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Astros Prospect Report: Fresno wins ninth-straight; Lancaster rallies for wild victory; Quad Cities sweeps doubleheader

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

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AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 7-0 win over Round Rock (TEX)

-> Tyler White: 2-for-3, BB, 4 RBI
-> Max Stassi: 2-for-3, BB, R
-> Matt Duffy: 2-for-4, 2 SB, 2 RBI, 2 R
-> L.J. Hoes: 1-for-1, 2 BB, 2 SB, 2 R
-> Robbie Grossman: 1-for-3, BB, R
-> Tony Kemp: 1-for-3, BB
-> Andrew Aplin: 1-for-4, RBI, R
-> Jon Singleton: 1-for-4

SP Asher Wojciechowski: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K (win)
RP Luis Cruz: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K
RP Joe Thatcher: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K
RP James Hoyt: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K

It's little wonder Fresno is on a nine-game winning streak and is now 17-1 in August. Matt Duffy has six-straight two-hit games, and is batting .471 over his eight-game hitting streak...and he ain't even the hottest hitter on the team.

White ends the day hitting .401 in AAA, guys. He's hitting PCL pitching like a meteor hits a doomed planet. He has...I mean, this guy's last 10 games are stupid-good. 21 hits during them, .525 average, seven walks, 19 RBI. His OPS with Fresno is well over 1.100 now, despite not hitting a ton of homers left and right. He now has just one more strike out than walk.

They're gonna have to find a taker for Hoes this off-season, he's hitting too well over too big a sample to just let him waste away in AAA forever. He's up to .312/.393/.427 on the season, and is now 23-for-28 (82.1%) in stolen base attempts. His walk rate is high and he's struck out just 56 times in 85 games. I mean, if we had a need at the MLB level, we'd be banging the #CALLAMUP drums.

TCB writer favorite James Hoyt has a 1.19 ERA in his last 32 appearances. That stretches back into late April, folks.

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 4-2 loss to Arkansas (LAA)

-> Colin Moran: 3-for-4
-> Danry Vasquez: 2-for-3, BB, RBI
-> Leo Heras: 2-for-4, solo HR
-> Teoscar Hernandez: 1-for-4
-> Jack Mayfield: 1-for-4
-> Conrad Gregor: 0-for-2, R, 2 BB
-> Alfredo Gonzalez: 0-for-3, BB

SP Chris Devenski: 5.0 IP, 2 R (0 ER), 4 H, 4 BB, 2 K (loss)
RP Aaron West: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 0 K
RP Travis Ballew: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K

Nice day for Moran, who had really fallen apart recently; he had six-straight hitless games, during which he whiffed 10 times, coming into this one. He's at .296/.364/.450 with 22 doubles and seven long balls in 80 games on the year now.

Good couple of outings recently for Devenski, aside from the walks tonight. Prior to his last two games, the previous three had been the Regression Monster killing him; he coughed up 20 earned run on 34 hits in 14.1 innings, whew. He has a 2.76 ERA, 2.33 BB/9 and 7.68 K/9 now.

West's walk rate after this outing is 1.05 BB/9, and that's led to a healthy 6.78 K/BB ratio.

By the way, Reed had a down game; 0-for-4 with a pair of strike outs.

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 14-13 win over Inland Empire (LAA)

-> James Ramsay: 4-for-5, BB, HR, SB, RBI, 3 R
-> Brian Holberton: 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R
-> Marc Wik: 3-for-5, 2 RBI
-> Alex Bregman: 2-for-3, BB, 2 SB, 2 RBI, 2 R
-> Chase McDonald: 2-for-5, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
-> Sean McMullen: 1-for-3, 3B, SB, RBI, 2 BB, 2 R
-> Mott Hyde: 1-for-3, R, 2 BB
-> Ronnie Mitchell: 1-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI
-> Edwin Medina: 1-for-4, BB, 2B, R

SP Akeem Bostick: 2.0 IP, 8 R (7 ER), 7 H, 1 BB, 1 K
RP Troy Scribner: 4.0 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 2 K
RP Kevin Comer: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 5 K (win)

Oh my. One of those nights. 27 MPH wind out to right in Lancaster. IE puts three up in the first, Lancaster answers with four, IE scores five in the second and is leading 13-5 at the middle of the fourth. Lancaster scores six the next two innings, then two more to tie in the seventh, and then they walk off in the ninth. Crazy.

