Saturday, October 25, 2014

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Friday, October 24, 2014

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Salt River 8, Glendale 1

W- Jimmie Sherfy (1-0)
L- Mychal Givens (0-2)

Salt River HRs by Astros players: None.

The Rafters sunk the Desert Dogs behind Trevor Story's 4-RBI day. On the Astros side of things, Andrew Aplin went 3-5, and Tyson Perez finished it off by striking out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

The Rafters return to Salt River Fields, where they'll host Peoria at 12:35 Mountain.

LIGA VENEZOLANA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL

Caracas 7, Lara 1

W- Albert Suarez (1-0)
L- Nestor Molina (0-1)

Caracas HRs by Astros players: None.

After the Astros in the lineup sparked a big inning for Caracas on Thursday, Friday brought about a rather quiet night for the two Astros in the lineup. Danry Vásquez went 0-5 with a run scored and 2 Ks, while Gregorio Petit finished 1-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Caracas will now head to Maracaibo to play 3 against Zulia. Game 1 will take place at 7:00 Venezuelan time.

LIGA PARALELA

Caracas 3, La Guaira 1

W- Luis Bastardo (2-0)
L- Tyler Ibarra (0-1)
S- Jhonathan Jimenez (1)

Caracas HRs by Astros players: None.

The little Lions held La Guaira to just 2 hits. Nestor Tejada got the start in CF and batted 1st. He went 0-4 with a strikeout and was hit by a pitch.

The Liga Paralela will be back in action on Monday. Caracas' Paralela squad will also take on Zulia at 10:00 A.M. Venezuelan time.

LIDOM

Escogido 6, Águilas 5

W- Matt Zielinski (1-0)
L- Edward Paredes (0-1)

Águilas HRs by Astros players: None.

Águilas managed to take a 5-4 lead after scoring a run in the top of the 7th, but Escogido tied the game with 1 after stretch time, and they walked off with the win in the 9th, thanks to an error that allowed Joc Peterson to score. Hitting 2nd for Águilas, Jonathan Villar went 2-4 with a run scored.

Águilas will return home to host Estrellas at 7:30 Atlantic.

Estrellas 8, Licey 6

W- Wirfin Obispo (1-0)
L- Gabriel Arias (0-1)
S- Marcos Mateo (2)

Licey HRs by Astros players: None,

Licey came all the way back to tie the game at 6, only to see Estrellas break the tie by scoring the game's final 2 runs.

Asher Wojciechowski got the start for Licey and allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 7 in 4.2 innings. Domingo Santana went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Licey will travel east to take on Toros at 7:30.

Gigantes 7, Toros 4

W- Jose De Paula (2-0)
L- Caleb Clay (0-1)

Toros HRs by Astros players: None.

Gigantes opened up the game on a 7-1 run and never looked back. Teoscar Hernandez went 1-3 with 2 strikeouts for Toros.

Toros will host Licey at 7;30 tonight.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACÍFICO

Jalisco 3, Mexicali 2

W- Brian Broderick (1-0)
L- Eder Llamas (0-2)

Jalisco HRs by Astros players: None.

Mexicali took the early 2-0 lead, but los Charros clawed their way back and eventually walked off with the victory as Gabriel Gutierrez scored on an error. Leo Heras finished 1-5, while Japhet Amador saw his 9-game hitting streak go by the wayside with his 0-5 line.

Both of these teams will be back at it later this afternoon; first pitch is at 4:00.

Happy Birthday - 10/25

Happy Birthday to ~

3B Bobby Borchering (24)
A first round draft pick by Arizona in 2009, Borchering came to the Astros organization, along with Marc Krauss, in the July 2012 trade that sent Chris Johnson to the Diamondbacks. Borchering only played in 16 games for Lancaster this season, hitting .238/.324/.333, before being shut down in late May and shipped off to Weiland Island, never to be heard from again.

RHP Gabriel Valdez (19)
An international free agent out of Panama, Valdez spent his first professional season with the Dominican Summer League Astros. In 18 appearances, he was 4-4 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.264 WHIP. He walked only 10 batters, striking out 34, in 46.2 innings.

