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Astros Prospect Report: July 29th, 2016

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Not as many wins as you'd like but several very good performances and stories of adjusting to new levels.

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Rodgers Wins Another with Gem

Brady Rodgers went another 7 innings for Fresno with just 92 pitches and 61 going for strikes. He lowered his ERA down to 2.59. He allowed just six baserunners in this contest and bringing his WHIP down to 1.08. That's a standout WHIP. His K/9 is right at 8, which is low for high end prospects, but when you're talking about a guy for the back end of a rotation and with a BB/9 at 1.49, it's more than acceptable.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Tony Kemp 2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.308
Chan Jong Moon 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.4
Jon Kemmer LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.261
A.J. Reed 1B 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0.278
Teoscar Hernandez RF 4 2 3 1 0 1 3 0 0 0.326
Jon Singleton DH 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.201
Colin Moran 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.261
Andrew Aplin CF 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.231
Max Stassi C 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0.209
Nolan Fontana SS 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.187
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Brady Rodgers (W, 10-3) 7 5 1 1 1 4 0 2.59
Kevin Chapman 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 6.28

CC Walks Off 5-4

After giving up a three-run lead in the top of the 9th, Mott Hyde led off the bottom of the 9th with a triple. If he can't knock a lot of home runs, he can leg out an occasional triple (worked for Evan Gattis last season). He was then driven in by Antonio Nunez who knocked a single with no outs. By the way, that was Nunez's second game in Double-A.

You know, Garrett Stubbs has transitioned to Double-A quite well. Similar average, better walk rate, but slightly less power (expected). Small sample of course.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Alejandro Garcia RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.275
Garrett Stubbs C 4 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.333
J.D. Davis DH 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 0.26
Nick Tanielu 3B 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.269
Derek Fisher CF 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.251
Chase McDonald 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.235
Danry Vasquez LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.261
Mott Hyde 2B 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.217
Antonio Nunez SS 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.429
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Keegan Yuhl 5 5 0 0 0 2 0 3.04
Eric Peterson (H, 1) 2.1 2 1 1 1 2 0 4.29
Albert Minnis (H, 4) 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.02
Aaron West (BS, 3) 0.2 3 3 0 1 1 0 3.58
Ryan Thompson (W, 1-1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.93

Lancaster Hits Three Homers in 5-2 Win

Jamie Ritchie.

Jason Martin.

Osvaldo Duarte.

This wasn't a home game. It was in Bakersfield. The park there is pretty neutral for hits, double, and runs but is about third in the league in HR park factors behind Lancaster and High Desert. This was Duarte's second home run in seven games for Lancaster, none of which have been in Lancaster. The other was in Lake Elsinore which suppresses home runs.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Johnny Sewald RF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.297
Osvaldo Duarte SS 5 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.25
Bobby Boyd CF 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.299
Trent Woodward C 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.205
Drew Ferguson DH 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.286
Jason Martin LF 4 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 0.275
Jamie Ritchie 1B 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 1 0.279
Marc Wik 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.248
Keach Ballard 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.23
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Dean Deetz (W, 6-5) 6 4 1 1 3 7 0 4
Alex Winkelman 2.1 4 1 1 2 3 0 9.75
Kevin Comer (S, 2) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.4

Hernandez Allows 11 Hits in 8-4 Loss

Elisier Hernandez had a bad night. He has a 2.76 ERA on the season, and at a sample north of 70 innings, it's fairly reliable measure of his success. His K/9 is around 9 and his BB/9 isn't bad. But, this night it was rough. He allowed 11 hits and seven runs (5 earned). Just wasn't his night. Remember this is the guy that just a week ago flat out dominated.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Myles Straw DH 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.35
Arturo Michelena SS 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.258
Kyle Tucker CF 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0.275
Dexture McCall 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.283
Stephen Wrenn LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.308
Randy Cesar 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.313
Pat Porter RF 4 0 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 0.196
Christian Correa C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.219
Bobby Wernes 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.191
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Elieser Hernandez (L, 4-3) 5 11 7 5 2 3 1 2.76
Zac Person 2.2 8 3 3 1 2 1 3.38
Adam Whitt 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 5.69

