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Astros Prospect Report: June 24th, 2016

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A few big performances and the minors went 5-3. Tri-City could be a fun team to follow.

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Rodgers Tosses Another Gem in 2-1 Win

Brady Rodgers continues to shove at the Triple-A level. The ERA is down to 2.83 and his FIP is 2.99 (not adjusted for last nights game). He has a strikeout rate close to 9 K/9 and it's the highest it's ever been in his career outside of a five inning stint at Corpus in 2014. He's doing a lot of this with his curve ball as he's getting a lot whiffs with it. His fastball is still nothing that stands out in the velocity department. He sits 87-92. He fits the profile of a control guy. His walk rate is the lowest it's ever been too at 1.08 (again outside of one game appearances at a level).

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Andrew Aplin CF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.237
Colin Moran 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.282
Tyler White 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.208
Preston Tucker LF 4 1 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.295
Jon Singleton DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.205
Matt Duffy SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.221
Nolan Fontana 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.194
Jon Kemmer RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.238
Tyler Heineman C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.25
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Brady Rodgers (W, 7-3) 7.1 4 1 1 1 6 0 2.83
Kevin Chapman (H, 6) 0.1 2 0 0 0 1 0 6.14
James Hoyt (S, 18) 1.1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1.93

Hooks Hit 3 HR's, Lose 8-7

Conrad Gregor, Derek Fisher, and Roberto Pena all hit home runs, but it wasn't enough as Keegan Yuhl and Eric Peterson gave up four runs a piece. I have to give a lot of credit to Teoscar Hernandez. I was really down on him after his poor performance in Corpus last season, but his turn around is amazing. He has his lowest strikeout rate since the DSL at 17.3% and his third highest walk rate (led by 2014 in Lancaster and 2011 in DSL). It's all come at a drop in his power as his ISO is down .132 (lower than last year in Corpus). But, as a CFer with his speed, OBP is very important. He doesn't have to be a big power hitter if he hits like he has and can have that kind of plate discipline. He is four shy of his career high in stolen bases and it's just half way through the season.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Teoscar Hernandez RF 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.305
Alex Bregman 3B 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0.296
Derek Fisher CF 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.272
Nick Tanielu 2B 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.263
Chase McDonald DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.229
Conrad Gregor 1B 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0.178
Mott Hyde SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.219
Roberto Pena C 4 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0.225
Danry Vasquez LF 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.244
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Keegan Yuhl 6 9 4 4 1 4 0 2.41
Eric Peterson (BS, 1)(L, 3-2) 0.1 4 4 4 1 0 0 3.18
Ryan Thompson 1.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Lancaster Falls 5-4

In a rare Cal League occurrence (if anything is actually rare in world of teams scoring 15 runs regularly), the pitcher's hit! Pitcher's don't start hitting until Double-A and that's only in the parks of affiliates in the NL. Well, last night was one of those weird occurrences where catcher Trent Woodward got hit in the head and had to leave the game. The DH was Garrett Stubbs who is the other catcher on the team and had to catching duties forcing the pitchers to hit. Joshua James and Kevin Comer combined to go 0-3 and Comer struck out.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Bobby Boyd RF 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.332
Garrett Stubbs DH-C 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.318
Ramon Laureano CF 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.274
Bryan Muniz 1B 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.266
Jason Martin LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.274
Trent Woodward C 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.069
Joshua James P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Comer P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Brooks Marlow 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.218
Antonio Nunez SS 4 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.253
Aaron Mizell 2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.19
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Joshua James 6 6 3 2 3 3 1 3.02
Kevin Comer (BS, 1)(L, 1-2) 3 4 2 1 0 3 0 5.6

Tucker Steals Two in Second Game Back; Fall 5-2

Kyle Tucker's seems to be just fine after coming back from injury. He stole two bases back to back to essentially turn a single to a triple. In other news, I still believe that Anthony Hermelyn is going to be one of the better catching prospects in the system and he hit a home run. Sure, it's only his second of the season. But, he has a .339 OBP which is third on the active roster.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Myles Straw RF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.305
Kristian Trompiz SS 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.254
Kyle Tucker CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.302
Dexture McCall 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.278
Christian Correa DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.234
Connor Goedert LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.191
Arturo Michelena 2B 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.301
Anthony Hermelyn C 4 1 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0.239
Bobby Wernes 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.202
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Chris Murphy (L, 3-5) 4.2 7 6 6 2 4 2 4.6
Makay Nelson 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.4
Yoanys Quiala 3 2 1 1 1 1 0 4.45

