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Astros Prospect Report: Games of August 22, 2015

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A winning streak snapped, a scoreless streak snapped, and more news from down on the farm.

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Round Rock Express 4, Fresno Grizzlies 2

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Jonathan Villar SS 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 .276
Tony Kemp LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .272
Tyler White DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .389
Jon Singleton 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .264
L.J. Hoes RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .307
Nolan Fontana 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .236
Andrew Aplin CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .263
Max Stassi C 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .214
Joe Sclafani 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .302
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Brady Rodgers (L, 9-7) 2.1 4 1 1 0 3 0 4.51
Luis Cruz 2.2 2 3 3 1 2 0 4.64
Jake Buchanan 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4.24
Juan Minaya 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00
Tyson Perez 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 2.62

Fresno's 11-game winning streak was snapped by...the baby Rangers. That definitely stings. Brady Rodgers, the starter for the Grizzlies (who are 19-2 in August, if you can believe that), left in the third with back issues, and Luis Cruz, his replacement, allowed the three runs that made up the difference. The hitters didn't really do much to support their pitchers--only Jon Villar could manage an extra-base hit.
This season, Brady Rodgers has a mediocre 4.53 ERA, but his stats give some reason for hope: He has just a 1.99 BB/9, his BABIP is an unlucky .323, and he's allowed nearly 30% of baserunners to score, a trend that's sure to regress positively. Some more strikeouts would sweeten the pot, but the top-notch control is nothing to sneeze at. Get well soon!

NW Arkansas 2, Corpus Christi Hooks 1

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Leo Heras LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .263
Teoscar Hernandez CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .220
Colin Moran 3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .298
A.J. Reed 1B 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .333
Jon Kemmer RF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .325
Jiovanni Mier SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .249
Conrad Gregor DH 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .240
Jack Mayfield 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .248
Roberto Pena C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .238
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Michael Feliz (L, 6-3) 6.0 7 2 2 0 6 0 2.23
Travis Ballew 3.0 3 0 0 0 4 0 3.77
The lack of offense on the NW Arkansas side wasn't that surprising (Michael Feliz was on the bump) but the lack of offense on the Hooks' side was a bit surprising--but, of course, A.J. Reed collected a couple hits and an RBI. Michael Feliz had a scoreless streak going into the game of 26.1 innings, but it was finally halted at 31 due to a Terrance Gore triple--and yes, he was in the World Series last year. Neither Feliz nor Ballew issued any walks, which is a plus.
Something interesting: Feliz has lowered his BB/9 from 3.2 in Quad Cities last year (102.2 IP) to 2.2 for Corpus this year (72.2 IP), which bodes well for future performance.  Come mid-September (whenever the AA playoffs end) Feliz should be called up to the major league team to pitch out of the bullpen. Also, Feliz is still an option for the playoffs this year, and while it's probably not going to happen, an injury (knock on wood) could get him into the bullpen in October.

Lancaster Jethawks 8, Lake Elsinore Storm 2

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
James Ramsay DH 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 .315
Alex Bregman SS 4 1 3 1 1 0 3 1 0 .317
Derek Fisher CF 5 0 3 1 0 0 3 0 1 .259
Chase McDonald 1B 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .281
Ronnie Mitchell RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .290
a- Edwin Medina PH-RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .154
Jamie Ritchie C 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 .280
Sean McMullen LF 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 .350
Marc Wik 3B 5 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 .269
Ruben Castro 2B 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Christian Powell (W, 1-2) 5.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 13.50
David Paulino (S, 1) 4.0 3 2 2 0 3 0 7.04
Here's a reference point: Corpus Christi is 78-47. Quad Cities is 79-43. Fresno is 78-49. The Lake Elsinore Storm are 46-79. Only one batter in their lineup today was hitting over .260, and only two were hitting above .241. Is it any wonder that, even in one of the more normal Cal League parks, Lancaster won by a lot? Alex Bregman was a homer shy of the cycle (plus a walk and SB), the team hit five doubles and had twenty total bases as a whole, and no home runs were hit. Bregman has now hit safely in 18 of his last 19 games. He only has three more walks than strikeouts. In twenty games in August, he's slashing .365/.417/.494 with a home run and eight stolen bases. I can't wait to see what he'll do when he's not fatigued from playing a long college baseball season.
Here's a name I bet you don't know: Christian Powell, a righty who joined the organization this year as a minor league free agent. He shut down the Storm for five innings, striking out two, walking none, and inducing eleven groundouts versus just two flyouts. If that's his calling card, I'd love to know, because he doesn't seem to be doing much else (decent control, though).

