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Astros Prospect Report: Games of August 1, 2015

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Fresno wins a wild one in extras, Joshua James shuts out the Rattlers, and more news from down on the farm.

The walkoff hero.
The walkoff hero.
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Fresno Grizzlies 9, Albuquerque Isotopes 7 (12 inn.)

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Jonathan Villar SS 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 .279
L.J. Hoes RF 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .319
Tyler White DH 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 .372
Alex Presley LF-CF 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 .315
Matt Duffy 1B 4 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 1 .298
Nolan Fontana 3B 5 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 .231
Tony Kemp 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .265
Max Stassi C 6 1 2 0 0 1 4 0 2 .190
Andrew Aplin CF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .241
a- Robbie Grossman PH-LF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mark Appel 7.0 3 1 1 0 10 1 4.45
Kevin Chapman 1.0 3 5 5 1 1 1 5.35
James Hoyt 2.0 1 0 0 1 3 0 4.50
Jason Stoffel (W, 4-2) 2.0 2 1 1 0 5 0 5.14

What a crazy game. Mark Appel pitched seven strong innings while only giving up one run (solo shot) on three hits (all to Wilin Rosario), walking none, and striking out ten. So, of course, Kevin Chapman comes in and gives up five runs in the eighth. Then the Grizzlies rebound and score an unearned run off newly-traded top prospect Miguel Castro. That's when things got even nuttier. James Hoyt had two quick innings (9th and 10th) while the Isotopes brought in outfielder Jeremy Barfield to pitch. Barfield has, in fact, pitched in relief before, doing so twenty-five times last year. He was also excellent. In the top of the 12th, Jason Stoffel allowed a run-scoring double. So, who comes in to close the game? Tim Smalling, a third baseman with no relief experience whatsoever. He quickly gives up a solo shot to Matt Duffy and then a walkoff two-run shot to Max Stassi. I love the minors.

Even before the solo shot, Matt Duffy was heating up. He's gotten a hit every day he's played since July 11th. In July, he slashed .337/.424/.564 (and got two hits, including a homer, and walked twice on August 1st). He now has 14 homers on the year with over a month to go to reach his career high of 19 at one level (Lancaster). There is a good chance he'll be selected in the Rule V draft this offseason, and he may well stick.

Midland Rockhounds 9, Corpus Christi Hooks 6

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Danry Vasquez LF 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .188
Teoscar Hernandez CF 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 .211
Colin Moran 3B 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .302
A.J. Reed 1B 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .300
Jon Kemmer RF 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .306
Jack Mayfield 2B 3 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 .278
Conrad Gregor DH 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .243
Roberto Pena C 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .239
Alfredo Gonzalez C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .292
Chan Moon SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .270
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Edison Frias 4.2 8 4 4 1 6 0 7.71
Chris Cotton 1.2 2 1 1 1 2 1 2.93
Travis Ballew (L, 3-5) 1.2 5 4 4 1 0 0 3.28

This game was a close one until Travis Ballew opened the floodgates in the seventh. One possibility for the sudden implosion: top-notch defensive catcher Roberto Pena was ejected in the seventh for reasons I do not know. Edison Frias's outing was not pretty either, but his peripherals (six Ks, one BB) stood out in a good way.

Teoscar Hernandez, who has retaken center field due to the departure of Brett Phillips, has taken advantage of it so far. He had two singles, two RBIs, and stole his 23rd base of the season. His power hasn't left him in Corpus, as he has thirteen homers on the season, but the ninety-four strikeouts are quite worrisome. Since the All-Star break (after which he was slashing .202/.252/.312) Teoscar has a slash line of .228/.291/.431. He has quite a ways to go, of course, but a .722 OPS isn't that bad, especially considering the struggles he had earlier in the year.

High Desert Mavericks 7, Lancaster Jethawks 6

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
James Ramsay DH 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 .303
Alex Bregman SS 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .087
Derek Fisher CF 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .264
J.D. Davis 3B 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .274
Ronnie Mitchell RF 4 2 3 0 0 2 6 0 0 .285
Jamie Ritchie C 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .298
Chase McDonald 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .288
Marc Wik 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .242
Edwin Medina LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .091
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Austin Chrismon 7.0 9 4 3 0 6 0 4.03
Andrew Walter (H, 1) 1.1 3 2 2 0 2 0 5.70
Jordan Mills (BS, 1)(L, 1-1) 0.1 2 1 1 2 1 0 5.11

Walkoffs can go both ways. The Mavericks scored one in the eighth to bring it within one, Andrew Walter allowed one runner to reach in the ninth, Jordan Mills came in, and two hits, two walks, and two runs later, it was all over in favor of High Desert, spoiling what was a pretty good start, all things considered, from Austin Chrismon, who struck out six and walked none in seven innings in a high-powered environment.