Two former Astros celebrate the day as well ~

RHP Danny "Dr. Death" Darwin a.k.a. The Bonham Bullet (59)
Darwin came to Houston in an August 1986 trade with the Brewers. Nicknamed Dr. Death by teammate Nolan Ryan, Danny Darwin spent 21 seasons in the major leagues, playing for eight different teams.  For his career, he had a 3.84 ERA and a 1.268 WHIP.  Dr. Death was with Houston from 1986 to 1990, during which time he had a 47-35 record with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.164 WHIP.  His most successful season was 1990 when he led the National League in ERA, WHIP and BB/9.

From Wikipedia:
It was a source of debate amongst Astros players and fans over who would win in a fight, Ryan or Darwin. Though Astros pitcher Bob Knepper attempted to set up a fight between the two during spring training in 1988, manager Hal Lanier stopped it before it could commence. Many experts, including Astros shortstop Rafael Ramirez, felt that Darwin would win because he "looked like someone no man would want to mess with."
LHP Skip Guinn (70)
Guinn first came to Houston in April 1969 from the Expos. In 32 games for the Astros in 1969 and 1971, he was 1-2 with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.863 WHIP.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Astros Arizona Fall League Game 15 Eyewitness Account

Wallee Wright once again brings us his eyewitness account of last night's Arizona Fall League game, featuring only one of your Astros, but also gives us a little more news about the experimental rule changes ...

Tonight was a Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, Arizona Diamondbacks show with Rio Ruiz, playing third and batting fifth, making a token appearance for the Astros ... and while that would not normally be appealing to this Astros fan, it was actually a fun, competitive, game. Even the four relievers were equally divided between Minnesota and Arizona … sheesh, the Twins Zack Jones got his third Hold by pitching one-third an inning, walking three and leaving the bases loaded for the Snakes’ Kaleb Fleck – no problem, no runs.

The 5-3 win moves the Salt River Rafters to 11-3-1 and a full three game lead at the halfway point over the suddenly surging Mesa Solar Sox who are 7-3 in their last ten but only 8-6 overall. The Rafters opponent Friday night, the Glendale Desert Dogs, lead the Western division with a 7-6-1 record … the Desert Dogs beat the Rafters and Vincent Velasquez in Glendale ten days ago, and have a winning record at home, so this afternoon road game could be tough following tonight’s late start.

Although MLB has stated that all games played with the new clock have been completed in less than two and one-half hours they are blowin’ smoke … the first game under the clock barely came in under three hours. However, the clock is actually working better than I could have imagined, and has elicited some hilarious reactions from pitchers hit with a 20-second violation … funny for those of us whose future livelihood does not depend upon getting the batter out, that is. The biggest issue is still the timekeeper forgetting to start or stop the clock and the inconsistent application of the new rules by the home plate umps … for instance, does stepping off the mound reset the clock? And the between innings time, originally established at 2:05, has been tweaked a bit … the pitcher now has two and one-half minutes to make that first pitch, and the game is not the poorer for that change.

Another sign that Rio Ruiz is coming around … Rio has been making solid and loud contact of late, hitting line drives but not threatening the folks parked on the berms – tonight in the bottom of the seventh Ruiz backed the Saguaros’ center fielder to the warning track with a 400-foot pop to dead center. It is so good to see … understand that Rio is only 20 and had 602 plate appearances in the California desert before his 46 appearances here in the Arizona Desert – but the bus ride has to be better here.

The main scoreboard at Salt River Field was not working this evening, nor was the scorekeeper for that matter … the latter individual had difficulty keeping track of the opposition’s runs – such a shame, not. I’ll leave repairs to the scoreboard to Tony LaRussa … can’t you picture him with a Home Depot tool belt? Me neither …

Archie Bradley is throwing tomorrow … the young man has had a really tough time after the first inning in his previous starts – and this Desert Dogs team has some real bangers. It would sure be good to see Bradley get it turned around … and even better if we could see some of that Astro talent on the field as well.

The new AFL batting leader, Eddie Rosario, had two more hits tonight and three runs batted in … oh, and two stolen bases. Byron Buxton also had two, but one was an infield slow roller and the other a blooper to left center … Rosario does not hit for power, but he’s giving Byron a real run for his money for that centerfield slot – I’m wondering if Buxton isn’t still injured.

