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Astros Prospect Report: Games of August 15, 2015

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Two unlikely pitchers dominate, Quad Cities gives up a grand slam, and more news from down on the farm.

Will we ever see this outside of Fresn/o
Will we ever see this outside of Fresn/o
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Fresno Grizzlies 6, New Orleans Zephyrs 3

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Jonathan Villar SS 5 2 2 1 0 1 2 0 1 .280
L.J. Hoes RF 5 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 .308
Matt Duffy 3B-1B 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .304
Tyler White 1B 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .374
1- Andrew Aplin PR-CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .255
Jon Singleton DH 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 .269
Robbie Grossman LF 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 .261
Tony Kemp CF-2B 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .263
Max Stassi C 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .203
Nolan Fontana 2B-3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .233
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mike Hauschild 4.2 5 3 3 3 4 1 3.66
Luis Cruz (W, 6-5) 2.1 2 0 0 1 0 0 4.54
Jake Buchanan (S, 3) 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.50

With a win last night, Fresno has now tied Oklahoma City for the best record in the PCL, which is pretty cool (and since I haven’t unfollowed OKC's broadcaster yet, Twitter is telling me all about it). Fresno never relinquished its first-inning lead and always scored immediately after New Orleans came close. They were buoyed by solo shots from Jon Villar and Robbie Grossman, and although Hauschild wasn't on top of his game (three walks versus four strikeouts) the bullpen was lights-out. Villar, in particular, hasn't been discussed much since his demotion (since we're a bit busier talking about his major-league counterpart). Although it's a small sample size (just 88 at-bats versus 148) Villar has hit much better against lefties, as his OPS is .155 points higher against lefties. Barring a Correa/MarGo injury (knock on wood), Villar doesn't look like he has a job at the ML level anytime soon. I'm still surprised we didn't trade him to a team like the Padres at the deadline.
Although Luis Cruz did well in this game, he hasn't shown that he deserved to be on the 40-man this offseason over players like DDJ. His ERA is 4.54, his BB/9 is 4.3, his K/9 is 6.9…he does still have a chance to be a good LOOGY with a 2.81 ERA, 9.1 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9, but why is he still being treated as a possible starter?

Corpus Christi Hooks 7, NW Arkansas Naturals 2

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Danry Vasquez RF 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .192
Teoscar Hernandez CF 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .220
Jon Kemmer DH 5 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .316
A.J. Reed 1B 4 1 2 1 0 0 3 0 1 .322
Jack Mayfield 2B 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .273
Leo Heras LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .264
Jiovanni Mier SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .246
Chan Moon 3B 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 .268
Alfredo Gonzalez C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .283
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kyle Westwood (W, 8-6) 8.0 6 1 1 1 7 0 4.50
Juan Minaya 1.0 1 1 1 0 1 0 3.16

Kyle Westwood was straight-up dominant in this game. After giving up a run in the first, he gave up none over the rest of his eight innings, struck out seven, walked only one, and induced eight groundouts versus four flyouts. Jon Kemmer hit a triple down the right-field line, A.J. Reed drove in three runs, and the Hooks increased their lead over the rest of the Texas League (75-44!). This start for Westwood was a welcome change from his last games: Outside of a 1.2 outing in which he allowed two runs, the rest of his past ten starts have been games in which he's allowed at least three runs (although one was a complete game). The strikeouts in this past game were really a welcome surprise: Although he does have a miniscule 1.75 BB/9, he also has a pretty bad 4.67 K/9. His ERA is buoyed by a .330 BABIP, so some regression seems to be in store.

