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Astros Prospect Report: Games of August 1, 2016

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

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AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 7-3 win over Reno (ARZ)

-> A.J. Reed: 3-for-4, BB, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI
-> Jon Kemmer: 2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
-> Jon Singleton: 2-for-4, R
-> Tony Kemp: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI, R
-> Max Stassi: 1-for-3, BB
-> Nolan Fontana: 1-for-4, 2B, R
-> Colin Moran: 1-for-4
-> Teoscar Hernandez: 1-for-5, R
-> Danny Worth: 1-for-5, R

SP Edison Frias: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 K (win)
RP Kevin Chapman: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K (hold)
RP James Hoyt: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

Reed wants back into The Show, ya'll. He's hitting .447 over his last 10 games, with eight strike outs and four homers. That's 16 long balls in 71 games for Fresno this year, easy 30+ home run power.

I keep thinking Kemmer is about to break out, but he never seems to (he had a nice June, but has been much worse in all other months). His power has shown up recently, though; he's hit five of his 10 homers in his last 14 games.

Good bounce-back outing for Frias, who surrendered six earned in his last game, which was his debut in Triple-A. His ERA falls from 9.00 to 6.00 in a small 12 inning sample with Fresno.

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 7-4 win over San Antonio (SDP)

-> J.D. Davis: 2-for-4, SB, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
-> Garrett Stubbs: 2-for-4, HR, RBI, 2 R
-> Mott Hyde: 2-for-4
-> Antonio Nunez: 2-for-4
-> Chase McDonald: 1-for-3, BB, HR, RBI, 2 R
-> Alejandro Garcia: 1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
-> Derek Fisher: 1-for-4, RBI
-> Nick Tanielu: 0-for-3, BB
-> Ramon Laureano: 0-for-4, R

SP Trent Thornton: 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 6 K (win)
RP Kevin Comer: 2.0 IP, 3 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K
RP Aaron West: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K (save)

Thornton has a rock-solid pair of outings under his belt in Double-A now; two earned in six the first time out, and now one in six. In total, nine strike outs against one walk in those 12 innings. Couldn't ask for much more. I do like this kid.

Second long ball in 15 games since moving up to Corpus, and the OPS climbs to .909. He's struck out twice in his last nine games.

Nunez drew walks, stole a few bases, and played shortstop for Lancaster much of the year. Four solid games for Corpus so far. Zero career homers, so again, he'll have to use everything he's got to claw, but there's a little bench guy upside here.

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 7-6 win over Lake Elsinore (SDP)

-> Osvaldo Duarte: 3-for-4, RBI, R
-> Bobby Boyd: 1-for-3, BB, HR, R, 3 RBI
-> Johnny Sewald: 1-for-3, BB, SB, R
-> Brooks Marlow: 1-for-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI
-> Trent Woodward: 1-for-3, BB, 2B
-> Aaron Mizell: 1-for-3, BB, R
-> Drew Ferguson: 1-for-4, R
-> Marc Wik: 0-for-2, BB
-> Jamie Ritchie: 0-for-3, BB, R

SP Brock Dykxhoorn: 4.1 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 5 K
RP Scott Weathersby: 3.2 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K (win)
RP Jacob Dorris: 1.0 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K (save)

In 52 games with Lancaster, Sewald is now up to .301/.400/.451. Sure, lop off a bunch of that SLG, but the guy gets on base and is a threat once there. He's 18-for-23 (78%) with Lancaster and 34-for-43 (79%) on the season. That's 34 steals in 81 games. The math is easy there; 68 in 162 games. If he's legit in CF and can keep walking and stealing bases, who knows? He could lead off. Remember Michael Bourn? Good defense in CF, elite base running, and a .340-.350 OBP. I'll slot that in the leadoff spot of a good lineup. We need to see him in Corpus next year, but he could be something.

Ritchie is hitting .290 over his last 10 games, and is hitting .272/.394/.406 on the season. That's actually pretty close to his career SLG, so who knows, maybe he's not an illusion. Not that he's lighting the world on fire, but he sure does know the strike zone pretty well.