Saturday is my next game … later, dudes and dudettes.

~Wallee Wright~

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Thursday, October 23, 2014

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Salt River 5, Surprise 3

W- Anthony DeSclafani (1-0)
L- Lisalverto Bonilla (0-1)
S- Enrique Burgos (2)

Salt River HRs by Astros players: None.

The Rafters opened up the scoring with 3 in the 2nd, only to see the Saguaros tie the game with 3 of their own in the 4th. But, Salt River emerged on top as they managed to break the tie with 1 in the 5th and 1 in the 6th. Rio Ruiz went 1-3 with a walk.

Today, Salt River will head to Camelback Ranch to face the Glendale Desert Dogs at 12:35 Mountain.

LIGA VENEZOLANA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL

Caracas 8, Bravos 5

W- Victor Larez (1-0)
L- Casey Lawrence (0-1)
S- Jesus Pirela (5)

Caracas HRs by Astros players: None.

The capital club only scored in 1 inning, but that turned out to be all they needed to get the win. Caracas also erased a 5-0 deficit in the process with their 8-run barrage in the 5th.

Gregorio Petit smacked a 2-run double to begin the assault. One of the runners who came home was Danry Vásquez. Petit would eventually score on a ground-rule double from Ronald Bermudez. Carlos Perez grounded into a force out that would give Leones the lead, and then Danry added an RBI single. Petit, who kick-started the big inning, finished it as well after his RBI single.

Danry finished 3-3, while Gregorio Petit's 2 hits and 3 RBI all came in the 5th, and Carlos Perez finished 1-4 with 2 runs scored.

Los Leones will welcome the Cardinals of Lara to the capital tonight. First pitch is at 7:30 local time. Venezuelan time is currently 30 minutes behind Eastern Time. Well, at least until November 2nd, when it'll be 30 minutes ahead.

LIGA PARALELA

Caribes 5, Aragua 2

W- Edwin Villarroel (1-0)
L- Raul Ruiz (0-2)
S- Joyce Linares (1)

Caribes took control with 3 in the 4th and 1 more in the 5th in support of Edwin Villarroel, who allowed just 1 run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 5 solid innings to get his first win in the Liga Paralela campaign.

Caribes will take on the Seattle team later this morning, at 11:00 A.M. local time.

Caracas 11, Navegantes 4

W- Wilce Nieves (1-0)
L- Manuel Ochoa (0-2)

Caracas HRs by Astros players: None.

The little Lions finished the game on an 8-1 run after Navegantes tied the game at 3 with a pair in the 4th. Nestor Tejada went 1-3 with a run scored, while Jonathan Matute hit an RBI groundout in the 1st and finished 1-2 with 3 walks, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base (1).

Caracas will be in La Guaira for a game that will begin at 10:00 A.M. local time.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACÍFICO

Navojoa 5, Jalisco 4

W- Hugo Gutierrez (1-0)
L- Hugo Castellanos (0-1)
S- Gene Escat (2)

Jalisco HRs by Astros players: None.

Jalisco got on the board first with 1 in the 1st, but Navojoa responded with 3 in the bottom half of the inning, and their cushion held up.

Leo Heras went 1-5, while Japhet Amador extended his hitting streak to 9 games with a 2-5 outing.

Los Charros will return home to Guadalajara to host Mexicali for the weekend. First pitch is at 7:00.

Mexicali 9, Culiacán 8

W- Edgar Gomez (1-0)
L- Gonzalo Sañudo (1-1)

Los Tomateros walked off with the loss as Ramon Urias took Gonzalo Sañudo deep with 1 out in the first extra frame. Sañudo got the final 2 outs of the bottom of the 9th to send the game into extras, striking out Xorge Carrillo to end the inning. Urias' homer was the only hit he allowed.

Culiacán will host Mazatlán in a weekend series that will begin at 7:30 Mountain.

Happy Birthday - 10/24

Happy Birthday to ~

Lancaster Hitting Coach Darryl Robinson (47)
Robinson has served as the hitting coach for the Lancaster JetHawks for the past five seasons. In 2013, he earned the California League Coach of the Year award. He also boasts two League Championship rings from two out of the last three seasons.

