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Astros Prospect Report: Games of June 1, 2016

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Fresno schedules a double header while Quad Cities gets swept out of one, Lancaster gets strong pitching in a win and the Corpus Christi Hooks are walking on sunshine

Keegan Yuhl has been sneakily good for the Hooks this season.
Keegan Yuhl has been sneakily good for the Hooks this season.
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Short recap this time, no delays.  Straight to business.

AAA Fresno Grizzlies: POSTPONED (RAIN)

The Grizzlies will play two on Thursday, weather permitting.

AA Corpus Christi: WON 10-2 over the Arkansas Travelers (LAA)

The Corpus Christi Hooks are still EN FUEGO, friends.  With the win - and a double-header pair of losses for the Frisco RoughRiders - the Hooks finally moved into first place in the Texas League South with a 31-20 record on the season.

The first thing that jumps off the page about this game was that the Hooks walked THIRTEEN times in the contest.  Teoscar Hernandez and Alex Bregman each had three walks, Conrad "Contact" Gregor had four walks, Derek Fisher had two, and Nick Tanielu had one of his own.  The top three in the Hooks order (Teoscar, Bregatron, and DeFish) went a combined 2-10 on the game but reached base in ten of eighteen plate appearances, just in this game, and scored a total of seven runs.  Teoscar Hernandez also had an RBI and stole his seventeenth base of the season.

There were four doubles on the night for Hooks batters, and two of them belonged to Chase McDonald.  Fisher and J.D. Davis each had a double as well.

The team scored ten total runs on just nine hits, thanks to the incredible amount of traffic they were able to generate via walks in the contest.

On the hill, Keegan Yuhl turned in another sneaky-good performance with six innings pitched, eight hits, two runs (both earned), a walk, and six strikeouts.  His ERA is holding steadily below three (2.79) on the season so far.

Aaron West came in and got a save (his fifth) the hard way, pitching three innings of two-hit, no-run baseball with one walk allowed and three punch outs.

Box Score:

Corpus Christi Hooks
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Teoscar Hernandez RF 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 .289
Alex Bregman SS 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 .313
Derek Fisher CF 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 .276
J.D. Davis 3B 6 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 .253
Chase McDonald DH 5 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 .232
Conrad Gregor 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1 .163
Alfredo Gonzalez C 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 .151
Nick Tanielu 2B 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 .267
Alejandro Garcia LF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250
Totals 35 10 9 4 0 0 8 13 9 .241
BATTING
2B: Fisher (9, Scribner); McDonald 2 (5, Scribner, DeLoach); Davis, J (13, Adams, A).
TB: Gonzalez, A 2; Tanielu; Davis, J 2; Garcia, Ale; Hernandez, T; McDonald 4; Fisher 2.
RBI: Gregor (8); Gonzalez, A 2 (7); McDonald (24); Tanielu (3); Davis, J 2 (32); Hernandez, T (20).
2-out RBI: Gregor; Gonzalez, A 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Tanielu; Gonzalez, A 2; Davis, J 3.
SF: Tanielu.
Team RISP: 6-for-19.
Team LOB: 12.

BASERUNNING
SB: Hernandez, T (17, 2nd base off Adams, A/McGee).

FIELDING
E: Tanielu (2, throw).
DP: (Bregman-Gregor).

Arkansas Travelers
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Alex Yarbrough 2B 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Caleb Adams LF 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 .333
Cal Towey DH 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .306
Eric Aguilera 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .276
Andrew Daniel 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .264
Chad Hinshaw RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .199
Bo Way CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .293
Stephen McGee C 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 .179
Anthony Phillips SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .235
Totals 36 2 10 1 0 0 2 2 9 .243
BATTING
2B: McGee (4, Yuhl).
TB: Yarbrough 2; McGee 3; Towey 2; Adams, C 2; Phillips, A; Aguilera.
RBI: Adams, C (1); Towey (16).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Daniel 2; Phillips, A.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
E: McGee (1, fielding).
PB: McGee 4 (6).
Outfield assists: Hinshaw (Gregor at home).