Ronnie Mitchell single-handedly kept the Jethawks in the game with a two-run homer and a grand slam to make up all the Jethawks' runs. He's definitely heating up lately with five homers, a .368 average, and fifteen RBIs in his past ten games. Excluding an oddly terrible hitting month in May (he did walk fourteen times), his average this year would be .327, a big improvement over a still-good .285. He is old for this level, but the thirty-eighth rounder is still showing off a legit boomstick that will be tested in Corpus next year.

Quad Cities River Bandits 5, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 0

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Jason Martin LF 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .294
Bobby Boyd CF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .262
Nick Tanielu 2B 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .315
Ryan Bottger RF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .219
Ramon Laureano DH 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 .281
Jose Fernandez 3B 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .267
Bryan Muniz 1B 3 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .232
Garrett Stubbs C 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .212
Kristian Trompiz SS 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .244
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Joshua James (W, 4-2) 5.2 3 0 0 3 4 0 2.93
Michael Freeman (H, 2) 2.1 0 0 0 0 4 0 1.50
Riley Ferrell 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.20

Joshua James shut out the Timber Rattlers for 5.2 innings, this year's draft picks kept it going, and Quad Cities won its 68th game of the season, which is just outstanding. This roster has definitely had some of the most turnover of any minor league roster but is still catapulting its team to wins game after game.

Mahoning Valley Scrappers 7, Tri-City ValleyCats 4

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Alexander Melendez CF 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .205
Kolbey Carpenter DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .265
Aaron Mizell LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .255
Bobby Wernes 3B 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .333
Cesar Carrasco 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
Pat Porter RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .275
Anthony Hermelyn C 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .214
Hector Roa 1B 4 2 2 0 0 2 3 0 0 .200
Brooks Marlow 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
Keach Ballard SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .159
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Zac Person (L, 1-3) 0.2 5 5 5 1 0 0 9.31
Yeyfry Del Rosario 1.1 2 1 1 1 1 0 5.00
Kevin McCanna 3.0 1 1 1 1 2 0 3.92
Ralph Garza 3.0 1 0 0 1 4 0 3.10
Steve Naemark 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.54

Greeneville Astros 10, Kingsport Mets 6

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Myles Straw LF 5 2 2 1 0 0 2 1 3 .264
Daz Cameron CF 5 2 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 .600
Ford Stainback 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 .341
Connor Goedert 1B 6 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 .309
Brauly Mejia DH 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .273
Kyle Tucker RF 5 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 .600
Kevin Martir C 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 .239
Arturo Michelena 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .197
Osvaldo Duarte SS 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 .238
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Moreno Polanco 4.0 7 3 3 1 2 0 6.75
Starlyng Sanchez (W, 1-0) 1.0 3 2 2 0 1 0 12.00
Lachlan Madden (H, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Matt Bower (S, 1) 3.0 2 1 1 0 6 1 1.50

GCL Astros @ GCL Phillies: SSPD (Rain)

DSL Astros Blue 6, DSL Indians 2

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Andy Pineda CF 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .294
Marcos Almonte LF 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .268
Reiny Beltre 3B 4 2 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 .326
Cristopher Luciano 1B 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 .297
Orlando Marquez C 3 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 .245
Oscar Campos DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .299
Angel De Leon RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .250
Ozziel Sanchez-galan SS 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .237
Fredy Medina 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jose Ramos 4.0 0 1 1 1 7 0 2.03
Felipe Tejada (W, 2-3) 4.0 4 1 1 1 4 0 6.53
Josue Uribe 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.36

DSL Astros Orange 3, DSL Angels 2

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Alejandro Garcia LF 4 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 .459
Juan Fuente 2B 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .259
Hector Martinez RF 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .223
Randy Vasquez 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .331
Carlos Machado DH 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .344
a- Jose Hernandez PH-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .167
Ronny Rafael CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .202
Nicolas Miranda SS 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .160
Brandon Benavente C 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .200
Anardo Peralta 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .136
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Gabriel Valdez 4.0 3 0 0 2 2 0 4.02
Angelo Serrano (W, 1-0) 4.0 2 2 2 2 4 0 4.70
Luis Vasquez (S, 2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 6.75