One former Astro also celebrates the day ~

RHP Mark Grant (51)
A first round pick by the Giants in 1981, Grant signed with Houston as a free agent in January of 1993. Less than four months later, he was traded to the Rockies. In the interim, he pitched in 6 games for the Astros with a 0.82 ERA and a 1.455 WHIP.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

An Update on the 2008 Astros Draft Class

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to look back at some of the Astros draft classes and see where things stand. Today we'll look at 2008, the first class from the Ed Wade/Bobby Heck era. Let's look at the numbers:

52 players drafted
32 players signed
4 players still in the Astros system (plus one drafted later)
15 players still active in organized baseball in 2014*

27 position players drafted/15 signed/2 still in the system
11 from high school/4 signed/1 still in the system
5 from junior college/2 signed/0 still in the system
11 from college/9 signed/1 still in the system

25 pitchers drafted/17 signed/2 still in the system
11 from high school/6 signed/2 still in the system
8 from junior college/6 signed/0 still in the system
6 from college/5 signed/0 still in the system

*Of the 15 players who were still active in baseball in 2014, seven are high school players who did not sign with Houston, but later signed with other teams, two were released (Shuck and Simunic), one was traded (Lyles), one was drafted by Houston in a later year (Jankowski) and four are left from the original draft (Castro, Seaton, Cruz and Garcia).

Here is a little on each of them. Active Astros players are in bold. The position shown is the position at which the player was drafted, and I have also indicated in parentheses whether they were drafted out of high school (HS), junior college (JC) or college (C).]


Castro is the only one from the 2008 draft class who is currently on the Astros major league team. In four seasons at the major league level (2010, 2012 - 2014), he has a .243/.316/.399 batting line and a 27% caught stealing percentage.

1s. RHP Jordan Lyles (HS) - Traded

Lyles came as a supplemental pick as compensation for losing LHP Trever Miller in free agency. Lyles pitched in three seasons for Houston, going 14-29 with a 5.35 ERA and a 1.454 WHIP before being included in a trade (along with outfielder Brandon Barnes) to the Rockies for OF Dexter Fowler and cash considerations. In his one season with the Rockies, Lyles is 7-4 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.366 WHIP.

2. OF Jay Austin (HS) - Released in 2012

Austin did not play in 2013, but showed up in independent ball in 2014. He has a career batting line of .254/.317/.354.

3. 1B Chase Davidson (HS) - Did not sign

Davidson did not sign out of high school but later signed in 2011 as he was re-drafted by the Astros in the 41st round that year.

3s. RHP Ross Seaton (HS)

The Astros received this pick as compensation for not signing Derek Dietrich in 2007. Seaton has made it as far as AAA, but injuries derailed much of his 2014 season. Between Corpus Christi, Oklahoma City and a rehab stint with the GCL, Seaton had a combined 4.20 ERA and 1.500 WHIP in 16 games (seven starts).

4. OF T.J. Steele (C) - Released in 2012

Steele was released by the Astros in May 2012 and then signed on briefly with the Padres organization before being released by them in July 2012. In the 327 games of his career, he hit .247/.284/.379.

5. LHP David Duncan (C) - Released in 2012

Duncan was actually released by the Astros in 2010, but then re-signed by them in early 2011 only to while away on the DL that entire season. In 50 games (46 starts) from 2008 through 2010, he was 10-23 with a 5.78 ERA and a 1.444 WHIP.

6. OF J.B. Shuck (C) - Released in 2012

Shuck made his major league debut for the Astros on August 5, 2011, hitting .272/.359/.321 in 37 games. He then spent all of 2012 playing in Oklahoma City and was released at the end of that season despite hitting a very healthy .298/.374/.352. Shuck was signed by the Angels shortly after his release by the Astros in late 2012. He had an excellent season for the Angels in 2013, hitting .293/.331/.366 in 129 games, but did not fare quite so well at the major league level in 2014 and was sold to the Indians in September 2014. His overall major league batting line to date is .264/.307/.333. Shuck turned 27 in June.

7. OF Jon Gaston (C) - Released in 2012

Gaston was released by the Astros in March of 2012 and spent time in independent ball and in the White Sox organization that year. After his release by the White Sox in June 2012, he continued to play in independent ball up through 2014. His career batting line is .254/.330/.446.

