Astros’ Farm Headlines: A Perfect Week in Corpus Christi

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Mar 6, 2016; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Houston Astros third baseman J.D. Davis (83) comes in to pinch run during the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 6, 2016; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Houston Astros third baseman J.D. Davis (83) comes in to pinch run during the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /
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Pitching

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The pitcher of the week for the Hooks has to be Canadian southpaw Evan Grills, who made his AA debut on Friday evening at Whataburger Field. Grills allowed just one hit and struck out five in a complete-game victory over Fresno, throwing just 80 pitches in the seven-inning contest. Grills comes to Corpus Christi after spending the last three seasons with Lancaster where he had 5.45 ERA, 89 K, 34 BB.

Francis Martes ranked #34 in MLB’s top 100 prospects, turned in another iffy performance on Tuesday, picking up a win in his five-inning start in which he allowed three runs.  The win was his first since April 9th, his only quality start in 2016. The Dominican native’s ERA now sits at 7.06 for the season.

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It will be interesting to see who steps up in the rotation following the promotion of Joe Musgrove on Thursday. Musgrove dominated in 6 appearances for the Hooks, allowing just one earned run in 26 and a third innings pitched resulting in a 0.34 ERA. His .834 WHIP was the best mark in the Texas League before his promotion.

*** Stats from Baseball-Reference and MiLB.com ***

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