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Astros Minor League Recap: July 7th, 2013

Full-Season League's had some hot bats going but the short-season guys struggled a bit.

Oklahoma City: Rain-out

Tropeano Dominates in Return from DL

The Hooks won 5-0 on a trio of home runs and Trope pitching possibly his best outing of the season. Judging by W/L records, he hasn't been very good this year. Good thing we know better than that! His FIP is in the 3's and so is his SIERA. The walk rate is good. The strikeout rate has dipped some. And, he has a low 40's GB%. He's having a good season. Not dominant, but a good season. Still a prospect to fall in love with.

  • Nick Tropeano-6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 6/5 GO/AO, 87/53 GO/AO
  • Kenny Long-1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 2/1 GO/AO
  • Andrew Robinson-1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
  • Erik Castro 1B-1-4, HR, SO
  • Jonathan Meyer 3B-2-4, HR
  • Enrique Hernandez 2B-2-4, HR

Hit Parade for Lancaster in 10-2 Win

Thirteen hits and seven walks will get you some runs. It'll also run through some opposing pitchers. Once again, the JetHawks offense exhausted a pitching staff and forced a position player to the mound. This time, it was High Desert's second baseman, Patrick Brady. He was almost the effective pitcher too. Just one of two players to take the mound with a scoreless outing.

  • Brady Rodgers-6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 5/4 GO/AO
  • Cameron Lamb-3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO, 4/1 GO/AO
  • Nolan Fontana SS-1-4, 2 BB, 2 SO
  • Carlos Perdomo 3B-2-4, 3B, 2 BB, CS
  • Andrew Aplin CF-1-5, HR, BB, 2 SO-7th HR of the season
  • MP Cokinos 1B-1-4, 2B, SO-Daily Dose of Coke
  • Joe Sclafani 2B-2-5, SO
  • Matt Duffy DH-2-4, BB, SO
  • Brandon Meredith LF-1-4, 3B, BB
  • Chris Epps RF-3-5, 2 2B

Ruiz Powers QC to 12-5 Win

It's a common theme so far. Hitting, hitting, and more hitting! For all those concerns about Rio Ruiz struggling early this season, he's really turned it around. It's hard to ignore a .597 OPS in April and a .640 OPS in May. But, he now has his season OPS to .700. That's not a good number for a corner infielder. But, when you consider that those two early months, it's a good job to get it up to that level. Over the last 10 games, he's hitting .364/.476/.667! Do the math....get what I got? An OPS over 1.100! #STUD

  • Colton Cain-5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 6/1 GO/AO
  • Gerardo Sanchez-1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Mitchell Lambson- 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Chia-Jen Lo-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO
  • Jordan Scott RF, CF-3-5, 2B, SO, SB
  • Dan Gulbransen LF-2-5, 2B
  • Jesse Wierzbicki DH-2-5, 2 2B, SO
  • Rio Ruiz 3B-3-4, 2B, HR, BB
  • Roberto Pena C-1-4, HR, SO
  • Austin Elkins SS-0-2, 3 BB, SO
  • Jobduan Morales 1B-0-3, 2 BB, SO
  • Brian Blasik 2B-1-4, HR

Cats Lose 3-1

The offensive outburst in the system didn't carry over into New York. However, Kyle Westwood did his best to hold off one. Westwood has been very good since signing and someone asked in the Podcast thread how long before he's given Trope and Aaron West status. My answer to that is...not yet. He's showing West level of control/command, and that's his calling card. However, he doesn't have the fastball of either of those guys. He tops out at 92 MPH with the fastball, but he has a better breaking ball that some have called plus. He'll have to continue this trend as well as show a better strikeout rate before I put him with those two. But, he's at least someone to keep an eye on.

  • Kyle Westwood-5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 7/4 GO/AO
  • Chris Cotton-2 1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1/4 GO/AO
  • Andrew Walter-1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Jon Kemmer LF-1-2, 2B, 2 BB
  • Chan Moon SS-1-2, SB

More Silent Bats in Greeneville's 3-0 Loss

Full-season leagues rake, short-season doesn't. Only two hits but four walks for the Astros.

  • Enderson Franco-3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 4/2 GO/AO
  • Krishawn Holley-2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
  • Ryan Connolly-1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 BB, 2 SO-Hit a batter who stole second and then scored three batters later on a fielding error.
  • Brett Phillips CF-1-2, 2B, BB

Bats Wake Up Some, But Not Enough in 4-1 Loss

The second game of the DH saw more hitting, but didn't produce runs. But, Chase McDonald made contact...solid contact! The big guy (of course the guy with a fast food chain as a last name weighs 260) connected for his first pro home run. He hasn't picked up many hits in four games, but he's walked more than struck out and hit a dinger, I'll take it.

  • Edison Frias-5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 6/5 GO/AO
  • Tyler Brunnemann-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
  • Chase McDonald 1B-1-3, HR
  • Christian Moronta C-2-2, 2B