8. LHP Brad Dydalewicz (HS) - Released in 2012

Dydalewicz made it as far as Lancaster, but was released at the end of 2012 after putting up a career 6.41 ERA and 1.668 WHIP.

9. LHP Luis Cruz (HS)

Cruz spent the majority of his 2014 season at Corpus Christi and received a late season call-up to Oklahoma City. In 26 games (22 starts) in 2014, he had a 3.68 ERA and a 1.243 WHIP. He walked 38 while striking out 118 in 124.2 innings of work. He just turned 24 in September.

10. LHP Jarred Holloway (JC) - Released in 2010

Holloway only played in the organization for one season in 2008 (and did not play at all in 2009). In 13 starts, he was 4.05 with a 4.07 ERA and a 1.541 WHIP.

11. OF Jacob Priday (HS) - Released in 2010

Priday played only 32 games in the Astros system in 2008, hitting .216/.331/.324. He was on the restricted list for all of 2009 before being formally released in 2010.

12. SS Jeff Hulett (JC) - Released in 2009

Hulett played two seasons for the Astros (playing more at third base than at short) and then another three in independent ball. He had a career batting line of .216/.296/.293.

13. RHP Kyle Godfrey (JC) - Released in 2011

Godfrey played from 2008 through 2010 in the Astros system. After his release in March 2011, he played independent ball for one season. He has a career ERA of 4.14 and WHIP of 1.522.

14. RHP Chris Hicks (C) - Released in 2012

Hicks pitched in the organization from 2008 through his release in June 2012, although he missed the entire 2010 season on the DL. He made it as far as AAA and had a career ERA of 5.49 and a WHIP of 1.571.

15. C Phil Disher (C) - Released in 2010

Drafted as a catcher, Disher actually played first base for the organization in 2008 and 2009 before being released in early 2010. In a total of 110 games, he had a batting line of .257/.343/.451.

16. LHP Josh Poytress (HS) - Did not sign

Poytress was drafted by Pittsburgh in the 18th round in 2011 and played for them for two seasons before being released in early 2013. He played one more season in independent ball and had a career ERA of 3.57 and a WHIP of 1.422.

17. 2B Andy Simunic (HS) - Released in 2014

Simunic played in the Astros system until his release in early June of 2014. He was briefly picked up and subsequently released by the Braves organization. In his seven seasons with the system, he became a utility player, eventually playing at every position except catcher and hitting a career .276/.357/.339.

18, 3B David Flores (C) - Released in 2012

Flores played in the Astros system from 2008 through 2011 and was released in early 2012. For his career, he hit .258/.312/.430.

19. RHP Ashton Mowdy (JC) - Released in 2010

Mowdy pitched from 2008 to 2010, with a career 4.55 ERA and 1.477 WHIP.

20. C Shea Robin (C) - Did not sign

It appears that Robin never played professional baseball.

21. OF Rodarrick Jones (HS) - Did not sign

Jones was drafted by the Pirates in the 37th round in 2011 out of Southern University and A&M in Baton Rouge, and played in that system for two seasons, hitting .231/.352/.375 before his release in July 2012.

22. LHP Terrance Jackson (spelled Terrence in Baseball-Reference) (JC) - Did not sign

Jackson was subsequently drafted by the Mets in the 45th round in 2010 out of Oklahoma City University, but it appears that he did not sign with them either. According to B-R, his only professional experience was with a team in the Frontier League in 2011 for whom he pitched a total of 4.1 innings (12.46 ERA and 2.769 WHIP).

23. LHP Chase Huchingson (JC) - Did not sign

Huchingson was signed by the Mets as a non-drafted free agent in July 2010 and is still in their system, having reached AA in 2014. He has a career 2.94 ERA and 1.277 WHIP in 132 games (318 innings).

24. OF Danny Meier (HS) - Released in 2009

After playing in only 64 games in the Astros system in 2008 and 2009, Meier was released in July 2009. He played in three additional games in the independent leagues as well in 2009. His career batting line was .196/.263/.366.

