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Astros Prospect Report: Games of April 27, 2016

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A close game goes bananas late for both Fresno and Lancaster, David Paulino delivers another dominant appearance in Corpus Christi, and the River Bandits were rained out.

David Paulino continued making his case for a promotion - both systemically and in the national prospect rankings - with another dominant performance in Corpus
David Paulino continued making his case for a promotion - both systemically and in the national prospect rankings - with another dominant performance in Corpus
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Better late than never, Astros fans!  Let's get right to it.

AAA Fresno Grizzlies: LOST 7-3 to the Reno Aces (ARI)

This was a pretty good game until the bottom of the eighth inning.

Brad Peacock got the start and posted middling results.  He struck out nine hitters in his five and two-thirds innings pitched, which is encouraging, but he also gave up three walks and seven hits, including a pair of singles to lead off the bottom of the third inning followed by Peter O'Brien's seventh home run of the season to plate three total runs and give the Aces the lead.  It was O'Brien's fourth home run in three games.

There the score stayed until the top of the eighth inning.  Roberto Pena recorded a one out single, Danny Worth followed a Nolan Fontana strikeout with a two-out walk, and then A.J. Reed drew a walk against lefty reliever Scott Rice, who entered the game to face Reed, to load the bases.  Eury Perez pinch ran for Reed, and Colin Moran came to the plate to provide some salivation for Astros fans:

Note that Moran's double also came off the lefty, Rice, who promptly was pulled from the game after this pitch.

In the bottom of the eighth, however, things went very badly very quickly.  Kevin Chapman entered the game and gave up a lead off double to O'Brien followed by a single that advanced O'Brien to third, a ground out that advanced the runner to second while holding O'Brien at third, a walk to load the bases, and then a bases clearing double to pinch hitter Kyle Jensen.

Jordan Jankowski was brought in to put out the fire that Chapman started and promptly threw a wild pitch, allowing Jensen to advance to third, and then gave up a sacrifice fly, allowing Jensen to score but mercifully retiring the second out.  Jankowski then struck out Jason Bourgeois to end the frame, but Chapman had already allowed the fatal blow.

Moran's only hit in four trips to the plate was the double, and his slash line currently sits at .313/.357/.422 with a 25% K rate that has recently been trending a bit more positively.  As has been pointed out by some prospectphiles here on the site, many of Moran's strikeouts have been looking, and several of those have been questionable on the umpire's part, so it's possible the K rate is inflated some and will come down.

A.J. Reed was 1-3 with a single and a walk in the game, Jon Singleton was 0-4 with two strikeouts, a pop out to short, and a fly out to center field, and Matt Duffy - who has struggled terribly in Triple-A since his demotion from the Big League club - was 0-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.  Moran's double was the only extra base hit of the game for the Grizzlies, who managed just three hits and a walk off Aces starter Braden Shipley.  Juan Minaya was probably the brightest spot of the game for the Grizzlies from a pitching perspective, pitching a hitless inning and a third in relief of Brad Peacock.

Box Score:

Fresno Grizzlies
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Nolan Fontana SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .184
Danny Worth 2B 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .364
A.J. Reed 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .246
1- Eury Perez PR-LF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278
Colin Moran 3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 3 0 1 .313
Matt Duffy LF-1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .140
Jon Singleton DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .200
Jon Kemmer RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .216
Andrew Aplin CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .109
Roberto Pena C 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .176
Totals 33 3 6 1 0 0 3 3 12 .238
1-Ran for Reed in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Moran (4, Rice).
TB: Kemmer; Worth 2; Pena, R; Moran 2; Reed.
RBI: Moran 3 (13).
2-out RBI: Moran 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Duffy 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Duffy (Gosewisch at 2nd base).

Reno Aces
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Jason Bourgeois DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .392
Socrates Brito RF-CF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .167
Mike Freeman 2B 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .394
Peter O'Brien 1B-LF 4 2 2 1 0 1 3 0 1 .343
Zach Borenstein LF-RF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250
Carlos Rivero 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .241
Tuffy Gosewisch C 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .357
Evan Marzilli CF 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 .236
a- Kyle Jensen PH-1B 1 1 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 .317
Sean Jamieson SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 .240
Totals 32 7 10 2 1 1 7 4 10 .294
a-Doubled for Marzilli in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: O'Brien (4, Chapman, K); Jensen (7, Chapman, K).
3B: Marzilli (1, Peacock).
HR: O'Brien (7, 3rd inning off Peacock, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Jensen 2; Freeman 2; O'Brien 6; Borenstein; Marzilli 3; Rivero, C; Gosewisch; Brito.
RBI: O'Brien 3 (17); Jensen 3 (16); Jamieson (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Borenstein; Bourgeois; Jamieson.
SF: Jamieson.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Marzilli (2, 2nd base off Peacock/Pena, R).

