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Astros Prospect Report: Games of May 2nd, 2015

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The left side of the Quad Cities infield did everything, Lance McCullers racked up seven K's in a loss, and more news from down on the farm.

Dude's got a live arm.
Dude's got a live arm.
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Tacoma Rainiers 5, Fresno Grizzlies 1

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Alex Presley"]" style="padding:2px 3px 2px 3px;vertical-align:bottom;">Alex Presley LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.255
Joe Sclafani"]" style="padding:2px 3px 2px 3px;vertical-align:bottom;">Joe Sclafani 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.222
Preston Tucker"]" style="padding:2px 3px 2px 3px;vertical-align:bottom;">Preston Tucker DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.318
Matt Duffy"]" style="padding:2px 3px 2px 3px;vertical-align:bottom;">Matt Duffy 3B 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0.247
Jon Singleton"]" style="padding:2px 3px 2px 3px;vertical-align:bottom;">Jon Singleton 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.218
Domingo Santana"]" style="padding:2px 3px 2px 3px;vertical-align:bottom;">Domingo Santana RF 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.273
Nolan Fontana"]" style="padding:2px 3px 2px 3px;vertical-align:bottom;">Nolan Fontana SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.222
Andrew Aplin"]" style="padding:2px 3px 2px 3px;vertical-align:bottom;">Andrew Aplin CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.262
Luis Flores"]" style="padding:2px 3px 2px 3px;vertical-align:bottom;">Luis Flores C 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.182
Totals 29 1 4 1 0 1 1 2 7 0.257
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Brady Rodgers (L, 1-2)"]" style="padding:2px 3px 2px 3px;vertical-align:bottom;">Brady Rodgers (L, 1-2) 6 7 5 5 2 7 2 8.02
Richard Rodriguez 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.50
James Hoyt"]" style="padding:2px 3px 2px 3px;vertical-align:bottom;">James Hoyt 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 8.68
Totals 8 8 5 5 2 8 2 4.96

This was never a really close game. Brady Rodgers was hit consistently by the Rainiers, and although the bullpen kept it clean, the offense was very blah, only getting on base five times. Richard Rodriguez has settled down lately, not allowing a run over his past four outings (9 IP). He's also boasted a decent 6:2 K:BB ratio over that time to go with just two hits allowed.

Matt Duffy provided the only offense of the night with a solo shot, his first hit since April 22. After a hot start, he has cooled down considerately. I'm not quite sure why Joe Sclafani was the guy sent down to Double-A. Duffy is 26, and barring a power resurgence, he's not going to be anything more than an org guy.

Frisco Roughriders 2, Corpus Christi Hooks 0

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Tony Kemp"]" style="padding:2px 3px 2px 3px;vertical-align:bottom;">Tony Kemp 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.349
Tyler White 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.290
Chan Moon 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Carlos Correa"]" style="padding:2px 3px 2px 3px;vertical-align:bottom;">Carlos Correa SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.353
Conrad Gregor 1B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.290
Brandon Meredith RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.324
Tyler Heineman"]" style="padding:2px 3px 2px 3px;vertical-align:bottom;">Tyler Heineman C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.321
Telvin Nash"]" style="padding:2px 3px 2px 3px;vertical-align:bottom;">Telvin Nash DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.209
Leo Heras LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.250
Teoscar Hernandez"]" style="padding:2px 3px 2px 3px;vertical-align:bottom;">Teoscar Hernandez CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.118
Totals 33 0 6 0 0 0 0 2 6 0.281
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Lance McCullers (L, 1-1) 6 2 2 2 2 7 1 0.90
Angel Baez 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 6.23
Travis Ballew 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.38
Totals 9 2 2 2 3 10 1 3.15

Where was the offense tonight? While the Hooks did get on base eight times (versus five by Frisco), the team just couldn't execute, and a Royce Bollinger two-run shot off McCullers provided the difference. As a matter of fact, that home run was the first time McCullers allowed an earned run this year. He doesn't seem to be due for that much regression (before this game, his BABIP was high and his FIP was under two) and he's struck out 28 batters in 20 innings. For a year I predicted would be his undoing as a starter, he is proving me more and more wrong with every game.

