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Astros Prospect Report: Games of June 6th, 2017

Jake Rogers extended his hitting streak to seven games, the Grizzlies hit three home runs, and Kent Emanuel had perhaps his best start at the Double-A level on Tuesday night.

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A.J. Reed collected one of Fresno’s three home runs on Tuesday.
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Quad Cities (29-27) 6, Wisconsin (24-31) 5

The story for Quad Cities over the last couple of weeks has been young Cuban slugger Yordan Alvarez, and he kept himself in the headlines last night by reaching base four times in five trips, raising his OBP to .506 in his first 84 PAs in full-season ball. Alvarez, who turns 20 in three weeks, is in the midst of an 11 game hitting streak in which he is 20-for-38 (.526). He is one of the bigger stories in the prospecting community at the moment, and should find himself in Buies Creek quite soon. Chuckie Robinson and Carmen Benedetti had the other multi-hit nights for the River Bandits. Both are solid organizational depth players who have put together solid seasons for QC so far. On the pitching side, Ronel Blanco earned the win by pitching the last four innings in shutout fashion while striking out six. The 23-year-old pitcher is old for the level and has been hittable thus far, but does now hold a 20/4 K/BB mark in 17.2 frames.

Notable Lines

Daz Cameron: 1 for 4, 2 K

Osvaldo Duarte: 1 for 5, 3 K

Yordan Alvarez: 2 for 3, 2 BB

Chuckie Robinson: 2 for 4

Ronnie Dawson: 1 for 2, 3 BB

Carmen Benedetti: 2 for 5

Ronel Blanco: 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

Buies Creek (32-27) 0, Myrtle Beach (34-25) 2

The BC Stros couldn’t manage much offense in this contest, recording only three hits on the night. With Kyle Tucker now in Corpus, the offense looks a lot less imposing, at least until Yordan Alvarez arrives. Hot hitters Myles Straw and Jake Rogers each picked up a hit, with Rogers’ knock extending his hitting streak to seven games. Starter Ryan Hartman struck out seven over six frames, one of his best starts of the year, and reliever Nick Hernandez (32/6 K/BB in 21.2 IP) continued to dominate with a clean inning. Fans should take note of Hernandez, who is likely the second-best pure relief arm in the system after Riley Ferrell, and could rise quickly with continued dominance.

Notable Lines

Myles Straw: 1 for 3, 2B, BB

Jake Rogers: 1 for 3, 2B

Ryan Hartman: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K

Nick Hernandez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Corpus Christi (29-28) 5, Frisco (25-32) 1

The Hooks were actually outhit 7-6 in this one, but benefited from three RoughRiders errors and rode a strong start from Kent Emanuel to an easy win. Kyle Tucker had a hit but struck out twice (as did Jason Martin) as he continues to search for his second big game as a Hook. Ramon Laureano continued his hard luck season, going 1 for 4 with no strikeouts to lower his BABIP to .252. Laureano has put the ball in play more this season but is only hitting .207 through 230 PAs. I’m still in the outfielder’s camp- though batted ball data does suggest he’s finding hard contact tougher to come by, he’s having awful luck by any measure and should see some correction in the BABIP department if nothing else. The Hooks will continue to move him around in the order in efforts to get him going.

Notable Lines

Kyle Tucker: 1 for 4, 2 K

JD Davis: 0 for 4, 3 K

Jon Singleton: 0 for 2, 2 K, 2 BB

Garrett Stubbs: 1 for 3, K

Ramon Laureano: 1 for 4, 2B

Jason Martin: 1 for 4, 2B, 2 K

Kent Emanuel: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K

Riley Ferrell: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Fresno (27-32) 5, Sacramento (23-34) 2

The Grizzlies racked up twelve hits, three of which were longballs, in this contest to easily beat Sacramento and starter Dan Slania. Tony Kemp, Preston Tucker, Tyler White, and Reid Brignac each had two hits and Derek Fisher added two walks to his one knock. Tucker had a long ball as did Colin Moran and AJ Reed. Mike Hauschild pitched very well, going six shutout while striking out six.

Notable Lines

Tony Kemp: 2 for 5, K

Preston Tucker: 2 for 4, HR, BB, K

Derek Fisher: 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB

AJ Reed: 1 for 5, HR, 3 K

Teoscar Hernandez: 0 for 4, BB, K

Colin Moran: 1 for 4, HR, K

Tyler White: 2 for 4, 2 2B, K

Mike Hauschild: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K