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Astros Prospect Report: Games of June 25, 2016

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Francis Martes was quite filthy, Kyle Tucker hit his second homer, the GCL Astros won 10-0 in their first game, and more news from down on the farm.

Another XBH? What a shocker.
Another XBH? What a shocker.
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Tacoma Rainiers 1, Fresno Grizzlies 0

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Andrew Aplin CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.237
Colin Moran 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.278
1- Chan Jong Moon PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tyler White 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.179
Preston Tucker RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.288
Matt Duffy SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.218
Jon Singleton LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.203
Jon Kemmer DH 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.239
Nolan Fontana 2B 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.195
Tyler Heineman C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.243
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mike Hauschild (L, 5-7) 7 6 1 1 0 3 0 3.02
Jordan Jankowski 1.2 0 0 0 0 3 0 5.11
Reymin Guduan 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.71

In a game more reminiscent of soccer than baseball, the Grizzlies could only manage three hits, including just two in seven innings off Cody Martin, he of the 4.33 ERA. Mike Hauschild pitched well enough, allowing just one run on six hits, striking out three, walking none, and collecting an astounding 13-2 GO/FO ratio for the game. Unfortunately for him, Tacoma had one chance with RISP--and they converted it. Lately, Hauschild has been pitching extremely well, with only two ER allowed in his last four starts (26.0 innings). In only three of his starts this season has he issued more than one walk.While his K/9 is just fine at 7.3, his BB/9 is an outstanding 1.9. Brady Rodgers isn't the only Fresno starter with top-notch control.

Preston Tucker has caught fire lately. Over his last nine games, he has hit .455 with two homers and four walks versus six strikeouts. He's done particularly well in all of June, slashing .342/.382/.582 for an impressive .964 OPS. While he did walk more often in May (OBP-AVG was .o66 higher in May), his renewed ability to hit the ball hard has resulted in four doubles, three homers, and three triples for the month.

Corpus Christi Hooks 3, Frisco RoughRiders 0

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Teoscar Hernandez RF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.303
Alex Bregman 3B 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.296
Derek Fisher CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.272
Nick Tanielu 2B 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.254
Chase McDonald DH 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.234
Conrad Gregor 1B 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.181
Alejandro Garcia LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.273
Roberto Pena C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.217
Mott Hyde SS 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.231
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Francis Martes (W, 5-2) 7 3 0 0 1 5 0 3.65
Aaron West (S, 9) 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 2.58

In what was a pitchers' duel for the bulk of the game, Francis Martes held his ground and Corpus scored in the sixth, eighth, and ninth innings to pull off the victory against the Mini-Rangers. Alex Bregman was as good as usual, hitting an RBI double, walking twice, and stealing a base. The combination of Martes and West was pretty much unbeatable, as they walked a combined 1 batter (who was later caught stealing by Pena). Martes has been unstoppable, with only a 1.80 ERA in his last eight games (to go with a 2.7 BB/9 and 8.55 K/9 over that span). He's been even better in June, with a 1.48 ERA in five games and a K/9 of 8.9.

Teoscar Hernandez has secretly put together one of the best seasons in all of the Texas League. He's slashing .330/.420/.474 in June and .303/.383/.434 on the season, and while he's struggled against lefties (.209/.314/.302 in a small sample size), he's crushed righties to the tune of .320/.397/.459 over the year. His .303 average is third in the league, tied for second in doubles and hits, fifth in OBP, and tops in the league with 29 steals, eleven more than second-place Derek Fisher. Still a little young for the league at 23, I see a promotion in the very near future.

Lake Elsinore Storm 14, Lancaster JetHawks 5

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Drew Ferguson RF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.267
Garrett Stubbs DH 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.315
Ramon Laureano LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.275
Bryan Muniz 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.266
Jason Martin CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.275
Jamie Ritchie C 4 2 2 0 0 2 3 0 0 0.248
Brooks Marlow 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.219
Antonio Nunez SS 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0.253
Aaron Mizell 2B 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 0.197
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Trent Thornton (L, 3-4) 4 10 6 5 1 4 3 4.71
Albert Minnis 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scott Weathersby 3.1 7 6 5 0 4 2 6.43
Ryan Deemes 0.2 2 2 2 0 1 1 6.05

Honestly, this game wasn't as bad as it seemed, with the Storm tacking on eight runs in the final two innings. The five homers allowed were obviously unhelpful, especially as two came in the six-run ninth, in what was an oddly quiet Lancaster game (only 8 MPH winds). Jamie Ritchie did do rather well, smashing two homers, his first since May 16. This was his first game back with the team since June 6, so he definitely got right back to business.

