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Astros Minor League Recap: June 9, 2013

With the draft over, lets turn some more focus back to the minor leagues where George Springer hits lots and lots of bombs!

OkC Gets Crushed Early in 7-0 Loss

The new found control that everyone was excited about with Jarred Cosart has disappeared. Everyone was very excited this walk rate was way down compared to seasons past and to make things even more exciting, his strikeout rate had skyrocketed to where it should have been for awhile. However, when I saw him pitch early in the season, I saw him taking advantage of aggressive hitters that bailed him out of several balls deep in the count. I don't know if that's changed, but his walk rate is back on the climb. It could be he's just not getting many calls go his way. He has walks in his last 14 1/3 innings compared to 15 strikeouts in that same time. His walk rate is now up 5.37 BB/9 for the season, but his SO/9 is at least over 9 and he still does have that insane ability to induce weak contact.

  • Jarred Cosart-5 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO, 7/2 GO/AO, 84/49 P/S
  • Josh Zeid-1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR
  • Kevin Chapman-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO
  • CJ Fick-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO
  • Robbie Grossman LF-1-4, 2 SO
  • Marc Krauss DH-0-2, 2 BB, SO

Springer Again Re-Takes Possession of HR Leader in 7-4 Loss

George Springer hit his 18th home run of the season and is again the leader in all of the minor leagues. It's crazy how much his power is showing up this season. But, that 28.5 SO% still has to come down. Man he has tools! There's a lot to talk about with this game so I won't get to everything like Trope getting back on track. But, I will talk about Jonathan Meyer. After one of the worst starts you can think of, he's hitting really well. His season OPS is still below .700, but that's more of a testament to how bad he started out. Here's a breakdown of his month to month OPS. April: .424 May: .846 June: .956. He's had talent from the beginning. Hopefully he's tapping into it.

  • Bobby Doran-4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 5/2 GO/AO, 72/43 P/S
  • Sergio Escalona-1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 3/0 GO/AO
  • Nick Tropeano-3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 0/3 GO/AO, 44/29 GO/AO
  • George Springer CF-1-3, HR, BB, SO, SB
  • Jose Martinez 2B-2-4, CS
  • Justin Maxwell RF-0-4, 2 SO-0-17 with 8 SO, 1 BB, and 1 SB over 5 Games.....OUCH
  • Erik Castro DH-1-4, HR
  • Jonathan Meyer 3B-1-4, HR, SO

JetHawks Finish Up a Winless Road Trip with a 5-3 Loss

Lancaster didn't really do anything exciting, but timely hitting was enough to scrape three runs together. There were no extra base hits for Lancaster but they did walk five times and collect five hits.

  • Chris Devenski-5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 2/3 GO/AO, 89/54 P/S
  • Brady Rodgers-3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 3/1 GO/AO, 58/41 P/S
  • Joe Sclafani SS-2-4

Ruiz and Ovando Lone Standouts in 9-1 Blowout Loss

This recap is starting to get a little depressing with all the losing. Richard Rodriguez was decently good last year in Greeneville. He had a good strikeout rate but his walk rate was a little high. Overall he performed quite well. He even got a late trial in Lexington where he made one start that wasn't bad. This season, he's been pretty bad. The strikeouts are lower and the walks are up. It's a very small sample size, but he's been bad. On the bright side, Ariel Ovando is on a 7 game hitting streak.

  • Juan Minaya-4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 7/2 GO/AO, 68/43 P/S
  • Jordan Jankowski-2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3/1 GO/AO, 38/24 P/S
  • Richard Rodrguez-2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 1/4 GO/AO, 55/32 P/S
  • Rio Ruiz 3B-1-3, 2B
  • Ariel Ovando DH-1-3, 2B, SO

DSL Astros: Off