Saturday, November 19, 2011

Fall and Winter League Updates

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

This is the last day for Arizona Fall League action.  Salt River (22-16) will take on Surprise (26-10) in the Championship Game to be aired on the MLB Network at 2:00 CST.  Jake Goebbert has been announced as being in the starting line-up.

WINTER LEAGUES

First a couple of tidbits.  Koby Clemens went AWOL down in Puerto Rico and is now barred from playing in the Puerto Rican, Venezuelan and Dominican Leagues.  The last game he played in was on November 9th which happens to be the same day that Wilson Ramos was kidnapped.  That could just be a coincidence, but I personally doubt it.  Secondly, apparently Brett Wallace has been released by Escogido.  The last game he appeared in was on November 13th and he is no longer listed on the Escogido roster.  UPDATED TO ADD - Here is a link from Wednesday that confirms that Wallace was released.

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

Caguas over Carolina 2-1 in 12 innings
Luis Cruz pitched four innings giving up three hits, one run and four walks with four strikeouts for Caguas.  Carlos Corporan was 1-4 with a walk and Enrique Hernandez was 0-1 and committed an error for Carolina while Xavier Cedeno pitched 1.1 innings with one hit and one strikeout.

Mayaguez over Ponce 1-0
Robinson Cancel was 0-2 with two walks for Ponce.

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

Caribes over Magallanes 3-1
Jose Altuve was 0-4 for Magallanes and Gabriel Garcia pitched 0.2 innings giving up no hits, no runs and no walks.

Zulia over Margarita 1-0 in 10 innings
Arcenio Leon faced two batters and issued walks to both of them for Zulia.

Caracas over Lara 9-5
*Oswaldo Navarro was 2-3 with a walk and scored a run, and Joe Thurston was 1-3 with a walk for Lara.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

Aguilas over Escogido 3-2
Brian Bogusevic was 0-3 with a walk for Aguilas.

*Free Agent

Happy Birthday - 11/19

Only one former Astro with a birthday today

RHP Aurelio Monteagudo (died November 10, 1990 at age 46)
Pitched in 10 games for Houston in 1966

Tweet of the Day


Josh Zeid
Championship game at 1 pm (3 ET) tomorrow on for the .

Roster Moves - 11/18/11

Houston signed RHP Lance Pendleton to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.  In addition, RHP Paul Clemens was added to the 40-man roster before tonight's deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft.  Clemens was just listed (yesterday) as the #5 prospect in the Astros system by Baseball America.  The story is here.

I'm somewhat surprised that Houston did not choose to protect Kody Hinze, particularly since he just participated in the Arizona Fall League.  When the Rule 5 draft rolls around on December 8th, I will be particularly interested in Kody Hinze and, as to the AA level of the Rule 5 draft, RHP Dayan Diaz.

The 40-Man Roster now stands at 38 which gives the Astros some flexibility in picking up someone along the lines of Aneury Rodriguez or Wesley Wright, both Rule 5 picks from past seasons.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Final Score

Bud Selig 3000 over My Heart 0

I've got nothing to add to everything that's been said in the last twenty-four hours about the Astros going to the American League.  Even though I knew it was coming, I am numb and I am tired and there is really nothing left in the tanks right now.  So, talk amongst yourselves and be good to each other.  We're all we've got right now.

Baseball America's Top Prospects

Buried in the angst of the AL move, this came out from Baseball America regarding the Astros top prospects.  I haven't even had the time or energy to read the full report yet.  Enjoy!

Fall and Winter League Updates

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Surprise over Salt River 12-2
Do we really have to talk about this one?  They actually pulled the mercy rule after seven.  Kody Hinze was the only Astros position player to participate and he went 0-3 with a strikeout.  Jason Stoffel pitched 1.1 innings with one hit, one walk, a strikeout, a wild pitch and a hit-by-pitch.  Josh Zeid continued his streak of effective outings despite a wild pitch of his own as he pitched one inning with one hit and two strikeouts

This was the end of the regular season.  The championship game will take place between these two games on Saturday.

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

Magallanes over Caracas 7-2
After two hitless games, Jose Altuve is back to normal with a 3-5 night in which he scored a run for Magallanes while *Andy Van Hekken pitched 3.2 innings with five hits, two runs, a walk and four strikeouts.

