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Astros Prospect Report: Games of July 31, 2016

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

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AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 12-7 loss to Reno (ARZ)

-> Chan Moon: 2-for-3, BB, SB
-> A.J. Reed: 2-for-4, BB, 2 R
-> Colin Moran: 2-for-5, HR, SB, 2 R, 3 RBI
-> Max Stassi: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, R
-> Jon Kemmer: 1-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 R
-> Teoscar Hernandez: 1-for-4, 2 RBI
-> Nolan Fontana: 1-for-4, RBI
-> Tony Kemp: 1-for-5
-> Andrew Aplin: 1-for-5

SP Cesar Valdez: 6.0 IP, 6 ER, 10 H, 0 BB, 4 K
RP Reymin Guduan: 0.1 IP, 4 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K (blown save, loss)
RP Chris Cotton: 1.2 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K

Nice night for Moran, who needed it. He needs a good 15-20 nice nights in a row, really. He was down to .261/.330/.363 prior to this game. Sixth long ball of the season, and third stolen base. Neither really seem to be his normal game, though. He finishes a dreadful July where he hit .227 in 25 games.

Reed, on the other hand, has been quite good since returning to Triple-A. He's hitting .353 in 10 games since rejoining the Grizzlies, with three walks and three long balls.

Teoscar looks like a prospect, ya'll. He's hitting .337 now, and the sample size is up to 28 games. That's not a done deal, but it's more than a hot couple of weeks. He's only punched out 15 times during that time, too. It's kind of reminiscent of how Tyler White had a good showing in Double-A, then moved up to Fresno and lit it up during the last part of the season. If he finishes the season strong in August, expect him to rocket up prospect lists...if he doesn't end up getting a call to The Show in September, that is.

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 4-2 loss to Midland (OAK)

-> Alejandro Garcia: 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI
-> Nick Tanielu: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R
-> J.D. Davis: 1-for-4, 2B
-> Derek Fisher: 1-for-4, SB
-> Garrette Stubbs: 1-for-4
-> Danry Vasquez: 1-for-4
-> Mott Hyde: 0-for-2, BB, R
-> James Ramsay: 0-for-3, BB

SP Cy Sneed: 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 4 K
RP Albert Minnis: 2.1 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K (loss)

Great to see Sneed bounce back in this outing. He had allowed 15 earned runs in five innings between his last two games, shooting his ERA from 3.62 up to 5.18. He got it back down under five with this game. 2.89 K/BB ratio now.

Well, you can't ask for much more from Stubbs. Alfredo Gonzalez hangs over me, making me worried it's not real. That said, Stubbs has struck out a lot less than Gonzalez did, and he does have power, so who knows? A legit catching prospect who can hit some would certainly be nice. This guy might be as important to watch during the last month of the Minor League season as anyone in the system.

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 7-3 loss to Bakersfield (SEA)

-> Jason Martin: 1-for-3, BB, 2B
-> Johnny Sewald: 1-for-3, BB, 2B
-> Aaron Mizell: 1-for-3, BB
-> Drew Ferguson: 1-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI
-> Bryan Muniz: 1-for-4
-> Marc Wik: 0-for-4, R
-> Keach Ballard: 0-for-4, R

SP Jose Hernandez: 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 6 K (loss)
RP Andrew Thome: 3.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 1 K

A rougher outing for Hernandez's second go in A-Advanced ball. He has struck out 11 in 11.2 innings during those two games, though.

After a rough June, Ferguson put together an excellent month of July, batting .348/.484/.636 in 21 games. He walked 15 times while striking out just 14 times during those games, and well as nabbing eight bases. We can't know how real the power he's shown is, but he is 26-for-33 (78.8%) in stolen base attempts this year, and he draws walks. If the reduction in strike out rate from July holds up, we could have something.

After posting an OPS of better than .900 in both May and June, Martin fell off a bit in July, but still managed and OPS around .850. He's really having a nice season for a guy his age at this level.

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 3-2 win over Beloit (OAK)

-> Myles Straw: 4-for-5, BB, SB, R
-> Kristian Trompiz: 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI
-> Dexture McCall: 1-for-3, 3 BB
-> Bobby Wernes: 1-for-5, 2B, RBI
-> Arturo Michelena: 1-for-5
-> Anthony Hermelyn: 0-for-3, R, 2 BB
-> Pat Porter: 0-for-1, BB, R (pinch-hitter)

SP Hector Perez: 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 K
RP Juan Santos: 2.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K
RP Ralph Garza: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K (win)

After seven strong games for Tri-City, Perez has a couple of solid ones under his belt in full-season ball now. The walk issues have followed him so far (4.7 BB/9 in the small QC sample) but so have the strike outs (9.3 K/9).

Straw has spend his whole season in Quad-Cities. After nine mediocre games in May, he posted a .897 OPS in June and hit .423/.478/.510 in July. He has 10 hits over his last three games, and 20 over his last 10. He still has zero career home runs, and his peripherals are merely solid, not eye-popping, so it's safe to wonder about how long he'll be able to sustain this.

SS Tri-City ValleyCats: Rained Out

RK Greeneville Astros: 8-5 loss to Kingsport (NYM)

-> Jonathan Arauz: 3-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 RBI
-> Abraham Toro-Hernandez: 2-for-4, R
-> Gabriel Bracamonte: 1-for-3, BB, 2B
-> Frankeny Fernandez: 1-for-4, BB, 2 SB, 2 R
-> Connor MacDonald: 1-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI
-> Troy Sieber: 1-for-5, 2B
-> Miguelangel Sierra: 1-for-5
-> Bryan De La Cruz: 0-for-4, R

SP Diogenes Almengo: 4.0 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K
RP Lucas Williams: 1.0 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K
RP Patrick Sandoval: 2.1 IP, 5 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 K (blown save, loss)
RP Reggie Johnson: 0.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K

Results (3.25 ERA) have been good for Almengo in his eight games this season. His career ERA stands at 2.55, but the peripherals aren't so hot; this season he has 14 walks and 14 strike outs in 27.2 innings. 4.6 isn't a number you want for either walk or strike out rate, especially against Rookie ball competition.

Bracamonte is looking like Alfredo Gonzalez from last year, but down in Rookie Ball. Well, maybe that means we shouldn't be exicted. But it's nice to see. He's at .302/.384/.397 in 17 games. I'd love to see him at Quad-Cities next year and see if he can handle it.

MacDonald keeps hitting, despite some strike outs. Well, despite a lot of strike outs. He has 16 whiffs in his last 10 games, and 31 in 24 games on the season. It's hard to imagine his .307 average will hold up, especially if he moves up a level, but there is power. Fittingly enough, he's a little like Chase McDonald up in the upper levels.

Arauz, a prospect of note, is starting to heat up; he's hitting .297 over his last ten games, with three walks and six strike outs. His 18th birthday is this Wednesday.

Today's Scheduled Starters

AAA: Edison Frias vs. Anthony Banda
AA: Trent Thornton vs. TBD
A+: Joshua James vs. Brett Kennedy
A-: Franklin Perez vs. Zack Erwin
SS: Doubleheader!
-> G1: Dustin Hunt vs. Darwinzon Hernandez
-> G2: TBD vs. TBD
RK: Salvador Montano vs. Adonis Uceta