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Astros Minor League Recap: June 3rd, 2013

A top pitching prospect struggles with command and a legend returns.

Cosart Struggles, But Offense Shows up in 8-4 Win

Cosart had one of those games where his control just completely disappears. Over half of his pitches were balls (49 strikes to 50 balls). He hit the same batter twice. Walked five. But, at the end of the day he showed more strikeouts than he would have last year and still had his absurd ability to induced ground balls. I want to talk about Carlos Perez briefly since he's quietly having a very good season. He's making contact and not striking out. He draws a few walks here and there. He's also throwing in a good amount of doubles. His BABIP is about 30-40 points too high right now and his LD% is definitely high which is probably the reason his stats are so good. He currently has a .811 OPS and I'll take that from a catcher with a good defensive reputation.

  • Jarred Cosart-4 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 6 SO, 6/0 GO/AO, 99/49 P/S
  • Eric Berger-1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO
  • Josh Zeid-2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 2 SO, 2/1 GO/AO, 50/25 P/S
  • Jose Valdez-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
  • Robbie Grossman CF-0-3, 2 BB, 2 SO
  • Jake Elmore 2B, SS-2-4, BB
  • Che-Hsuan Lin RF-1-3, 2 BB, SO
  • Andrew Simunic LF, 2B-3-4, BB
  • Jonathan Villar SS-2-4
  • Carlos Perez-3-5, 2B, PB (4)

Corpus Christi: Off Day

The Return of Fontana isn't Enough in 4-2 Loss

The legend of Nolan Fontana resumes as he's back on the field and playing again for the Lancaster JetHawks, but even his mystical walk-drawing abilities weren't enough to get on-base enough. They just couldn't muster up enough runs to make up for a poor outing in the runs department by Luis Cruz. But, we know that you don't really look at the runs in Lancaster, you look at the BB/SO ratio as a better indicator of statistical performance. In that department he did well.

  • Luis Cruz-4 2/3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 4/1 GO/AO
  • Kyle Hallock-3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3/2 GO/AO
  • Delino DeShields 2B-2-4, 2B
  • Nolan Fontana SS-1-3, 2B
  • Matt Duffy 3B-3-3, 2B

Singleton Continues to Slug the Ball in River Bandits Win

Jonathan Singleton is picking up extra base hits in his short stint low-A. Last night may not have been a home run, but it was an extra base hit none the less. Sure it's just six games, but his SLG is .810. We'd all be happy with that for most players OPS. Rio Ruiz also had a two-hit game and is sloooowly getting his batting average higher. As a team, they only struck out three times. The tandem pitching also worked to perfection with just pitchers needed. Just a very clean game for the River Bandits.

  • Colton Cain-5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 7/4 GO/AO
  • Mike Hauschild-4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 6/2 GO/AO
  • Jonathan Singleton 1B-1-3, 2B, BB
  • Jesse Wierzbicki DH-1-3, 2B, BB
  • Rio Ruiz 3B-2-3, SO

DSL Astros Win in the Ninth 3-2

It took the last two innings to make it a game. They gave up two runs in the first and trailed until a two-run eighth. Then in the ninth Luis Payano drove in a run but was called out trying to take second. However, Payano is the player of the game. He picked up two hits and drew two walks. He then was able to steal a base. Payano was one of the first three international free agents that the Astros signed last year after the July 2nd signing period started. Felix Francisco who used to run the Latin American Operations called Payano a potential five-tool player in center. He just turned 17 last month.

  • Juan Hernandez-5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 5/5 GO/AO
  • Junior Garcia-1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 3/0 GO/AO
  • Angel Heredia-2 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO
  • Luis Payano CF-2-3, 2 BB, SB
  • Brauly Mejia RF-2-4, SO
  • Kristian Trompiz SS-0-3, 2 SO
  • Jarico Reynoso LF-1-4, 2B, 3 SO