Corpus Christi Hooks
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Keegan Yuhl (W, 4-1) 6.0 8 2 2 1 6 0 2.79
Aaron West (S, 5) 3.0 2 0 0 1 3 0 3.27
Totals 9.0 10 2 2 2 9 0 3.35
Arkansas Travelers
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Troy Scribner (L, 3-3) 2.1 4 5 5 5 3 0 6.25
Austin Adams 1.2 2 3 3 3 0 0 3.70
Edward Paredes 1.0 1 2 1 2 1 0 1.15
Danny Reynolds 2.0 0 0 0 2 2 0 5.32
Tyler DeLoach 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.91
Eduardo Paredes 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 9.00
Totals 9.0 9 10 9 13 9 0 3.82
Game Scores: Yuhl 53; Scribner 27.
WP: Adams, A; Paredes, Edw 2.
Pitches-strikes: Yuhl 95-65; West 50-35; Scribner 75-41; Adams, A 40-21; Paredes, Edw 30-15; Reynolds, D 40-26; DeLoach 19-14; Paredes, Edu 21-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Yuhl 5-5; West 1-3; Scribner 3-0; Adams, A 1-2; Paredes, Edw 0-1; Reynolds, D 1-3; DeLoach 2-0; Paredes, Edu 1-1.
Batters faced: Yuhl 27; West 11; Scribner 16; Adams, A 9; Paredes, Edw 6; Reynolds, D 8; DeLoach 4; Paredes, Edu 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Adams, A 3-1.
Umpires: HP: Jon Felczak. 1B: Reid Gibbs. 3B: Clayton Hamm. 
Weather: 73 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 5 mph, In from CF.
First pitch: 7:12 PM.
T: 3:24.
Att: 2,615.
Venue: Dickey-Stephens Park.
June 1, 2016
* AVG and ERA indicate full-season averages for players and teams.

High A Lancaster: WON 6-1 over the Inland Empire 66ers (LAA)

Beating up on the High-A affiliate of the hapless (in the minors, at the very least) Los Angeles Angels might not be something to beat your chest over, but a win is a win and the pitching was good in this one.

On the offensive side, Johnny Sewald went 3-5 with a pair of doubles to raise his batting average through 39 High-A at bats to .282 and scored two runs.  Garrett Stubbs went 1-4 and continues to be surprisingly good with the bat.  Ramon Laureano went 1-4 with a pair of runs driven in, Brooks Marlow went 2-4 with his first triple of the season, and Jason Martin continued his recent red-hot streak with a 2-4 night to raise his batting average back up to .294 on the season.

On the hill, Rogelio Armenteros hurled five innings of one run (in Lancaster) ball, allowing just four hits and a walk while fanning six.  Dean Deetz and Jacob Dorris combined for four scoreless innings of relief, allowing a total of two hits and one walk while striking out a pair of hitters each.

Box Score:

Lancaster JetHawks
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Johnny Sewald RF 5 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 .282
Garrett Stubbs DH 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .284
Ramon Laureano LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 .283
Brooks Marlow 2B 4 2 2 0 1 0 2 1 2 .227
Bryan Muniz 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .254
Jason Martin CF 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .294
Jamie Ritchie C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .233
Antonio Nunez 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .297
Luis Reynoso SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .193
Totals 35 6 11 2 1 0 6 3 12 .269
BATTING
2B: Sewald 2 (2, Anderson, Hofacket).
3B: Marlow (1, Anderson).
TB: Martin 2; Nunez, A; Stubbs; Marlow 4; Reynoso, L; Sewald 5; Laureano.
RBI: Laureano 2 (29); Marlow 2 (12); Muniz (24); Martin (25).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Laureano; Muniz; Reynoso, L 3.
SAC: Muniz.
SF: Laureano.
Team RISP: 4-for-13.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
CS: Nunez, A (1, 2nd base by Anderson/Ward).

FIELDING
DP: (Deetz-Reynoso, L-Muniz).

Inland Empire 66ers
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Tim Arakawa 2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .292
Taylor Ward C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .232
Hutton Moyer SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .254
Michael Strentz RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .213
Wade Wass DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .189
Jeff Boehm 1B 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .207
Zachary Houchins 3B 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 .198
Josh Delph LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333
Ayendy Perez CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .255
Totals 30 1 6 2 0 0 1 2 10 .233
BATTING
2B: Boehm (6, Armenteros); Houchins (8, Armenteros).
TB: Boehm 2; Moyer; Arakawa 2; Delph; Houchins 2.
RBI: Houchins (24).
2-out RBI: Houchins.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Delph; Houchins.
GIDP: Moyer.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
CS: Arakawa (2, 2nd base by Armenteros/Ritchie); Strentz (3, 2nd base by Armenteros/Ritchie).

FIELDING
E: Muck (1, throw).
Outfield assists: Strentz (Muniz at home).

