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Astros Prospect Report: Games of August 24, 2016

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

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 1-0 win over Sacramento (SFG)

-> Danny Worth: 1-for-2, BB, 2B, R
-> Derek Fisher: 1-for-3, RBI
-> Jack Mayfield: 1-for-3
-> Jon Singleton: 0-for-1, 2 BB
-> Colin Moran: 0-for-3, BB

SP Cesar Valdez: 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 12 K (win)
RP James Hoyt: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K (save)

Well dang. Who is Cesar Valdez? He was a Diamondbacks prospect for a number of years, got 20 MLB innings with them in 2010, and then split 2011 between the Pirates and Marlins' Triple-A affiliates. From 2012 through 2015 he played in the Mexican League but never really found success until he posted a 2.63 ERA as a starter last year. He's with Houston now, and owns a 3.08 ERA in 29 games for Fresno. FIP says the ERA is pretty legit, too. This number of strike outs is an abberation, but he does miss a decent number of bats. He also never walks people; that was true in Mexico and it's carried over to a 0.9 BB/9 this year with Fresno. His K/BB ratio is a crazy 8.5.

Fisher extended his hit streak to seven games now. During that run, he's batting .360 with a pair of walks and, notably, just three strike outs. That's important, considering strike outs have been his main hangup to this point.

Hoty doing Hoyt things now that he's back with Fresno. He's punched out six batters in his three innings since being sent back down.

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 4-1 win over Midland (OAK)

-> Garrett Stubbs: 3-for-3, BB, 3B, SB, 3 R
-> Ramon Laureano: 3-for-4, 2B, RBI
-> J.D. Davis: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
-> Mott Hyde: 2-for-4, 2B, R
-> Nick Tanielu: 1-for-4, 2B
-> Conrad Gregor: 1-for-4, RBI
-> Preston Tucker: 0-for-2, RBI

SP Cy Sneed: 6.2 IP, ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 K (win)
RP Kevin Comer: 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K (save)

Stubbs is straight ripping it up. He's up to .337/.421/.551 with 33 hits, 13 walks, seven doubles, four homers, four steals, a triple, and a partrage in a pear tree for Corpus now. The most stunning part of it is that he's whiffed just nine times in 26 games for the hooks. He has over 100 PA during that time. He hasn't struck out since August 5, ya'll.

Laureano is even hotter at the moment. This was his fourth-straight multi-hit game, and he's on a nine-game hitting streak, during which time he's hitting a cool .485. He's slashing .337/.445/.630 in 27 games with Corpus, with no real drop in walk rate and actually a slight improvement in strike out rate, compared to Lancaster.

Four of Sneed's last five games have been very solid (two earned runs or fewer) and he's gone at least six innings in all of them. Looking at his game logs tells an interesting story; he has three really ugly clunkers, when he allowed 22 earned runs in just eight innings. In the 20 other games he's pitched this season, he's allowed more than three earned runs just once. He has a 2.55 ERA in those 20 games. He owns a 2.8 BB/9 and a 8.6 K/9 on the season.

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: Double-Header vs. High Desert (TEX)

Game One: 14-4 loss

-> Kyle Tucker: 2-for-3, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI
-> Osvaldo Duarte: 2-for-4, 2B
-> Johnny Sewald: 2-for-4, R
-> Bryan Muniz: 2-for-4, R
-> Jamie Ritchie: 1-for-3, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI
-> Marc Wik: 1-for-3
-> Brooks Marlow: 1-for-3

SP Akeem Bostick: 5.0 IP, 8 R (6 ER), 7 H, 3 BB, 0 K (loss)
RP Juan Santos: 1.1 IP, 6 R (2 ER), 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K
RP Chris Murphy: 0.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K

Game Two: 2-0 win

-> Jamie Ritchie: 2-for-3
-> Johnny Sewald: 1-for-2, BB, solo HR
-> Bryan Muniz: 1-for-3, solo HR
-> Kyle Tucker: 0-for-2, BB
-> Jason Martin: 0-for-2, BB

SP Jose Hernandez: 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 6 K (win)

Sad to say, but Bostick has really fallen apart recently. His last four games have seen him cough up 23 earned runs in 20 innings, shooting his ERA from 3.16 to 5.46 during the month of August. His walk rate is a key culprit; he walked 15 batters in those four games, but the trouble stretch back, too. His walk rate with Lancaster on the season is 5.9 per nine innings.

