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Astros Prospect Report: Games of July 4, 2016

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Your daily look at the previous night's Minor League happenings.

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AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 4-1 win over Sacramento (SFG)

-> Alex Bregman: 2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
-> Teoscar Hernandez: 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, RBI
-> Matt Duffy: 2-for-4
-> Tyler Heineman: 1-for-2, BB, R
-> Andrew Aplin: 1-for-3
-> Tyler White: 1-for-4
-> Tony Kemp: 0-for-2, BB
-> Colin Moran: 0-for-3, BB
-> Nolan Fontana: 0-for-0, R (pinch-runner)

SP Cesar Valdez: 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 5 K (win)
RP Brendan McCurry: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K (hold)
RP James Hoyt: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K (save)

Four long balls and 11 runs driven in for Bregman in five Triple-A games. That seems decent. His OPS for those games is 1.665. This is also his first game at the new level with no strike outs.

Should I think anything of Valdez? I mean, the dude is 31 years old. He's certainly had a nice run with Fresno this season. He owns a 3.43 ERA this year, but he allowed 10 earned runs in one bad game; outside of that, he has a 2.41 ERA in 19 games. And after starting the year as a reliever, he's now clearly a starter, with 5+ innings pitched in each of his last eight games. He's probably not some McHugh-esque late bloomer, but...who knows?

The move to Triple-A hasn't slowed down McCurry in the least. He now has ten shutout innings under his belt post-promotion, with nine whiffs and no walks.

And Hoyt, yeah, no hits, bunch of strike outs, ho hum....

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 10-2 loss to Tulsa (LAD)

-> J.D. Davis: 2-for-4, solo HR
-> Roberto Pena: 1-for-3, R
-> Derek Fisher: 1-for-4, RBI
-> Danry Vasquez: 1-for-4
-> Nick Tanielu: 1-for-4
-> James Ramsay: 1-for-5
-> Mott Hyde: 0-for-3, BB
-> Conrad Gregor: 0-for-3, BB
-> Chan Jong Moon: 1-for-1 (pinch-hitter)

SP Edison Frias: 6.0 IP, 3 R (0 ER), 6 H, 2 BB, 2 K (loss)
RP Eric Peterson: 2.1 IP, 5 R (1 ER), 5 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Ryan Thompson: 0.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 0 K

Geeze, four errors leading to seven un-earned runs. Corpus has really scuffled since Teo and Bregman moved on.

Davis is heating it up, hitting .371 with two dingers in his last ten games. Now at .257/.340/.461 with 13 long balls on the season.

Frias with another solid outing. He hasn't been dominant, with walk issues plauging him most nights, but it's been a nice step for him. He's getting old though (26 this December) so he really can't afford any stumbles. 2.26 is the ERA now, but those walk issues will eventually bite him if he doesn't iron them out.

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 9-7 win over Visalia (ARZ)

-> Johnny Sewald: 3-for-4, BB, HR, SB, 2 RBI, 3 R
-> Bryan Muniz: 2-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI
-> Jamie Ritchie: 1-for-1, 2B, 2 R, 3 BB
-> Antonio Nunez: 1-for-4, BB, R
-> Brooks Marlow: 1-for-4, RBI
-> Bobby Boyd: 1-for-5, SB, R, 2 RBI
-> Jason Martin: 1-for-5, R
-> Drew Ferguson: 0-for-2, R, RBI

SP Akeem Bostick: 5.0 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 10 H, 2 BB, 4 K
RP Kevin Comer: 2.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 5 K
RP Ryan Deemes: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K (win)

Not exactly the easiest way to come back from injury; Bostick's two games back with Lancaster have been at High Desert and now at home. Tough, tough environments. He's gotten knocked around a bit, but it's hard to hold it against him.

So, Stubbs is gone up to COrpus, who steps up? maybe it will be Sewald. Fourth professional homer tonight. Hits, walks and steals are his game though. I'm still not sure what kind of chance he has to be a starter (I'd guess very little) but you have to like what he brings to the table as a backup, at least.

This could be the time for Martin to really grab the bull and make some noise. The power has jumped up, but it's Lancaster. There has been plenty of strike outs and the average has just been...average. He's hitting .333 in his last 10 games, though, so let's see if he can continue that.

Maybe the unsung guy in the system recently has been Ritchie, though. Did you know he hit .382/.462/.676 in June? Thing is, he only played 10 games. He should get even more opportunities now with Stubbs out of the way.

