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Astros Prospect Report: July 17th, 2015

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A few potential diamonds in the rough have quite notable performances.

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Straily Continues Improvement in 9-2 Win

Dan Straily's ERA isn't an eye popping one by any means but he's shown a lot of improvement over the season. And really, he's been a pretty good pitcher outside of April. In April he had seven walks and only 13 strikeouts in 19 innings. Since then he's had 8 walks in 65 2/3 innings. He now has 66 strikeouts since then which puts his K/9 just a hair over 9. In the majors he had a bad ERA as well but the strikeouts were there and the velocity was little better than 2014 but still not as good as when he first came up. Overall he's showing improvement.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Tony Kemp 2B 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.293
Jonathan Villar SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.281
Matt Duffy 1B 4 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0.291
Domingo Santana RF 5 1 2 1 0 1 2 0 1 0.323
Robbie Grossman LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.244
Nolan Fontana 3B 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.225
Tyler Heineman DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.303
Max Stassi C 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.186
Andrew Aplin CF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.215
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Dan Straily (W, 7-6) 7 7 2 2 1 9 2 3.93
Jake Buchanan (H, 2) 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 4.47
Jason Stoffel 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 4.19

Corpus Loses 7-6 in the 10th

Adrian Houser started off really rough as he struggled with control. That lead to five walks which is a bad day.  But, Chris Cotton, Jandel Gustave, and Travis Ballew kept it there before Reymin Guduan didn't let that continue. The day we took some heat for having Conrad Gregor in the top 30, he hit his fifth home run. I don't say that to justify TCB's ranking. One swing does not make a season. Just some irony to it. I'm not personally high on him but I can understand why some of our staff is.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Brett Phillips CF 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.282
Teoscar Hernandez RF 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.201
Jon Kemmer LF 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.316
A.J. Reed DH 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0.267
Jack Mayfield 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.258
Conrad Gregor 1B 5 1 2 0 0 1 3 0 1 0.251
Jiovanni Mier SS 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.244
Alfredo Gonzalez C 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.423
Chan Moon 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.269
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Adrian Houser 2.2 5 6 6 5 2 0 6.65
Chris Cotton 3.1 2 0 0 0 2 0 2.05
Jandel Gustave 2 0 0 0 1 4 0 2.08
Travis Ballew 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.36
Reymin Guduan (L, 1-2) 0.1 1 1 0 0 1 0 18

Lancaster Blanked 4-0

Bryan Radziewski has had ERA success in the Cal League but has shown very different peripherals in the league. He had great strikeout and walk ratios in the MWL but both of those have flown out the door since his call up to Lancaster. His walk rate has doubled and his strikeout rate went form over 10 per 9 to just over 7 per 9. But, he's found success with groundouts. He's getting more a 2 to 1 ratio of groundouts to flyouts. That will help in Lancaster.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Mott Hyde SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.281
Jamie Ritchie DH 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.25
Derek Fisher LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.249
Chase McDonald 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.303
J.D. Davis 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.28
Jacob Nottingham C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.339
Ronnie Mitchell RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.269
Jose Fernandez 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.211
Marc Wik 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.273
James Ramsay CF 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.304
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Bryan Radziewski (L, 2-3) 7 6 2 2 1 4 0 3.2
Aaron Greenwood 1 3 2 2 1 0 1 4.76

Martin Homers in 4-2 Win in Gm 1

Jason Martin has been a bright spot for in lower minors this year. He's working on being another Brett Phillips. He's followed a similar developmental path, just one year later. Last night was his 7th HR and it brings his ISO up to .153 which is quite attractive for a center fielder. Especially one with an OBP at .360.

Martes GS: 53

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Bobby Boyd CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.271
Alex Bregman SS 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.256
Nick Tanielu 3B 3 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.303
Ramon Laureano RF 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0.288
Drew Ferguson DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.286
Jason Martin LF 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.297
Trent Woodward C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.256
Ryan Bottger 1B 3 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.222
Kristian Trompiz 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.225
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Francis Martes 4.2 4 2 0 2 3 0 1.04
Michael Freeman (W, 1-1) 2.1 1 0 0 1 4 0 1.5

River Bandits Drop Game 2 3-2

Christian Powell could be a diamond in the rough. The odds are stacked up against him since he's 24 and in Low-A. This is his first real season of success since being drafted in 2012. But there's a significant difference in the 2015 version of Powell. He has had a very big problem with control. In 2013 he had a 4.9 BB/9. In 2014 it was 8.6 BB/9. This season he's down to 1.9 BB/9. I have no inside knowledge of what they've done with or what he's done himself to fix it, but it's a huge change. He's likely destined as a bullpen guy if he makes it to the majors, but it's good to get him as many innings as possible now to continue to hone in his new skill.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Bobby Boyd DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.267
Alex Bregman SS 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.263
Nick Tanielu 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.303
Jason Martin CF 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.297
Drew Ferguson LF 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.333
Sean McMullen RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.255
Alex Hernandez 2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.182
Garrett Stubbs C 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Luis Reynoso 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.25
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Christian Powell (L, 2-1) 5 5 2 2 0 7 0 2.72
Eric Peterson 1 2 1 1 0 2 0 3.26

