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Astros Prospect Report: Games of August 15, 2016

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

Max Stassi may not be done yet
Max Stassi may not be done yet
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AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 6-4 loss to Iowa (CHC)

-> Alejandro Garcia: 2-for-4, RBI
-> Danny Worth: 1-for-3, BB, HR, RBI, 2 R
-> Colin Moran: 1-for-5, R
-> Max Stassi: 0-for-1, RBI, 3 BB
-> Andrew Aplin: 0-for-2, 2 BB
-> Keach Ballard: 0-for-2, BB
-> Jon Kemmer: 0-for-3, BB, R
-> Nolan Fontana: 0-for-3, BB
-> Jon Singleton: 0-for-3, BB

SP Brad Peacock: 5.2 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 7 H, 2 BB, 7 K
RP Brendan McCurry: 2.1 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K (loss)
RP Jordan Jankowski: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K

Most people have sort of forgot about Stassi, but he posted an .864 OPS in July and is hitting .303/.439/.303 in August so far. Yeah, where's the power? I don't know, but hot dang, look at that OBP. Eight walks in 10 games this month after three tonight. Small sample, but I'll also note that this is his third-straight month now with less than one strike out per game. I don't know if he'll ever hit enough to be more than a solid backup catcher, but he'll get every opportunity to show it. Castro is probably gone after this year, and aside from Gattis, catcher could be completely up for grabs come March.

Not as good for Peacock tonight as it has been recently, but you have to like the strike outs. He's just a hair under one per inning now, 114 in 115 innings this season. He allowed just one run through the first four innings. Two of his walks came in the sixth inning, when he and Moran both made errors. It just got away from him, otherwise you'd probably be talking about a quality start with seven punchouts against one walk.

Kemmer is hot right now, guys. From June 23 through this game, he's hit .324 with 12 long balls in 42 games. That's 40+ home run power at that rate. He's struck out 38 times in those games, so that's still a bit of an issue, but it's not terrible.

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: Off Day

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 8-5 loss to High Desert (TEX)

-> Myles Straw: 2-for-4, HR, RBI, 2 R
-> Marc Wik: 2-for-4, solo HR
-> Jason Martin: 1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
-> Johnny Sewald: 1-for-4, RBI
-> Bryan Muniz: 1-for-4, R
-> Trent Woodward: 0-for-3, BB

SP Joshua James: 5.2 IP, 5 ER, 10 H, 4 BB, 4 K (loss)
RP Scott Weathersby: 2.1 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K

Nice to see a homer for Martin, as always, but especially after some recent struggles (.194 average in his last 10 games). That's his 19th on the year. We can't know how real it is, especially from a lefty, but it's nice to see. Heck, cut the homers in half and he still probably finishes the year with 10+. That's a nice showing from a 20-year-old in A-Advanced.

Myles Straw, congrats on your very first professional home run. Well, Straw was hitting .374 for Quad-Cities, so it probably won't be a shock if he rakes in Lancaster. Still, he has seven hits in three games so far. Time will tell how real he is.

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 9-3 loss to Clinton (SEA)

-> Spencer Johnson: 2-for-4, 2B
-> Ryne Birk: 2-for-4
-> Anthony Hermelyn: 1-for-3, solo HR
-> Hector Roa: 1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
-> Randy Cesar: 1-for-4, R
-> Stephen Wrenn: 1-for-4

SP Yoanys Quiala: 2.1 IP, 6 R (4 ER), 7 H, 1 BB, 3 K (loss)
RP Zac Person: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K
RP Juan Santos: 1.2 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 2 B, 4 K

Nice to see Birk back. He was on the 7-day DL for a bit; I don't know what the issue was, but he only missed those seven days, so probably nothing too bad. He has 10 hits already in six games with Quad-Cities, and a 1.023 OPS.

Eight-game hitting streak for Wrenn. He's hitting .294 during that time. He's still showing his solid power/speed combo, with seven XBH and three steals in 17 games for the River Bandits.

Fairly unheralded, 9th-rounder out of LSU Person is having himself a solid season in relief. He owns a 2.93 ERA and an 8.8 K/9 (9.5 before just one K in four innings tonight) on the year. Walks are a bit of a problem with 20 in 43 innings.

SS Tri-City ValleyCats: All-Star Break

RK Greeneville Astros: 5-4 loss to Kingsport (NYM)

-> Raymond Henderson: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
-> Reiny Beltre: 1-for-4, 2B, R
-> Frankeny Fernandez: 1-for-4, R, 2 SB
-> Connor MacDonald: 1-for-4, RBI
-> Stijn van der Meer: 1-for-4, SB, R
-> Carlos Machado: 1-for-4
-> Abraham Toro-Hernandez: 0-for-3, BB, R
-> Vicente Sanchez: 0-for-3, BB

SP Carlos Sanabria: 5.0 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 6 H, 2 BB, 2 K
RP Jorge Guzman: 3.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 7 K (blown save, loss)

Henderson was our 22nd round pick this season. He's warming up now, having hit .302 in his last 10 games. On the season, he owns a solid .775 OPS, showing some pop and an ability to draw walks. Not amazing so far, but he's a catcher, so any offense from him could bode well.

Fernandez is showing some tools as well. He's now 13-for-16 (81%) in stolen base attempts, and has 22 walks in just 39 games. 13 extra-base hits as well. So a little pop, some definite base-running chops, and a very surprising walk rate for a 19-year-old. He's on my radar now.

Today's Scheduled Starters

AAA: Keegan Yuhl vs. TBD
AA: Evan Grills vs. Ashton Goudeau
A+: TBD vs. Adam Quintana
A-: Agapito Barrios vs. Pablo Lopez
SS: All-Star Game
RK: Patrick Sandoval vs. Sixto Torres