Lancaster Jethawks 3, San Jose Giants 1

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
James Ramsay CF 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 2 .308
Alex Bregman SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .260
Derek Fisher DH 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 .256
Chase McDonald 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .288
Ronnie Mitchell RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .290
Jamie Ritchie C 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .296
Sean McMullen LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .294
Mott Hyde 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .295
Marc Wik 3B 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .263
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Keegan Yuhl (W, 4-0) 7.0 3 0 0 3 4 0 1.41
Tyler Brunnemann (H, 5) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.50
Andrew Walter (H, 2) 0.2 2 1 1 1 0 0 5.64
Jordan Mills (S, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.40

A rare pitcher's duel in the Cal League was made possible by Keegan Yuhl going a career-high seven scoreless innings and allowing just three hits. Jordan Mills finished the game off when Andrew Walter allowed San Jose's only run, and James Ramsay's two RBIs accounted for the difference. A 35th-round draftee last year, Yuhl had been a late-innings reliever for most of his time in the high minors until he suddenly transitioned to a starter and has allowed four runs in 27.2 innings over his five starts for a 1.30 ERA. If you remove the three runs allowed in his very first start, his ERA (in Lancaster!) would be 1.03 over 61.2 innings (instead, it's 1.41 over 64.0).

Lake County Captains 5, Quad Cities River Bandits 0

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Bobby Boyd CF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .279
Jason Martin LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .286
Nick Tanielu 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .307
Drew Ferguson RF 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .266
Bryan Muniz 1B 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .237
Jose Fernandez 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .211
Ryan Bottger DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .222
Garrett Stubbs C 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .241
Kristian Trompiz SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .240
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Joshua James (L, 5-3) 5.0 2 4 0 3 4 1 2.60
Eric Peterson 2.0 3 1 1 0 4 0 3.00
Jorge Perez 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4.57

Tri-City ValleyCats: SUSPENDED (Rain)
Pulaski Yankees 8, Greeneville Astros 1

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Ford Stainback 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .273
Daz Cameron CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .300
Connor Goedert 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .297
Brauly Mejia RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .279
Kyle Tucker DH 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .308
Randy Cesar 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .242
Luis Payano LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250
Christian Correa C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .150
Osvaldo Duarte SS 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 .242

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Yhoan Acosta (L, 0-2) 3.0 3 4 4 3 3 1 5.09
Dylan James 2.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Makay Nelson 3.0 4 4 2 3 1 0 5.79

GCL Astros 5, GCL Pirates 3

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Vicente Sanchez CF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .203
Joan Mauricio 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .196
Wander Franco DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .234
Connor MacDonald 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .225
Bryan De La Cruz RF 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .261
Frankeny Fernandez LF 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 .153
Brian Pena C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
Ihan Bernal C 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .175
Jared Cruz 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 .217
Miguelangel Sierra SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .128
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Thomas Eshelman 2.0 1 1 1 2 3 0 4.50
Franklin Perez 3.0 3 2 2 0 1 0 3.00
Juan Robles (W, 1-1) 3.0 2 0 0 1 4 0 2.00
Abdiel Saldana (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 6.75

DSL Astros Blue 8, DSL Royals 0

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Andy Pineda CF 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .300
Juan Fuente 2B 5 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .284
Reiny Beltre 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .301
Cristopher Luciano 1B 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .269
Ronny Jimenez SS 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .201
Ozziel Sanchez-galan SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .228
Angel Tejeda LF 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 .249
Angel De Leon RF 3 2 2 0 0 1 2 2 0 .243
Carlos Canelon C 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .227
Jose Hernandez DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .208
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Cristian Javier (W, 4-0) 5.0 2 0 0 1 6 0 2.18
Yonatan Quintin 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.77
Cristofer Melendez 1.0 0 0 0 3 2 0 2.21
Jacques Sambo 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.91

DSL Astros Orange 3, DSL Rangers1 2

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Darlin Figueroa CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143
Hector Martinez RF 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .238
Carlos Machado LF 4 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 .338
Randy Vasquez C 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .306
Nicolas Miranda SS 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .258
Anthony Rodriguez 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .227
Felix Lucas 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .214
Jose Carrillo DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .237
Anardo Peralta 2B 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .159
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Juan Lopez 4.0 2 0 0 0 4 0 4.73
Ezequiel Madera 2.1 3 2 1 2 3 0 6.14
Edwin Villarroel (BS, 4)(W, 1-3) 2.2 4 0 0 0 2 0 4.54