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Astros Prospect Report: Games of June 27

A busy day on the farm including 15 innings in Buies Creek

MLB: Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics
Derek Fisher continued to slug it with his 17th dinger of the minor league season on Tuesday.
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GCL Astros (1-1) 9, GCL Marlins (2-0) 14

This game included 23 hits and 13 different pitchers, few of whom were effective. Matt Merrill, a lefty prep arm out of Oklahoma who the Astros snagged late on day 3, had the worst go of it on the mound, allowing 5 runs in 0.1 IP. Tanner Duncan’s two perfect frames made him the day’s top performer on the pitching side by a wide margin. Former Yale third baseman Richard Slenker went yard, and 20-year old outfielder Vicente Sanchez picked up three hits to put himself at 6 for his first 12.

Notable Lines

Juan Pineda- 2 for 5

Emmanuel Valdez- 2 for 4, BB, K

Richard Slenker- 1 for 4, HR, BB, 2 K

Vicente Sanchez- 3 for 4, BB

Tanner Duncan- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Quad Cities (41-33) 6, Wisconsin (28-46) 5

The River Bandits lineup has undergone a lot of changes lately due to promotions, and much of the current lineup is still trying to acclimate to the level. Leadoff hitter Jonathan Arauz, an 18 year old out of Panama, picked up three hits, finishing a home run short of the cycle. Ronnie Dawson, a former second-rounder who has simply been unable to hit professional pitching to this point, managed a 3 for 5 night with a home run. Starter Gabriel Valdez got knocked around a bit, allowing bombs to Weston Wilson and Demi Orimoloye and yielding five runs overall. Reliever Erasmo Pinales went three clean frames to earn an unconventional save.

Notable Lines

Jonathan Arauz- 3 for 5, 2B, 3B

Daz Cameron- 1 for 3, BB, 2 K, SB

Wander Franco- 2 for 5

Ronnie Dawson- 3 for 5, HR, K

Erasmo Pinales- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Buies Creek (39-37) 5, Carolina (40-34) 6, 15 Innings

Even though many of them aren’t performing well, the Carolina Mudcats started five players who have been selected on day 1 of the draft in the last three years- that’s something you will rarely see. On Tuesday two of those players, Monte Harrison and Lucas Erceg, provided much of the offense in this marathon contest. For BC, though they managed to keep themselves in the game, things were less successful on the offensive side. Phenom Yordan Alvarez had the type of game that 19-year old players will have now and again, going 0 for 6 with three strikeouts. The real story for BC was reliever Nick Hernandez, who went four perfect innings in relief with 7 Ks to lower his season ERA to 1.14. Hernandez has been dominant all season by every metric and should find himself in Corpus Christi soon.

Notable Lines

Myles Straw- 3 for 7, 3B, K, SB

Yordan Alvarez- 0 for 6, 3 K

Jake Rogers- 2 for 4, 2B, 2 BB, K

Stephen Wrenn- 1 for 6, HR, 2 K

Nick Hernandez- 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K

Greeneville (4-2) 8, Bristol (1-5) 5

The G-Stros are off to a hot start to the year, and kept it going on Tuesday thanks to strong hitting up and down the order. First baseman Roman Garcia doubled and tripled in five trips, and second baseman Cody Bohanek and leadoff man Chas McCormick also recorded multi-hit efforts. Perhaps the best line of the day belonged to pitcher Juan Robles, who pitched the 4th-8th innings, allowing one run and striking out nine while scattering three hits.

Notable Lines

Chas McCormick- 2 for 4, 2B, BB

Cody Bohanek- 2 for 5, 2B, K

Roman Garcia- 2 for 4, 2B, 3B, BB

Joan Mauricio- 1 for 5, K

Juan Robles- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K

Fresno (40-38) 6, Albuquerque (38-39) 3

The Grizzlies offense chugged along on Tuesday, with star Derek Fisher clocking his 17th Triple-A home run, and Tyler White his 12th of the year. Those dingers supported rehabbing starter Charlie Morton, who was sharp over four shutout innings. Morton will be a welcome sight at the major league level and it appears as if he is ready to get back into action. In addition to the power display, Tony Kemp, Colin Moran and Reid Brignac all managed multi-hit efforts.

Notable Lines

Tony Kemp- 2 for 4, 2B

Tyler White- 1 for 3, HR, BB

Colin Moran- 2 for 4, 2B, 2K

Derek Fisher- 1 for 4, HR, K

Reid Brignac- 2 for 3, 3B, BB, K

Charlie Morton- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K