Quad Cities River Bandits 8, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Myles Straw LF 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 0.303
Osvaldo Duarte RF 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.257
Kyle Tucker CF 5 2 2 0 0 1 3 0 1 0.304
Anthony Hermelyn C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.233
Kristian Trompiz SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.25
Dexture McCall 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.278
Connor Goedert 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.187
Hector Roa DH 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.235
Arturo Michelena 2B 4 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.325
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Matt Bower (W, 2-0) 5 6 2 2 2 4 1 2.55
David Schmidt 2 3 2 2 1 4 1 5.84
Ralph Garza 2 3 0 0 0 4 0 2.97

The River Bandits jumped on early and never relinquished the lead, with Kyle Tucker's three-run shot in the second giving QC a five-run lead. Matt Bower pitched fine, striking out four, walking two, and accumulating a GO/FO of 9-3 in five innings. Ralph Garza, a 26th-rounder from last year's draft, struck out four and walked none in two innings of work. In his last ten games, the reliever has a 2.66 ERA, 2.21 K/9, and 8.41 K/9. He has not allowed a run in June (albeit, in 13.2 innings).

Arturo Michelena had himself a game, collecting three hits, including a double, from the nine spot, raising his average to .325 on the season. He doesn't do much else--he's slashing .325/.354/.351--but as a 5'11", 165-pound player, much more time in the weight room (and at the dinner table) could provide some much-needed pop.

Lowell Spinners 9, Tri-City ValleyCats 3

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Stephen Wrenn CF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.314
Daz Cameron DH 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.194
Ryne Birk 2B 4 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.5
Taylor Jones 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.212
Carmen Benedetti RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.405
Randy Cesar 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.333
Brauly Mejia LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.235
Kevin Martir C 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.167
Alexander De Goti SS 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.233
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Carlos Sierra (L, 0-1) 0.2 6 6 6 0 0 0 8.1
Edgardo Sandoval 2 2 1 1 0 2 1 1.5
Luis Ramirez 4 4 0 0 1 2 0 3
Dylan James 1.1 1 2 2 1 1 1 10.13

GCL Astros 10, GCL Nationals 0

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Andy Pineda CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.25
Jonathan Matute 2B 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0.333
Brody Westmoreland 3B 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.25
Carlos Machado LF 5 2 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.8
Oscar Campos C 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.5
Brandon Benavente C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Troy Sieber DH 4 2 2 0 1 0 4 0 1 0.5
Cristopher Luciano 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Joan Mauricio SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Nestor Muriel RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Jorge Alcala (W, 1-0) 5 5 0 0 1 8 0 0
Cesar Rosado 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0
Hansel Paulino (S, 1) 3 3 0 0 0 3 0 0

DSL Red Sox2 4, DSL Astros Orange 1

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Ramiro Rodriguez LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.273
Gilberto Celestino CF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.273
Enmanuel Valdez 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.317
Hector Martinez RF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.235
Anthony Rodriguez 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.235
Bernardo Heras 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.207
Alvaro Alvarez DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.074
Gerry Castillo C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.167
Kendy Moya SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.229
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Francisco Villegas (L, 0-1) 3 5 2 2 2 2 1 4.09
Michael Richez 2 1 0 0 1 2 0 8.1
Gerardo Bojorquez 3 3 2 2 3 3 0 7.71

DSL Red Sox1 7, DSL Astros Blue 2

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Alfredo Angarita 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.28
Nicolas Miranda 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.314
Ronny Jimenez LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.311
Jose Benjamin CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.292
Angel De Leon 1B 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.256
Angel Tejeda RF 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.4
Carlos Canelon DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.24
Jose Carrillo C 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.056
a- Orlando Marquez PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.206
Ozziel Sanchez-galan SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.105
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Edwin Fidel 2 1 2 0 2 3 0 0.84
Jesus Bernaez (L, 1-1) 1 1 2 2 2 0 0 5.79
Juan Cuevas 3 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
Yulian Frontado 3 3 3 3 2 2 0 7.07