Jones Homers in 5-2 Win

Taylor Jones hit his second home run which is something you expect out of a guy who stands 6-7 and looks like he should be on a basketball court. He only hit two this year for Gonzaga and now has equaled that in just seven games. We talked about it on the podcast reviewing the draft how the Astros have been able to get some power-lite type first baseman and adjust the swing to get some more power and so far so good.

Two notes for the pitching staff. Brett Adcock has been much better than his college numbers would suggest. His issues with walks are very notable (62 in 78 innings this season) but has just two in six inning in pro ball. Small sample size of course, but he looks to be on the right track. I had mentioned that his delivery was inconsistent due to changing in timing of his rotation and push off. Fixing how he pushes off could fix a lot of that and really improve his control. Austin Nicely has three appearances this season. And his third was the one where he finally picked up a strikeout.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Ryne Birk 2B 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.333
Daz Cameron CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.194
Ronnie Dawson RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.2
Taylor Jones 1B 4 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 1 0.241
Carmen Benedetti DH 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 2 0.421
Randy Cesar 3B 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0.37
Brauly Mejia LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.286
Jake Rogers C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.188
Alexander De Goti SS 3 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0.25
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Brett Adcock 2.2 0 0 0 1 3 0 2.08
Dustin Hunt 1.1 3 1 1 1 2 0 6.75
Ryan Hartman 2 3 1 1 1 3 1 4.5
Austin Nicely (W, 1-0) 3 1 0 0 2 3 0 0

Four Run 8th Puts Greeneville on Top 9-8

Big eighth inning! Miguel-Angel Sierra and Bryan De La Cruz both hit big home runs. De La Cruz hit a solo shot but Sierra hit the big three-run homer with two outs. Sierra was the 19th best IFA prospect in 2014 according to Baseball America and he signed for one million. De La Cruz signed in 2013 for $170,000.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Miguelangel Sierra SS 5 1 1 0 0 1 4 0 2 0.2
Tyler Wolfe 2B 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.333
Wander Franco 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.429
Spencer Johnson 1B 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0.375
Bryan De La Cruz RF 4 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.286
Frankeny Fernandez CF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.286
Chaz Pal LF 3 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.667
Ruben Castro C 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.5
Vicente Sanchez DH 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.333
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Patrick Sandoval 3.2 5 5 4 3 3 0 9.82
Diogenes Almengo 2.2 2 1 1 1 1 0 3.38
Tyler Britton (W, 1-0) 1.2 1 1 0 1 1 0 0
Howie Brey (S, 1) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9

DSL Orange Wins 5-2

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Ramiro Rodriguez LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.294
Gilberto Celestino CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.27
Enmanuel Valdez 2B 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.322
Hector Martinez RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.213
Anthony Rodriguez 3B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.255
Vicente Mota 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.262
Alvaro Alvarez C 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0.083
Darlin Figueroa DH 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.118
Kendy Moya SS 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 2 1 0.244
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Ezequiel Madera 4 7 2 1 1 1 0 3.38
Cristofer Melendez (W, 4-0) 3 4 0 0 1 2 0 1.64
Carlos Espinoza (S, 2) 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

DSL Blue Wins 7-4

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Ozziel Sanchez-galan SS 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.118
Cesar Cortez CF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.222
Jose Benjamin DH 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.311
Angel De Leon 1B 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.238
Orlando Marquez C 4 2 3 1 0 1 2 0 1 0.212
Samir Caraballo 3B 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.242
Nestor Tejada LF 3 0 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 0.208
Ronny Rafael RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0.178
Eduardo Guzman 2B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.167
a- Alfredo Angarita PH-2B 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.304
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Ronel Blanco 4 3 4 4 2 4 1 5.4
Robert Corniel 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 2.35
Juan Lopez (W, 1-0) 3 1 0 0 2 2 0 5.59