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Astros Prospect Report: July 22nd, 2016

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Forrest Whitley's debut is the biggest story but Elisier Hernandez had a big night.

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Tyler White Plays SS in 4-3 Win

Yep, in a move that make Brett Wallace very jealous, Tyler White played SS for the Fresno Grizzlies. Tony DeFrancesco may not care as much about defense at SS than most since he has now played Wallace and White in one of the most important defensive positions on the field when they are most likely suited for 1B. Makes for good minor league baseball! They have Jack Mayfield to play SS and they just added Chan Jong Moon, so don't expect it to happen again.

Alex Bregman was in LF again!

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Alex Bregman LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.356
Tony Kemp 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.309
Tyler White SS 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.289
Teoscar Hernandez RF 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.338
Colin Moran 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.274
Jon Singleton 1B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.204
Max Stassi C 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.21
Jon Kemmer DH 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.252
Andrew Aplin CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.23
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mike Hauschild 6.2 7 3 3 1 10 1 2.89
Kevin Chapman 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 6.53
Jordan Jankowski 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.78
Josh Fields (W, 1-0) 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.78

Pair of Homers Lead Hooks to 4-3 Win

The offense in Corpus has struggled with the loss of Teoscar and Bregman. Understandable right? Well at times different guys have stepped up to attempt to fill the void. Derek Fisher and J.D. Davis were the most likely and Fisher did his part last night with two hits. They have reinforcements in Garrett Stubbs who has hit well since his recent promotion. Nick Tanielu has consistently hit in his career but hasn't hit for power or drawn walks. The power is starting to show through this year. He hit is fifth home run for Corpus in this game, which is his ninth on the year where he hit a total of 6 last season. He's still not drawing walks which has been an issue with his transition to Double-A.

Ramon Laureano was promoted from Lancaster prior to this game and made his Double-A debut.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Nolan Fontana SS 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.286
Garrett Stubbs C 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.323
Derek Fisher CF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.256
J.D. Davis 3B 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.262
Danry Vasquez DH 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0.258
Ramon Laureano RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Nick Tanielu 2B 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.27
Conrad Gregor 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.202
Alejandro Garcia LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.286
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Edison Frias (W, 4-1) 7 5 1 1 1 5 0 2.44
Aaron West (H, 3) 1.2 2 2 0 0 1 0 3.12
Albert Minnis (S, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.5

Sewald Falls Short of Cycle in 9-8 Loss

Johnny Sewald picked up three hits in five at-bats and only lacked the home run for the cycle. He got the triple which is the hardest to do, so he was decently close. Alex Winkleman missed all of June due to an injury and has pitched a few times this month, but he had a nine day lay off before this game and he showed the rust. It took 63 pitches to go through 2 2/3 innings and only 25 of those went for strikes. Rough day.

Osvaldo Duarte was promoted from QC to replace Ramon Laureano and made his High-A debut.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Johnny Sewald LF 5 2 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 0.283
Antonio Nunez SS 4 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 0.272
Bobby Boyd DH 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.305
Trent Woodward C 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.188
Bryan Muniz 1B 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.284
Jason Martin RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.28
Jamie Ritchie 1B-C 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.274
Marc Wik 3B 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.248
Keach Ballard 2B 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.231
Osvaldo Duarte CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Alex Winkelman (L, 0-2) 2.2 3 6 6 6 0 1 11.17
Kevin McCanna 3.1 4 3 3 0 1 1 9.2
Dean Deetz 3 2 0 0 1 4 0 4.19

Hernandez has Career Night in 3-2 Loss

It was Elisier Hernandez's turn to go a little deeper into the game and he didn't disappoint. He tossed 98 pitches and 70 went for strikes. He was in the zone most of the night and was able to get a lot of whiffs with his fastball. He fanned 14 hitters on the night and issued just one free pass. He gave up three hits in his 6 1/3 innings and the one that did the damage was a two-run shot. But, he bounced back from the homer and got the next out in just three pitches. Of the 24 batters that he faced, 18 were in 1-2 or 0-2 counts. That's impressive to get ahead of the count that often for a young pitcher.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Myles Straw CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.346
Arturo Michelena 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.266
Kristian Trompiz SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.204
Dexture McCall 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.268
Hector Roa DH 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.235
Pat Porter RF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.187
Connor Goedert LF 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 0.221
Christian Correa C 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.225
Bobby Wernes 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.197
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Elieser Hernandez 6.1 3 2 2 1 14 1 2.05
Zac Person 1.1 0 0 0 1 3 0 2.7
Ralph Garza (L, 3-4) 1.1 2 1 1 1 2 1 2.52

TC Gets Crushed 13-7

Agapito Barrios and Austin Nicely each got touched for five runs....

