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Astros Minor League Recap: July 30, 2012

This post will only include Sunday games, and because of the busy weekend I had, I'll not be able to point out some of the big happenings from Friday and Saturday. I simply can't recall some of the big performances, and I don't have time to look them up. So, feel free to bring them up in the comments. My clinical will done on Friday, so my time is going to be returning to normal soon.

Although, there is at least one thing that does stick out in my mind, and that's the release of Jason Chowning. If you don't follow me on twitter, then you don't know how unhappy I am about this move. This is a player who proved himself time and time again but was never truly given an opportunity to prove himself at higher levels. He was never given high leverage situations last year in Lexington until closer to the end of the season and despite doing well, he returned this season. Even though he was given those high leverage innings, he had to consistently prove himself. He finally got his promotion and didn't immediately adjust to a notoriously difficult park to adjust to. He was a flyball guy and obviously timid and ended up walking too many guys as well as being unlucky. He was then put on the DL with an injury, and kept there despite being healthy until finally released.

His numbers in Lancaster are bad, but most pitchers are given more time to adjust to the park. He obviously had the stuff to strike guys out there. This one hits me harder because I had a lot more talks with Jason than other prospects, so I am biased. But, looking at his career numbers, you see a completely different pitcher that should have been given more opportunities than he was given and a better pitcher than his Cal League numbers indicate. Good Luck, Jason.

On a brighter note, Ariel Ovando is hitting the way we hoped he would last year. He has a .319/.362/.486 line, which is good for a .848 OPS. His strikeout rate is high and his walk rate is low, but he's a raw toolsy outfielder with great upside. That is to be expected. It's worth noting that Greeneville is where he probably would have been if he hadn't been pushed last year. So, he is on track and hitting well, especially in his last ten games. The last ten games is when his power has shown up. All of his four home runs have been hit in that time.

Oklahoma City RedHawks lost 11-1

  • Brian Bass-4 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 7/2 Go/AO, 91 pitches
  • Aneury Rodriguez-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
  • Juan Abreu-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • J.B. Shuck LF-0-3, 2 BB, SO, OF Assist
  • Jimmy Paredes 2B-1-5, 3 SO
  • Matt Dominguez 3B-2-3, BB
  • Angel Sanchez SS-2-4

Corpus Christi Hooks won 9-6

  • Asher Wojciechowski-5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 3/5 GO/AO, 98 pitches
  • Jason Stoffel-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Robbie Grossman CF-2-5, SO
  • Jose Martinez 2B-2-4, BB
  • Drew Locke RF-3-4
  • Kody Hinze DH-1-3, HR, BB, 2 SO
  • Jordan Kreke 3B-1-4, HR, SO

Lancaster JetHawks won 5-4

  • Bobby Doran-6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 7/5 GO/AO
  • Andrew Robinson-2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3/1 GO/AO
  • Drew Muren LF-1-3, BB, SO, SB
  • Erik Castro 1B-1-3, HR, BB
  • Domingo Santana RF-1-4, 2B, SO
  • Rafael Valenzuela 3B-2-4, 2B, HR, 2 SO

Lexington Legends lost 6-0

  • Thomas Shirley-3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 4/1 GO/AO
  • Mithcell Lambson-2 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
  • Brandon Meredith LF-2-4

Tri-City ValleyCats won 9-4

  • Joe Bircher-5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 6/3 GO/AO
  • John Neely-3 IP, 5 H, 1 R,0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 5/2 GO/AO
  • Jeremiah Meiners-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
  • Austin Elkins 2B-1-6, 3 SO
  • Andrew Aplin CF-4-5, HR, SO, OF Assist
  • Jobduan Morales 1B-2-4, HR, BB
  • Tyler Heineman C-2-4, 2B, BB
  • Preston Tucker LF-1-3, 2 BB
  • Emilio King RF-1-5, 2B

Greeneville Astros won 8-7

  • Michael Feliz-3 2/3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 2/4 GO/AO
  • Christian Garcia-2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
  • Andrew Walter-1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
  • Jordan Jankowski-2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO
  • D'Andre Toney DH-3-5, 2 SO, SB
  • Marc Wik LF-0-2, 2 BB, SO
  • Ernesto Genoves C-3-4, HR, BB, SO
  • Ariel Ovando RF-2-5, HR, OF Assist
  • Jean Batista 2B-2-5, SO, 2 SB
  • Michael Martinez 1B-1-5, 3 SO
  • Jose Monzon CF-0-4, BB, 3 SO

GCL Astros: Off

DSL Astros: Off