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Astros Prospect Report: Games of August 8, 2015

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Two offensive explosions, both coupled with excellent pitching performances, and more news from down on the farm.

Definitely need a picture of that bat.
Definitely need a picture of that bat.
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Fresno Grizzlies 12, Sacramento River Cats 2

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Jonathan Villar SS 6 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 .273
Alex Presley CF 4 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .321
L.J. Hoes RF 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 .310
Matt Duffy 3B 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 .301
Joe Sclafani 2B 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .297
Jon Singleton 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 .271
Tyler White DH 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 .359
Robbie Grossman LF 4 2 1 0 0 1 3 1 3 .259
Max Stassi C 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .195
Tyler Heineman C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273
Nolan Fontana 2B-3B 5 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .230
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mike Hauschild (W, 6-3) 6.0 6 2 2 1 8 0 3.49
Jake Buchanan (S, 2) 3.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 4.57

A seven-run third inning blew this game wide open and the Grizzlies coasted to yet another win. They are now twenty games above .500 and are tied for first place in the PCL, which means that they are the third Astros affiliate to have the current best record in their league (Lancaster has a run differential around +100, but they are somehow .500). The inning was boosted by a Robbie Grossman three-run home run followed by a Max Stassi solo shot and a Nolan Fontana triple that was nearly a homer. Grossman has been a bit of a forgotten player this year, but he is heating up a bit. In August thus far (six game SSS) he's slashed .421/.476/.684 with two doubles and a home run. He'll never really have power, he'll always have a decent OBP, and he'll never make it as an Astro.Just trade him for a lottery ticket after the season and be done with it.

Mike Hauschild pitched very well in six innings, striking out eight, walking one, and allowing two runs on two hits. He also had an excellent 8-2 GO-FO ratio. He's been a groundball machine his whole career with a 2.24 GO/AO over his 391.0 IP in his career (he was a 33rd-rounder in 2012). Oddly, over his ten starts at Fresno, he's had three terrible starts (two at home, one at Reno) and seven excellent starts where he hasn't allowed more than two runs and has gone at least six innings in all but one game. The terrible starts happen every third game (the first time it happened was actually his second start), so he's "due" for another one in his next start. He really does have to improve his K/9, which is only 6.9 at Fresno in 53.1 innings.

Midland Rockhounds 5, Corpus Christi Hooks 4

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Danry Vasquez LF 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 .194
Teoscar Hernandez CF 5 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .221
Colin Moran 3B 5 2 2 0 0 2 3 0 1 .312
A.J. Reed DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .283
Jon Kemmer RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .306
Jack Mayfield 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .270
Conrad Gregor 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .241
Roberto Pena C 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .243
Jiovanni Mier SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .249
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Brian Holmes 6.2 4 2 2 2 8 0 4.57
Ruben Alaniz (L, 4-3) 1.1 3 2 2 1 1 0 5.80
Travis Ballew 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 4.18

The bullpen for Corpus let its team down after Brian Holmes pitched well (eight strikeouts, two walks, two runs, 8-3 GO-FO) over 6.2 innings. The offense nearly came back in the ninth but could only muster one run which wasn't enough to send the game to extras. Colin Moran did make it close with two home runs, his third and fourth in his last ten games and his six and seventh on the season. He has suddenly had a power surge that is probably a result of a difference in his swing (I don't actually know the reason). Ever since the Double-A All-Star Game, he's slashed .362/.424/.610 for an OPS of 1.034 that I don't think any of us actually expected out him. Something interesting: On the season as a whole, he's slashing .350/.398/.567, but against lefties he's only slashing .211/.310/.250. He's almost definitely going to be a future platoon player at third if he reaches the majors.

High Desert Mavericks 11, Lancaster Jethawks 4

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
James Ramsay RF-CF 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .312
Alex Bregman SS 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .269
Derek Fisher CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .252
Edwin Medina RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143
J.D. Davis 3B 3 2 1 0 0 1 3 1 1 .283
Ronnie Mitchell DH 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .294
Jamie Ritchie C 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .317
Chase McDonald 1B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .292
Mott Hyde 2B 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 .279
Marc Wik LF 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .256
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Bryan Radziewski (L, 3-5) 0.2 4 6 6 2 0 0 4.16
Troy Scribner 4.2 6 1 1 2 7 0 5.40
Andrew Walter 2.1 5 3 3 0 2 1 5.65
Jordan Mills 1.1 2 1 0 0 3 0 5.74

Bryan Radziewski didn't have much luck, giving up four hits and two walks that led to six runs (he left the bases loaded and Scribner let them all score along with one of his own). After the first, Scribner went into shutdown mode and didn't allow any runs for the rest of his outing, striking out seven along the way. Although Scribner does have an excellent 10.2 K/9, he also has a not-excellent 4.9 BB/9 that is definitely contributing to his 5.40 ERA in Lancaster.

J.D. Davis gave Lancaster most of its scoring in the game by way of a three-run homer. He admittedly does have a big strikeout problem (132 in 102 games) but he also has a big bat. He seems determined to chase down A.J. Reed and his minors-leading 29 homers (Davis has 21). He does walk enough for a .362 OBP to accompany his .283 batting average. Until he hits Corpus next year we still won't quite know what to make of him (Real power? Are the Ks fixable?).

