Houston Astros Minor League All-Star Team
With some of the minor league All-Star games finished, and the others right around the corner, let’s take a look at who would be on the Astros minor league All-Star team. As expected, there were some hard decision but most know the Astros system is still loaded.
Here is my All-Star roster!
Garrett Stubbs – Stubbs was drafted by the Astros in the 2015 MLB draft out of USC. He was known as a great defender and while he has kept that reputation, his bat has been great this season. He is showing power and hitting for average.
2016 Stats: 50 G, .316 BA/.405 OBP/.476 SLG, 12 2B, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 10 SB, 25 BB/31 SO
Honorable Mention: Jamie Ritchie
AJ Reed – Reed had a phenomenal 2015 season and while he started a bit slow in 2015, he picked it up enough to warrant a call-up to the Astros. If everything goes as planned, Reed won’t see the minors again. In AAA this season he continued to hit for power with 19 2B, 11 HR.
2016 Stats: 59 G, .266 BA/.345 OBP/.509 SLG, 19 2B, 11 HR, 36 RBI, 28 BB/59 SO
Honorable Mention: Bryan Muniz
Nick Tanielu – Tanielu had a solid 2015 hitting .308 with 6 HR, 70 RBI for Quad Cities. He started this season with Lancaster and destroyed the California League hitting .372 in 35 games before being promoted to AA.
2016 Stats: 70 G, .318 BA/.352 OBP/.471 SLG, 15 2B, 8 HR, 49 RBI, 5 SB, 13 BB/44 SO
Honorable Mention: Danny Worth
JD Davis – Davis has showed good power throughout his minor league career and this continued this season. So far he has 11 HR with 9 of them coming in May.
2016 Stats: 65 G, .243 BA/.326 OBP/.438 SLG, 16 2B, 11 HR, 41 RBI, 29 BB/71 SO
Honorable Mention: Colin Moran
Alex Bregman – This choice was the easiest of all. The Astros top prospect has done everything asked of him and has killed AA pitching. Reports are saying he will move to AAA after the Texas League All-Star game. Most impressive might be the 42 BB/26 SO in 62 games.
2016 Stats: 62 G, .297 BA/.415 OBP/.559 SLG, 16 2B, 14 HR, 46 RBI, 5 SB, 42 BB/26 SO
Honorable Mention: Osvaldo Duarte
Teoscar Hernandez – After a down 2015 season, Hernandez has put together a great 2016 campaign. He also appears to be getting promoted to AAA after the TL All-Star game. He has raised his walk rate, lowered his strikeout rate and is getting on and stealing bases.
2016 Stats: 69 G, .305 BA/.384 OBP/.437 SLG, 19 2B, 6 HR, 30 RBI, 29 SB, 32 BB/55 SO
Bobby Boyd – While playing in a hitter friendly league, Boyd has done nothing but destroy it. He is hitting .327 this season and has 27 SB in just 51 games. He is also showing good pop while playing all outfield positions.
2016 Stats: 51 G, .327 BA/.377 OBP/.488 SLG, 11 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR, 31 RBI, 27 SB, 16 BB/41 SO
Derek Fisher – Fisher was one of the highest potential college picks in the 2014 draft and he has shown it this season. He mixes power and speed with a patient approach at the plate. He draws a lot of walks and has 57 of them in just 70 games this season.
2016 Stats: .271 BA/.404 OBP/.490 SLG, 11 2B, 3 3B, 13 HR, 47 RBI, 18 SB, 57 BB/82 SO
Brady Rodgers – The 3rd round pick in 2012 has experienced a breakout season in AAA. He has been great the whole season but since May 4th he has posted a 2.04 ERA with 66 K in 61.2 innings.
2016 Stats: 7-3, 2.83 ERA, 2.82 FIP, 82.2 IP, 75 H, 26 ER, 10 BB, 80 K, 8.7 K/9, 8.0 K/BB
David Paulino – Paulino was a PTBNL in a trade back 2013 but people know his name now. He 22 year old has an ERA under 2 and is averaging 10.2 K/9 on the season.
2016 Stats: 4-2, 1.86 ERA, 1.96 FIP, 58 IP, 43 H, 12 ER, 11 BB, 66 K, 10.2 K/9
Joseph Musgrove – Musgrove started the season in AA and made a fool of the Texas League causing a promotion to AAA. After a few rough starts in AAA he is back on track and should be in Houston soon.
2016 Stats: 5-4, 2.98 ERA, 66.1 IP, 62 H, 22 ER, 9 BB, 65 K, 7.22 K/BB
Rogelio Armenteros – Signed by the Astros out of Cuba, Armenteros has had one of the better seasons in the Astros system. He has posted exceptional strikeout rates so far this season.
2016 Stats: 3-3, 2.73 ERA, 62.2 IP, 48 H, 19 ER, 24 BB/76 K, 10.9 K/9
James Hoyt – Acquired in the Gattis deal in 2015, Hoyt has dominated AAA pitching this season. He has allowed just 18 hits in 37.1 innings with 65 strikeouts.
2016 Stats: 3-3, 1.93 ERA, 18 SV, 37.1 IP, 18 H, 8 ER, 15 BB, 65 K, 15.7 K/9
Brendan McCurry – Another dominant closer in the Astros sytem. He has 8 BB/56 K in 45.1 innings this season between AA/AAA. The Astros bullpen is doing well but even more help is on the way.
2016 Stats: 2-4, 1.99 ERA, 14 SV, 45.1 IP, 31 H, 10 ER, 8 BB, 56 K, 11.1 K/9, 7.0 K/BB
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