton. I don't think he's FoR or even MoR potential guy, but I can see him throwing some good innings as BoR guy. He's still really young and if he can continue to improve his control and GB%, he will continue to move forward. If only that K% will improve like it has this month.

Game Scores Added

Oklahoma City RedHawks lost 3-2

  • Brian Bass-5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 9/0 GO/AO, 69 pitches GS: 53
  • Hector Ambriz-1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO-Way to get thrown out there the day you sign
  • J.B. Shuck RF-1-4, 3B
  • Brad Snyder CF-1-3, 2B

Corpus Christi Hooks won 2-1 (12 innings)

  • Ross Seaton-8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 12/6 GO/AO, 83 pitches-Great start! GS: 73
  • Kevin Chapman-2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
  • Erick Abreu-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
  • Jason Stoffel-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Jose Martinez 2B-1-5, 2B
  • Drew Muren CF-2-4, CS-Impressed with hot start in CC, but he's getting too many outs on the basepaths
  • Ross Seaton P-1-3, 2B, 2 SO

Lancaster and Lexington were off

Tri-City ValleyCats lost 7-4

  • Juri Perez-4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 6/5 GO/AO
  • Travis Ballew-2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
  • Jeremiah Meiners-0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO
  • Jamaine Cotton-2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Brad Propst-1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO
  • Andrew Aplin CF-2-4, BB
  • Austin Elkins 2B-2-4, SO, SB
  • Chase Davidson DH-0-4, 2 SO
  • Emilio King RF-0-4, 3 SO
  • Jobduan Morales C-3-4, 2B, HR, 2 Passed balls
  • Joe Sclafani-0-2, 2 BB, SO

Greeneville Astros won 9-4

  • Richard Rodriguez-5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO, 1 HR, 4/0 GO/AO GS: 61
  • Jordan Jankowski-1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
  • Mitchell Lambson-2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO
  • Jean Batista 2B-2-5, HR, CS, PO
  • Marc Wik DH-2-4, BB, 2 SO
  • Terrell Joyce LF-1-4, 2B, SO
  • Ariel Ovando RF-2-5, 2B, 2 SO
  • Ricky Gingras C-0-4, 3 SO
  • James Howick SS-2-4, 2B

GCL Astros won 4-0

  • Chia-Jen Lo-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2/0 GO/AO
  • Edison Frias-4 1/3 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 5/0 GO/AO
  • Ricardo Batista-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 SO
  • Erick Gonzalez-1 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R< 0 BB, 0 SO, 3/1 GO/AO
  • Ambiorix De Leon-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Brett Phillips CF-0-2, 2 BB, 1 SO, 2 SB
  • Carlos Correa SS-1-4, SO
  • Teoscar Hernandez DH-2-4, 2B, SO
  • Juan Santana 2B-2-4, 2B

DSL Astros lost 10-9 (12 innings)

  • Edwin Villarroel-4 1/3 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 0 SO, 6/2 GO/AO GS: 36
  • Javier Saucedo-3 2/3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 2 HR
  • Yonquelys Martinez-3 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO
  • Jarico Reynoso CF-1-4, 2 BB, SO
  • Mesac Laguna 1B, LF-3-5, SO, SB
  • Frederick Serrano LF-2-5, 2B
  • Yoel Silfa 2B-2-5, SO
  • Marlon Avea C-2-3, 2B
  • Arturo Mechelena SS-2-6