Lancaster JetHawks
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Rogelio Armenteros (W, 3-1) 5.0 4 1 1 1 6 0 3.56
Dean Deetz (H, 1) 2.2 1 0 0 1 2 0 3.59
Jacob Dorris 1.1 1 0 0 0 2 0 2.84
Totals 9.0 6 1 1 2 10 0 4.85
Inland Empire 66ers
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Justin Anderson (L, 1-6) 4.2 6 4 4 3 7 0 5.91
Josh Roenicke 2.1 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.75
Ronald Muck 1.0 3 1 1 0 2 0 2.10
Adam Hofacket 1.0 1 1 1 0 1 0 3.86
Totals 9.0 11 6 6 3 12 0 4.52
Game Scores: Armenteros 60; Anderson 40.
Pitches-strikes: Armenteros 72-47; Deetz 30-20; Dorris 29-19; Anderson 103-58; Roenicke 24-14; Muck 12-11; Hofacket 17-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Armenteros 2-4; Deetz 4-1; Dorris 0-0; Anderson 5-0; Roenicke 5-0; Muck 1-0; Hofacket 1-1.
Batters faced: Armenteros 18; Deetz 9; Dorris 5; Anderson 22; Roenicke 8; Muck 6; Hofacket 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Roenicke 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Jesse Orozco. 1B: Takahito Matsuda. 
Weather: 81 degrees, clear.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to RF.
First pitch: 7:09 PM.
T: 3:02.
Att: 1,052.
Venue: San Manuel Stadium.
June 1, 2016
* AVG and ERA indicate full-season averages for players and teams.

Low A Quad Cities: LOST 5-4 to the Clinton LumberKings (Game 1)

Kyle Tucker went 1-3 with a single and an RBI and was thrown out stealing for just the fourth time on the season.  It wasn't a terrible day for the Bandits offensively, it just wasn't terribly newsworthy either.  Six total hits in the game, all singles, and three walks taken, amounting to four runs.

Both pitchers in this one deserve recognition, however, and for different reasons.

Albert Abreu, highly touted right-handed pitching prospect, has struggled in 2016 and continued the discomfiting trend in this one.  He couldn't escape the third inning and allowed five earned runs - despite allowing only three hits and striking out four in two and two-thirds innings pitched - by virtue of handing out walks (five in the short apearance) like a pediatrician hands out lollipops.  Or stickers.  Or maybe stamps.

You get the idea.  Not very good at all...though clearly he's still missing bats.  Just seems he's struggling more with his command.

The other pitcher, 2015 draft pick (and former Alex Bregman teammate, at LSU) Zac Person continued his utter dominance of Midwest League hitters with a three and a third innings pitched-perforance in which he allowed just two hits, no walks, and struck out four batters.  The 23-year-old's season ERA has now fallen to 1.46 on the year, and it seems likely that a call to Lancaster is imminent - especially with the draft approaching, the short seasons gearing up to start, and the fresh meat likely to be injected into the season for Quad Cities as a result relatively soon.

Box Score:

Quad Cities River Bandits
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Myles Straw LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .263
Osvaldo Duarte SS 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .232
Kyle Tucker CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .294
Connor Goedert 3B 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .220
Anthony Hermelyn DH 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .263
Dexture McCall 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .285
Pat Porter RF 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .143
Christian Correa C 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .236
Arturo Michelena 2B 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .452
Totals 25 4 6 0 0 0 2 3 4 .238
BATTING
TB: Michelena; Straw; Tucker; Hermelyn; Correa 2.
RBI: Tucker (29); Goedert (21).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Duarte 2.
SF: Goedert.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
CS: Tucker (4, 2nd base by Warren/Alfonso).

Clinton LumberKings
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Luis Liberato CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .194
Rayder Ascanio SS 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .255
Dalton Kelly 1B 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 .324
Alex Jackson RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .098
Conner Hale 3B 2 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 .266
James Alfonso C 3 1 2 1 0 1 3 0 0 .264
Chris Mariscal DH 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .250
Rafael Fernandez 2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .198
Ricky Eusebio LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .269
Totals 23 5 5 1 1 2 5 5 8 .250
BATTING
2B: Alfonso (9, Person).
3B: Kelly (3, Abreu).
HR: Hale (4, 2nd inning off Abreu, 0 on, 0 out); Alfonso (2, 3rd inning off Abreu, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Alfonso 6; Kelly 3; Hale 5.
RBI: Hale (16); Kelly (17); Alfonso 3 (17).
2-out RBI: Alfonso 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mariscal 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-3.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
E: Warren (3, throw); Ascanio (8, throw).