Quad Cities River Bandits 6, Kane County Cougars 5

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Bobby Boyd CF 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .281
Drew Ferguson LF 5 2 3 0 0 1 1 0 1 .289
Nick Tanielu 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .311
Bryan Muniz DH 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .259
Jose Fernandez 2B 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 .196
Ramon Laureano RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .267
Garrett Stubbs C 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .250
Ryan Bottger 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .222
Luis Reynoso SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .240
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Joshua James (W, 6-3) 5.1 6 3 3 0 0 0 2.73
Eric Peterson (H, 2) 2.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 2.80
Angel Heredia (S, 9) 1.0 1 2 2 2 1 0 2.06

This game came down to the wire due to two runs allowed by closer Angel Heredia, but he sealed the deal and didn't give up the lead. Interestingly, Heredia was the only QC pitcher to K a batter. Two solo shots from surprising places--Jose Fernandez and Drew Ferguson had combined for just one homer at QC entering the game--helped make up the final difference. 
Joshua James, Quad Cities' starting pitcher, was pretty good early on until he ran into some trouble in the fifth and sixth. James' strikeout and walk numbers aren't that great (just a 2.0 K/BB ratio), but his ERA is just 2.73. He'll probably see Lancaster next year, and that could be a tall task for him. He doesn't turn 23 until Spring Training, so he has time to figure it all out.

Tri-City ValleyCats 7, Hudson Valley Renegades 6

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Johnny Sewald CF 3 1 3 1 0 0 2 1 0 .280
Brooks Marlow 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .233
Aaron Mizell LF 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 .276
Bobby Wernes 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .336
Antonio Nunez SS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Dexture McCall 1B 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .288
Cesar Carrasco 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .206
Pat Porter RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .254
Kolbey Carpenter DH 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .272
Keach Ballard SS-3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
Marlon Avea C 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .100
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Alex Winkelman 2.1 7 4 4 0 3 0 2.70
David Schmidt 1.2 1 1 1 1 3 0 7.71
Rogelio Armenteros (W, 2-2) 3.1 2 1 1 1 2 0 4.09
Jacob Dorris (S, 6) 1.2 0 0 0 0 4 0 0.00

Danville Braves 6, Greeneville Astros 5

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Myles Straw LF 4 2 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 .275
Daz Cameron CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .271
Randy Cesar 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 .240
Connor Goedert DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .285
Kyle Tucker RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .273
Arturo Michelena 2B 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .211
Justin Garcia 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .167
Christian Correa C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .182
a- Gabriel Bracamonte PH-C 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .152
1- Luis Payano PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .247
Ford Stainback SS 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .269
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Salvador Montano 4.0 6 3 3 0 5 0 5.45
Dylan James 1.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1.93
Albert Abreu (L, 2-2) 2.0 4 3 3 1 4 1 3.03
Joselo Pinales 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.70

GCL Braves 7, GCL Astros 5

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Marcos Almonte DH 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .321
Vicente Sanchez CF 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .216
Wander Franco 1B 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 .241
Bryan De La Cruz RF 3 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 .262
Jared Cruz 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .183
Frankeny Fernandez LF 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .147
Jorge Martinez C 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .111
Jake Bowey C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .227
Jonathan Matute 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .152
Miguelangel Sierra SS 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .169
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Carlos Sanabria (L, 2-5) 2.0 4 4 3 2 2 1 4.60
Luis Ramirez 2.0 6 3 3 0 0 1 3.93
Starlyn Taveras 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3.86
Hector Perez 3.0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1.16

DSL A's 4, DSL Astros 3 (8 inn.)

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Edgar Lorenzo LF-RF 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 .407
2- Angel Tejeda PR-RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .249
Andy Pineda CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .293
Reiny Beltre 3B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .282
Wilson Amador LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .174
Cristopher Luciano 1B 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .266
1- Jose Hernandez PR-1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .196
Juan Fuente RF-2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .288
Ronny Jimenez 2B-3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .201
Oscar Campos C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .279
Orlando Marquez C 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .223
Angel De Leon DH 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .245
Ozziel Sanchez-galan SS 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .238
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Robert Corniel 4.0 3 2 2 4 2 0 5.27
Jacques Sambo 3.0 4 1 1 1 0 0 4.40
Cristofer Melendez (L, 2-4) 1.0 1 1 0 0 2 0 2.78

DSL Astros Orange 9, DSL Nationals 7

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Darlin Figueroa RF 5 2 3 0 0 1 2 0 1 .204
Anardo Peralta 3B-SS 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 .182
Carlos Machado LF 4 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 .344
Randy Vasquez C 3 2 1 0 1 0 2 2 1 .309
Nicolas Miranda 2B 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .262
a- Jose Carrillo PH-2B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .224
Ronny Rafael CF 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .180
Felix Lucas 1B 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .198
Jose Hernandez DH 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .091
Fredy Medina SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .143
Anthony Rodriguez 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .218
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Javier Navas 4.0 5 3 3 2 3 0 2.86
Ezequiel Madera (W, 1-1) 2.0 4 2 2 3 3 0 5.88
Bryan Abreu (H, 1) 1.2 0 2 0 2 1 0 3.83
Yan De La Cruz (S, 4) 1.1 2 0 0 0 1 0 8.74