TC Has a Great Day in 9-2 Win

There's a lot of standouts in this game. Dexture McCall continues to get a lot of hits.  The BABIP is still causing apprehension but so is the lack of big power. Brooks Marlow now has three homers which I figured it would have taken him longer to get to that. I didn't expect him to lead the active roster in HRs. Trent Thornton and Scott Weathersby combined for 10 strikeouts. Thorntons extreme leg kick has carried over well to the pros. He's boasting a 10.5 K/9 right now which is a big improvement over his struggles in that area in college.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Johnny Sewald CF 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.309
Aaron Mizell LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0.222
Bryan Muniz 1B 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.274
Dexture McCall DH 5 1 4 0 0 0 3 0 1 0.391
Bobby Wernes 3B 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.367
Anthony Hermelyn C 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.203
Pat Porter RF 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.239
Brooks Marlow 2B 4 1 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 0.197
Keach Ballard SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.176
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Trent Thornton 4 2 1 1 3 5 0 3.66
Scott Weathersby (W, 1-1) 3.2 3 1 1 1 5 1 5.84
Steve Naemark (H, 2) 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.13

Greeneville Loses 5-4

The Astros have dug deeper into international markets over the last few years with signings out of Australia and a few from the Mexican League. This off-season they started grabbing players from Cuba. One signing under the radar is Jose Hernandez out of Mexico but not the Mexican League. He's 20 and last night was his second appearance, and his first start. He struck out five while walking one in 3 2/3 innings.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Osvaldo Duarte SS 5 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.28
Ford Stainback 2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.391
Brauly Mejia LF 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.257
Justin Garcia 1B 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.127
Hector Roa RF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.28
Randy Cesar 3B 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.246
Marlon Avea DH 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.148
a- Myles Straw PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.244
Gabriel Bracamonte C 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.192
Luis Payano CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.156
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jose Hernandez 3.2 3 1 1 1 5 0 1.93
Alejandro Solarte 1.1 2 1 1 0 0 1 7.04
Yhoan Acosta (BS, 1) 2.1 3 2 2 0 4 0 6.61
Jacob Dorris 2.2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.84
Joselo Pinales (L, 0-1) 0.1 2 1 1 1 0 0 4.91

Tucker, Franco, Ayarza Homer in 8-6 Win for GCL Astros

Preston Tucker now has two home runs...deep breath for you early return types.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Daz Cameron CF 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.244
Frankeny Fernandez LF 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.096
Kyle Tucker RF 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.193
Wander Franco 3B 5 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 1 0.2
Connor MacDonald 1B 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.25
Bryan De La Cruz DH 5 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.277
Ruben Castro C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.333
Ihan Bernal C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.125
Reiny Beltre 2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.214
Rodrigo Ayarza SS 5 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 1 0.269
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Edgardo Sandoval 2.1 7 6 6 3 1 0 3.54
Adonis Pena 2.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.13
Jose Rosario 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 5.29
Junior Garcia (W, 1-1) 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.6

DSL Orange Wins 3-1

Marcos Almonte signed in 2013 as a short stop for just $35,000. He's now third baseman and repeating the DSL for his second season there. He slugged his fifth home run which quite a bit in that league. He's tied for 6th in the league. Unfortunately, three of those ahead of him are 17, one is 21, and the other is 19 like he is.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Angel Tejeda CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.25
Miguelangel Sierra SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.307
Marcos Almonte 3B 4 1 2 0 0 1 3 0 1 0.288
Randy Vasquez C 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.333
Oliver Toribio 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.183
Anthony Rodriguez DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.248
Hector Martinez RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.228
Jose Carrillo 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.167
Carlos Machado LF 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.333
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jose Ramos 4 1 0 0 1 5 0 2.29
Maikel Sepulveda (W, 1-1) 3.1 4 1 1 1 2 0 6.3
Josue Uribe (S, 5) 1.2 1 0 0 0 2 0 5.02

DSL Blue Wins 4-3

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Wilson Amador CF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.152
Ozziel Sanchez-galan SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.215
Cristopher Luciano 3B 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0.293
Orlando Marquez 1B 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 0.223
Oscar Campos RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.303
Edgar Lorenzo LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.381
Jose Benjamin DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.165
a- Jose Hernandez PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.22
Ronny Jimenez 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.21
Carlos Canelon C 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.138
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Leovanny Rodriguez 4 3 1 0 1 2 0 4.5
Framber Valdez (W, 3-0) 3 5 2 2 0 1 1 4.5
Dariel Aquino (S, 5) 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.57