Just as the Astros' big league club continues to whiff away their chances at wins, the talent that Luhnow and Co. have brought into the organization has given Astros fans new reasons for hope every night. Whether it has been tandem rotations blanking opponents or their young bats putting balls in the seats, the first three days of the season have been very promising for the Houston farm- and Saturday may have been the best yet.
Wunderkind Correa notches combo meal, 8 total bases
After opening the year with a 2-hit performance, Carlos Correa announced his arrival in full season ball with a full scale coming out party in the Midwest League yesterday. Hitting behind Teoscar Hernandez, who registered three singles, Correa registered both his first home run and first stolen base in full season ball. He rounded out his line with a double and two singles, finishing the evening 4 for 7 with one strikeout.
DeShields, Jr. hits the ground running
After breaking the century mark in stolen bases in 2012, Delino DeShields, Jr. shot up prospect lists, even if he remained in the shadow of Billy Hamilton. After not attempting any swipes in his first two games, Lancaster's leadoff hitter made up for lost time by going 3 for 5 at the plate and 3 for 4 on the basepaths, giving him a line of 6 for 15 with a double, a triple and three steals in the early going.
Wojciechoski, long balls lead Hooks to series win
Taking the mound as the front end of a tandem on Saturday night, ex-sandwich round pick Asher Wojciechowski relentlessly mowed down Springfield hitters, allowing just one hit and one walk in his five innings, which resulted in no runs. Wojo racked up seven strikeouts and got the win, backed by Domingo Santana's first home run of of the year and #2 for George Springer.
RedHawks take opening series with nondescript victory
Coming into last night 1-1 on the young season, the RedHawks handed the ball to Jarred Cosart as they went into their rubber game against Memphis. Cosart, though he only threw four innings, got his season started off on the right foot, recording five strikeouts against two walks and three hits and one run before letting Josh Zeid and John Ely combine to throw five clean innings as the 'Hawks won 3-1. Jimmy Paredes and Trevor Crowe had your multi-hit games for OKC.
Oklahoma City (AAA)
Robbie Grossman- 1 for 4, K
Trevor Crowe- 2 for 4, K
Jimmy Paredes- 2 for 4, 2B, K
Jonathan Villar- 0 for 4, 2 K
Jarred Cosart- 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K
Josh Zeid- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
John Ely- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
Corpus Christi (AA)
Austin Wates- 1 for 3, BB
George Springer- 1 for 3, HR, BB
Jiovanni Mier- 1 for 4, 2 K
Domingo Santana- 1 for 4, HR, 2 K
Jonathan Meyer- 3 for 4
Carlos Perez- 0 for 3 (batting .000)
Asher Wojciechowski- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K
Delino DeShields, Jr. - 3 for 5, K, 3 SB, CS
Nolan Fontana- 1 for 3, 3B, BB, K
Preston Tucker- 1 for 3, BB, K
Brandon Meredith- 0 for 4, K
David Rollins- 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (Pitched 6th-9th innings)
Quad Cities (A)
Teoscar Hernandez- 3 for 5, BB, K, SB, 2 errors
Carlos Correa- 4 for 7, 2B, HR, SB, K
Ariel Ovando- 1 for 6, 2B, 2 K
Colton Cain- 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Cameron Lamb- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K