25. LHP Mike Hacker (JC) - Released in 2010

Hacker played in the Astros system in 2008 and 2009. After his release in March 2010, he played independent ball until signing with the Red Sox organization in July 2010. He was released by the Red Sox in July 2011 and played independent league ball through 2012. He has a career ERA of 4.68 and a WHIP of 1.626.

26. LHP Shane Wolf (C) - Released in 2012

Wolf pitched in the system from 2008 through 2011 with a career ERA of 5.08 and a WHIP of 1.468 before his release in January 2012.

27. RHP Nate Pettus (JC) - Released in 2012

Pettus pitched from 2008 through 2012 and was released in November 2012. For his career, he had a 4.60 ERA and a 1.504 WHIP.

28. RHP Zach Grimmett (HC) - Released in 2013

Grimmett was in the Astros system for five seasons. After his release in March of 2013, he was signed by the Phillies and spent a short time in that organization in May and June of 2013. For his career, he had a 6.62 ERA and a 1.635 WHIP.

29. SS Chris Jackson (C) - Released in 2010

Jackson spent two seasons in the organization, hitting .208/.269/.279 in 144 games.

30. 2B Mike Diaz (C) - Released in 2010

Diaz played two seasons in the Astros system. After his release in March 2010, he played a season in the independent leagues. Over his career, he hit .262/.316/.348.

31. RHP Philip Rummel (HS) - Released in 2010

Rummel was released in March 2010 after pitching in the Astros system for two seasons and went on to play one season of independent ball. He had a career ERA of 5.41 and a WHIP of 1.609.

32. SS B.A. Vollmuth (HS) - Did not sign

Vollmuth was drafted by Oakland in the 3rd round in 2011 out of the University of Southern Mississippi and played in that system from 2011 until his release in August of 2014. He had a career batting line of .231/.311/.391, playing mostly at third base.

33. RHP Shawn Armstrong (HS) - Did not sign

Armstrong was drafted by Cleveland in the 18th round in 2011 out of East Carolina University. He ended his season with Cleveland's AAA affiliate and has a career ERA of 2.43 and a WHIP of 1.248.

34. C Jordan Jankowski (HS) - Did not sign

Jankowski did not sign as a catcher back in 2008, but was re-drafted by the Astros (again in the 34th round) in 2012 out of Catawba College as a RHP. He has a 3.17 ERA and a 1.078 WHIP for his career thus far.

35. C Rene Garcia (HS)

Garcia spent his 2014 season at AA Corpus Christi where he had a 37% caught stealing percentage. His career batting line is .258/.300/.335.

36. RHP Austin Wood (HS)

Wood was drafted by the Rays in the 4th round in 2010 and did not sign and then again in the 6th round in 2011 by the Angels -- this time he did sign. Woods was a highly ranked prospect in the Angels system after the 2012 season, but missed much of the 2013 and 2014 seasons due to injury. In his four seasons in the Angels system, he has a 3.94 ERA and a 1.492 WHIP in 44 games (40 starts).

37. LHP Kirkland Rivers (C) - Released in 2010.

Rivers pitched in the Astros system for two seasons and then in independent league ball for another two seasons, ending his career with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.480 WHIP.

38. LHP Kris Castellanos (HS) - Did not sign

Castellanos played for Florida State one year and for Tampa University for one year, but it appears that he never played professionally.

39. C Tyson Van Winkle (C) - Did not sign

Van Winkle was drafted in the 10th round in 2009 by the Diamondbacks and played for four seasons in that organization with a career batting line of .231/.321/.293.

40. 2B Scott Lawson (JC) - Did not sign

Lawson was drafted by Tampa Bay in the 29th round in 2010 out of the University of Miami and played just one season in that organization, plus one additional season in independent ball. He had a career batting line of .273/.377/.407, playing at second base and third base.

41. OF Tony McClendon (HS) - Did not sign

McClendon was drafted again in 2010 in the 47th round by Oakland, but did not sign, and it does not appear that he ever played professionally.

42. OF Ryan Danbury (JC) - Did not sign

It appears that Danbury did not ever play professionally.

43. C Austin Green (HS) - Did not sign

Green was drafted by the Tigers in the 13th round in 2013 out of the University of San Diego and has played two seasons in that organization with a batting line of .261/.310/.416.

