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Astros Prospect Report: Games of June 20, 2017

The 2017 ValleyCats season starts off with a whimper.

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Colin Moran continued to display his power stroke with home run #16 on Tuesday
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The NYPL season has kicked off and with many draft picks still to sign, the opening day rosters are likely quite dissimilar from what you will see down the stretch. Most college selections, with the exception of first-rounder J.B. Bukauskas, will likely see time with Tri-City after signing their deals. In the meantime, the roster is largely populated with more experienced international signings and prep and JUCO draftees moving up from rookie ball.

Tri-City (0-1) 0, Connecticut (1-0) 9

Talented Connecticut starter Matt Manning carved through the ValleyCats opening day offense in this one, striking out nine in 4.1 frames against just one walk and three hits. Those three knocks were the only offense the ValleyCats could muster, with Kristian Trompiz representing two of them. The other hit belonged to bat-first prospect Abraham Toro-Hernandez, who also walked. Things didn’t look much better on the pitching side, with Carlos Hiraldo, Diogenes Almengo and Colin McKee all coughing up multiple runs. 24-year old reliever Ben Smith managed a clean frame with two strikeouts in mop-up duty.

Notable Lines

Miguelangel Sierra- 0 for 4, 2 K

Abraham Toro-Hernandez- 1 for 3, 2B, BB, K

Connor MacDonald- 0 for 3, K

Kristian Trompiz- 2 for 3, 2B

Corpus Christi (35-36) 6, San Antonio (41-30) 1

Kyle Tucker may be settling into his new home. The Astros’ #1 prospect had a standout performance on Tuesday night, homering and doubling without striking out to give him longballs in consecutive games. Jack Mayfield was the only other Hook with multiple hits, raising his average to .292. Starter Josh James threw very well, striking out seven against two walks over five frames to bring his ERA to 3.12.

Notable Lines

Jason Martin- 1 for 4, K

Kyle Tucker- 2 for 4, 2B, HR

J.D. Davis- 1 for 4

Jack Mayfield- 2 for 4, 2 K

Garrett Stubbs- 1 for 4, 2 K

Josh James- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K

Fresno (35-37) 7, El Paso (36-36) 11

Colin Moran’s 2017 power surge continued in this slugfest, as the third baseman managed his 16th round-tripper of the year. Jon Kemmer also hit his ninth bomb and Max Stassi his seventh in the game, which saw twelve different pitchers. Kyle Smith, making his second Triple-A start, had a very Kyle Smithian outing in which he struck out five and walked none in four innings of work but let up six runs on seven hits, including a homer. Hittability and homer issues have unfortunately been a problem for Smith for some time, as his stuff simply doesn’t afford him much room for error. Kevin Comer continued his strong season with two clean innings, allowing just one hit. Now 24, Comer has been a pleasant surprise for the Grizzlies in 2017, sporting a 48/11 K/BB mark in 40 frames. If the Astros need more help in the bullpen any time soon, Comer will likely get a long look. He was acquired from Toronto in the J.A. Happ trade that also brought starter Joe Musgrove to Houston.

Notable Lines

Tony Kemp- 0 for 4, BB

Tyler White- 0 for 5, 3 K

Preston Tucker- 2 for 5, 2B, K

Colin Moran- 1 for 5, HR, 2 K

A.J. Reed- 1 for 3, BB

Teoscar Hernandez- 3 for 5, K

Jon Kemmer- 2 for 4, HR, BB, 2 K

Max Stassi- 1 for 3, HR, BB, K

Kyle Smith- 4 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Kevin Comer- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K