Nice night for Tucker, who has a 1.087 OPS in seven games post-promotion now. As if the sample size wasn't caution enough, five of his seven games have been in High Desert or Lancaster, two of the planet's best hitter's havens, so take it will more than a grain of salt. Cool note though; he's drawn a walk in four straight games without striking out even once.

That's long ball number seven for Ritchie this season. He owns a .392 OBP thanks to hitting decently and 56 walks.

Sewald is hitting .282 over his last nine games. He's drawn 41 walks while striking out just 59 times in 71 games for the JetHawks. He's stolen 37 bases in 100 games on the season (combined Quad-Cities and Lancaster).

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 3-0 loss to Cedar Rapids (MIN)

-> Hector Roa: 1-for-3, 2B
-> Stephen Wrenn: 1-for-4, 2B
-> Dexture McCall: 0-for-2, BB
-> Jake Rogers: 0-for-2, BB
-> Pat Porter: 0-for-3, BB
-> Bobby Wernes: 0-for-3, BB

SP Framber Valdez: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 6 K (loss)
RP David Schmidt: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 1 K

Valdez allowed four earned runs in his first game with Tri-City back on June 21. Since then, he's pitched in 11 more games and hasn't allowed more than three. In five games with Quad Cities, the southpaw owns a 3.14 ERA, 3.1 BB/9 and 8.8 K/9.

SS Tri-City ValleyCats: 5-4 win over Auburn (WSH)

-> Ronnie Dawson: 4-for-5, 2B, HR, SB, R, 2 RBI
-> Marcos Almonte: 1-for-3, BB, R
-> Connor Goedert: 1-for-5, solo HR
-> Alexander De Goti: 1-for-5, 2B, R
-> Carmen Benedetti: 1-for-6, R
-> Taylor Jones: 0-for-3, 2 BB
-> Bryan De La Cruz: 0-for-3, RBI

SP Abdiel Saldana: 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 5 K
RP Sean Stutzman: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K (hold)
RP Dustin Hunt: 2.0 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 3 H, 3 BB, 1 K (hold)
RP Carlos Sanabria: 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K (blown save, win)

Ronnie Dawson, have a night! This is his career game to this point, and it brings him up to a .232/.363/.389 line on the season. That might not look like much, but he entered August hitting .185/.353/.355. During August he's batted .304/.382/.443 with a pair of long balls and 10 walks.

Saldana earned a promotion after posting a 2.74 ERA in nine games for Greeneville. In five games with Tri-City now, he's been even better, with a 1.56 ERA and a staggering 20 K/BB ratio (20 strike outs and just one walk in 17.1 innings).

RK Greeneville Astros: 4-0 loss to Danville (ATL)

-> Carlos Machado: 2-for-4, SB
-> Connor MacDonald: 1-for-4
-> Raymond Henderson: 1-for-4
-> Jonathan Arauz: 1-for-4
-> Jonathan Matutue: 1-for-4
-> Wilson Amador: 0-for-2, BB
-> Frankeny Fernandez: 0-for-3, BB
-> Abraham Toro-Hernandez: 0-for-3, BB
-> Luis Payano: 1-for-1 (pinch-hitter)

SP Ricardo Castro: 5.0 IP, 4 R (2 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K (loss)
RP Guadalupe Chavez: 3.2 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K
RP Luis Ramirez: 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

Six starts in a row for Castro of two or fewer earned runs allowed. His ERA with Greeneville is 2.57 and his K/BB is a nice, round 4-to-1.

Guadalupe Chavez...remember that name? It was a little less than a month ago we first heard it; he was the return from Toronto for Scott Feldman. He had posted nice numbers for the GCL Blue Jays prior to the deal, and added in six shutout inning for the GCL Astros since. This is his debut above the low-level developmental stages like the GCL and DSL.

Today's Scheduled Starters

AAA: Eury De La Rosa vs. Joan Gregorio
AA: Trent Thornton vs. Daniel Gossett
A+: Brock Dykxhoorn vs. Jeffrey Springs
A-: Hector Perez vs. Lachlan Wells
SS: Ryan Hartman vs. TBD
RK: Ben Smith vs. Jeremy Walker