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 9-1 win over Beloit (OAK)

-> Myles Straw: 3-for-4, BB, RBI, 2 R
-> Connor Goedert: 3-for-4, 2B, 3 R
-> Dexture McCall: 2-for-3, 2 BB, 3 RBI
-> Kristian Trompiz: 2-for-4, 3B, HR, R, 3 RBI
-> Osvaldo Duarte: 2-for-4, BB, R
-> Anthony Hermelyn: 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI
-> Arturo Michelena: 0-for-3, BB, R
-> Kyle Tucker: 0-for-4, BB, SB, R

SP Elieser Hernandez: 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 10 K (win)
RP Makay Nelson: 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K

Hernandez, wow. When was the last time someone went eight innings in the piggyback system? He was dominant. 101 pitches on the night, he might have been able to go the distance. A fourth inning single and the walk were the only blemishes on his night. In six games with QC, he owns a 2.28 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 9.8 K/9.

Tucker fizzled near the end of June, but still finished the month with a .789 OPS, almost as good as his .792 in May. There was a difference though; the OBP dropped by .051, while the SLG rose by .048.

Straw is on fire right now; .395 over his last ten games. He's up to .333/.401/.435 on the season in 37 games. Time will tell how legit it is. I will say that for a guy with no power (literally, he hasn't yet homered as a professional) he does strike out a bit. We'll see.

SS Tri-City ValleyCats: 9-7 loss to State College (STL)

-> Randy Cesar: 3-for-4, BB, 2 RBI
-> Chuckie Robinson: 3-for-4, R
-> Stephen Wrenn: 2-for-4, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
-> Ryne Birk: 2-for-5, R, 2 RBI
-> Alexander De Goti: 1-for-3, BB, SB, RBI, R
-> Brauly Mejia: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R
-> Ronnie Dawson: 1-for-4, BB, R
-> Taylor Jones: 1-for-5, 2B
-> Daz Cameron: 1-for-5, R

SP Kevin Hill: 2.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 0 K (loss)
RP Austin Nicely: 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K
RP Chris Cotton: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K
RP Josue Uribe: 0.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 0 K
RP Nick Hernandez: 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 K

Cameron struck out 13 times in five games when he first joined Tri-City. Since then, he's whiffed 11 times in 12 games. Much, much better. And he's actually hitting decently, too (.284/.346/.432).

No bird shots from Wrenn tonight (heh heh...heh...sorry). Just another multi-hit game is all; nine of his 17 games have been multi-hit games now.

Solid start from Birk, too. An .852 OPS is nice for the Aggie; the six walks against just four strike outs in 12 gams is even better. A couple of bags, too, and some XBH. I want a bigger sample size, and Tri-City plays in a nice hitter's park, but Birk is an interesting little package.

Anyone know why Cotton is down in short-season? He had solid numbers in Double-A, then hit a bump in the row in Triple-A...but all the way back to short-season? Seems extreme. Maybe he's working on a new pitch or...something?

RK Greeneville Astros: 7-3 loss to Kingsport (NYM)

-> Jonathan Arauz: 2-for-4
-> Tyler Wolfe: 1-for-3, BB, RBI
-> Miguelangel Sierra: 1-for-4, BB, solo HR
-> Chaz Pal: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
-> Gabriel Bracamonte: 1-for-4
-> Luiz Payano: 0-for-3, BB, R
-> Wander Franco: 0-for-4, R

SP Patrick Sandoval: 4.2 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 5 K
RP Diogenes Almengo: 2.1 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K
RP Devon Carr: 0.1 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 2 H, 2 BB, 0 K (blown save, loss)
RP Lucas Williams: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K

Glad to see Sandoval above the GCL already. For those who don't remember, he was our 11th rounder in 2015, a talented prep arm who fell to us thanks to signability concerns. He's better than an 11th round talent. A bit of a project, but definite upside. He's walked some guys, but he's also missing bats, and this outing lopped off more than one and a half runs off his ERA.

Today's Scheduled Starters

AAA: Brady Rodgers vs. Joan Gregorio
AA: Keegan Yuhl vs. Tim Shibuya
A+: Brock Dykxhoorn vs. TBD
A-: Jose Hernandez vs. Dustin Hurlbutt
SS: Ryan Hartman vs. Ronnie Williams
RK: Nathan Thompson vs. Jordan Humphreys