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Updated: 2017-04-29T09:30:02-05:00


Astros Prospect Report: April 28th, 2017


See how the Astros minor league teams and prospects performed last night AAA: Fresno Grizzlies (9-13) lost 8-7 (BOX SCORE) Fresno's struggles continue. Martinez made another start last night allowing 5 runs, 4 earned over 6 innings. His ERA is now at 6.65 in 21.2 innings. Fisher got the scoring started for Fresno with a solo HR in the 7th, his 5th HR of the season. They got two more in the 8th on a Tucker sac fly and another run scoring on a wild pitch. Diaz had a perfect inning in relief striking out the side in the 8th. Fresno made it interesting in the 9th. Kemmer had an RBI double to make it 8-4. With the based loaded and 2 outs, Fisher reached on an error scoring 3 runs to make it 8-7. Unfortunately, Tucker grounded out with the tying run on 3rd to end the game. Note: Tucker is now hitting .378 with 14 RBI in 19 games Derek Fisher, CF: 2-for-6, R, HR, RBI Preston Tucker, DH: 2-for-5, RBI A.J. Reed, 1B: 3-for-3, 2B, 2 BB Reid Brignac, SS: 2-for-4, BB Tyler White, 2B: 1-for-4, R Jon Kemmer, LF: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB Max Stassi, C: 1-for-4, 2 R Andrew Aplin, RF: 0-for-3, R, 2 BB David Martinez, RHP: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K Tyson Perez, RHP: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K Dayan Diaz, RHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K AA: Corpus Christi Hooks (12-9) lost 8-6 (BOX SCORE) Rough loss late for the Hooks. Corpus got off to a nice start with a 2 run triple from Garcia in the 1st inning. Sneed got the start last night and allowed 2 runs over 5 innings. Laureano gave the Hooks the lead in the 4th on a Laureano 2 run single. Int he 6th they got 2 more runs on a 2 run triple from Laureano, giving him 4 RBI on the night. Dykxhoorn struck out 6 in relief in 3 innings allowing 2 runs. The Hooks went into the 9th inning up 6-4 putting in the closer Ferrell. Unfortunately, it wasn't Ferrell's night as he blew the save allowing 4 runs in the 9th. The Hooks went down in order in the bottom of the inning and fell 8-6. Note: Despite hitting just .222, Laureano now has 14 RBI in 20 games. Ramon Laureano, RF: 2-for-5, 3B, 4 RBI J.D. Davis, 3B: 1-for-4, R, BB Garrett Stubbs, DH: 1-for-4, R, BB Alejandro Garcia, CF: 1-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI Jamie Ritchie, C: 3-for-3, 2 R, 2B, BB Bryan Muniz, 1B: 2-for-4, R Antonio Nunez, 2B: 0-for-2, R, BB Cy Sneed, RHP: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K Brock Dykxhoorn, RHP: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K Riley Ferrell, RHP: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K A+: Buies Creek Astros (15-7) won 2-1 (BOX SCORE) Buies Creek continues to dominate. Valdez started last night and had his best outing of the season tossing 5 shutout innings. The Astros were shutout until 7th where Sierra came through with a clutch 2 run single to give BC the lead. Quiala relieved Valdez and allowed 1 run over his 4 innings of work to close it out. Note: Valdez has a 2.04 ERA and 21 K in 17.2 innings this season. Kyle Tucker, LF: 0-for-2, BB, R Dexture McCall, 1B: 1-for-3, R Anibal Sierra, SS: 1-for-3, RBI Johnny Sewald, DH: 2-for-4, SB Framber Valdez, LHP: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K Yoanys Quiala, RHP: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K (WIN) A: Quad Cities River Bandits (12-10) won 19-2 (BOX SCORE) Monster game for the Quad Cities offense, but let's start with the pitching. Whitley had his first outing since April 11th, and he dominated in his limited action. He pitched three scoreless innings with 0 BB/7 K. In the 3rd inning he struck out the side with all three strikeouts coming via the curveball (2 looking, 1 swinging). The offense wasted no time getting Whitley a lead scoring 3 runs in the 2nd on a Cameron 3 run HR, his 4th HR of the season. They would explode in the third with 10 runs thanks to a Robinson RBI double, Cameron RBI single, Jones 2 run double, Dawson RBI single, Cesar RBI single, another Robinson RBI double, and sac flies from Johnson and Cameron. In the 5th inning they got 4 more runs on a Cameron 2 run triple, Jones RBI single and an RBI double from Almonte. Alcala was great in relief allowing 1 run over 4 innings with 5 strikeo[...]