Ramsay is officially smoking hot. Four of his last five games have been multi-hit games, and he's batting .392 over his last 18 games. He's gone hitless in just three of his last 25 games.

Bregman is on a six-game hitting streak and has three-straight two-hit games. After a slow start, he's got his average up to .293 with Lancaster in 22 games. He now has 12 steals in 51 total games between Lancaster and Quad Cities.

That makes seven homers in the last 12 games for McDonald. He has 26 on the season now.

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: Doubleheader!

Game One: 3-2 win over Wisconsin (MIL)

-> Ramon Laureano: 1-for-2, BB, RBI
-> Nick Tanielu: 1-for-2, BB, R
-> Bobby Boyd: 1-for-3, BB, SB, R
-> Ryan Bottger: 1-for-3, BB, R
-> Kristian Trompiz: 1-for-3
-> Jason Martin: 1-for-4, RBI
-> Bryan Muniz: 0-for-2, BB, RBI
-> Garrett Stubbs: 0-for-2, BB
-> Jose Fernandez: 0-for-2, BB

SP Justin Ferrell: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 6 K (win)
RP Angel Heredia: 1.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K (save)

Game Two: 8-1 win over Wisconsin (MIL)

-> Bryan Muniz: 2-for-2, BB, 2B, R, 3 RBI
-> Drew Ferguson: 2-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 R
-> Kristian Trompiz: 1-for-3, 2 R
-> Trent Woodward: 1-for-3
-> Ramon Laureano: 0-for-2, SB, RBI, 2 BB, 2 R
-> Jose Fernandez: 0-for-2, BB, 2 RBI
-> Ryan Bottger: 0-for-2, RBI
-> Nick Tanielu: 0-for-3, BB, R

SP Dean Deetz: 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K (win)
RP Steve Naemark: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K
RP Eric Peterson: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K

Ferrell lowered his ERA to 1.99 with this gem. It's an 11 game sample now, not giant, but not just a fluky couple of games, either. I'm concerned about how few bats he misses; he has a 5.06 K/9 now, and he's not a super-control guy, either (3.84 BB/9). He has an 8.70 K/9 for his last three games, though, so maybe that's on the upswing.

Deetz has been nails so far with QC. It's just four games, but he has a 1.56 ERA, 4.67 BB/9 and 8.83 K/9 for the Bandits. Walk rate clearly needs work, but 10-0 GB-FB out ratio tonight.

Martin is scuffling a bit, with no multi-hit games in his last ten. His average has dropped, but six walks in his last ten games has kept his OBP afloat during this bit of a cool run. He's at .282/.357/.420 with 24 XBH in 89 games.

SS Tri-City ValleyCats: 9-2 win over Vermont (OAK)

-> Bobby Wernes: 3-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI, R
-> Dexture McCall: 3-for-5, R, 2 RBI
-> Aaron Mizell: 2-for-4, BB, RBI, 2 R
-> Kolbey Carpenter: 1-for-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI
-> Johnny Sewald: 1-for-4, BB, 2 RBI, 2 R
-> Antonio Nunez: 1-for-4, BB, SB, R
-> Pat Porter: 0-for-4, R

SP Ryan Deemes: 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 5 K (win)
RP Chris Murphy: 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K (save)

You know you've been on a good run when you cough up an earned run every other inning and your ERA stays below 2.00. So it is with Shia LaBeouf's doppelganger, Chris Murphy. He owns a 1.76 ERA and a 3.33 K/BB ratio in four games with Tri-City. He's never walked more than one batter in a given game.

Deemes control has been even better. Between Tri-City and Greeneville, he's walked just three batters in 40 innings, good for a stunning 0.68 BB/9. His K/BB ratio is better than 10-to-1 now, and his WHIP is a mere 0.800.

Wernes just keeps rolling. Nine game hitting streak now, and he's up to .339/.428/.371 on the season in 36 games. He would be leading the league in average and OBP if he had enough games to qualify.

RK Greeneville Astros: Off Day

Today's Scheduled Starters

AAA: Brett Oberholtzer vs. TBD
AA: Ruben Alaniz vs. Michael Brady
A+: TBD vs. Brad Wieck
A-: Agapito Barrios vs. Eric Hanhold
SS: Zac Person vs. Evan Manarino
RK: Andrew Thome vs. Matt Withrow