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Astros Prospect Report: Games of May 9, 2016

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

J.D. Davis had a nice night. May it lead to more.
J.D. Davis had a nice night. May it lead to more.
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AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 8-6 loss to El Paso (SDP)

-> Matt Duffy: 2-for-3, BB, R
-> Andrew Aplin: 2-for-4, solo HR
-> Tony Kemp: 2-for-4, BB, 2B, R
-> Danny Worth: 2-for-5, 2B, solo HR
-> Colin Moran: 1-for-5, 2B, RBI, R
-> Jon Singleton: 0-for-2, R, 2 BB
-> Max Stassi: 0-for-3, BB
-> A.J. Reed: 0-for-5, RBI
-> Eury Perez: 1-for-1, 2 RBI (pinch-hitter)

SP Cesar Valdez: 4.0 IP, 5 ER, 9 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Juan Minaya: 3.1 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K (loss)
RP Jandel Gustave: 0.2 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K

A seven-game hitting streak has Kemp sitting pretty at .303/.415/.414. He's drawn 17 walks and whiffed just 20 times in 28 games. Oddly, the stolen base game hasn't been on-point; he's just 4-for-7 so far.

Well, Worth hasn't stopped hitting yet. He's at .365/.457/.594 after this game. With just 15 strike outs in 27 games, you can't say it doesn't look sustainable, to a degree. Rather, you can't say he's doomed to crash way under .300. But what do you do with him?

If only Moran was posting numbers like that. He never really slumps hard, but so far, it's just been mediocre. A line of .290/.339/.380 in a hitter-friendly PCL says you keep him in the oven a little longer.

Gustave just keeps on rolling. After 10 pitches (eight strikes) he's notched some more numbers under his belt. The hits actually helped normalize things some, as some BAbip luck had been going his way. He owns a 2.57 ERA, 0.6 BB/9 and 9.6 K/9 in 14 innings this season. Between him, Reymin Guduan and Riley Ferrell, there are some legit fire-breathing dragons working their way towards The Show.

Aplin's first long ball since June 25 of last year, had to shout that out. Bat flip!

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 8-5 win over San Antonio (SDP)

-> J.D. Davis: 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
-> Mott Hyde: 2-for-3, 2B, RBI
-> Alex Bregman: 1-for-3, HR, RBI, 2 R
-> Chase McDonald: 1-for-3, BB, R
-> James Ramsay: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
-> Teoscar Hernandez: 1-for-4, R
-> Evan Gattis: 1-for-4
-> Derek Fisher: 0-for-2, 2 BB
-> Danry Vasquez: 0-for-0, R (pinch-runner)

SP Brian Holmes: 5.1 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 7 K (win)
RP Michael Freeman: 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K (hold)
RP Aaron West: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K (hold)
RP Reymin Guduan: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K (save)

Corpus is now back to .500 at 15-15. They're 6-3 in May after ending April on a 1-9 run during the final 10 games of that month.

Bregman has eight combined hits and walks in his five games back from injury. This is his first homer since returning, and his sixth of the season already. He's hitting .318/.430/.652 with 10 XBH, 10 walks and just seven strike outs in 18 games.

Davis has two three-hit games in his last three, and that has brought him up over the Mendoza Line at last. That might not be much yet, but it's something. He does have 14 walks in 24 games so far.

Like Gustave, Guduan continues to give hope that he's figured his control issues out. Also like Gustave, eight of his 10 pitches tonight were strikes, and he now owns a 0.69 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 13.2 K/9 in 13 innings of work.

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: Off Night

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 12-4 win over Burlington (LAA)

-> Kyle Tucker: 3-for-4, BB, 2B, R, 3 SB, 3 RBI
-> Aaron Mizell: 2-for-3, BB, 2 R, 3 SB
-> Antonio Nunez: 2-for-4, BB, 2 SB, 2 R
-> Christian Correa: 2-for-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI
-> Bobby Wernes: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, R, 2 BB
-> Anthony Hermelyn: 1-for-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI
-> Connor Goedert: 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
-> Johnny Sewald: 1-for-6, 2B, SB, R
-> Pat Porter: 0-for-3, BB, R

SP Alex Winkelman: 5.2 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 6 K (win)
RP Ryan Deemes: 3.1 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K (save)

Dang, nine stolen bases in eight innings (there was no bottom nine). Poor catcher.

Three of them were Tucker's...again. That's seven stolen bases in three games. He has 12 hits in his last six games, and is now hitting .299/.379/.430 on the season, and is 14-for-17 (82.3%) in stolen base attempts. Strike outs are quite reasonable as well (18.6%), even if he weren't a teenager in full-season ball. Great start.

Hermelyn is having himself a nice start as well. It can be easy to write of the catching in this system because of the lack of sexiness, but so far this guy is looking like a walk machine who can really catch. Unlike Jamie Ritchie, he also potentially has to pop, too (nine doubles in 19 games). The sample still isn't huge and he does strike out (last year with Tri-City, too), but we'll see.

He may fizzle like a bunch of other late-round pitchers in the system, but Deems' career is off and running well. There's some luck helping him now, so don't expect the 0.87 ERA to hold up, but he is missing some bats and limiting walks. He hasn't made an actual start in nine games, so I guess he's not a member of a tandem, but six of his outings have been more than an inning, and four of them three or more innings, so we'll see if they eventually work him into the rotation picture.

Today's Scheduled Starters

AAA: Brady Rodgers vs. Cody Martin
AA: Francis Martes vs. Bryce Morrow
A+: TBD vs. Grant Holmes
A-: Jose Hernandez vs. Jose Rodriguez