Lara over Caribes 3-2
Joe Thurston was 1-2 with a double, two walks and a run scored for Lara.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

Toros over Estrellas 8-6
Jonnathan Aristil pitched 0.2 innings, giving up three hits, three runs and a walk for the Toros.

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

Ponce over Mayaguez 4-2
*Robinson Cancel was 2-4 with a run scored for Ponce.  Angel Sanchez was 0-2 for Mayaguez.

*Free Agent

Happy Birthday - 11/18

OF Travis Buck (28)
One of the newest Astros, Buck was signed by the Astros last week to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.  In parts of five seasons in the majors with Oakland and Cleveland, Buck had a .246/.320/.408/.727 batting line.  In 2011, he was .256/.366/.421/.787 in the minors.

Former Astros with birthdays today

RHP Gil Rondon (58)
Pitched in 19 games for Houston in 1976

C Luis Pujols (56)
Played for Houston from 1977 to 1983

RHP Jeff Heathcock (52)
Pitched in 56 games for Houston in 1983, 1985, 1987 & 1988 with a 3.76 ERA & 1.190 WHIP

LF Steve Henderson (59)
Played in 42 games for Houston in 1988

C Eddie Tucker (45)
Played for Houston in 1992, 1993 and 1995

RHP Tom "Flash" Gordon (44)
Pitched in 15 games in 2002 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.105 WHIP

Tweet of the Day

So it's not really a tweet, but I just love the bio of the newest Astros blogger on the block.
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Roster Moves - 11/17/11

According to Baseball America:

CC
RHP Erick Abreu has been re-signed

LAN
SS Miguel Arrendell has been released

TCV
RHP Joan Belliard has been released
LHP Garrett Bullock has been released
LHP Travis Smink has been released
SS Jacke Healey has been released

GRN
RHP Danilo Del Rio has been released
RHP Mark Jones has been released
1B Ronald Sanchez has been released

GCL
RHP Pedro Gomez has been released

I don't think that there are any great surprises with any of these moves.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fall and Winter League Updates

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Phoenix over Salt River 12-7
The good guys may have lost but the Astros players had a very good day as they scored four of the runs and batted in six of the seven runs.  Jake Goebbert was 1-4 with three strikeouts and a stolen base.  Jason Castro was 3-5 (all singles) with a strikeout, scored a run and made a fielding error.  He has hit batting average up to .289.  Kody Hinze was 0-3 with a walk and a run before going into his last at-bat.  With two outs in the ninth, he hit a three-run home run.  But the stand-out for Houston was Jay Austin who went 3-5 with a double, a triple, three RBI's (two of them with two outs), scored a run and had one strikeout.  In his last two games he is 6-10 and is now hitting .311.

The Astros hitters have been in a groove in the month of November.  In the last 10 games, they are collectively hitting .361 with eight doubles, one triple, one home run, eighteen RBI's and have scored eighteen runs.  It is an excellent time for them to be peaking with only one game left before the Championship Game on Saturday.  Today's game will be a preview of the big game as Surprise and Salt River face off for one more regular season game before meeting each other Saturday.

As a side note, I was looking at the pitcher's stat page yesterday and I saw that Dallas Keuchel leads all Arizona Fall League pitchers by a wide margin in SO:BB ratio.  In 28.1 innings over 7 games (6 starts), he has 22 strikeouts and one walk.  That's a 22:1 ratio folks - not too shabby!

Today's Game
Salt River (22-15) vs. Surprise (25-10) at 1:35 CST

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

Toros over Gigantes 1-0 in 11 innings
Fernando Abad got the start for the Toros, pitching five innings with three hits and five strikeouts.  Jimmy Parades got another start at third base for the Gigantes and was 0-4 with two strikeouts.

Estrellas over Licey 1-0
*Anderson Hernandez was 1-4 for Licey.

Escogido over Aguilas 3-2
Brian Bogusevic was 0-4 with a strikeout and two GIDP's for Aguilas.

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

La Guaira over Magallanes 13-2
Jose Altuve was 0-3 with a strikeout for Magallanes.

Aragua over Caracas 3-1
*Wladimir Sutil was 2-3 with an RBI and a strikeout for Caracas.

Lara over Margarita 7-0
Joe Thurston was 1-3 with two walks, a strikeout and scored two runs for Lara.

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

Caguas over Mayaguez 9-3
Angel Sanchez was 1-4 with an RBI for Mayaguez.

