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Astros Prospect Report: Hooks and JetHawks break out the lumber; RiverBandits routed

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

J.D. Davis had a nice night at the plate
J.D. Davis had a nice night at the plate
Timothy De Block

AAA Fresno Grizzlies: Off Night

Fresno is in first place and currently has a seven game lead over the Sacramento River Cats (SFG) in their division. They're 4th in the PCL in OPS and 11th in ERA.

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 8-7 win over Midland (OAK)

-> Conrad Gregor: 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, R
-> Andrew Aplin: 2-for-4, 3B, RBI, R
-> Roberto Pena: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
-> Tony Kemp: 2-for-4, BB, 2 R
-> Teoscar Hernandez: 2-for-4, RBI
-> Jon Kemmer: 1-for-4, RBI, R
-> Colin Moran: 1-for-5, RBI
-> Jiovanni Mier: 0-for-3, BB, R

SP Michael Feliz: 4.0 IP, 6 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 K
RP Travis Ballew: 0.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 K
RP Chris Devenski: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K (win)
RP Jandel Gustave: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K (save)

Corpus was leading 8-0 after the top of the forth inning...then Midland put seven on the board in the next two innings. Fortunately Devenski came in a calmed things down.

Two of the runs tagged on Feliz scored after he left the game, when Ballew came in and...blew it (sorry), allowing two doubles and a walk before being yanked having not recorded an out.

Hernandez is hitting .292 over his last 14 games, which is great news after starting the year just horrifically. He's struck out just 11 times during that run as well. It may be just a hot streak, but that's a really nice two week run. He was hitting second in the lineup tonight, too.

Kemp has to get promoted at some point. He's hitting .529 over his last ten games, seven of which have been multi-hit games. He has a 1.158 OPS in June despite no homers, and he's up to .358/.457/.420 on the season now in 50 games. AA level pitching doesn't appear to have an answer for him anymore.

Aplin has cooled a bit, but he's still hitting .350/.455/.475 in 23 games with the Hooks. He's 10-for-11 in stolen base attempts, and has 17 walks to just 10 strike outs.

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 11-9 win over Visalia (ARZ)

-> Chase McDonald: 3-for-5, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
-> J.D. Davis: 3-for-6, RBI, R
-> Alfredo Gonzalez: 2-for-3, SB, RBI, 2 BB, 3 R
-> Brian Holberton: 2-for-4, BB, 3B, RBI, R
-> Brett Phillips: 2-for-6, 3B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
-> Mott Hyde: 2-for-6
-> A.J. Reed: 1-for-5, BB, R
-> Jack Mayfield: 1-for-6, solo HR
-> Ronnie Mitchell: 1-for-6, solo HR

SP Adrian Houser: 6.0 IP, 6 R (4 ER), 6 H, 2 BB, 6 K
RP Andrew Walter: 0.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K
RP Reymin Guduan: 0.2 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K (hold)
RP Keegan Yuhl: 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 4 K (blown save, win)
RP Tyler Brunnemann: 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K (save)

Phillips has nine hits in his last four games. He's hitting .321/.383/.575 on the season in 55 games, with 16 doubles, six triples and 11 dingers. He's been striking out a bit lately, 12 times in his last ten games, but his overall rate isn't up enough that I'm worried.

Reed hasn't gone yard in six games, something must be wrong. Because, seriously, 15 bombs in 57 games? That's a homer every 3.8 games. That's how crazy things have been for him, and it was really just May. If you combine May and June, he's knocked 12 of those homers in 37 games, one every 3.1 games. That's 50 homer power right there. Now, it's Lancaster, but still, that's crazy.

Yuhl dominated in Quad Cities, and he's been quite good in Lancaster, too. On the whole this year, he owns a 1.38 ERA, 2.76 BB/9 and 9.37 K/9 in 32.2 innings of work.

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 12-5 loss to Lansing (TOR)

-> Jacob Nottingham: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R
-> Ryan Bottger: 1-for-2, BB, 2 RBI
-> Alex Hernandez: 1-for-2, SB, 2 BB
-> Ramon Laureano: 1-for-4, 2B, R
-> Jason Martin: 1-for-4, BB, RBI
-> Jamie Ritchie: 0-for-3, R, 2 BB
-> Bobby Boyd: 0-for-3, BB, RBI, R

SP Austin Chrismon: 2.2 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Ryan Thompson: 1.1 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K
RP Jorge Perez: 3.1 IP, 8 ER, 7 H, 5 BB, 2 K
RP Aaron Greenwood: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

Chrismon must have been injured in some form or fashion. I can't find anything to confirm that, but he had retired eight in a row before allowing a double in the third inning...and was then immediately pulled. And it wasn't an ejection or anything. Something must be up.

Five of Nottingham's last seven games have been multi-hit outings. He's hitting .337/.392/.573 with 16 doubles and eight bombs in 46 games so far. He's struck out a very reasonable 38 times in those 46 games.

Today's Scheduled Starters

AAA: Asher Wojciechowski vs. Adam Wilk
AA: Brad Peacock vs. Jake Sanchez
A+: TBD vs. Ronald Herrera
A-: Brock Dykxhoorn vs. Sean Reid-Foley