2017 MLB Draft Profile: Mark Vientos, 3B/SS, American Heritage HS (FL)


One of the top prep infielders will get to the majors on his offensive potential. Tale of the Tape Age on Draft Day: 17 years, 6 mos. Height: 6’4” Weight: 190 lbs. B/T: R/R Player Overview Equipped with offensive upside, youth and positional flexibility, Mark Vientos represents one of the top high school position players in this year’s draft. Even before getting into the ins and outs of Vientos’ swing, defensive mechanics and other on-field attributes, Vientos has a ton going for him. First, his tall, lanky frame would remind many of draft-eligible infielders from years’ past who just look the part of a major league player. Second is Vientos’ age. At just 17 1⁄2 on draft day, Vientos will be two months younger on his draft day than Carlos Correa was five years ago (wow, it’s really been that long)? He’s most likely not a quick mover through a pro system, which takes away from any potential contribution that may come even in Houston’s present window of contention unless he goes all Manny Machado on us and gets to the majors within two years - but that’s not a deal breaker by any means, as the Astros are certainly gearing up for another wave of talent a few more years down the road. It’s highly unlikely that Vientos turns into Machado and it feels wrong to even make that comp - but it is difficult to remove comparisons of two young draft-eligible shortstops with high-upside builds and bats and a South Florida heritage. Vientos has a ton of room to grow into his frame, adding to his upside and offensive projection. He’s already getting rave reviews for solid bat speed and projects as a plus average, plus power guy at his ceiling, which is pretty exciting for a guy who’s just 17 years old and playing high-level high school ball. He has a nice, quiet swing that reminds be a bit of Alex Bregman’s approach at the plate. Vientos’ defensive upside looks less exciting - he doesn’t have any issues with his arm or ability to be a good infielder, but he’s not a great runner. has him as at 30-grade speed which would limit his defensive range, so it’s very likely he moves to third base long-term. Other publications, like this Perfect Game report, seem more optimistic about Vientos’ overall athleticism and defensive upside, but it’s hard to get excited about a 30-grade run tool for a young infielder and how that might translate to the professional level. If his speed and athleticism don’t end up as advertised, Vientos will have to reach even more of his offensive upside to be a good big leaguer. Projected Draft Range Even with the offensive upside, Vientos probably won’t work his way into the top of the draft. He’s definitely behind prep infielders like Royce Lewis and probably a few others and could go in the mid to late first round. Does he make sense for the Astros? I would say yes, but with some hesitation. The Astros will have a lot of strategy involved with their large draft pool and slew of picks - it may not make sense to take a prep guy who’s probably four or five years from the majors at slot value (especially after taking Forrest Whitley last summer), unless he falls to pick #53 for some reason. Will he sign? Vientos has a verbal commitment to stay in South Florida and play for The U. If he gets popped in the first round he probably signs. Major League Comparison I feel terrible for referencing Vientos’ and Machado’s similarities earlier - if he projected as the same guy most people would have him in the top five or ten picks, which isn’t the case. His profile and probable draft position puts him closer to Delvin Perez, a similarly built prep infielder who St. Louis drafted at 1.23 last summer. A nice prospect with a lot of upside , but not a surefire big league who can easily reach that upside. Video id="59082" data-src="" data-aspect="1.7857" style="width:100%" frameborder="0"> [...]

Astros Prospect Stock Market: Volume 1



Take a look at whose stock has risen or fallen so far this season

Just like the stock market, prospects' stock will go up and down throughout the season. he season is in full stride and we have seen some great performances thus far. Unfortunately, there have been a few players that have struggled out of the gate. Every 2-3 weeks I will take a look at a hitter and pitcher who has seen their stock rise and who has seen their stock fall. Here is the first volume.

Disclaimer - Being on the stock down part of this list does not necessarily mean the player is a bad prospect. More just noting the rough patch are experiencing this season.

Stock Up

Hitter - Kyle Tucker

Hard to imagine his stock going up since he is already a consensus top 100 prospect but it has. Tucker had a solid season last year hitting .285 with 9 HR, 69 RBI between Quad Cities and Lancaster. There weren't many questions coming into the season for Tucker but he has swung the bat well turning into a run producer. In just 19 games this season he has a .972 OPS with 12 XBH and 21 RBI. STOCK: Moving Up

2017 Stats: 19 G, .319 BA/.375 OBP/.597 SLG, 7 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 21 RBI, 6 SB

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Pitcher - Rogelio Armenteros

Armenteros was signed for just $40,000 in late 2014 out of Cuba. Armenteros finished 2016 leading the Astros minor league system in strikeouts with 140 K in 127.1 innings pitching with Quad Cities, Lancaster, and Corpus Christi. He has a low to mid 90s fastball and a plethora of off-speed pitches with his curveball being his best. After a solid showing in Double-A last season, he has continued to dominate the Texas League posting a 1.40 ERA with 7 BB/27 K in 19.1 innings. STOCK: Rising Quickly

2017 Stats: 2-0, 1.40 ERA, 19.1 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 27 K

Stock Down

Hitter - Osvaldo Duarte

Duarte was signed by the Astros as an international free agent in 2013. He had a solid 2016 season which saw him hit .265 with 25 2B, 10 HR, 19 SB between Quad Cities and Lancaster. He has loud tools and can play shortstop and center field. Unfortunately, it hasn't came together for him so far this season. He is currently striking out 37.8% of the time and is only hitting .197 despite a .343 BABIP. STOCK: Going Down

