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Astros Prospect Report: Games of April 9th, 2016

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Francis Martes pitched six innings of one-hit ball, Evan Gattis homered, and other news from down on the farm.

Houston, Corpus, wherever...El Oso Blanco is still gonna smash
Houston, Corpus, wherever...El Oso Blanco is still gonna smash
Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

WARNING: Small sample size alert. Small sample size alert. Small sample size alert.

Fresno Grizzlies: PPD (wet field)

Corpus Christi Hooks 6, Tulsa Drillers 0

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
LF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.111
Alex Bregman SS 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.364
DH 4 1 3 0 0 1 3 0 0 0.417
CF 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 0.273
3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.100
Chase McDonald 1B 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.333
Trent Woodward C 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.250
RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000
Jack Mayfield 2B 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.750
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Francis Martes (W, 1-0) 6 1 0 0 2 1 0 0.00
Michael Freeman 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Reymin Guduan 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.00

The Hooks jumped on Tulsa early, with Derek Fisher hitting a two-run homer in the first and Evan Gattis adding a three-run shot of his own in the second. Top prospect Francis Martes, 2015 draftee Michael Freeman, and flamethrower Reymin Guduan combined for nine shutout innings. They only combined for two strikeouts, but they definitely kept the ball on the ground, with fourteen flyouts versus four groundouts. Martes was especially exceptional, allowing only one hit (albeit with two walks issued as well). This outing shows his improvement in Corpus Christi since, in three starts down south last year, his ERA was an ugly 4.91.

Alex Bregman added his third and fourth singles of the year, and although it's only been three games (the SSS to end all SSSs) he has yet to strikeout and has also walked twice. More power would be useful, but his plate discipline is what sets him apart.

Unsurprisingly, Evan Gattis has hit well in Double-A, to the tune of nine total bases in three games (and only one strikeout!). Here's to a quick return to the major leagues. However, he will have to cede to Tyler white.

Lancaster Jethawks: PPD (rain)

Cedar Rapids Kernels 6, Quad Cities River Bandits 2

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Johnny Sewald DH 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.214
Daz Cameron RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.000
Kyle Tucker CF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.300
Pat Porter 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.000
Christian Correa C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000
Bobby Wernes 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.091
Brooks Marlow 2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.250
Aaron Mizell LF 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.250
Osvaldo Duarte SS 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.500
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Chris Murphy (L, 0-1) 4.1 4 4 2 3 3 0 4.15
Adam Whitt 1.2 1 2 2 4 1 0 23.14
Ryan Deemes 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Ralph Garza 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00

The River Bandits fell behind early; the Kernels took a 3-0 lead before Pat Porter drove in a run with a fielder's choice in the third, and didn't score again until the seventh, when Daz Cameron scored Osvaldo Duarte with an RBI groundout. Chirs Murphy and Adam Whitt did induce a healthy amount of groundouts, but walks did them in, giving Whitt an unfortunate ERA of 23.14, which is still lower than it was after his first outing--his ERA was 54.00 after that appearance.

Johnny Sewald's power is as non-existent as ever, but he has already swiped two bags even though he's only reached base four times. Seven strikeouts in three games, however, may be an issue.