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Alexander De Goti SS 4 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.236
Ryne Birk 2B 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.292
Stephen Wrenn CF 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.29
Carmen Benedetti RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0.352
Chuckie Robinson DH 5 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0.37
Ronnie Dawson LF 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.178
Taylor Jones 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.232
Kevin Martir C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.179
Tyler Wolfe 3B 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Agapito Barrios (L, 0-1) 3.2 5 5 5 0 4 1 12.27
Carlos Sierra 1.1 3 1 1 0 0 0 8.59
Austin Nicely 2.1 6 5 5 0 1 1 6.39
Howie Brey 0.2 1 2 2 1 1 1 7.56

Sierra Homers Again in 2-1 Win

That's nine home runs on the season for Miguel Angel Sierra. The downside? That's two more home runs than walks. Crazy that an 18 year old short-stop who is supposed to be light hitting is second in the league in home runs and third in OPS.

23rd Round  draftee Tyler Britton now has 27 strikeouts and two walks in 17 1/3 innings. Rookie League seems a bit easy for him.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Miguelangel Sierra 2B 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0.284
Marcos Almonte CF 4 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 0.26
Troy Sieber DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.278
Bryan De La Cruz RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.309
Abraham Toro-Hernandez 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.217
Jonathan Arauz SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.238
Connor MacDonald 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.263
Chaz Pal LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.226
Ruben Castro C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.217
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nathan Thompson 3 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.07
Tyler Britton (W, 3-1) 3 2 1 0 0 6 0 2.08
Salvador Montano (S, 2) 3 0 0 0 0 4 0 1.8

Whitley Debuts in 6-3 GCL Astros Win

The moment we've all waited for.

GCL Marlins Top of the 1st
  • Walker Olis walks.
  • Zachary Daly strikes out swinging. Walker Olis steals (7) 2nd base.
  • James Nelson called out on strikes.
  • Colby Lusignan singles on a line drive to center fielder Andy Pineda. Walker Olis scores.
  • J. C. Millan flies out to left fielder Carlos Machado.

And that's all she wrote for Forrest Whitley's debut.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Andy Pineda CF 5 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.203
Wilson Amador RF 3 2 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0.328
Carlos Machado LF 5 1 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0.33
Brody Westmoreland 3B 3 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0.186
Oscar Campos C 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.265
a- Jorge Martinez PH-C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.056
Jonathan Matute 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.21
L.P. Pelletier DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.194
Cristopher Luciano 1B 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0.146
Joan Mauricio SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.217
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Forrest Whitley 1 1 1 1 1 2 0 9
Yeyfry Del Rosario 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 4.5
Yhoan Acosta 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Juan Robles (W, 1-0) 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Gabriel Valdez (H, 1) 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 2
Hansel Paulino (H, 1) 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1.86
Leovanny Rodriguez (S, 1) 2 0 0 0 1 3 0 6.52

DSL Astros Orange Lost 7-6

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Kendy Moya 2B-3B 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.243
Ramiro Rodriguez LF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.263
Gilberto Celestino CF 5 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.291
Enmanuel Valdez DH-C 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.265
Hector Martinez RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.242
Anthony Rodriguez 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.196
Bernardo Heras 3B-P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.269
Vicente Mota 1B 4 2 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0.3
Yeuris Ramirez SS 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0.147
Ronaldo Urdaneta SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.236
Gerry Castillo C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.087
a- Jose Carrillo PH-2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.104
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Humberto Castellanos 2.1 6 3 2 1 1 0 4.45
Jose Antonio Hernandez 1.2 2 0 0 1 2 0 0
Luis Castro 1.2 1 2 2 3 0 0 4.91
Cristofer Melendez (BS, 1) 1.2 1 1 0 3 1 0 3.63
Yohan Ramirez 1.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.91
Bernardo Heras (L, 0-1) 0.2 0 1 1 1 0 0 13.5

DSL Astros Blue Won 5-3

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Alfredo Angarita DH 5 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.263
Angel Tejeda CF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.348
Nestor Tejada CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.186
Nicolas Miranda 3B 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 1 0.28
Jose Benjamin LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.26
Angel De Leon 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.23
Orlando Marquez C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.16
Samir Caraballo 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.235
Norberto Castellanos RF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.125
Ozziel Sanchez-galan SS 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.169
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jheyson Caraballo 4 5 2 2 0 6 0 3.26
Robert Corniel 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 3.92
Johsson Arias (W, 1-0) 3.2 0 0 0 5 5 0 2.49
Juan Cuevas (S, 2) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.77