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Astros Prospect Report: J.D. Davis breaks out the lumber; Buchanan, Hader come through

Your daily look at the previous night's Minor League happenings.

Timothy De Block

AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 3-2 win over Tacoma (SEA)

-> Jon Singleton: 1-for-2, 2B, R, 2 BB
-> Joe Sclafani: 1-for-2, 2 BB
-> Nolan Fontana: 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2 RBI
-> Domingo Santana: 1-for-4, 2B
-> L.J. Hoes: 1-for-4, SB
-> Alex Presley: 1-for-4
-> Andrew Aplin: 0-for-2, BB, R
-> Matt Dominguez: 0-for-4, R

SP Jake Buchanan: 7.2 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 1 K (win)
RP Tyson Perez: 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K (save)

The parallels between Buchanan and Scott Feldman are interesting. Both have ugly overall ERA numbers (Buchanan's is now 5.08 after this outing) thanks to blowups, while they've actually pitched very well for the most part. Buchanan allowed eight earned runs in four innings his last time on the mound, but outside of that, he's allowed three or fewer earned in each of his outings, owning a 3.34 ERA in his other five games. He's been stingy as always with a 1.34 BB/9. He also got 12 outs on the ground tonight; if I did the math right, his ground ball rate should be right at 50% on the season now.

Singleton is hitting .296/.412/.704 during his last eight games. The SLG is thanks to three bombs and a pair of doubles. Six walks and seven strike outs during that run, he's up to 28 and 20 respectively on the season.

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 6-5 loss to San Antonio (SDP)

-> Conrad Gregor: 3-for-4, RBI, 2 2B, 2 R
-> Teoscar Hernandez: 2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
-> Carlos Correa: 1-for-4, 3B, R
-> Jon Kemmer: 1-for-4, 2 RBI
-> Tyler Heineman: 1-for-4
-> Brandon Meredith: 1-for-4

SP Josh Hader: 6.0 IP, 3 R (1 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K
RP Travis Ballew: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K
RP Daniel Minor: 0.2 IP, 3 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K (loss)
RP Juan Minaya: 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K

This is a tough one. A passed ball and a fielder's choice that didn't record an out in the first inning caused two of Hader's three runs allowed to be un-earned. Corpus mounted a comeback, scoring one run each in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings to tie the game...and San Antonio immediately got all three back. Corpus scored two more in the ninth but couldn't get a third run to tie it again. Brutal.

Hader was pretty good again, though. He's allowed just one earned run in each of his last three games, and has a 3.28 ERA on the season. His control has also been improved; even though his 3.65 BB/9 on the year is fairly mundane, seven of the ten walks he's issued came in two games, and he's walked just three in the four other games. He's definitely showing some good signs on the whole.

Gregor is up to .309/.395/.433 on the season, though he remains homerless. It's kind of surprising; with ten doubles and hitting for such an average, you'd expect at least one or two homers almost accidentally. He's hitting and drawing walks, though, he's really a nice piece to this strong Corpus offense.

Hernandez has seven hits in his last four games, two of which are the homers he hit today. He really needed this, his overall numbers are horrific; just a .514 OPS so far this year. Let's hope this serves as the kick-start to a really nice run.

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 9-8 win over Lake Elsinore (SDP)

-> J.D. Davis: 4-for-5, 2B, HR, RBI, 3 R
-> Jack Mayfield: 4-for-5, SB, 2 RBI, 2 R
-> Alfredo Gonzalez: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
-> Danry Vasquez: 2-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI
-> A.J. Reed: 1-for-3, R, 2 BB
-> James Ramsay: 1-for-3, RBI
-> Marc Wik: 1-for-3, R
-> Brett Phillips: 1-for-5, RBI, R
-> Ronnie Mitchell: 1-for-1, 2B, RBI (pinch-hitter)

SP Troy Scribner: 4.1 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 6 H, 3 BB, 5 K
RP Albert Minnis: 0.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K
RP Evan Grills: 3.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K (blown save)
RP Tyler Brunnemann: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K (win)

So...this was a wild one. Five lead changes, a run or runs scoring in 10 of the 18 half innings, lead in the eighth followed by a tie again in the top of the ninth and then a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth. Whew.

Davis is on a roll again. He has 11 hits in his last five games. He has five homers on the year as well. He has multiple hits in 12 different games this season.

Phillips has 18 hits in his last 11 games, and is batting .342/.383/.583 on the season with 16 extra-base hits in just 29 games.

A scoreless inning for The Brunnemann. Naturally. 2.70 ERA, 3.15 BB/9 and 10.35 K/9 on the season so far in 20 innings. He's recorded more than three outs in eight of his 11 outings.

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: Off Day

Today's Scheduled Starters

AAA: Dan Straily vs. TBD
AA: Chris Devenski vs. Justin Hancock
A+: Off Day
A-: Daniel Mengden vs. Daniel Gossett