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Astros Prospect Report: Games of July 4, 2015

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

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The Houston Astros' primary minor league affiliates combine to go 4-2 on the day, with each loss by one run.


AAA Fresno muscles past Tacoma: (W 10-3)

Tony Kemp went 2-5 with his second home run, a three run home run that put the Grizzlies up 9-3 in a game they'd go on to win 10-3 at home at Chukchansi Park.  L.J. Hoes, Tyler White and Tyler Heineman each contributed 3 hits, and Brett Oberholzer made his first start at AAA since being optioned there following an uncharacteristically bad start versus the Yankees in which he was ejected after a pitch sailed very near Alex Rodriguez's jersey following a home run.  Oberholzer went six innings, allowing six hits, three runs (earned) with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts for Fresno.

Fresno Grizzlies
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Tony Kemp 2B 5 2 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 .308
Robbie Grossman LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 .260
L.J. Hoes RF 5 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 .342
Matt Duffy 1B 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .280
Jonathan Villar SS 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .284
Tyler White DH 5 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .538
Nolan Fontana 3B 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .209
Tyler Heineman C 4 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 .318
Andrew Aplin CF 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .207
Totals 39 10 16 2 0 1 10 4 6 .272

Fresno Grizzlies
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Brett Oberholtzer (W, 2-2) 6.0 6 3 3 2 4 1 5.30
Jose Veras 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.75
James Hoyt 1.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 5.87
Tyson Perez 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2.67
Totals 9.0 8 3 3 2 9 1 4.34

AA Corpus Christi gets a big day from Colin Moran, Michael Feliz: (W 5-1)

Colin Moran burst forth from a slump that saw him hover around a .200 batting average over his previous ten games by going 2-4 with a double and a triple with two runs and two RBIs.  Brett Phillips continued showing his increasing comfort in AA, with his batting average hovering at .320  after a 1-4 day.  Michael Feliz went 5 strong innings, allowing 2 hits and one run with two strikeouts and one walk.

Corpus Christi Hooks
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Brett Phillips CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .320
Jiovanni Mier SS 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .267
Jon Kemmer LF 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 .316
Brandon Meredith RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .254
Colin Moran 3B 4 2 2 1 1 0 2 0 1 .260
Conrad Gregor 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .256
Danry Vasquez DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .169
Roberto Pena C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .242
Chan Moon 2B 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .282
Totals 30 5 8 1 1 0 5 4 6 .274

Corpus Christi Hooks
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Michael Feliz (W, 2-2) 5.0 2 1 1 1 2 0 3.62
Chris Cotton 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2.51
Travis Ballew 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.77
Totals 9.0 3 1 1 1 4 0 2.97

High A Lancaster falls on 9th inning Lake Elsinore rally: (L 6-5)

Catcher Jacob "The Sheriff" Nottingham continued his torrid pace since his call up from Quad Cities, going 2-5 with a double and two RBI.  His average is now .353 in four games since being called up from Quad Cities, where he was an All Star this season with a .326/.387/.543 slash line.  Derek Fisher went 2-5 with a home run and a double, Jack Mayfield went 2-3 with 2 walks and scored 3 runs, A.J. Reed went 2-4 with a walk and a run scored, while Akeem Bostick, who has been very good this season, allowed two runs (1 earned) in the bottom of the 9th inning of an appearance in which he went 3.2 IP.

Lancaster JetHawks
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
James Ramsay RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .312
Mott Hyde SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .305
Derek Fisher CF 5 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 .264
A.J. Reed 1B 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .328
J.D. Davis 3B 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .284
Jack Mayfield 2B 3 3 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 .301
Jacob Nottingham C 5 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 1 .353
Ronnie Mitchell DH 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Marc Wik LF 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 .265
Totals 39 5 13 3 0 1 4 4 6 .290

Lancaster JetHawks
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Bryan Radziewski 4.2 7 4 3 5 4 0 3.64
Akeem Bostick (L, 0-2) 3.2 3 2 1 0 4 0 3.00
Totals 8.1 10 6 4 5 8 0 4.78

Low A Quad Cities ride bats to extra inning win: (W 8-5)

Alex Bregman and Nick Tanielu each had good days at the plate, collecting three hits apiece.  Bregman had a double, two RBI, and scored a run, but perhaps his most crucial at bat of the day was to lead off the eleventh inning, when he drew a walk.  Nick Tanielu followed with a single, and then Ramon Laureano struck the fatal blow, a three run home run to left field.

