Astros Minor League Report: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not for Double-A Christi Hooks

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Feb 26, 2015; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Houston Astros outfielder

Andrew Aplin

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Who’s Hot: Andrew Aplin

Yes, I know that the main reason Andrew Aplin is even playing for the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks right now is because he was having a bad season in Triple-A Fresno. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t put him on the list of Hooks who have been tearing it up lately, because he has been absolutely raking the baseball.

In 18 games played, Aplin has a .375 batting average with three triples, nine stolen bases, 12 walks, and only five strikeouts. Those stats, to me, say that Aplin is really concentrating on seeing the ball well in Corpus Christi and taking his demotion very seriously. He is running well on the basepaths, and giving himself as good of a shot as he can to get back to Triple-A and try to prove himself again.

He’s not necessarily hitting for very much power (no home runs), but he’s making a huge impact in Double-A and making his teammates better.

As far as the depth chart goes, Andrew Aplin might have to wait a little while longer before getting promoted again. LJ Hoes, Domingo Santana, and Alex Presley are all hitting the ball very well in Triple-A right now, and I don’t see any Astros outfielder getting demoted anytime soon.

Sadly, I think the key for Andrew Aplin might be a trade.

If he continues to hit the ball well, he might get an opportunity to start fresh in another organization where there’s not as much outfielder depth or someone else in front of him will get traded and he’ll get the opportunity to move up within the Astros organization.

Only time will tell with Aplin, but all he can do is keep hitting and playing hard.

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