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High-A Lancaster

Mar 16, 2014; Kissimmee, FL, USA; A Houston Astros hat sits on a wall during the game against the Washington Nationals at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

The Jet Hawks started the week tied with Rancho Cucamonga Quakes for first place, having lost five of six games this week. As I stated earlier, all the high levels of the Astros minor league system have struggled recently. Lancaster won their lone game 6-4 to pull back even with the Quakes but quickly lost the next four games. The Jet Hawks may be struggling, but future five-tool player Brett Phillips has been on fire recently.

Best Single Game Performance of the Week

Brett Phillips went 2-4/ 2 runs/ a homer/ and 2 RBI’s in the win.

Who’s Hot?

Brett Phillips – He is on fire right now, but he hasn’t been hot all season. I asked for an interview earlier, and he told me he was struggling at the plate. Soon after that, he broke out and became “Maverick” again.  He batted .440/ 2 HR’s/ 4 RBI/ 7 runs scored.

Who’s Not?

Danry Vazquez – Vazquez went on a hot streak for a few games, but he’s cooled off a little.

Who’s Hot?

Brian Holmes is the guy probably most Astros fans don’t know about, but he turned in a solid start last week. On the season, he has struggled a little, but he pitched well giving up one hit in five innings while striking out seven hitters. He’s not a big name prospect but keep an eye out for him to make the backend of the rotation or serve as long relief for the Astros someday.

Who’s Cold?

Adrian Houser struggled this year and did so again last week. Adrian had a 5.40 ERA in 13.1 innings for the year but allowed two runs in four innings. People say that the path to the big leagues is reliant on your control of your pitches. Houser walked four runners in that start while striking out three hitters.

Check back next Monday for the Weekly Recap post

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