Quad Cities River Bandits
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Jamie Ritchie C 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 .269
Alex Bregman SS 5 1 3 1 0 0 2 1 0 .310
Nick Tanielu 1B-3B 6 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .304
Ryan Bottger RF-1B 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .227
Ramon Laureano LF-RF 6 2 2 1 0 1 3 0 2 .306
Kristian Trompiz 3B-2B 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .236
Trent Woodward DH 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .500
Bobby Boyd CF 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 3 0 .275
Luis Reynoso 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .189
Jason Martin LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .292
Totals 43 8 12 3 0 1 8 8 10 .269

Quad Cities River Bandits
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Christian Powell 5.0 7 4 4 2 5 0 3.20
Jorge Perez (BS, 2) 2.1 4 1 1 0 2 0 4.81
Angel Heredia (W, 3-1) 3.2 0 0 0 1 4 0 0.96
Totals 11.0 11 5 5 3 11 0 2.69

Short season A Tri-City dig early hole, nearly climb out: (L 6-5)

Pat Porter had a massive day, going 3-5 with 2 doubles and a 2 run homerun, and Elieser Hernandez was nearly unhittable in his 4 innings of relief work.  Hernandez allowed only one hit, no runs, and recorded 10 of his 12 outs via strikeout.  A truly dominant performance, but all for naught, as the team's bats were unable to climb out of the six run hole dug for them by the game's starter, Rogelio Armenteros.

Tri-City ValleyCats
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Johnny Sewald CF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .316
Brooks Marlow 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .184
Cesar Carrasco 1B 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .222
Dexture McCall DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .357
Drew Ferguson LF 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 .286
Anthony Hermelyn C 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .178
Pat Porter RF 5 2 3 2 0 1 4 0 1 .175
Bobby Wernes 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .278
a- Bryan Muniz PH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .317
Antonio Nunez SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .320
b- Kolbey Carpenter PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .304
Totals 33 5 8 2 0 1 4 10 6 .243

Tri-City ValleyCats
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Rogelio Armenteros (L, 0-1) 4.0 6 6 6 0 5 2 5.17
Elieser Hernandez 4.0 1 0 0 0 10 0 1.72
Zac Grotz 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 7 6 6 0 15 2 4.03

Rookie league Greeneville, led by Goedert, pour the hits on Elizabethton: (W 10-3)

Connor Goedert went 4-5 with two RBI and a run scored to raise his batting average to a ridiculous .500 ten games into the Rookie league shortened season.  More on his gaudy performance thus far in a moment.  Junior Garcia started, hurling four innings of one hit ball with 1 BB and 4 K's.  Ryan Deemes threw three innings in relief, allowing one run with four hits and recorded six strikeouts.  Connor Goedert has some interesting statistics in ten games so far this year.  In 36 total at bats, he has 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 12 RBI, 1 triple, and 4 walks.  So, he has a triple in 3% of his at bats, a home run in 6% of his at bats, a double in 11% of his at bats, and a single in 31% of his at bats.  Also of note are his RBI totals.  RBI is widely considered, at least in SABR circles, to not be truly representative of a hitter's ability - it's considered a "team stat" by many in the SABR crowd.  It is noteworthy, however, that he is averaging an RBI every third at bat - or slightly better than an RBI per game so far this season.

Greeneville Astros
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Osvaldo Duarte SS 4 1 2 1 1 0 3 1 0 .293
Myles Straw CF 3 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .265
Luis Payano CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .158
Aaron Mizell DH 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .342
a- Justin Garcia PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .083
Connor Goedert 1B 5 1 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 .500
Randy Cesar 3B 4 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .184
Arturo Michelena 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .063
Brauly Mejia LF 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .269
Hector Roa RF 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000
Gabriel Bracamonte C 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .067
Ford Stainback 2B 2 1 2 0 0 0 2 2 0 .286
Totals 37 10 16 3 1 0 10 7 4 .242

Greeneville Astros
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junior Garcia 4.0 1 0 0 1 4 0 0.00
Jose Montero (W, 1-0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Ryan Deemes (H, 1) 3.0 4 1 1 0 6 0 1.13
Brandon Culbreth 0.2 3 2 2 2 1 0 6.75
Joselo Pinales 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 8 3 3 3 11 0 2.24