Fresno Grizzlies
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Brad Peacock 5.2 7 3 3 3 9 1 3.66
Juan Minaya 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.00
Kevin Chapman (L, 1-1) 0.1 3 4 4 1 0 0 10.57
Jordan Jankowski 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.74
Totals 8.0 10 7 7 4 10 1 4.54
Reno Aces
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Braden Shipley 7.0 3 0 0 1 8 0 4.07
Silvino Bracho (H, 1) 0.2 1 2 2 1 2 0 4.50
Scott Rice (BS, 1) 0.0 1 1 1 1 0 0 5.68
Jake Barrett (W, 1-0) 1.1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 6 3 3 3 12 0 5.35
Rice pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.

Game Scores: Peacock 49; Shipley 78.
WP: Jankowski.
Pitches-strikes: Peacock 93-61; Minaya 12-7; Chapman, K 20-11; Jankowski 9-6; Shipley 107-64; Bracho 22-16; Rice 7-3; Barrett 23-14.
Groundouts-flyouts: Peacock 3-4; Minaya 2-2; Chapman, K 1-0; Jankowski 0-1; Shipley 9-3; Bracho 0-0; Rice 0-0; Barrett 0-1.
Batters faced: Peacock 26; Minaya 4; Chapman, K 5; Jankowski 2; Shipley 25; Bracho 4; Rice 2; Barrett 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Minaya 1-0; Jankowski 1-1; Rice 2-2; Barrett 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Junior Valentine. 1B: Nate White. 3B: Seth Buckminster.
Weather: 53 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 3 mph, R to L.
First pitch: 11:36 AM.
T: 2:45.
Att: 5,004.
Venue: Greater Nevada Field.
April 26, 2016
* AVG and ERA indicate full-season averages for players and teams.

AA Corpus Christi: LOST 3-1 to the Midland RockHounds (OAK)

There was virtually nothing redeeming, offensively, for the Hooks in this game.  They were no-hit through four innings by Midland starter Joel Seddon before back to back doubles from J.D. Davis and Conrad Gregor to open the bottom of the fifth plated the Hooks' only run.  Mott Hyde added a single to lead off the sixth inning, and those three hits were it for Corpus, outside of a walk to Gregor and a pair of walks to Derek Fisher.

On the hill, however, there was fun to be had.  David Paulino pitched four brilliant innings with seven strikeouts, allowing just four singles and a walk.  Paulino threw just 78 pitches, 52 of which were strikes.  Chris Cotton worked a solid pair of innings in relief, allowing just a single hit and a walk while striking out two.  Michael Freeman didn't pitch badly at all but did allow an unearned run in the top of the ninth inning on an error by catcher Alfredo Gonzalez.  Juan Santos got the loss after allowing two runs in relief of Paulino.

Speaking of Paulino...a quick look on his FanGraphs page at his peripherals indicate that his start to the 2016 season has been every bit as dominant and exciting as we were led to expect.  In seventeen innings pitched so far this year, Paulino has a 1.59 ERA with an even lower 1.21 FIP, has posted 23 strikeouts for a domineering Double-A K/9 ratio of 12.18 and is striking out 34.9% of the batters he faces.  He has a 1.00 WHIP with a 2.12 BB/9 for a 5.75 K/BB ratio and a 6.1% walk ratio.  Opponents have a(n untenably) high .333 BABIP against him, but are hitting just .212 against the 6'7", 215 pound right-hander.

Of the 66 total hitters he's faced this year, only seventeen have reached base.  No one (knock on wood) has touched him for a home run in 2016, and he's given up only two home runs as a professional - one last season, and one in 2013 as a member of the Tigers organization.

Box Score:

Midland RockHounds
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Franklin Barreto SS 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .219
Jaycob Brugman RF 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .247
Ryon Healy DH 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 .329
Matt Chapman 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Viosergy Rosa 1B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .304
Yairo Munoz 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Beau Taylor C 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200
J.P. Sportman LF 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 .167
Brett Vertigan CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .227
Totals 34 3 8 2 0 0 1 4 11 .253
BATTING
2B: Sportman (3, Santos, Ju); Healy, R (7, Cotton, C).
TB: Brugman; Munoz, Y; Barreto 2; Healy, R 2; Taylor 2; Sportman 2.
RBI: Brugman (9).
2-out RBI: Brugman.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Munoz, Y; Brugman.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
DP: (Barreto-Munoz, Y-Rosa, V).

