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Astros Minor League Recap: August 28, 2012

Last night was a good night of baseball, at least for some of the clubs. Most notably, the Corpus Christi Hooks who benefited from Ross Seaton's second best start of the season (and that's debatable). His Game Score for the night was a 78 which ranks second on the season to his 83 that he put up on July 6th. The differences in the two starts was that Seaton pitched an additional 1 1/3 innings, gave up one less hit and struck out one less. He only threw 85 pitches last night, so he feasibly could have gone deeper and posted a better GS. He, was definitely dominant enough last night to do it.

As ya'll have seen me write before, Seaton's numbers never really add up. There is always something that just has never seemed to fit with his numbers. There's time where he pitches so well, but there is something that makes me scratch my head and leaves me unsure of what I think. Others, you see a string of bad performances with great peripherals. There has just never been consistency with his peripherals, luck, performance, etc.

Although, things are starting to look right in Corpus. Numbers are telling a more understandable story for the month of August. His FIP and SIERA look nice and his BABIP is at a normal range. He has great strike% and ball% type numbers. The only real downside is that his GB% has plummeted to 34% on the month. His numbers for the month combined between AA and AAA still look nice as well. I'll take a 2.87 FIP and 3.56 SIERA from a 22 year pitching prospect splitting those two levels late in the season.

One of the big things holding Seaton back over his professional career has been his strikeout rate. Scouting reports have always looked decent if not nice. Obviously there have been bad games where he's looked off and not good by any stretch of the imagination, but overall he hasn't been considered a worthless draft pick. He's been a decent prospect who just hasn't figured it out but also hasn't had the highest ceiling either. But, the big thing was that he couldn't finish batters off. Since the All-Star Break, he's done exactly that. He has struck out 52 in 55 2/3 innings. He's already struck out more than he did in 82 innings before the All-Star Break (in AA of course, AAA numbers are not factored here).

If Seaton can continue to develop a way to finish off hitters in 2-strike counts and combine that with the groundball rates that he has shown at times in the past, Seaton will solidify himself as an upcoming prospect again. His stock could climb back into the territory it was in after he was drafted and then had success in Lexington.

Oklahoma City RedHawks won 6-1

  • Jarred Cosart-5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 SO, 5/2 GO/AO, 90 pitches-Decent outing
  • Enerio Del Rosario-2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3/0 GO/AO
  • Garrett Mock-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
  • Chuckie Fick-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3/0 GO/AO
  • Brad Snyder RF-2-2, CS, PO
  • Matt Downs 2B-2-4
  • Mike Hessman 1B-1-4, HR, BB-32 HR's is just insane
  • J.D. Martinez LF-2-5
  • Matt Dominguez 3B-2-4
  • Carlos Corporan C-2-3, 2B, BB, SB

Corpus Christi Hooks won 3-0

  • Ross Seaton-7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 SO, 4/7 GO/AO, 85 pitches, 78 GS
  • Erick Abreu-2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
  • Jonathan Singleton 1B-3-4, 2B, SB
  • Bobby Borchering 3B-1-4, 2B, SO
  • Ross Seaton P-1-3, 3B

Lancaster JetHawks won 12-4

  • Colton Cain-6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 7/5 GO/AO
  • Andrew Robinson-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3/0 GO/AO
  • Delino DeShields Jr. 2B-3-5, 2 3B, SB-Wow, two triples and his 97th SB on the season
  • Andrew Aplin CF-2-5, 2B
  • Domingo Santana RF-2-2, HR, BB-I really like this line, his 20th HR
  • Erik Castro DH-0-2, 2 BB, SO
  • Jonathan Meyer 3B-2-5, 2B-He's hitting better lately...but still hasn't been the season I was expecting
  • Telvin Nash LF-2-5, HR, 3 SO
  • Rafael Valenzuela 1B-1-4, HR, SO

Lexington Legends: Off

Tri-City ValleyCats lost 3-2

  • Juri Perez-6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 9/3 GO/AO
  • Jamaine Cotton-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 2/0 GO/AO
  • Joe Sclafani SS-2-4, 2B, CS
  • Tyler Heineman DH-1-2, 2 BB
  • Jarrod McKinney LF-1-3, HR, SO
  • Ryan Dineen 3B-1-4, 3B, 2 SO

Greeneville Astros lost 5-2

  • Francis Ramirez-4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 2/3 GO/AO
  • Joseph Musgrove-1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO
  • Tanner Bushue-2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 2/1 GO/AO
  • Brian Blasik 2B, LF-2-4, SB
  • Ariel Ovando DH-0-2, 2 BB, SO
  • Jose Monzon LF, RF-1-3, 2B, BB, SO, PO