Houston Astros Minor League Week In Review: May 16th – May 22nd

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Houston Astros MiLB Week in Review

Another week of Astros minor league baseball is in the books.  Let’s take a look at the best performances this past week.

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AAA: Fresno Grizzlies (17-25) went 2-4 this week.


Another rough week for the Grizzlies. AJ Reed made his return on Sunday and went 1-for-2 with a walk. Not much offense to speak of this week for Fresno. Fresno showed off some homerun power but struggled to score consistently. Nice to see Duffy start to hit a bit with the 2 HR, 6 RBI this week. He has gotten off to a slow start. Singleton is still struggling to hit for average but does have 10 HR, 25 RBI in 38 games.

Some great performances for Fresno this week on the pitching side. Musgrove made his second start and went 6 IP, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K. The 2 runs came on a 2 run HR in the 6th and final inning. He continues to pitch well wherever he goes. Hauschild seemed to be the victim of bad luck. He allowed 6 runs in his 11.1 innings but only 1 run was earned.  Rodgers had another dominating perfomances with 0 BB/11 K in 6.2 IP. Rodgers now has 6 BB/46 K in 47.2 innings this season. He could be a guy who makes his debut this season if there are injuries. Hoyt had another solid week now giving him 7 BB/35 K in 21.1 innings this season.

AA: Corpus Christi Hooks (25-17) went 5-2 this week.

  • Alex Bregman, SS: .367 BA (11-for-30), 7 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 4 BB/3 SO, SB
  • Derek Fisher, OF: .417 BA (5-for-12), 2 R, 2B, 3B, RBI
  • Teoscar Hernandez, OF: .250 BA (7-for-28), 3 R, 2B, 3 RBI, 5 BB/4 SO, 5 SB
  • JD Davis, 3B: .406 BA (13-for-32), 6 R, 4 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI
  • Trent Woodward, C: .385 BA (5-for-13), 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI
  • Chan Moon, SS: .474 BA (9-for-19), R, 2 SB

Corpus continues to play well and got great contributions from multiple players this week. Bregman has been great this season and this week was no different compiling 11 hits in 7 games. He now has a .325 BA with 10 HR, 29 RBI in 30 games this season. Fisher missed a few games due to a hurt finger but still managed five hits in his three games played. Teoscar continues to make improvements. While he only hit .250 this week, he only struck out four times and stole five bases. JD Davis had a great week with the 4 2B, 4 HR (3 in one game) and the .406 BA. He has brought his season average up to .268 and now has 12 2B, 7 HR in 36 games. Woodward and Moon have bounced around a bit but have both hit well for Corpus this season.

Just as the hitting did well, the pitching was great too. Paulino continues to dominate the Texas League. He struck out 8 in 6 innings this week and allowed 2 runs, both of which were in the first inning of his start. He now has a 1.95 ERA with 7 BB/42 K in 37 IP.  Sneed had another encouraging start striking out 7 over 5 innings. On the season he has 8 BB/34 K in 28.2 innings.  After Grills great debut last week he pitching well again allowing just 1 run in 10 innings. Martes had one of his best performances this week allowing just 1 run with 5 K in 6 IP. He is good friends with Heredia who joined the teamon May 12th. Maybe that has helped him. Heredia himself struck out 8 over 5 innings in relief this week.

A+: Lancaster Jethawks (19-22) went 5-2 this week.

Nice week for Lancaster taking five of seven. Their best hitter, Nick Tanielu, got promoted but they got solid production from other guys. Laureano continues to get on base at a great pace and now has 30 BB in 35 games, good for a .442 OBP. Ferguson has quitely put together a good season now hitting .272 with 8 2B, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 10 SB in 30 games. The Astros catching depth isn’t great so it’s nice to see Stubbs show off the bat. He now has a .267 BA with .379 OBP. Martin got off to a hot start then really slowed down but has picked it back up of late. He is only 20 years old but still has an OPS of over .700.

Rogelio Armenteros has been a pleasant surprise this season. He now has a 2.82 ERA with 27 K in 22.1 IP in Lancaster and a 2.41 ERA with 47 K in 41 IP overall on the season. Dykxhoorn has well pitching in the Cal League. His season ERA is down to 3.21 with only 6 BB in 33.2 innings. Speaking of surprises, James could fall in that category too. He has 39 K in 31.1 IP with a 2.87 ERA in a very tough league to pitch in. Deemes minor league career to this point has been impressive. A 36th round pick he has allowed just 12 hits and 2 ER in 25 innings giving him a MiLB career ERA of 0.72.

A: Quad Cities Riverbandits (18-24) went 3-3 this week.

While Tucker had a bit of a down week he still produced driving in 7 runs. He also has an impressive 17 BB/30 SO ratio this season. Mizell put together a nice week with the 4 RBI and now has raised his season average .258. McCall has had to take the role of run producer and did so this week with the three extra base hits and 2 RBI. QC got a nice boost from a new acquisition, Michelena, who had five hits in his three games this week.

Winkelman continues to be solid this season. He has a 3.72 ERA with 15 BB/37 K in 36.1 IP. Nice to see from a left handed starter. Person has done well and has 17 K in 16 innings. McCanna, who attended Rice, had a nice start this week and has been solid for QC with a 3.72 ERA on the season.

LINE OF THE WEEK:

Brady Rodgers, RHP, 05/21/16: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K

JD Davis, OF, 05/19/16: 4-for-5, 3 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI

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**Photo Credit: Tammy Tucker**

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