44. C Edmond Sparks (JC) - Did not sign

It appears that Sparks never played professionally.

45. LHP Grayson Garvin (HS) - Did not sign

Garvin was drafted by Tampa Bay in the first round (supplemental) in 2011 out of Vanderbilt. In three seasons (2012-2014) in the Rays organization, he has a 3.75 ERA and a 1.224 WHIP.

46. LHP Mike Modica (C) - Did not sign

Modica was re-drafted by the Astros in the 24th round in 2009 and played for the Astros for two seasons before being released in April 2011. He had a 4.18 ERA and a 1.546 WHIP for his career.

47. OF Nathan Metroka (JC) - Released in 2009

Metroka played in the Astros system for two seasons, hitting .252/.317/.357.

48. RHP Danny Meszaros (C) - Released in 2013

Meszaros played in the system from 2008 through 2011 and sat out 2012 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. After his release in March 2013, he played one season of independent ball. He has a 4.05 ERA and 1.357 WHIP for his career.

49. RHP Chase Lehr (JC) - Released in 2009

Lehr pitched in the organization for one season with a 6.52 ERA and a 2.276 WHIP before his release in May of 2009.

50. OF Jamal Austin (HS) - Did not sign

Austin was drafted by Seattle in the 13th round in 2013 out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is still playing in that organization. In a total of 360 games, he has hit .290/.343/.356.

Previous draft reviews:

2007 Draft
2012 Draft


Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

I forget to post one day... and you don't get to hear about Leo Heras' 2-homer night south of the border.

Results for Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Salt River 5, Peoria 0

W- Vince Velasquez (1-1)
L- Aaron Northcraft (1-2)

Salt River HRs by Astros players: None.

4 Salt River pitchers combined to throw a 2-hitter, and Vince Velasquez led them off as he allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 4 innings. Rio Ruiz got the start at 3B and went 1-2 with a couple of walks and scored a run. 

LIDOM

Águilas 10, Estrellas 6

W- Johan Yan (1-0)
L- Esmerling Vasquez (0-1)

Águilas HRs by Astros players: None.

Águilas seized momentum by putting up a 5-spot in the 7th to take a 7-4 lead, and added 3 more to push it to 10-4. Jonathan Villar was 1-5 with 2 runs scored; that 1 hit was an RBI single in the 8th. René Garcia, who scored on the play, was 1-4. 

Toros 5, Licey 3

W- Raul Valdes (1-1)
L- Kastuki Matayoshi (0-1)
S- Edwar Cabrera (1)

Toros HRs by Astros players; None.
Licey HRs by Astros players: None.

The Bulls of the East scored 5 unanswered runs before Licey could answer.

Teoscar Hernandez went 2-4 with a double and a run scored in the 8th. For Licey, Domingo Santana was 1-4 with 2 strikeouts, and Ruben Sosa flied out as a pinch-hitter in the 8th.

LIGA VENEZOLANA DE BÉISBOL PROFESIONAL

Caracas 4, Magallanes 3

W- Loiger Padron (2-0)
L- Jose Mijares (0-2)
S- Jesus Pirela (5)

Caracas HRs by Astros players: None.

Danry Vásquez went 1-3 with an RBI single in the 8th for Caracas, while David Martinez got the start for Magallanes. He went 5 innings and allowed a solo homer to Henry Rodriguez in the 1st, 2 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 in 5 innings of work.

LIGA PARALELA

Tampa Bay 7, Caracas 3

W- Alberto Casanas (1-0)
L- Andres Mendoza (0-1)

Caracas HRs by Astros players: None.

Jonathan Matute was 1-2 with an RBI single in the 4th, and Nestor Tejada struck out as a pinch-hitter in the 9th.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACÍFICO

Jalisco 6, Navojoa 4

W- Orlando Lara (2-0)
L- Mario Gonzalez (0-1)
S- Brian Broderick (4)

Jalisco HRs by Astros players: Leo Heras 2 (3; solo in 1st, solo in 5th)

Leo Heras had a big night for los Charros (the Horsemen) as his 2 solo shots were key. All 3 of his hits went for extra bases and resulted in an RBI; he had an RBI double in the 3rd sandwiched in between his homers. Japhet Amador went 1-4. 

