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Astros Prospect Report: July 24th, 2015

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Lots of good pitching performances with a few stinkers thrown in the mix.

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Straily Dominates Again

I talked about this last Saturday because Straily was good last Friday as well. But this Friday he was even better. He pitched deep into the game. He allowed just three baserunners over eight innings. His game score was an 84 making it one of the better pitching performances of the season. His FIP of 3.30 is very encouraging for his numbers to continue to improve.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Jonathan Villar"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; font-size: 100%;">Jonathan Villar SS 5 3 3 0 0 1 2 0 1 0.27
Tony Kemp"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; font-size: 100%;">Tony Kemp 2B 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.263
Tyler White 1B 5 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 2 0.397
Domingo Santana"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; font-size: 100%;">Domingo Santana RF 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.318
Matt Duffy"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; font-size: 100%;">Matt Duffy DH 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.294
Robbie Grossman"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; font-size: 100%;">Robbie Grossman LF 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.241
Nolan Fontana"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; font-size: 100%;">Nolan Fontana 3B 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.227
Tyler Heineman"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; font-size: 100%;">Tyler Heineman C 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0.285
Leo Heras CF 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0.267
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Dan Straily (W, 8-6)"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; font-size: 100%;">Dan Straily (W, 8-6) 8 2 0 0 1 7 0 3.59
Luis Cruz"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; font-size: 100%;">Luis Cruz 1 2 3 3 2 0 0 4.77

Hernandez Steals Lowrie's Thunder in 9-3 Win

Teoscar Hernandez launched two home runs to steal the show away from Jed Lowrie's rehab appearance. The power has really been coming back for Teoscar as that's his fifth in as many games. The hitting and striking out is about the same though. It's good to see Lowrie back on the field and nearing his return since the team needs him. He played third which signals what we already assumed to be his new home since Carlos Correa is the every day short stop now in Houston.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Brett Phillips"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; font-size: 100%;">Brett Phillips RF 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.295
Teoscar Hernandez CF 5 2 2 0 0 2 4 0 2 0.206
Jed Lowrie 3B 3 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0.4
a- Chan Moon PH-3B 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.278
A.J. Reed 1B 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 4 0.316
Colin Moran"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; font-size: 100%;">Colin Moran DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.303
Jack Mayfield 2B 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.245
Jon Kemmer LF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.306
Jiovanni Mier"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; font-size: 100%;">Jiovanni Mier SS 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.25
Roberto Pena"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Roberto Pena C 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 0.241
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Michael Feliz (W, 4-2)"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; font-size: 100%;">Michael Feliz (W, 4-2) 5 7 3 3 2 5 1 3.32
Joe Musgrove (S, 1) 4 1 0 0 1 5 0 2.88

Martes' Debut Shows Promise

Francis Martes made his High-A debut last night and pitched four shut out innings before running into problems in the fifth and sixth innings. He struck out the first two batters he faced looking. Six of his strikeouts came in his first four innings and four were looking. Three of his nine strikeouts were swinging. He got his old catcher Jacob Nottingham looking once, ground into a double play once, and gave up a single to him that eventually would be a run. Two of Martes' earned runs came in the sixth and actually scored after he was removed.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Mott Hyde"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; font-size: 100%;">Mott Hyde SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.268
Derek Fisher"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; font-size: 100%;">Derek Fisher CF 4 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.26
Jamie Ritchie C 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.4
Chase McDonald 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0.302
James Ramsay RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.294
J.D. Davis"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; font-size: 100%;">J.D. Davis 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.27
Ronnie Mitchell DH 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.273
Brian Holberton LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.211
Marc Wik 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.253
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Francis Martes 5.2 6 4 4 2 9 0 6.35
Troy Scribner (BS, 1)(L, 2-5) 1.1 2 1 1 0 1 1 6.11
Tyler Brunnemann 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 4.05

Paulino Wins Pitching Duel 1-0

David Paulino continues to show his ability to strikeout guys out with K/9 over nine. He allowed six baserunners and three came via the walk which is normally a concern. But given that he only had four in low-A prior to this game, it's not as bad of a concern (plus the fact it's only one game). The real encouraging part is the 9/1 GO/AO ratio. A 28.6 SO% and a 45.6% GB% is a pretty scary combination in low-A.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Bobby Boyd CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.264
Jason Martin"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; font-size: 100%;">Jason Martin LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.298
Alex Bregman SS 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.257
Nick Tanielu 3B 4 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.308
Ramon Laureano DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.285
Sean McMullen RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.244
Ryan Bottger 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.228
Garrett Stubbs C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.176
Kristian Trompiz 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.238
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
David Paulino (W, 3-2) 6.2 3 0 0 3 6 0 1.57
Zach Davis (H, 1) 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Eric Peterson (S, 5) 1.1 1 0 0 0 3 0 3.38

