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Astros Minor League Recap: July 8th, 2013

Just one win away from an organizational sweep headlined by a big shutout in AAA.

Wojo Shows His Mojo in 5-0 Win

Last year I wrote that Asher Wojciechowski as a B- prospect after the trade. Going into the season, that was what most had said. However, at the time of the trade, most called him a C+. I stuck with my gut that he was going to regain some velocity and maintained the B- grade. He's had a great short stint with Corpus earlier in the season before getting a promotion to AAA. He has been good, but not dominant....until last night.

When you face the minimum, you were dominant. Doesn't matter how you get there, you just were. It wasn't an absurd strikeout total. It wasn't an absurd groundball rate. It was just simple attack hitters early in the count and be efficientand let the fielders do their job.

Here are some little tidbits. He never threw more than 16 pitches an inning. He threw nine pitches or less in an inning five times. He allowed two baserunners but induced two double-plays. First complete game shutout for OkC since 2009. He threw less than 100 pitches.

  • Asher Wojciechowski-9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 9/8 GO/AO, 97/66 P/S
  • Robbie Grossman DH-2-4
  • Marwin Gonzalez SS-1-5, 2B, SO
  • Brandon Laird 3B-0-5, 3 SO
  • George Springer CF-1-3, 2 BB, SO, SB, PO
  • Jose Martinez 2B-1-4, 2B, SO
  • Carlos Perez C-0-2, 2 BB

Doran Wins the Red Raider Shoot-Out 4-2

Bobby Doran faced off against former Texas Tech rotation mate Chad Bettis (former Astros pick who didn't sign), and while Bettis looked better, he took the loss. The Hooks won and Preston Tucker had a lot to do with it. If last night is any indication, he could be settling in at AA. His two home runs bring his small sample size OPS up to .889, mostly by virtue of power with his .571 SLG.

  • Bobby Doran-6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 8/3 GO/AO, 81/49 P/S
  • Jorge De Leon-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Preston Tucker RF-2-4, 2 HR, 2 SO, OF Assist
  • Max Stassi C-1-4, HR, 2 SO

Rough Night for Perez Leads to 7-3 Loss

Tyson Perez just didn't seem to have it. He walked a few and gave up some hard hit balls. Eleven baserunners will score runs and send you to the dugout. Although, he did eat up some innings, but it still just wasn't his night.

That lead to the only loss in the organization last night.

  • Tyson Perez-6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 8/4 GO/AO
  • Theron Geith-2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
  • Andrew Aplin CF-2-4, 2B, SO
  • Joe Sclafani DH-2-3, BB, CS
  • Matt Duffy 3B-1-4, 2B, SO

Quad Cities: Rain

Tri-City Walks Off in Twelve 2-1

Ryan Dineen hit the deciding hit with a moon shot of a home run to walk off, but it was Tony Kemp who really stood out by picking up a hit four out of his five trips to the plate. Randall Fant (29th round) pitched well, and so did Zach Morton (32nd round), but it was 23 year old Richard Rodriguez who dominated. Yeah, just read his line below...

  • Randall Fant-5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 5/4 GO/AO
  • Zach Morton-4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 6/0 GO/AO
  • Richard Rodriguez-3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 SO!
  • Anthony Kemp 2B-4-5, SO, CS, PO
  • Ryan Dineen 3B-1-5, HR

McDonald Smashes Another to Lead G-Ville to 3-2 Win

He ran into another one! That's the exciting part about Chase McDonald. He's huge and with that comes his huge power potential. He's now shown it two times in just five games. But, take a look at the stat line that follows and guess who it belongs to.

10 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 19 SO, 3.00 GO/AO

If you guessed J.D. Osborne, you're right. But, you also follow Kevin Goldstein on twitter and have checked it recently. Kevin also gives some tidbits about him in his tweets. He has a very low arm slot that is almost side-arm and is hitting 95. As a lefty, you have to be very intrigued in what he could do down the road. Right now, he's the closer for G-Ville, and I would imagine will be moving to TC at some point if this continues. Hey Mike it the power of the chin?

  • Sebastian Kessay-2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 2/2 GO/AO
  • Christian Garcia-2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
  • J.D. Osborne-2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1/1 GO/AO
  • Brett Phillips CF-1-2, 2B
  • Tanner Mathis LF, CF-2-3, CS
  • Chase McDonald DH-1-4, HR
  • Ariel Ovando RF-1-4, 2B

The GCL Has a Hit Parade; Win 13-1

I'd say that's a dominating win. What makes it an exciting win is that it was mostly prospects doing the damage. Jason Martin and Jacob Nottingham both drew two walks a piece. Luis Reynoso had four hits. Jean Batista picked up three of his own on a rehab assignment. Nottingham also launched his first professional home run.

  • Joe Bircher-5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 3/6 GO/AO-Rehab
  • Javier Lozano-1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO
  • Kevin Ferguson-2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Jason Martin CF-0-4, 2 BB, SO
  • Luis Reynoso SS-4-6, 2B
  • Tyler White 3B-2-3, 2B, SO
  • Jean Batista DH-3-4, 2B, SO
  • Jacob Nottingham C-1-2, HR, 2 BB, SO
  • Luis De La Rosa RF-1-2, 2B, BB
  • Javaris Reynolds LF-1-5, 3B

Payano Leads Stros to 4-3 Win

  • Juan Hernandez-1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
  • Junior Garcia-4 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 6/3 GO/AO
  • Victor Mesa-1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO
  • Cristopher Santamaria-1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO
  • Angel Heredia-2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
  • Luis Payano CF-1-3, 2B, 2 SO, SB
  • Hector Roa 1B-1-4, 2B, SO