Dawson Warming Up in 2-1 Loss

Ronnie Dawson may turn this short-season into a success after all. In reality, performance in a draft year doesn't bear a lot of weight in prospecting due to already a long season of college ball and then transition to playing everyday in a completely different environment. That said, a good performance will got noticed. A bad showing will definitely be discussed. Ronnie Dawson hasn't performed like a second rounder at this point. That said, his double last night goes to help out a batting average that is steadily working north towards the Mendoza line. He's hit nearly .300 over the last 10 games. In those 10 games he has a 14:7 BB:SO ratio and 3 home runs.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Ryne Birk 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.274
Marcos Almonte CF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.2
Ronnie Dawson LF 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0.189
Taylor Jones 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.25
Carmen Benedetti RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.336
Spencer Johnson DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.229
Jake Rogers C 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.269
Tyler Wolfe 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.267
Alexander De Goti SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.214

Sierra Ties HR Lead in 5-4 Win

So, lets talk about MiguelAngel Sierra again. Kinda redundant at this point right? He's hit for a lot of power for a supposed light-hitting short stop prospect. He holds a tie for the league lead as an 18 year old. The other, is also an 18-year old shortstop prospect from the Dominican but is 3" taller and 35 pounds heavier.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Miguelangel Sierra SS 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 2 0.294
Frankeny Fernandez CF 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.232
Connor MacDonald DH 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 0.325
Troy Sieber 1B 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.283
Bryan De La Cruz RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.25
Abraham Toro-Hernandez 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.242
Reiny Beltre 3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.194
Carlos Machado LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jonathan Arauz 2B 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.221
Ruben Castro C 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.268
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Jorge Alcala 3 2 0 0 2 4 0 0
Ricardo Castro 3.2 6 2 2 2 2 1 3
Abdiel Saldana (H, 1) 0.1 0 1 1 1 1 0 3
Devin Raftery (BS, 1)(W, 3-0) 2 2 1 1 2 2 1 1.29
Devon Carr (S, 1) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.27

Greeneville Falls 2-1 in Game 2

Long day of baseball for Greeneville. Supposed to be two 7-innings games and one goes 10 innings and this one went 8 innings. This game didn't start until 10:10 and lasted 2 hours 10 minutes. Weird Baseball.

When it comes to international prospects, for the most part ignore the DSL stats and GCL stats. The competition is wide and unpredictable. When there's a trend that continues into Greeneville, start to take notice. That's what you need to do here. It's not time to say Top 30 status for Cristian Javier. But, it's time to start watching him.

2015 DSL Blue: 12.15 K/9 1.80 BB/9 2.17 FIP 20 Innings

2015 DSL Orange: 9.27 K/9 2.01 BB/9 2.21 FIP 22 1/3 Innings

2016 GCL: 13.14 K/9 2.84 BB/9 1.94 FIP 25 1/3 Innings

Dude can strike guys out and limit walks. He has pitched extremely well. Now for the profile. He's 19 and is 6'1 and a 170 pounds. So, young and age appropriate for Greeneville and fairly average to slightly below average size.

Here's the trend for this game. It's his debut in the Appy League and he struck out seven in just four innings. He faced 14 hitters, so half were struck out. He didn't walk anyone and allowed just three hits. There was an unearned run allowed because of an error.

Someone to watch for.

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Jonathan Arauz SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.222
Chaz Pal LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.262
Connor MacDonald 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.313
Troy Sieber DH 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.286
Abraham Toro-Hernandez 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.246
Bryan De La Cruz RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.244
Gabriel Bracamonte C 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.3
Luis Payano CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.189
Reiny Beltre 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.176
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Cristian Javier 4 3 1 0 0 7 0 0
Ben Smith (L, 0-3) 3.2 2 1 1 4 2 0 1.96

GCL Astros: OFF

DSL Astros Blue: Suspended due to Rain

DSL Astros Orange Lost 8-4

Emanuel Valdez: 5'9" 171 lbs 17-year old shortstop. 4 home runs....not bad

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Ramiro Rodriguez CF 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.246
Renaigel Martis LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.246
Enmanuel Valdez DH 4 1 3 1 0 1 2 0 0 0.282
Vicente Mota C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.263
Anthony Rodriguez 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.18
Kendy Moya 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.227
Yeuris Ramirez SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.15
Jose Abel Hernandez 1B 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.204
Juan Infante RF 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0.182
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Diosward Gonzalez 4.1 5 4 3 0 3 2 4.34
Cristofer Melendez (L, 4-1) 1.2 3 1 1 1 1 0 3.75
Kilvio Peralta 3 2 3 1 2 4 0 2.45