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Houston Astros Minor League Week In Review: April 25th – May 1st

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Houston Astros MiLB Week in Review

Another week of Astros minor league baseball is in the books. It was a better week for the River Bandits but Fresno struggled. There were some great performances in the Astros system this week though. Let’s take a look at the best performances this past week.

AAA: Fresno Grizzlies (10-12) went 3-3 this week.

  • AJ Reed, 1B: .300 BA (6-for-20), 3 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 6 BB/5 SO
  • Colin Moran, 3B: .300 BA (6-for-20), 2 R, 2B, 5 RBI, 3 BB/5 SO, SB
  • Danny Worth, IF: .313 BA (5-for-16), R, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB/0 SO, SB
  • Eury Perez, OF: .500 BA (6-for-12), 4 R, 2 3B, HR, 4 RBI
  • Jon Singleton, 1B: .333 BA (7-for-21), 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB/6 SO

Not a bad week for Fresno. Reed continues to put together solid weeks. He is not hitting .260 on the season with 18 RBI in 20 games.  Same can be said for Moran who continues to hit. He is now hitting .303 with 15 RBI in 20 games. Would like to see him cut down on the strikeouts but he is hitting for average. Worth has been a pleasant surprise for Fresno. Eury Perez has looked pretty good in the early going and had a monster week. Singleton bounces back on the radar with a nice week clubbing two homers.

Mike Hauschild has flown under the radar for a while but has produced his whole career. He is a groundball machine and he did just that this week. In his 7 shutout innings he got 12 groundball outs and only threw 66 pitches. The bullpen in Fresno continues to dominate. Hoyt now has 20 K in just 12.1 IP this season. Gustave has been fantastic since his first appearance. Really nice to see him not walking anyone, as this was an issue last season. Wojo also had a dominating start with the 9 K in 7 IP.

 

AA: Corpus Christi Hooks (10-12) went 1-6 this week.

  • Chase McDonald, 1B: .350 BA (7-for-20), 4 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 4 BB/5 SO
  • Danry Vasquez, OF: .278 BA (5-for-18), 2 R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB/2 SO, 4 SB
  • Chan Moon, IF: .273 BA (3-for-11), 3 R, HR, RBI, 4 BB/2 SO, 2 SB

Hooks hit a really tough stretch. They lost six in a row before winning last night. The pitching was pretty good this week but the bats went cold. Chase McDonald had a big week, which included one game where he had 6 RBI and Corpus still managed to lose that one. Moon is a guy who I liked a lot when I saw him in person. He is solid at multiple infield positions and has some speed. Maybe he can make it as a utility guy somewhere.

The top pitching prospects at Corpus continue to dominate. Musgrove goes 5 IP giving up 1 unearned run with 7 K. His season line 17.1 IP, 13 H, 2 BB, 21 K, 0.52 ERA. I’ll be going to Corpus in about a week and it wouldn’t surprise me if he is in AAA by then. Paulino has been great as well. With the 7 K in 4 IP he bumped his season line to 4 BB/23 K in 17 IP with a 1.59 ERA. Cy Sneed, acquired in Villar deal, has also been great. He now has 18 K in 15.2 IP with 1.19 ERA. Frias has been a nice surprise this season now with a 1.89 ERA in 19 innings this season.

 

A+: Lancaster Jethawks (8-13) went 3-3 this week.

Laureano has put together a good season so far. He hasn’t homered yet but he does have 4 2B, 7 SB in 17 games. Alejandro Garcia, one of the Astros bigger international signings, had a rough start but has really started to pick it up. He has 7 RBI in his last 7 games and twice in that time. Tanielu continues to hit for average. The power seems to be coming too. He is a guy who could breakout and push for a callup to AA.

While the Jethawks only went 3-3, the pitching was very good. Thornton has been good this year and his last start was just dominant. Joshua James picked up the second half of the tandem and they combined for 9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K in the win. Dykxhoorn with another solid start. He has a 2.29 ERA in 19.2 innings this season. Grills is off to a nice start. His development is huge as the Astros system is a bit bare in left handed starters.

 

A: Quad Cities Riverbandits (10-13) went 3-2 this week.

Goedert has been an RBI machine since being moved to QC. He has 10 RBI in 10 games with the River Bandits. Hermelyn has hit well to start the season and has 8 2B in just 14 games. With another solid week, Brooks Marlow has raised his BA up to .297. Dexture McCall has started to show off his power too with the 5 XBHs this week. He is hitting .333 overall. Really nice to see Wernes have a few good games. He is great defensively so this is encouraging.

Matt Bower has really turned some heads this season. He now has 3 BB/24 K in 17.1 IP. Person has been solid since joining QC and had two scoreless outings this week. Garza has been good all season and is proving to be a nice bullpen piece. Don’t be surprised if he is moved to Lancaster at some point this season.

 

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The future is bright and go Astros!

**Photo Credit: Tammy Tucker**

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