This same time last year, the entire TCB staff was glued to news out of Arizona with Arizona Fall League. The baseball season had ended and it was the only thing left related to Astros baseball. Oh, how one season changes things.
The Arizona Fall League starts today. The Astros players are teamed up Glendale Desert Dogs this time around, following the 2014 season when they were on the Salt River Rafters.
The squad for the Astros are pitchers Brian Holmes, Albert Minnis and Keegan Yuhl, infielders J.D. Davis, Chan Moon, and outfielder Derek Fisher.
Brian Holmes, left-handed pitcher, was selected by the Astros in 13th round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of Wake Forest. He pitched in Double-A Corpus Christi in 2015 -- posting a 6-6 record with a 5.07 ERA in 16 appearances.
Albert Minnis, left-handed pitcher, was selected by the Astros in 25th round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of Wichita State. He spent the 2015 season with three teams, Quad Cities, Lancaster, and Corpus Christi, he posted a 3-4 record with 4.07 ERA in 35 appearances.
Keegan Yuhl, right-handed pitch, was selected by the Astros in the 35th round of the 2014 draft out of Concordia University. Yuhl split the season between Lancaster and Quad Cities, posting a 5-1 record with a 1.74 ERA in 33 appearances.
J.D. Davis, first baseman was selected with the 75th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft. He batted .289 (140x485) with 26 home runs in Lancaster this season.
Chan Moon was signed out of South Korea in 2009, he batted .272 with (85x313) with 4 home runs, 53 runs scored, and 29 RBIs.
A.J. Reed was selected with the 42nd overall pick the 2014 draft out of Kentucky. Reed batted .340 (178x523) with 34 home runs and 127 RBIs in 135 games between Lancaster and Corpus Christi.
Derek Fisher was selected by Astros in the first round with 37th overall pick in 2014 out of Virginia. He batted .275 (136x495) with 106 runs scored, 22 home runs, 87 RBIs, and 31 stolen bases between Quad Cities and Lancaster in 2015.
It didn't take long for the Astros to get the party started to get the party started:
. @JDDavis26 homered in his first #AFL game, a solo shot in the 7th to increase the Desert Dogs lead to 5-1 over Mesa.— Jayne Hansen (@JayneWTHB) October 13, 2015