Mexicali 4, Culiacán 2

W- Francisco Rodriguez (1-1)
L- Oscar Villarreal (0-1)
S- Anthony Slama (2)

Gonzalo Sañudo was the first reliever in for Culiacán; he allowed a hit and struck out 2 in a scoreless 6th inning.

Results for Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Salt River 9, Surprise 2

W- Jayson Aquino (2-0)
L- Nick Howard (1-1)

Salt River HRs by Astros players: None.

The Rafters used a pair of 4-run innings to sink the Saguaros. 

Andrew Aplin went 0-4 with a walk and a run scored, while Joe Sclafani came through with a 2-hit day. His first was a 2-run single in the 2nd that put Salt River up 4-0, and he plated the final Rafter run of the afternoon with an RBI double in the 8th.

Mitch Lambson threw a scoreless 6th despite walking 2. 

The Rafters and Saguaros will play again at Salt River Fields; they'll be the late game. First pitch is at 6:35 Mountain.

LIDOM

Águilas 2, Escogido 1

W- Johan Yan (2-0)
L- Merrill Kelly (0-1)
S- Matt Ramsey (1)

Águilas HRs by Astros players: None.

Águilas' 2 in the 4th held up, despite a choppy 9th inning. Jonathan Villar went 1-4 with a double and scored 1 of the 2 runs. 

These two teams will play again on Friday at 7:30 Atlantic. Águilas has today off. 

Gigantes 4, Toros 1 in 10 innings

W- Jhonny Nuñez (1-0)
L- Frank Garces (0-1)
S- Ramon Ramirez (2)

Toros HRs by Astros players: None.

Teoscar Hernandez went 0-3 with a walk and a strikeout, but he scored the lone Toros run on a Tyler Moore groundout in the 5th. 

Gigantes will take on Escogido tonight in the lone game on the LIDOM slate. Toros have the day off, but they'll hit the road to face Gigantes again tomorrow night in San Francisco de Macoris. 

Estrellas 11, Licey 1

W- Radhames Liz (1-0)
L- Mitch Atkins (0-2)

Licey HRs by Astros players: None.

Ruben Sosa served as the DH in this game, which was all Estrellas. He led off the bottom of the 6th with a triple and scored Licey's only run on a groundout from Elmer Reyes.

Both teams have the day off and will play each other again on Friday. Estrellas will be the host that night.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACÍFICO

Navojoa 6, Jalisco 1

W- Eddie Gamboa (1-0)
L- Juan Delgadillo (0-3)

Jalisco HRs by Astros players: None.

Navojoa rattled off a pair of 3-run innings, and their pitchers shackled the Jalisco offense in the south of Sonora.

Leo Heras went 1-3, and Japhet Amador finished 2-4. 

Both of these teams will conclude their series tonight at 7:30 Mountain.

Happy Birthday - 10/23

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

2B George Williams (died May 14, 2009 at age 69)
Drafted from the Phillies in the 1961 expansion draft, Williams played in only five games for the Colt 45's in 1962, hitting .375/.375/.500 in eight plate appearances.

RHP Bo McLaughlin (61)
A first round pick for the Astros in 1975, McLaughlin played for Houston from 1976 to 1979.  He had a 9-15 record over 87 appearances with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.352 WHIP.  He was traded to the Braves in 1979 for Frank LaCorte. In 2014, he was the Bullpen Coach for the Colorado Rockies.

2B Kazuo Matsui (39)
Matsui signed with Houston as a free agent in November 2007 and played for the Astros from 2008 until his release in May of 2010. In 255 games with Houston, he hit .259/.315/.370. After his release, he played briefly in the Rockies minor league system. He has played in the Japan Pacific League for the past four seasons for Rakuten. Matsui was responsible for placing the phrase "anal fissure" in the lexicon of Astros lore. Thanks for that.

OF Ben Francisco (33)
Francisco came to Houston in the 10-player megatrade with the Blue Jays in July 2012 and departed via trade to Tampa Bay six weeks later. In the interim, he played in 31 games, hitting .247/.289/.365. Ah, Benny Fresh, we hardly knew ye.