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Minor League Recap: 4/30/13

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A wild one in Quad Cities and a mild one in Corpus Christi; scores and highlights from throughout the Astros minor leagues.


Okay, we have a lot to talk about, so let's just jump right into the moves, shall we?

  • Jordan Lyles and Dallas Keuchel are moving up to Houston. The corresponding roster moves haven't been announced, but I'm going to guess one of them rhymes with "Sick Sankiel Seleased."
  • Carlos Correa was hit by a pitch and pulled from the game. He is not on the Disabled List right now, and X-rays were not deemed immediately necessary. He will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. These are the kinds of things that tend to nag, though. I always think back to when Chris Johnson got hit on the hand in Round Rock in 2009 and seemingly missed seven seasons as a result.
  • Jason Stoffel and Carlos Perez went to Oklahoma City.
  • Austin Wates was activated.
  • Max Stassi and Zach Johnson went to Corpus Christi. Let the Max Stassi era begin. Meanwhile...
  • Rafael Valenzuela was released. Which isn't as surprising as it is just kinda sad. Even if guys are organizational depth, there's just something kinda depressing about them getting released midseason. Then again, I'm a sentimental fool. Sue me.
Is that everything? I think so. Good. Moving on.

Can we all just take a minute and acknowledge that this is a really stupid headline?

Honestly, it makes it sound like Zack Wheeler has never won a baseball game before, but moments before yesterday's start, he decided he'd try squaring his shoulders to the plate more, and bam! Number one pitching prospect!

Now where were we? Right, the Astros minor leagues.


In 2012, the Oklahoma City Redhawks swiped 34 bases in the month of June, their biggest single month total of the season. After last night's game, their April 2013 total stands at 35, including 15 over their last 4 games. And that also includes Jonathan Villar stealing home plate. That happened. You can't say it didn't, because it did.

Speaking of the RedHawks...

Here's a thing: Trevor Crowe, Marc Krauss, Jake Elmore, Jonathan Villar, and Jimmy Paredes are a combined .326/.406/.517/.923 this season, and that includes Villar's slow start. They also have a combined 10.93% walk rate versus a 15.11% K-rate. And they're a combined 27-for-38 in steals.

Class of '11

Two members of the 2011 Corpus Christi Hooks were on the field at Whataburger yesterday: J.D. Martinez was on hand to begin a rehab assignment following his DL stint after spraining his right knee; and Jacob Goebbert was back, after being traded to Oakland for Travis Blackley.

What's the Opposite of a Golden Sombrero?

Ryan Dineen drew four walks in the River Bandits game today. I don't know the terminology for this. If it was strikeouts, it would be the golden sombrero. Is it a different type of hat? I'm not current on my haberdashery; perhaps the golden fez? The jeweled beret? The resplendent tam o'shanter? I'm going with the Goldsteinian fedora. That'll stick for now. Congratulations to Ryan Dineen on his Goldsteinian Fedora. Joe Sclafani came close to joining him, but wussed out after three walks.

What Happened Was...

Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA) - There wasn't a lot not to like about Jarred Cosart's night on the mound. He threw 93 pitches, 57 of them for strikes. He struck out 6 over 5.1 innings and walked two. He allowed just one earned run. All told, he was very effective, and he earned the win, improving his record to 3-0 on the season, with a 2.63 ERA as the RedHawks beat the Nashville Sounds (MIL), 4-2.

  • LF Trevor Crowe - 1/3, 3B, BB
  • 3B Jimmy Paredes - 1/4, 2B, R
  • 1B Marc Krauss - 2/3, HR, R, RBI, BB, K, CS, PO
  • DH Brett Wallace - 1/3, 2B, R, BB, K
  • SS Jonathan Villar - 1/4, R, 2 K, SB
  • RHP Jarred Cosart - 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
  • RHP C.J. Fick - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LHP Kevin Chapman - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 K
  • RHP Josh Zeid - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Corpus Christi Hooks (AA) - Before we begin, I would like you to watch this video of George Springer hitting a home run. Keep watching, because the last half is pure magic:

Okay. Well, there were no home runs hit in this one. There wasn't much of anything hit in this one, as only four Hooks - and only five RockHounds - had hits, and none of them went for extra bases. Jake Buchanan and Murphy Smith faced off in a pitchers' duel, supported by Carlos Quevedo, Alex Sogard, and Jeff Urlaub. Smith was the only one who blinked. Erik Castro drew a walk in the third, advanced to second on a Ben Orloff single, and came home on a Rene Garcia single. Home team beats the Midland RockHounds (OAK), 1-0.
  • 2B Ben Orloff - 2/4, K, CS
  • C Rene Garcia - 1/4, RBI, K
  • CF George Springer - 0/2, BB, 2 K
  • DH J.D. Martinez - 0/3
  • RF Domingo Santana - 0/3, 2 K
  • 1B Erik Castro - 1/2, R, BB, K
  • SS Jiovanni Mier - 1/3
  • RHP Jake Buchanan - 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Carlos Quevedo - 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LHP Alex Sogard - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
  • LF Jake Goebbert - 2/4, K
Lancaster Jethawks (A+) - Let's just say this first: The Jethawks faced big leaguers Alberto Callaspo and Mark Lowe on rehab assignments, as well as the Angels' #9 prospect, Mark Sappinger, and they almost came out winners. If you're a critical thinker, you might have already figured out from that that Lancaster lost to the Inland Empire 66ers (LAA) 3-2. Delino DeShields was 0-for-14 against the 66ers this year before recording a hit in this game. But the story of the game was Luis Cruz, who pitched an excellent game for the Jethawks. With Aaron West on the DL, it was announced that Cruz would be followed by the bullpen, rather than by another "piggyback" starter. 5 innings and 82 pitches after he took the mound, he'd allowed only 2 hits, 2 walks, and 0 runs, and had struck out 5. Cruz has been a very pleasant surprise this year. Thomas Shirley hasn't had as much luck, as he blew the save and recorded his second loss of the season - unlike the first, he did get to throw more than one pitch, at least. Perhaps the saddest news in this one was that Matt Duffy saw his hitting streak end at 15 games.
  • 2B Delino DeShields, Jr. - 1/4
  • SS Nolan Fontana - 2/4, 2B, R, K
  • CF Andrew Aplin - 1/3, 2B, BB
  • RF Preston Tucker - 1/3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
  • 1B Telvin Nash - 0/3, BB, 2 K
  • C Tyler Heineman - 1/3, BB
  • LF Brandon Meredith - 0/4, 3 K
  • DH Chris Epps - 0/3, 2 K
  • LHP Luis Cruz - 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • LHP Thomas Shirley - 1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
  • LHP Theron Geith - 2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Something happened. I mean something happened. The Great Lakes Loons (LAD) did something to upset the River Bandits. They must have, or else Quad Cities wouldn't have unleashed the whooping they put on the Loons. The final score was 17-6, but five of Great Lakes' runs came in the 7th and 8th, after the game was decided and an obscure Midwest League rule was put in place that required River Bandits pitchers to throw underhand. In truth, Vincent Velasquez gave those five runs up (four earned) in 2.2 innings, blowing his ERA all the way up to 2.45 on the season.

And then there's that thing about Correa's hand. I'd rather not talk about it.
  • CF Teoscar Hernandez - 2/5, 2B, 3 R, RBI, BB, 2 K, SB
  • SS Carlos Correa - 2/3, 3 R, RBI, BB, HBP
  • 1B Jesse Wierzbicki - 3/6, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, K
  • DH Roberto Pena - 2/5, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI, K
  • 3B Ryan Dineen - 0/2, R, 4 BB, 2 K
  • 2B/SS Joe Sclafani - 2/3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB
  • C Jobduan Morales - 2/5, HR, R, 5 RBI
  • RF Terrell Joyce - 2/4, 2B, R, RBI, BB, 2 K
  • LHP Joe Bircher - 4.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Vincent Velasquez - 2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
And now, for something completely different...

Because you've been kind and patient and wonderful, I'd like you to hop into my time machine and travel back to a wonderful time called "2007." In the video below, it is 2007 and a young high school junior named Mark Appel is batting. There are some things that you should think about while you watch this video.
  1. Six years after this video was taken, this man is a consensus Top 3 draft choice.
  2. Have you ever seen someone look more uncomfortable holding a bat? And yet, occasionally he accidentally does something pretty nice with it. anyway. Athlete.
  3. The Astros almost have to draft Mark Appel so that a National League team doesn't take him and make him bat.
  4. Mark Appel was 17 once. So was I. So were you. We all have that in common. Isn't America wonderful?