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 5-4 loss to Beloit (OAK)

-> Kyle Tucker: 2-for-4, BB, R
-> Hector Roa: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI
-> Myles Straw: 2-for-5, SB, R
-> Dexture McCall: 1-for-3, BB, RBI
-> Randy Cesar: 1-for-4, RBI, R
-> Pat Porter: 1-for-4, R
-> Arturo Michelena: 1-for-5, SB

SP Franklin Perez: 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 5 K
RP Albert Abreu: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K
RP David Schmidt: 0.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K (loss)

McCall is hot right now; he's hitting .412 over his last 10 games, with five multi-hit games in that span. He's up to a solid .284/.358/.412 on the season in 80 games.

Abreu showed more of the same tonight; ultimately successful, but walks continue to be an issue. He's walked 45 batters in 81 innings on the season, an even 5.0 walks per nine innings.

That's 35 walks on the season now for Tucker, and he has 30 stolen bases. He's hitting .275/.347/.375.

SS Tri-City ValleyCats: Double-header vs. Lowell (BOS)

Game One: 2-1 win

-> Ronnie Dawson: 1-for-2, BB, R
-> Chuckie Robinson: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI
-> Ryne Birk: 1-for-3, BB, SB
-> Brauly Mejia: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI
-> Alexander De Goti: 1-for-3
-> Marcos Almonte: 0-for-2, BB, R
-> Rodrigo Ayarza: 0-for-2, BB

SP Dustin Hunt: 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 5 K
RP Carlos Sierra: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K

Game Two: 7-3 loss

-> Rodrigo Ayarza: 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, R
-> Marcos Almonte: 1-for-3, BB, R
-> Jake Rogers: 1-for-3
-> Taylor Jones: 1-for-3
-> Spencer Johnson: 1-for-3
-> Ryne Birk: 1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI

SP Enrique Chavez: 4.0 IP, 6 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K (loss)
RP Sean Stutzman: 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K

Despite coming down to earth, Birk continues to find ways to contribute. He has eight walks against three strike outs in his last 10 games, and owns a .798 OPS on the season.

Rogers is starting to put it together at the plate. He's hitting .438 over his last five games, and has 13 walks in 24 games this season. He's up to .262/.380/.440 on the year.

First real clunker of the year for Chavez. Up to this point, he'd allowed just five total earned runs in seven games. His ERA shoots from 1.41 to 2.75. Strike out to walk ratio is a solid 3.11.

RK Greeneville Astros: 9-2 win over Kingsport (NYM)

-> Jonathan Arauz: 3-for-5, BB, 3B, RBI, 2 R
-> Jonathan Matute: 2-for-4, BB, R, 2 2B, 3 RBI
-> Chaz Pal: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI
-> Reiny Beltre: 1-for-3, BB, RBI, 2 R
-> Frankeny Fernandez: 1-for-4, BB
-> Ruben Castro: 1-for-5, SB, RBI, R
-> Carlos Machado: 1-for-5, SB, R
-> Abraham Toro-Hernandez: 0-for-3, R, 2 BB
-> Connor MacDonald: 0-for-4, RBI, R

SP Salvador Montano: 4.0 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 1 H, 4 BB, 6 K
RP Nathan Thompson: 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 3 K (win)
RP Abdiel Saldana: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

Saldana continues an excellent run with Greeneville. He's pitched seven times for the club, and has allowed just two earned runs total in 17 innings. He owns a 1.06 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 11.7 K/9. Work left to be done on command and control, but a southpaw with some talent, it seems.

Arauz was hitting .186 after his July 15 game. Since then, he's batted .346 in 13 games. He's now hitting .261/.314/.360 as a 17-year-old. Think about playing professional ball in a foreign country whose language you don't speak at 17.

Today's Scheduled Starters

AAA: Mike Hauschild vs. TBD
AA: Francis Martes vs. Elier Sanchez
A+: Joshua James vs. TBD
A-: Yoanys Quiala vs. Dustin Hurlbutt
SS: Agapito Barrios vs. TBD
RK: Ricardo Castro vs. Joel Huertas