Quad Cities 10, Dayton Dragons 0

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Jason Martin LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .289
Bobby Boyd CF 3 2 2 0 0 0 3 1 0 .282
Nick Tanielu 2B 4 1 2 0 0 1 3 1 1 .313
Bryan Muniz DH 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .238
Ramon Laureano RF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .272
Garrett Stubbs C 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .267
Ryan Bottger 1B 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .222
Luis Reynoso 3B 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .267
Kristian Trompiz SS 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .252
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Joshua James (W, 5-2) 6.0 5 0 0 2 7 0 2.74
Eric Peterson (H, 1) 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2.94
Steve Naemark 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00

A six-run eighth finished off the poor Dayton Dragons who couldn't even get a hit against the QC bullpen. Joshua James struck out seven in six strong shutout innings to lower his ERA to 2.74. His ERA had been low the whole season, but two games in which he allowed eight runs in a combined 6.1 innings raised his ERA to 3.14 (of course, two starts with no runs allowed will fix that). The walks have started to creep up: he only had 18 in 54.0 innings pre-All-Star Break, but since the Break he's issued 17 free passes in only 38.0 innings. He's also only allowed one home run on the season for whatever that's worth.

Nick Tanielu has been really good since the All-Star Break. He's slashing .336/.377/.503 with three home runs, ten walks, and only eighteen strikeouts. I can't wait to see what he'll do at Lancaster next year (he'll probably be really good). He does play a pretty heavily stacked position (third base) so it's interesting to see how that will play out.

Tri-City RiverCats 5, Aberdeen Ironbirds 1

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Johnny Sewald CF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .250
Brooks Marlow 2B 2 1 2 0 0 1 2 1 0 .248
Aaron Mizell LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .265
Hector Roa RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .267
Alexander Melendez RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .214
Pat Porter 1B 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 .263
Kolbey Carpenter DH 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .279
Anthony Hermelyn C 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .235
Cesar Carrasco 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .198
Antonio Nunez SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .244
Keach Ballard SS-3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .152
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Trent Thornton (W, 4-0) 5.0 3 1 0 0 3 0 3.32
Scott Weathersby (H, 2) 2.0 3 0 0 0 1 0 2.84
Juan Santos 1.1 0 0 0 2 0 0 3.52
Jacob Dorris (S, 3) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Bristol Pirates 6, Greeneville Astros 5

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Myles Straw LF 3 2 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 .258
Daz Cameron CF 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .458
Connor Goedert 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .314
Brauly Mejia DH 4 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 .288
Kyle Tucker RF 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .261
Ford Stainback 2B 4 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 .303
Arturo Michelena 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .218
Christian Correa C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .133
a- Rodrigo Ayarza PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
Osvaldo Duarte SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .238
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Devonte German 4.2 7 4 2 2 1 0 2.73
Erasmo Pinales 2.1 2 1 1 2 1 0 1.99
Lachlan Madden (L, 0-1) 2.0 3 1 1 0 2 0 1.23


GCL Astros 5, GCL Braves 1

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Nestor Tejada CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .197
Marcos Almonte 2B 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .462
Wander Franco 3B 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .216
Connor MacDonald 1B 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 .218
Jake Bowey DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .238
Bryan De La Cruz RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .264
Brian Pena C 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 .111
Nestor Muriel LF 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 .114
Miguelangel Sierra SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .156
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hector Perez 3.2 4 0 0 0 5 0 1.65
Junior Garcia 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.40
Starlyn Taveras (W, 2-1) 1.0 0 0 0 2 1 0 5.19
Carlos Sanabria (H, 2) 3.2 2 1 1 3 4 0 4.62
Dariel Aquino 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 23.63

DSL Phillies 5, DSL Astros Blue 3

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Andy Pineda CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .288
Oscar Campos DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .293
Reiny Beltre 3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .336
Cristopher Luciano 1B 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .284
Ronny Jimenez SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .203
Angel De Leon RF 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .234
Carlos Canelon C 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .196
Fredy Medina 2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a- Orlando Marquez PH-2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .233
Wilson Amador LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .153

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Ricardo Castro 4.0 4 2 2 1 3 1 1.93
Robert Corniel 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 7.20
Hansel Paulino 4.0 4 1 1 0 1 0 4.84
Yonatan Quintin 2.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.96
Gabriel Pirela (L, 2-5) 1.0 1 2 2 2 0 0 5.00

DSL Mariners2 8, DSL Astros Orange 0

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Darlin Figueroa CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .118
Hector Martinez RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .225
Carlos Machado DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .346
Randy Vasquez C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .314
Nicolas Miranda SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .252
Ronny Rafael LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .204
Anthony Rodriguez 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .217
Felix Lucas 1B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .205
a- Jose Hernandez PH-1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .091
Jose Carrillo 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .257

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Maikel Sepulveda (L, 2-3) 3.0 3 3 2 3 3 0 5.57
Ezequiel Madera 2.0 2 4 2 3 2 0 7.56
Juan Cuevas 3.0 2 1 1 1 3 0 4.42