Houston Astros Minor League Week In Review: April 11th – April 17th

Houston Astros MiLB Week In Review

The second week in the minor league season is over and boy was it an incredible week for the Astros top prospect Alex Bregman. He has exceeded all expectations so far. The Hooks pitching staff continues to dominate as well. Check out how the other top prospects performed this week.

AAA: Fresno Grizzlies (4-5) went 3-3 this week.

  • AJ Reed, 1B: .233 BA (7-for-30), 4 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB/9 SO
  • Colin Moran, 3B: .304 BA (7-for-23), 2 R, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB/9 SO
  • Danny Worth, IF: .417 BA (10-for-24), 5 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB/3 SO
  • Tony Kemp, 2B: .423 BA (11-for-26), 4 R, 3B, 3 RBI

Reed still had a good week power and runs batted in wise but hit just .233. That would be the encouraging part. Even when it seems like he is in a slump, he is still producing. Another nice week for Moran who is off to a ncie start in AAA hitting .323 through 8 games. Kemp has 13 hits with only one being for extra bases, but also has a .474 OBP.  Danny Worth leads Fresno in HR, BA, SLG, OBP and OPS thus far.

There was a lot to like about the pitching this week. Peacock had another strong outing. Hauschild made his debut and made another quality start picking up where he left off last season. Nice to see Shirley back on the mound with a good start. It was his first outing since May 29th of 2015. Fireballer, Gustave, had a rough first outing for Fresno but pitched in three games this week and did well. He and Hoyt are guys who have a chance to contribute to the bullpen at some point this season.

AA: Corpus Christi Hooks (7-3) went 5-1 this week.

Once again, the Hooks have a super talented roster highlighted by the Astros top prospect Alex Bregman. Bregman showed off his tools this week hitting 5 HR in just 7 games. This included a walk-off HR and a grand slam. Most impressive though, is he has struck out just 3 times in 10 games so far. Teoscar Hernandez put together a great week and had a hit in every game and two hits in every game but one. He is full of talent and repeating AA could be what he needed. Woodward got a few starts this week and made the most of it getting a hit in all three. Mayfield continues to rake hitting .458 on the season.

Musgrove had another great start. On the season he has 9 shutout innings with 10 strikeouts. My guess is he will make another 3-5 starts before being moved to Fresno. Paulino and Martes hit a few bumps this week but still battled and showed off the strikeout. The bullpen really stepped up. Flamethrower, Guduan, has yet to allow a run this season. Offseason acquisition, Brendan McCurry, had a really nice week which included 0 BB/8 K in 5 IP.

A+: Lancaster Jethawks (4-4) went 4-3 this week.

  • Jason Martin, OF: .348 BA (8-for-23), R, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 4 BB/7 SO, 3 SB
  • Drew Ferguson, OF: .438 BA (7-for-16), 3 R, 2 2B, 3 BB/3 SO, 2 SB
  • Bobby Boyd, OF: .333 BA (8-for-24), 4 R, 2B, 2 RBI, 5 SB
  • Ramon Laureano, OF: .300 BA (6-for-20), 3 R, 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB/2 SO, SB
  • Nick Tanielu, 3B: .304 BA (7-for-23), 3 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 2 BB/4 SO

Not a bad week for the Jethawks. Martin is off to a nice start getting on base. He also has 3-for-3 in SB. Last season he was 14-for-29 in SB. Ferguson is a guy that might fly under the radar but he continues to hit. Now hitting .304 in his minor league career. Ramon Laureano was on my breakout list and he had a solid week. Still looking for more extra base hits but very encouraging to see only 2 strikeouts this week in 7 games.

Surprisingly the pitching was very good for the Jethawks this week even though they are pitching in the California League. Deetz with another great start. He has now gone 9.1 IP with just 2 ER and 0 BB/7 K. The zero walks is very encouraging moving forward. Bostick had a scoreless start, though the peripherals were a bit off. Another young starter, Brock Dykxhoorn, made his debut this week and pitched very well allowing just 1 run in 5 IP with 6 K. Riley Ferrell has got the season started off right with 3 scoreless innings and 6 strikeouts.

A: Quad Cities Riverbandits (2-9) went 2-5 this week.

  • Osvaldo Duarte, SS: .261 BA (6-for-23), 3 R, 2 2B, 2 3B, 4 RBI, 2 SB
  • Kyle Tucker, OF: .300 BA (6-for-20), HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB/7 SO, 5 SB

Once again the River Bandits’ offense didn’t produce much this week. Osvaldo Duarte had a good week with the four extra base hits (2 2B, 2 3B). Kyle Tucker put together a nice week and hit his first full season HR. He also stole five bases which is great to see. Some first hand reports from QC have highlighted his defense in the outfield lauding his arm and the spectacular plays.

The pitching was solid however. Deemes pitched another two scoreless outings giving him 10 scoreless innings on the season. Andrew Thome pitched twice in relief and owns a 0.79 ERA this season. Armenteros is off to a nice start with 0 BB/11 K in 9.2 innings.

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