Astros’ Hooks: J.D. Davis and Ramon Laureano Carry Offense

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It was a two-man show for the Hooks this week. J.D. Davis and Ramon Laureano drove in 12 of Corpus Christi’s 30 runs this week. A staple in the Hooks lineup since game 1, Davis leads Corpus Christi in hits (111), doubles (28), home runs (18), and RBI (65). This week he reached base ten times with two home runs, a triple, a double, and four singles – driving in six runs.

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Davis is the 14th ranked prospect in the Houston farm system and would figure to be in line for a promotion if not for the logjam of corner infielders in Fresno and Houston. These players are Jon Singleton, Tyler White, A.J. Reed, Colin Moran, Yulieski Gurriel, Alex Bregman, Marwin Gonzalez, and Luis Valbuena (before his DL stint).

The second part of the one-two punch came from the young outfielder Ramon Laureano. Since his promotion to Double-A on July 21st, the 22-year-old Dominican native has a slash line of .296/.418/.617 with 14 extra-base hits in 24 games. With his first-inning single on Sunday, he now owns a seven-game his streak and has reached safely in all but three games in Double-A.

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Bobby Boyd, Antonio Nunez, Conrad Gregor, and Garrett Stubbs all hit over .300 this week and continue to contribute to the club’s offensive improvement. Stubbs continues to average more than one hit per game and has the best strikeout to walk ratio (0.75) on the active roster. Yulieski Gurriel was played his last game for Corpus Christ on August 14th, finishing with a meager .118 average in five Double-A games.

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