Leo Heras was probably the only bright spot at the plate today (outside of Gregor). He singled, walked, and stole a base. Heras probably won't evolve into much, but an OBP .95 points higher than his BA, along with a 7:7 BB:K ratio, could make him a passable fourth outfielder in an org less deep than this one.

Modesto Nuts 8, Lancaster Jethawks 6

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Brett Phillips"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Brett Phillips CF 5 3 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 0.352
Jack Mayfield SS 5 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0.268
J.D. Davis"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">J.D. Davis 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 2 0.320
A.J. Reed DH 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.228
Chase McDonald 1B 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.315
Danry Vasquez"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Danry Vasquez LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.269
Jose Fernandez"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jose Fernandez 2B 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.351
Ronnie Mitchell RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.291
Brian Holberton C 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.190
Totals 35 6 11 2 0 0 6 4 6 0.282
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Michael Feliz"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Michael Feliz 5 6 2 2 2 3 0 4.74
Zach Morton (H, 1) 3 3 2 2 1 2 1 4.74
Albert Minnis (H, 1)(L, 0-1) 0.1 2 3 3 0 1 0 81.00
Gonzalo Sanudo (BS, 2)"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Gonzalo Sanudo (BS, 2) 0.1 1 1 1 0 0 1 6.52
Totals 8.2 12 8 8 3 6 2 5.75

Ouch. Eight runs in the bottom of the ninth. There were two on, two out for Jordan Patterson against Gonzalo Sanudo, and he took the ball to deep right for a walk-off three-run homer. This ruined an otherwise effective night for the Lancaster staff. Feliz, as in games past, wasn't totally on top of his game, but he did deflate his ERA to under five runs. The California League has not been kind to him, but the more worrying problem is his control. His K:BB on 20:9 isn't terrible, per se, but it's a far cry from last year (111:37). Now that he's on the 40-man, you'd expect to see him rushed a bit, but he hasn't been performing all that well recently. Hopefully, this is just a SSS, and he'll be right back to his KKKKKKKKK ways soon enough.

Brett Phillips is the best outfielder in the system. He's almost two years younger than Domingo Santana, so we're not using that argument. He's got five average-to-above-average tools, so Fisher isn't ahead of him in that respect. All the man does is hit. With the exception of three games (one of which had him drawing a walk) Phillips has gotten a hit every night, and most nights are multi-hit nights. His slash line is .352/.385/.626 for a 1.012 OPS. He'll probably stay in Lancaster for at least half the season, and then get called up to AA. My prediction: When Tony Kemp gets called up to AAA at some point this summer (All-Star Break?), Phillips takes his spot in CC.

Quad Cities River Bandits 5, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 2

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Alfredo Gonzalez C 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.324
Derek Fisher"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Derek Fisher CF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.305
Mott Hyde"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Mott Hyde SS 3 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.338
Thomas Lindauer SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.188
Nick Tanielu 3B 4 1 2 2 0 0 3 0 1 0.262
Jacob Nottingham 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.242
Alex Hernandez 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.219
Ryan Bottger RF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.182
Jason Martin"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jason Martin LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.167
Sean McMullen DH 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.213
Totals 33 5 9 4 0 0 5 3 8 0.256
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kevin Comer"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Kevin Comer 4.2 5 2 2 2 5 0 4.18
Reymin Guduan (W, 1-0) 2 2 0 0 1 3 0 0.00
Eric Peterson (S, 2) 2.1 4 0 0 1 1 0 1.54
Totals 9 11 2 2 4 9 0 2.27

Quite a good game for two unheralded players: Mott Hyde and Nick Tanielu. Tanielu doubled twice to go along with three RBIs, and Hyde had two doubles and a single. Both players were 2014 draft picks. Last year, Tanielu tore up the NYPL, but this year, Hyde is dominating the MWL to the tune of a .338/.444/.529 slash line. His BABIP is probably unsustainable (.357 before this game) but his 13:9 BB:K ratio is definitely legit.

Eric Peterson, drafted in Round 37 last year, has done rather well in his 6 appearances (11.2 innings) this season. He has a 12:4 K:BB ratio and has only allowed two earned runs on the season. He turned 22 about a month before the season, so he still has a chance to turn into a legit prospect if his 6'4", 195 lb. frame ever fills out.