Astros Minors Update: Some of the big name Lancaster JetHawks

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Martes and Bostick

RHP Francis Martes – photo credit to Rich Guill (@QCBanditPhotog)

On the pitching side, there are some intriguing arms for Astros fans to pay attention to as well.  Francis Martes, who was acquired along with Jake Marisnick and Colin Moran in the Jared Cosart trade, is a promising right-hander.  He has a 1.04 ERA in 10 games in the California League.  Let’s let that sink in a bit.  This is a dominant hitter league, and this 19-year-old has a 1.04 ERA!!  He also has 45 K’s in 52 innings to go along with his .181 BA against and 0.88 WHIP.  It looks like Luhnow really worked his magic again on that deal with the Marlins.

RHP Akeem Bostick – photo credit to Rich Guill (@QCBanditPhotog)

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Akeem Bostick, a 6’6″ righty acquired from Texas for Carlos Corporan, is also an interesting arm to watch.  Clearly, he’s a big guy, but that doesn’t always translate into good pitching.  Taking into account the environment, his numbers are pretty solid.  He is currently sporting a 2.57 ERA combined between Quad Cities and Lancaster with a WHIP just north of 1 (1.02).  Bostick has added weight to what was a long and lanky frame, and this has added to his fastball.  Look for a mid 90’s heater to accompany three solid secondary pitches.  Still just 20, he has plenty of time to refine his mechanics and learn how to pitch instead of being a thrower.

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