Astros Minor Leagues: Lancaster JetHawks Update
Last Wednesday, I gave you a breakdown of some of the main Astros prospects currently playing at high-A Lancaster. Since then, the club has gone 3-2 to retain a share of the first place lead in the California League. During that span, second baseman Jose Fernandez extended his hitting streak to 8 games, going 5 for 15 in that stretch. He’s batting .326 on the young season.
The JetHawks play in the California League – a very hitter friendly circuit – so it can be tough to measure some of the numbers that come out of the box scores. Offensive numbers can be somewhat inflated while pitching statistics are perhaps deceivingly skewed in a negative way. Still, the Astro youngsters seem to be winning the talent battle. Brett Phillips may be projected to have the highest ceiling of any of the stud prospects on this team. Phillips hit a 3-run homer against Modesto on Friday to help Lancaster win in a high scoring affair. He’s batting .324 so far in 2015.
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did hit another home run this week giving him five on the season, and he did cool off from his torrid start with a 2 for 13 week. The biggest news is probably the pulse first basemanA.J. Reed
has shown in the past few days.
Big things are expected from Reed, and he had a bit of a tough start to the 2015 season. The newly married 21-year-old went 5 for 14 on the week including a homer and four walks. Reed saw his average rise from .188 to .236 in that time. It will be interesting to see what the next week holds for the big man as his bat appears to have awakened.
J.D. Davis, the slugging third baseman for Lancaster, went 3 for 4 with a homer and three r.b.i. on Thursday the 23rd. However, those were his only hits of the week. He is still batting .333 entering Tuesday night’s game. Could Davis be the future third baseman for the Astros, it all depends on the progression of Colin Moran at Double-A.
Ultimately, the JetHawks seem primed to score a lot of runs and never be out of a game – much like the parent club in Houston. Stay tuned every Wednesday for a wrap-up of the previous week’s results including a look at the record and an update on the biggest prospects at high-A.
ICYMI: Eric interviewed Brett Phillips here.
Go JetHawks and go Stros!
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