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Astros Prospect Report: Games of May 21st, 2016

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Brady Rodgers kicked ass and took names, David Paulino had himself a fine night, and more news from down on the farm.

Career-high Ks in just 6.2 innings? Nothing special, y'all.
Career-high Ks in just 6.2 innings? Nothing special, y'all.
Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Fresno Grizzlies 7, Memphis Redbirds 1

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.344
2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0.133
5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.209
Jon Singleton 1B 4 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 0.215
Jon Kemmer LF 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 0.208
3 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.177
Jack Mayfield SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.143
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.177
3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.253
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
6 1 1 0 11 0 3.4
0 0 0 1 2 0 6
0 0 0 1 1 0 7.41

Brady Rodgers dominated the Redbirds, striking out eleven in 6.2 innings, walking none, and allowing just one run on three hits. He also induced five groundouts to two flyouts and finished with a Game Score of 69 (nice). Josh Fields and Kevin Chapman, two of our ever-so-favorite pitchers in Houston, closed out the game without allowing a hit. Jon Singleton and Jon Kemmer hit back-to-back solo shots to begin the second inning and the scoring. Preston Tucker worked three walks, so even though he went hitless, it was still a productive evening.

Jon Singleton's hitting this year has been rather odd. He has seventeen singles, ten homers, and just one double. His ISO is over .200, so his power is not in doubt, but with an average hovering around .215, he does not seem to be hitting well enough to justify a call-up anytime soon, and when A.J. Reed returns, he should once again start over him.

Brady Rodgers' eleven strikeouts were a career-high for him--in fact, he had never previously broken nine, a mark he matched in his four-hit shutout earlier in May. Outside of a couple stinkers in late April, he has been pitching extremely well this year, issuing no walks in five of his eight starts. What made this performance so impressive was the fact that he did so in only 6.2 innings. Brady Rodgers the K-machine (to go along with the already-in-existence Brady Rodgers who never allows walks) is a scary thought for opposing hitters.


Midland Rockhounds 3, Corpus Christi Hooks 1

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.255
Alex Bregman 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.318
3 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.263
4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.256
Nick Tanielu 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.125
Conrad Gregor 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.137
Alfredo Gonzalez C 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.116
Alejandro Garcia LF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.5
Chan Jong Moon SS 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.26
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
7 2 2 1 8 0 1.95
Angel Heredia 2 2 1 1 1 4 0 1.8

Despite the loss, Paulino pitched extremely well. The runs scored on a groundout and dropped third strike (the second run aided by a successful steal of third). After that, he pitched five innings of shutdown baseball, striking out eight total and only giving up one walk. The hitting, as it was barely aided by Alex Bregman--who, despite only getting one hit (shame on him!) scored the team's only run--was nearly nonexistent, Alfredo Gonzalez's first-inning RBI double the only thing between the Hooks and a shutout.

Paulino has had only one bad outing the entire year (one in which he allowed three runs in five innings) and five very good outings the rest of the year (coupled with a pair of decent outings). Interestingly enough, this was his longest outing of the year at 6.0 innings. As his first last year wasn't until July 7th (the first of five), one can wonder if the reason for this coming so early was due to his dominance so far and the possibility of an incoming promotion to Fresno--or, since he's already on the 40-man and we know the Astros don't require their top pitchers to compete in AAA (see: Lance McCullers), he could very well be due for a mid-July-to-August promotion. Follow him closely, y'all.

Lancaster Jethawks 7, High Desert Mavericks 5

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Johnny Sewald RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.286
Garrett Stubbs C 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0.277
Ramon Laureano CF 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0.288
Brooks Marlow 2B 5 0 2 1 0 0 3 0 1 0.278
Drew Ferguson DH 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.282
Bryan Muniz 1B 5 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.247
Jason Martin LF 2 1 1 0 0 1 2 2 1 0.238
Kristian Trompiz SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.198
Antonio Nunez 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.167


In a game that went back and forth (five leads were taken), the Jethawks somehow pulled off the victory. In an odd combination, Lancaster took the lead in the top of the eighth due to a Bryan Muniz leadoff triple, a Jason Martin sac fly, and four walks (three in direct succession), giving them the two runs necessary to overtake the Mavericks. Speaking of Martin, he hit his third home run this season in the fourth and scored an insurance run from third while a rundown between first and second was ongoing. Dean Deetz wasn't exceptional, but two runs scored after an error on the would-be third out of the inning, so he can be excused some of the blame. Rogelio Armenteros was on top of his game, allowing one run and striking out six in 3.1 innings. The stolen bases were oddly rampant, as five bases were stolen by five different Jethawks off three different pitchers and two different catchers--including Ramon Laureano's 19th of the season.

Quad Cities River Bandits 10, Cedar Rapids Kernels 4

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Aaron Mizell 2B 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.258
Myles Straw RF 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 0.286
Kyle Tucker CF 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.313
Connor Goedert 3B 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.214
Pat Porter LF 5 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 3 0.132
Dexture McCall 1B 5 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.271
Keach Ballard DH 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 0.167
Christian Correa C 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.238
Arturo Michelena SS 4 2 4 1 0 0 3 0 0 0.571
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
8 2 2 1 1 0 4.88
Alex Winkelman (W, 5-1) 4 3 2 1 3 4 0 3.72
Zac Person 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.25

The six-run sixth in this game, which rather blew the whole thing open, was boosted by Pat Porter's three-run shot. I honestly had no idea of his existence prior to this, but that's probably more of an indictment of me for not knowing the name of our Round 15 draftee from last year. Anyway, the team hit well, Dexture McCall hit two doubles, Kyle Tucker stole his nineteenth base, and Zac Person contributed with two pitches that both ended up in outs. The six-run inning broke the team out from a scoreless first five innings. No pitcher pitched extremely well, but Hernandez and Winkelman limited the damage enough to keep the Kernels out of contention.