TC Offense Can't Keep Up in 8-6 Loss

One of the things that's helped Dean Deetz perform better this season is a big improvement in control. He's cut his walk rate in half this season but it's still a high rate. It's expected for a guy like Deetz though as he has a history of TJ surgery which some pitchers have had issues in the control area from and he's a hard thrower. The strikeout rate isn't where it needs to be though at around 17%.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Johnny Sewald CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.267
Antonio Nunez SS 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.306
a- Dexture McCall PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.337
Keach Ballard SS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.161
Bryan Muniz DH 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.292
Bobby Wernes 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.377
Cesar Carrasco"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom; font-size: 100%;">Cesar Carrasco 1B 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2
Aaron Mizell LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.25
Kolbey Carpenter 2B 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.289
Anthony Hermelyn C 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.198
Pat Porter RF 4 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 0.262
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Dean Deetz (L, 4-2) 3.1 6 6 5 0 4 1 2.86
David Schmidt 0.2 1 1 1 0 1 1 9.95
Agapito Barrios 3 3 1 1 0 2 0 2.5
Juan Santos 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 3.75

Greeneville Falls in 11th 9-7

Five runs in the opening frame made this game look ugly early but they were able to climb back in and push it to extras. Lachlan Madden is the Australian pitcher signed a few years ago and pitched in DSL last year made his second appearance for Greeneville and has yet to give up a run. The 19 year old has pitched well in all of his three stops in the system. Salvador Montano pitched the most innings and is an interesting pitcher right now. He racked up a ton of strikeouts in the DSL last year as a 20 year old and jumped straight to Greeneville this year. He's still striking out guys (albeit at a lower rate) but the walk rate is a concern.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Osvaldo Duarte SS 4 2 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0.273
Ford Stainback 2B 4 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.364
Randy Cesar 3B 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.247
Connor Goedert 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 1 0.34
Justin Garcia DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.146
1- Myles Straw PR-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.261
Brauly Mejia LF 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.244
Hector Roa RF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.32
Christian Correa C 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.25
Luis Payano CF 5 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.226
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Albert Abreu 0.2 3 5 2 2 1 0 3.66
Lachlan Madden 2.1 1 0 0 2 3 0 0
Alejandro Solarte 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 7.84
Salvador Montano 5 6 2 2 1 4 0 3.18
Samil De Los Santos (L, 1-3) 1 2 2 2 1 2 1 6.75

Pitchers Walk 11 in GCL Astros 8-2 Loss

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Ruben Castro C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.29
Daz Cameron CF 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.226
Kyle Tucker RF 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.211
Bryan De La Cruz DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.262
Connor MacDonald 1B 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0.224
Frankeny Fernandez LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.106
Reiny Beltre 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.185
Jonathan Matute 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.125
Jared Cruz 2B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.25
Rodrigo Ayarza SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Carlos Sanabria (L, 1-2) 3.1 5 3 3 2 0 0 4.94
Adonis Pena 1.2 3 1 1 0 1 0 1.93
Hector Perez 0.2 1 2 2 2 0 0 3.52
Abdiel Saldana 1 1 2 2 4 1 0 7.63
Junior Garcia 0.2 1 0 0 3 0 0 2.84
Luis Ramirez 1.2 2 0 0 0 2 0 4.7

Cuban Pitchers Toss Eight innings in DSL Blue's 3-1 Win

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Marcos Almonte SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.276
Wilson Amador LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.155
Cristopher Luciano 3B 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.29
Orlando Marquez DH 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.264
Angel De Leon RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.268
Andy Pineda CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.286
Oscar Campos 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.299
Angel Tejeda CF-RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.25
Carlos Canelon C 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.176
Ozziel Sanchez-galan 2B 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.241
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Yoanys Quiala 5 2 0 0 2 7 0 1.8
Michel Martinez (W, 4-2) 3 4 1 1 2 0 0 1.06
Gabriel Pirela (H, 1) 0.2 0 0 0 2 0 0 4.37
Dariel Aquino (S, 6) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.51

DSL Orange Wins 4-3 in 10 Innings

The Astros have been busy with small international signings. Alejandro Garcia is a 24 year old CFer on this team that reins from Cuba. Jared Cruz on the GCL team is from Australia and played for the Braves last year. There is also Jose Hernandez from Mexico on the Greeneville team.

Franklin Perez was the most exciting IFA for me last season because I love his mechanics for a young pitcher. So far he's pitched very well. He has a 34/11 SO/BB ratio in 28 innings. You can't ask for much more than that from a 17-year old.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Alejandro Garcia CF 4 1 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 0.471
Nicolas Miranda 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.141
Miguelangel Sierra SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.307
Randy Vasquez C 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.342
Anthony Rodriguez 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.243
Hector Martinez RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.229
Felix Lucas 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.194
Brandon Benavente DH 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.187
Carlos Machado LF 4 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.357
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Franklin Perez 4 2 1 1 1 4 0 4.82
Javier Navas 3 4 2 2 0 3 0 2.53
Juan Lopez (W, 1-0) 2 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
Josue Uribe (S, 7) 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 4.65