Astros Minors Update: Lancaster JetHawks


It has been a big week for the Houston Astros organization.  Carlos Correa got the call to the majors on Sunday night. Hard-throwing righty Vincent Velasquez was informed of his big league promotion Monday morning, and Jeff Luhnow seemingly positioned Houston perfectly to acquire four incredible pieces in the first and second rounds of the amateur baseball draft Monday night.  Oh, and the major league club is still in first place in the American League West.

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Despite the current losing streak in Houston, it has been quite a ride for Stros fans over the past couple of days.  Now, that the Astros are in “win now” mode for the first time in almost a decade. It is important to keep a close eye on the talented prospects that Houston already has to wait in the wings.  Today, we present your Astros minor league high-A affiliate Lancaster JetHawks update.

The boys in Lancaster have put together a modest three-game win streak after taking the final two against Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers) last week and beating Visalia (Diamondbacks) in their series opener on Monday.  Let’s take a look at their recent results and check in on the big stars for the JetHawks.

Saturday, June 6th, Joe Musgrove continued his dominance on the mound in the traditionally hitter-friendly Texas League.  Musgrove threw six innings and struck out seven while surrendering just one unearned run.  Since being called up to Lancaster from Quad Cities, the big righty is  4-0 with a 2.40 E.R.A while striking out 43 in just 30 innings pitched.  With the rate that prospects are being promoted thru the ranks in the Houston organization right now, it would not be unheard of to see Musgrove get yet another promotion soon. (Update: Musgrove was promoted to Double-A Wednesday.)

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In the mini win streak, you would expect

Brett Phillips

to play a large part in that success.  You would be right in that assumption.  He is 6 for his last 10 with a homer and six r.b.i.  He is now batting .322 on the year with 10 round trippers and 40 r.b.i. in just 53 games.   The newest star JetHawk,

Derek Fisher

, has settled in and is batting just below .300 in his short time in Lancaster.  We know that Fisher brings a similar skill set to the diamond as Phillips.  He can hit the long ball and run like the wind.  Although they may not be teammates for much longer this year, it is fun to watch Phillips and Fisher patrol the corner outfield spots.  Phillips could be on the move to double-A Corpus Christi soon.

As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, the Astros took home quite a haul on Monday night’s first two rounds of the draft and continued to pick up more pieces as the draft continues.  It will be interesting to see how the roster of some of the lower tiers of the minor league system change when those players are factored in.  We also will have to prepare ourselves for possibly losing some of our favorite young studs to trades if the big club is, in fact, able to land a big time starting pitcher before the deadline.

Stay tuned to Climbing Tal’s Hill for news on all things Astros during this very exciting time.

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