Recapping the Minors: Weekend Edition (May 3rd-5th)


It was a tough weekend for the Astros, but the young kids in the minors performed well. Here are the notable stat lines from the weekend!

OKC (18-11) 1-1 on the weekend (2 postponed games led to doubleheader today)

Jake Elmore – 2/9, 1 2B, 2 K, 2 SB (7)

Jimmy Paredes – 3/8, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 K

Brett Wallace – 4/8, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K - 4th HR in OKC

Brett Oberholtzer (L) – 3.2 IP, 6 Hits, 4 Runs, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Josh Zeid – 1 IP, 2 Hits, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

Rhiner Cruz – 1.1 IP, 0 Hits, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Kyle Hallock – 4 IP, 4 Hits, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Jason Stoffel – 1.2 IP, 0 Hits, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Kevin Chapman (BS) – 0.1 IP, 2 Hits, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

C.J. Fick – 2 IP, 2 Hits, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Jose Valdez (BS, W) – 1 IP, 2 Hits, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Eric Berger (S) – 1 IP, 1 Hit, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Notes: -  The Astros have decided to go away from tandem-pitching, and instead have gone back to a regular 5-man rotation. With Paul Clemens, Jose Cisnero, Dallas Keuchel, and Jordan Lyles in the MLB, OKC’s staff consists of; Ross Seaton, Jarred Cosart, Brett Oberholtzer, Brad Peacock, and Asher Wojciechowski. The Astros need a starter with Bedard sent to the bullpen, and it’s possible the Astros go with Cosart, though it may be too early. With Humber struggling, it’s possible two starters may be needed, but the Astros could also find them from their bullpen if they don’t select an OKC pitcher.

 

Corpus Christi (18-12) 2-1 on the weekend

George Springer – 4/14, 2 HR, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 3 K, 2 SB (7) -10 HR on the year. #Stud

J.D. Martinez – 3/9, 1 HR, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 K

Jiovanni Mier – 1/7, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Michael Burgess – 3/8, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K

Ruben Alaniz – 3 IP, 6 Hits, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Matt Heidenreich (W) – 5 IP, 3 Hits, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Carlos Quevedo (L) – 4.1 IP, 7 Hits, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Jake Buchanan – 3.2 IP, 0 Hits, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K -1.31 ERA on the year

Bobby Doran (W) – 5 IP, 3 Hits, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Nick Tropeano (S) – 4 IP, 4 Hits, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Notes: I could talk a lot about how George Springer has been nothing short of awesome this year, but not this week. Instead, let’s talk a bit about 2009 1st round pick, Jiovanni Mier. Mier started his career off strong in 2009 with a great rookie campaign. Since then, Mier has struggled at every level until last year at Lancaster where he posted a .292 average, however his season was cut short due to a hamstring injury. This year was a big make a or break year for Mier and he has struggled. So far he’s hitting just .172 with a .522 OPS. Mier needs to step it up over the next few weeks, or we could see Nolan Fontana take his place in Corpus.

 

Lancaster (17-12) 1-2 on the weekend

Delino DeShields – 2/6, 1 3B, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K - Left Saturday’s game with hand injury 

Nolan Fontana – 6/13, 1 HR, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB (5), 1 CS (3), 2 Errors (4) - Making me look good

MP Cokinos – 1/7, 1 HR, 3 RBI - The Jethawks players ARE having fun on twitter with him and the hashtag #dailydoseofcoke. When you see it, RT it!

Telvin Nash – 5/11, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K

Preston Tucker – 0/12, 1 RBI, 4 K - A weekend to forget

Tyler Heineman – 4/10, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K

Tyson Perez – 3.2 IP, 9 Hits, 7 Runs, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3 HR

Jonas Dufek – 1.1 IP, 0 Hits, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

David Rollins (L) – 3 IP, 3 Hits, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Thomas Shirley – 4 IP, 1 Hit, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Theron Geith – 1 IP, 1 Hit, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Luis Cruz (BS, L) – 1.2 IP, 6 Hits, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Kenny Long – 1.1 IP, 1 Hit, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K - 0 ER in 5.1 IP on year

Blair Walters – 5 IP, 2 Hits, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Aaron West (W) – 4 IP, 3 Hits, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Notes: As I wrote about earlier in the year, Aaron West was one of the pitchers I was really excited about. His 2.04 ERA and .957 WHIP in 12 starts last year were damn impressive, and I was really excited to see what he could bring to Lancaster. It was a rough April for him, giving up 14 ER in 18.1 IP. His 19/2 – K/BB ratio is fantastic, but he has given up 31 hits, which has made it hard for him to keep the ERA down. His first action in May was great (look above), and hopefully this will be the start of a great month and rest of the year for West.

 

Quad Cities (17-11) 2-1 on the weekend

Teoscar Hernandez – 4/12, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K

Joe Sclafani – 4/10, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 CS

Jesse Wierzbicki – 2/9, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K

Ariel Ovando – 0/8, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K - Back from Extended Spring Training (EST)

Jordan Jankowski – 5 IP, 3 Hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Brian Holmes (W) – 3 IP, 3 Hits, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K - Sent to EST after game

John Neely (2 Saves) – 1.1 IP, 0 Hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Vincent Velasquez – 4 IP, 4 Hits, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K - Struggled his last two outings

Cameron Lamb (L) – 0.2 IP, 3 Hits, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Joe Bircher – 3 IP, 1 Hit, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Lance McCullers – 5 IP, 2 Hits, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

Daniel Minor – 1.2 IP, 4 Hits, 3 Runs, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Mitchell Lambson – 1.2 IP, 0 Hits, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Notes: I was really hoping McCullers would get his first win of the season, but it didn’t come today. McCullers had his best start in his young Astros career, pitching five innings of two-hit ball, with one walk and nine strikeouts. McCullers has been a tough luck loser with three losses on the year, but has had some unlucky plays go against him, evidenced by his 12 runs given up, with just five of those being earned. If McCullers continues his dominance, the Astros could call him up to Lancaster, or choose to skip Lancaster, and go straight to Corpus later this year.

 

Today’s Scheduled Starting Pitchers (According To Team Website):

OKC - Ross Seaton

CC - Mike Foltynewicz

LC - Chris Devenski

QC - Colton Cain

 

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