Corpus Christi Hooks
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Teoscar Hernandez CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .235
James Ramsay RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .190
Derek Fisher DH 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .215
J.D. Davis 3B 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .193
Conrad Gregor 1B 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 .174
Jack Mayfield SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .304
Danry Vasquez LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .164
Alfredo Gonzalez C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .095
Mott Hyde 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .209
Totals 27 1 3 2 0 0 1 3 3 .215
BATTING
2B: Davis, J (3, Seddon); Gregor (2, Seddon).
TB: Davis, J 2; Gregor 2; Hyde.
RBI: Gregor (4).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gonzalez, A; Davis, J.
SAC: Hernandez, T.
GIDP: Mayfield.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
CS: Fisher (3, 2nd base by Seddon/Taylor).

FIELDING
E: Gonzalez, A (1, throw).
Outfield assists: Hernandez, T (Rosa, V at home).

Midland RockHounds
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Joel Seddon (W, 1-2) 5.2 3 1 1 3 1 0 11.74
Corey Walter (S, 1) 3.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.63
Totals 9.0 3 1 1 3 3 0 4.74
Corpus Christi Hooks
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
David Paulino 4.0 4 0 0 1 7 0 1.59
Juan Santos (L, 0-1) 2.0 2 2 2 1 2 0 9.00
Chris Cotton 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 3.00
Michael Freeman 1.0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3.86
Totals 9.0 8 3 2 4 11 0 2.93
Game Scores: Seddon 57; Paulino, D 60.
WP: Santos, Ju 2.
Pitches-strikes: Seddon 73-43; Walter 40-24; Paulino, D 78-52; Santos, Ju 38-23; Cotton, C 34-17; Freeman 15-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Seddon 6-6; Walter 6-2; Paulino, D 0-2; Santos, Ju 0-3; Cotton, C 1-3; Freeman 1-2.
Batters faced: Seddon 21; Walter 10; Paulino, D 16; Santos, Ju 9; Cotton, C 8; Freeman 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Walter 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Malachi Moore. 1B: Derek Eaton. 3B: Sean Allen.
Weather: 81 degrees, clear.
Wind: 7 mph, In from RF.
First pitch: 7:06 PM.
T: 2:37.
Att: 3,744.
Venue: Whataburger Field.
April 27, 2016
* AVG and ERA indicate full-season averages for players and teams.

High A Lancaster: LOST 9-5 to the Bakersfield Blaze (SEA)

Honestly, nine to five should conjure images of Dolly Parton.  It shouldn't be scores your team loses by.  Than again, this is Lancaster, so yeah.  Time for a digression.

The Jethawks drew first blood in the bottom of the first.  Drew Ferguson hit a one out double and later scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ramon Laureano.  Nick Tanielu followed that sacrifice fly immediately with a big fly of his own, his second home run of the season.  Alejandro Garcia had two hits, including a triple, while Kristian Trompiz added his own pair of hits - including a double - to the mix.  Drew Ferguson added a double of his own for his lone hit of the day, thus completing the extra base hits for the home team.  One of the team's three walks belonged to Trompiz as well, as he had a good day at the plate.

Dean Deetz had a solid day on the bump, allowing three hits (two of which were doubles) over five innings with a single earned run and two walks against three strikeouts.

Angel Heredia pitched two scoreless innings of relief, allowing more walks (two) than hits (one) while striking out a pair.

Then Yeyfry Del Rosario entered the game and everything went completely sideways.

A double followed by an RBI single accounted for a run early in his appearance, and later Austin Cousino came to the plate with two men aboard and hit a two-run home run to right center field.  Del Rosario managed to eventually escape the inning, and then came back out in the ninth with the 'Hawks down by one run.

In the ninth, Del Rosario walked the lead off man, hit the next batter, had a coaching visit to the mound, threw a wild pitch that advanced both runners, allowed a single that drove in a run, and then an inside-the-park three run home run to Jay Baum to run the score to 9-4 in favor of the Blaze and finally close the night's chapter for Del Rosario.  He did not retire a batter in the ninth, despite pitching to four of them.  All told, he faced eleven batters and recorded three outs.

