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Astros Prospect Report: Games of May 10, 2017

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

Timothy DeBlock

AAA Fresno Grizzlies: Off Night

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: Off Night

A+ Buies Creek Astros: 7-2 loss to Salem (BOS)

-> Christian Correa: 3-for-4, 2B

-> Jason Martin: 2-for-4, BB, 2B, R

-> Pat Porter: 1-for-3, BB

-> Kyle Tucker: 1-for-5, 2B, RBI

-> Ryne Birk: 0-for-3, R

-> Myles Straw: 0-for-4, BB

SP Hector Perez: 1.2 IP, 5 R (1 ER), 2 H, 5 BB, 3 K (loss)

RP Sebastian Kessay: 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K

RP Elieser Hernandez: 4.1 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 9 K

RP Howie Brey: 0.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K

There's an odd pitching line for you. Things unraveled in the second inning; walk, wild pitch, walk, fly out, walk, error, strike out, single, walk, pitching change, single, ground out. So yeah, there was an error in there that made a bunch of the runs unearned, but four walks and a wild pitch in one inning. Pitcher can't really blame anyone but themselves at that point.

Perez is basically doing what he's done in the past; he misses a lot of bats, but is very wild, too. Currently owns a 13.0 K/9 but a 6.5 BB/9 to go with it.

Martin is on a solid run, having hit .316 in his last ten games, and notably drew seven walks and struck out just six times during those games. He's now sitting at .277/.349/.455 on the season. That three homer game sure did help that OPS.

Tucker, so far, seems to be handling the league pretty well. By which I mean he's avoided a notable slump as pitchers see him more and continue to adjust. Case in point, his .289 average over his last ten games does represent a step back, but a small one, and he's drawn seven walks and hit five long balls during that run anyway. Hard to call that a slump.

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 10-2 loss to Bowling Green (TBR)

-> Randy Cesar: 2-for-4, BB, R

-> Spencer Johnson: 2-for-4, RBI

-> Stephen Wrenn: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R

-> Marcos Almonte: 1-for-3, BB, SB

-> Chuckie Robinson: 1-for-4, 2B

-> Daz Cameron: 1-for-4

-> Jake Rogers: 1-for-5

SP Cionel Perez: 1.2 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 1 K (loss)

RP Salvador Montano: 3.0 IP, 3 R (0 ER), 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K

RP Gabriel Valdez: 3.1 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K

No saving grace for Perez in this one, just a straight-up bomb. He does have experience in Cuba and he's 21, not a teenager, so he's certainly age-appropriate here, but this is his first few games outside of Cuba, too, and with all that goes with it. He just needs time.

Valdez might prove to be interesting. Not much information is available on him, but he did enter this outing with a 52.2% ground ball rate, and after getting five of his ten outs on the ground in this game (and just one on the fly), expect that to hold up. These three walks were also the first of his season. We need a bigger sample, and preferrably some eyes, on him, but he might be a guy to watch.

Wrenn's upswing continues. In his last 12 games, he's gone 17-for-51 (.333) with six doubles, five walks, and nine strike outs. He hasn't hit for a ton of power in that time, but it may be a sign of adjusting to be more selective. The nine whiffs in 12 games is an improvement, but it's largely been recent; he's punched out just twice in his last six games. That's really been the big knock on him to this point, so this is a nice sign.

Cesar's power has fallen off a bit, though he showed some good pop early. He's traded it for average though, as he's hit .359 over his last ten games. He's drawn 11 walks and has just as many extra-base hits in 25 games, so his line sits at a strong .316/.385/.490 overall.

Today's Scheduled Starters

AAA: TBD vs. Fabio Castillo

AA: Kyle Smith vs. Heath Fillmyer

A+: TBD vs. Daniel McGrath

A-: Forrest Whitley vs. Scott Moss