2017 Stats: 17 G, .197 BA/.258 OBP/.230 SLG, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 5 BB/25 SO

Pitcher - Cy Sneed

Sneed was acquired by the Astros in the trade that sent Jon Villar to the Brewers. The 3rd round pick in 2014 had a solid first full season posting a 2.58 ERA in 139.1 innings in 2015. He had an okay season in 2016 striking out 112 in 118 innings with a 3.50 FIP. So far in 2017, he has a 6.08 ERA (5.20 FIP) and is struggling to miss bat with just 7 BB/7 K in 13.1 innings. STOCK: Falling

2017 Stats: 1-1, 6.08 ERA (5.20 FIP), 13.1 IP, 14 H, 7 BB, 7 K

Astros Prospect Report: Games of April 26, 2017


Your daily look at the previous night's Minor League happenings. AAA Fresno Grizzlies: Off Night AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 5-3 win over Midland (OAK) -> Garrett Stubbs: 3-for-4, 2B, SB, 2 R -> J.D. Davis: 2-for-4, solo HR -> Mott Hyde: 1-for-2, BB, 2B, SB -> Jon Singleton: 1-for-3, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI -> Ramon Laureano: 1-for-4, R -> Jamie Ritchie: 0-for-2, BB, RBI -> Antonio Nunez: 0-for-2, RBI SP Rogelio Armenteros: 4.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K RP Andrew Thome: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K (win) RP Michael Freeman: 2.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K (save) Nice to see Stubbs returning strong from a layoff (13 days without playing from April 10 through 22). Four hits, a walk, and a steal since returning on Sunday. A fourth-straight solid start for Armenteros. This was his first time giving up more than one run in an outing this year, in fact. He occasionally walks a few too many, but even that hasn't been too awful (3.3 BB/9), and a very healthy 12.6 K/9 is making up for that. Honestly, you couldn't ask for much more. In seven games in Double-A (three last year, four this year), he owns a 1.67 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 9.6 K/9 in 37.2 innings. Some positive signs for Davis so far. That's his fifth long ball of the season, second-most in the Texas League. He's hitting a solid .276/.353/.513 in 19 games, and while that line, in-and-of-itself, probably qualifies only as "good but not great" for a repeat Double-A player, his walk rate is 10.6% and his strike out rate is 16.5%. Those are both notable improvements from previous years, especially the strike out rate; his lowest strike out rate in full-season ball was 24% with Quad-Cities back in his rookie year (2014). At 26.5% last year with Corpus, we're talking about a literal full 10% improvement so far. Oh, yeah, and the .237 ISO is a career-best mark so far, too, a hair higher than the .231 he posted with Lancaster two years ago. In other words, so far, huge reduction of strike outs and no subsequent drop in power output. It's early, but if that's a sign of a real, sustainable change, Davis could very quickly take off. You like ground ball machines? Thome entered this game with a 74.2% ground ball rate against a 6.5% fly ball rate, and he got four ground outs in two innings during this outing (and zero fly balls). So that'll be a 77.1% ground ball rate so far, if my math is correct. Now throw in a solid 7.2 K/9 and it's little wonder why he's given up just four long balls in his professional career to this point. His story is a bit of an interesting one; he made Baseball America's Top 500 draft prospects but went undrafted (500 divided by 30're talking about a decent talent there). Astros nabbed him as a free agent after the draft. He's certainly living up to BA's (moderate) pre-draft hype so far. Could be a nice relief sleeper for sure. A+ Buies Creek Astros: Double-header vs. Winston-Salem (CHW) Game One: 12-6 loss -> Jason Martin: 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI -> Dexture McCall: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R -> Kyle Tucker: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI -> Anthony Hermelyn: 1-for-2, BB, 2B, RBI, R -> Ryne Birk: 1-for-3, 2B, R -> Anibal Sierra: 1-for-3, RBI, R -> Johnny Sewald: 1-for-3, R -> Myles Straw: 1-for-4 SP Alex Winkelman: 0.2 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 0 K RP Sebastian Kessay: 2.2 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 4 H, 2 BB, 1 K (loss) RP Carlos Sierra: 2.2 IP, 2 R (0 ER), 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K Game Two: 5-3 win -> Johnny Sewald: 3-for-4, RBI, 2 R, 3 2B -> Kyle Tucker: 2-for-3, 3B, R, 3 RBI -> Anibal Sierra: 1-for-3, 2B -> Pat Porter: 1-for-3, R -> Arturo Michelena: 0-for-2, BB -> Myles Straw: 0-for-3, BB, R SP Justin Ferrell: 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 K (win) RP Gabriel Valdez: 2.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K Well, that's what I get for hyping a guy. A true meltdown for Winkelman here, though it's a testament to how good he had been previously that five earned in less than one inning left his ERA at 3.00. Tucker's hitting streak is six games now, and he's sitting a .319/.[...]