Eric Peterson, the big 6'4" right-handed pitcher, relieved Del Rosario and allowed only a walk while striking out two, to at least give the game a slightly more positive note to end on from a pitching standpoint.

Box Score:

Bakersfield Blaze
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Drew Jackson SS 5 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 .302
Brock Hebert 2B 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 .280
Austin Wilson RF 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .216
Kyle Petty 1B 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 .305
Jay Baum 3B 5 2 2 1 0 1 3 0 0 .323
Chantz Mack LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 .241
Justin Seager DH 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000
Daniel Torres C 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 .333
Austin Cousino CF 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 .190
Totals 35 9 9 3 0 2 9 7 8 .251
BATTING
2B: Hebert (4, Deetz); Jackson, D (6, Deetz); Baum (4, Del Rosario, Y).
HR: Cousino (2, 8th inning off Del Rosario, Y, 2 on, 2 out); Baum (3, 9th inning off Del Rosario, Y, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Cousino 4; Torres; Baum 6; Petty 2; Jackson, D 2; Mack; Hebert 2.
RBI: Jackson, D (10); Mack (11); Cousino 3 (9); Petty (12); Baum 3 (10).
2-out RBI: Jackson, D; Cousino 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Baum; Hebert; Torres 2; Cousino.
SAC: Cousino.
Team RISP: 5-for-11.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
CS: Wilson (2, 2nd base by Deetz/Ritchie).

FIELDING
E: Torres (1, pickoff).
Pickoffs: Campbell (Reynoso, L at 1st base).

Lancaster JetHawks
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Jason Martin LF 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .304
Drew Ferguson RF 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .292
Ramon Laureano CF 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .255
Nick Tanielu 3B 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .292
Jamie Ritchie C 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .245
Alejandro Garcia DH 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .220
Bryan Muniz 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .132
Kristian Trompiz SS 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 .196
Luis Reynoso 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000
Totals 33 5 9 2 1 1 4 3 7 .250
BATTING
2B: Ferguson (3, Campbell); Trompiz (2, Horstman).
3B: Garcia, Ale (1, Campbell).
HR: Tanielu (2, 1st inning off Campbell, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Martin; Ferguson 2; Tanielu 4; Garcia, Ale 4; Trompiz 3; Ritchie; Muniz.
RBI: Laureano (9); Tanielu (10); Martin (5); Trompiz (9).
2-out RBI: Tanielu; Martin.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Laureano; Muniz; Martin.
SF: Laureano.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Laureano (7, 2nd base off Schepel/Torres).
PO: Reynoso, L (1st base by Campbell).

FIELDING
E: Trompiz (4, throw).

Bakersfield Blaze
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Eddie Campbell 6.0 7 3 3 2 2 1 3.92
Kyle Schepel (W, 2-0) 2.0 0 1 0 1 3 0 0.82
Ryan Horstman 1.0 2 1 1 0 2 0 2.31
Totals 9.0 9 5 4 3 7 1 2.77
Lancaster JetHawks
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Dean Deetz 5.0 3 1 1 2 3 0 2.37
Angel Heredia (H, 2) 2.0 1 0 0 2 2 0 7.56
Yeyfry Del Rosario (BS, 1)(L, 0-1) 1.0 5 8 8 2 1 2 18.00
Eric Peterson 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 4.00
Totals 9.0 9 9 9 7 8 2 5.61
Del Rosario, Y pitched to 4 batters in the 9th.

Game Scores: Campbell 46; Deetz 58.
WP: Campbell; Deetz; Del Rosario, Y; Peterson.
HBP: Seager (by Heredia, A); Wilson (by Del Rosario, Y).
Pitches-strikes: Campbell 91-56; Schepel 35-23; Horstman 29-19; Deetz 87-53; Heredia, A 38-20; Del Rosario, Y 39-20; Peterson 23-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Campbell 6-6; Schepel 2-1; Horstman 1-0; Deetz 10-1; Heredia, A 3-1; Del Rosario, Y 1-1; Peterson 1-0.
Batters faced: Campbell 25; Schepel 7; Horstman 5; Deetz 20; Heredia, A 10; Del Rosario, Y 11; Peterson 4.
Umpires: HP: Takahito Matsuda. 1B: Jesse Orozco.
Weather: 68 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 27 mph, Out to CF.
First pitch: 6:38 PM.
T: 3:04.
Att: 2,122.
Venue: The Hangar.
April 27, 2016
* AVG and ERA indicate full-season averages for players and teams.

Low A Quad Cities: POSTPONED (RAIN)