Quad Cities River Bandits
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Albert Abreu (L, 1-6) 2.2 3 5 5 5 4 2 6.27
Zac Person 3.1 2 0 0 0 4 0 1.46
Totals 6.0 5 5 5 5 8 2 4.01
Clinton LumberKings
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Art Warren (W, 6-0) 6.0 5 3 2 2 2 0 1.58
Ronald Dominguez (S, 1) 1.0 1 1 0 1 2 0 0.00
Totals 7.0 6 4 2 3 4 0 3.76
Game Scores: Abreu 31; Warren 52.
WP: Warren 2.
Pitches-strikes: Abreu 59-34; Person 53-35; Warren 91-47; Dominguez, R 23-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Abreu 2-0; Person 4-2; Warren 10-5; Dominguez, R 1-0.
Batters faced: Abreu 16; Person 12; Warren 24; Dominguez, R 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Person 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Jose Matamoros. 1B: Greg Roemer. 
Weather: 79 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 14 mph, R to L.
First pitch: 4:59 PM.
T: 1:52.
VenueAshford University Field.
June 1, 2016
* AVG and ERA indicate full-season averages for players and teams.

Low A Quad Cities: LOST 6-4 to the Clinton LumberKings (Game 2)

Getting swept out of a double header can be frustrating, for both fans and players.  It takes quite a commitment of time to sit through a double header from a fan's perspective, even when the games are shortened like these two games were, and it is very taxing to play in from a player's perspective.  No one has ever had a quote about playing in double headers that says "Hey, let's LOSE two" after all.  And yet, lose two is what the River Bandits did this day.

Kyle Tucker had another single in this one (and another caught stealing immediately afterwards, his second of the day and fifth on the season) and also plated another run, this time with a sacrifice fly.  Myles Straw and Osvaldo Duarte were each 2-4 on the day, and each did it by virtue of logging a single and a triple in the contest.

On the bump, Makay Nelson was forgettable in two and two thirds innings pitched.  He allowed six runs (three earned) on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts.  Adam Whitt, on the other hand, was dynamic in three and a third innings pitched, holding the opposition scoreless on just two hits, both singles, and no walks while striking out five LumberKings.

Box Score:

Quad Cities River Bandits
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Myles Straw LF 4 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 .286
Osvaldo Duarte SS 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 .239
Kyle Tucker CF 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .296
Dexture McCall 1B 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 .286
Anthony Hermelyn C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .256
Pat Porter RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .139
Kristian Trompiz 3B 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667
Keach Ballard 2B 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .278
Bobby Wernes DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .179
Totals 28 4 9 1 2 1 4 0 5 .239
BATTING
2B: Ballard (4, Littell).
3B: Duarte (5, Littell); Straw (1, Littell).
HR: McCall (3, 4th inning off Littell, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: McCall 4; Straw 4; Tucker; Trompiz 2; Ballard 2; Duarte 4.
RBI: McCall (11); Tucker (30); Ballard (4); Straw (6).
2-out RBI: Straw.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: McCall; Duarte.
SF: Tucker.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
CS: Tucker (5, 2nd base by Littell/Nieto).

FIELDING
E: Trompiz (1, fielding).

Clinton LumberKings
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Ricky Eusebio LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .268
Rayder Ascanio SS 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 .254
Dalton Kelly 1B 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .326
Alex Jackson RF 3 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 .114
Conner Hale 3B 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .262
James Alfonso DH 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .260
Arturo Nieto C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .202
Chris Mariscal 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 .252
Luis Liberato CF 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .205
Totals 26 6 7 0 1 0 5 2 8 .250
BATTING
3B: Ascanio (1, Nelson).
TB: Kelly; Eusebio; Liberato 2; Mariscal; Ascanio 3; Jackson, A.
RBI: Jackson, A 3 (9); Mariscal 2 (18).
2-out RBI: Jackson, A 2; Mariscal 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hale; Nieto; Liberato.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Kelly (10, 2nd base off Nelson/Hermelyn).

Quad Cities River Bandits
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Makay Nelson (L, 0-1) 2.2 5 6 3 2 3 0 6.35
Adam Whitt 3.1 2 0 0 0 5 0 3.70
Totals 6.0 7 6 3 2 8 0 4.01
Clinton LumberKings
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Zack Littell (W, 3-4) 7.0 9 4 4 0 5 1 3.68
Totals 7.0 9 4 4 0 5 1 3.78
Game Scores: Nelson 31; Littell 48.
WP: Nelson.
HBP: Alfonso (by Nelson).
Pitches-strikes: Nelson 63-37; Whitt 48-32; Littell 96-71.
Groundouts-flyouts: Nelson 2-4; Whitt 2-3; Littell 6-6.
Batters faced: Nelson 17; Whitt 12; Littell 29.
Inherited runners-scored: Whitt 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Greg Roemer. 1B: Jose Matamoros. 
Weather: 77 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 17 mph, Out to RF.
First pitch: 7:21 PM.
T: 1:57.
Att: 990.
VenueAshford University Field.
June 1, 2016
* AVG and ERA indicate full-season averages for players and teams.