Ponce over Carolina 5-2
*Robinson Cancel was 2-4 with an RBI and scored a run for Ponce.  Carlos Corporan was 1-4 with a strikeout for Carolina, while Xavier Cedeno pitched 1.1 innings with two hits and one run (no earned runs).

*Free Agent

Happy Birthday - 11/17

IF Scott Moore (28)
Moore, the newest member of the Astros family, was just signed on Tuesday with an invitation to Spring Training.  Drafted out of a Long Beach, California high school in the first round (8th overall) by Detroit in 2002, Moore has spent most of his career (923 games) in the minor leagues with a total of 80 games in the bigs.  In 2011, he had a batting line of .295/.380/.444/.823 with the Iowa Cubs, hitting .345 after the All-Star Break.

Former Astros with birthdays today

LHP Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams (47)
Pitched in 25 games for Houston in 1994
Here's a "video" with still photos showing his crazy buried head wind-up and his fall-off-the-mound delivery.  About 45 seconds in, you can see him in all his full mulleted glory wearing Astros gear.

RHP Bruce Von Hoff (68)
Pitched in 10 games for Houston in 1965 & 1967

RHP Dan Osinski (78)
Pitched in 3 games for Houston in 1970

RHP Jim Mann (37)
Pitched in 21 games for Houston in 2001 & 2002 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.207 WHIP

Tweet of the Day


Astros County
Selig isn't going to like it when the Astros win the World Series in 2012 for the NL, and win it again in 2013 for the AL.

Roster Moves - 11/16/11

C Carlos Corporan was removed from the 40-Man Roster, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Oklahoma City.  He can chose to become a free agent.

The 40-Man Roster now stands at 37 in advance of the Rule 5 draft.  I still believe that Houston will protect Kody Hinze, particularly after showcasing him in the Arizona Fall League.  And I've noted previously that I would take a good long look at protecting Dayan Diaz after his comeback from injury that caused him to be named an Organizational All-Star by MiLB.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fall and Winter League Updates

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Salt River over Scottsdale 4-1
Dallas Keuchel got the win after pitching four innings in relief with five hits, one run and six strikeouts.  Here's the story (although they don't mention that the second time he faced Bryce Harper, he struck him out).  Jason Stoffel also pitched an inning and gave up one hit and one walk with three strikeouts.

The only Astros position player to participate in today's game was Jake Goebbert.  He went 1-4, reached on a fielder's choice, scored two runs and had two strikeouts.  Despite the 1-4 day, Goebbert has hit .391/.416/.565 over his last six games with four doubles, six RBI's and has scored eight runs.

Today
Salt River (22-14) vs. Phoenix (13-22) at 1:35 CST

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

Lara over Magallanes 3-2
*Oswaldo Navarro was 1-4 and Joe Thurston was 2-4 with a double and a caught stealing for Lara.  Jose Altuve was 0-3 with a walk and a strikeout for Magallanes and Garbriel Garcia pitched 0.1 inning with one hit and one strikeout.

La Guaira over Caracas 7-3
*Wladimir Sutil was 0-2 with two sacrifices.

Two other games in the Venezuelan League have not been posted yet.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

Aguilas over Estrellas 4-0
Brian Bogusevic was 0-4 with a walk and two strikeouts for Aguilas.

Licey over Toros 10-9
*Anderson Hernandez was 0-3 with a walk, a strikeout and scored a run for Licey.

Gigantes over Escogido 4-1
Jimmy Paredes started at third base and went 1-4 and scored a run for the Gigantes.

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

Caguas over Ponce 2-0
Adalberto Flores retired his one batter as he pitched 0.1 inning for Ponce.

Mayaguez over Carolina 6-2
Angel Sanchez was 0-5 with a strikeout for Mayaguez.  Carlos Corporan was 0-3 with two strikeouts for Carolina while Enrique Hernandez came in as a pinch runner, scored a run and went 0-1 as he stayed in the game at third base.

*Free Agent

Tweet of the Day


Steve A.
to clear up any confusion, the were moving to AL no matter who the owner is or was going to be. to blame this on crane is folly.
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Couldn't. Agree. More.

Happy Birthday - 11/16

C Jordan "Funky" Comadena (26)
If you managed to miss this article by Zachary Levine or this Q&A by Astros County or if you don't follow Funky on Twitter (@Funky2414), you have missed getting to know one of the good guys.  Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2009 by none other than Jimmy Wynn, Comadena had a breakout year of sorts at the plate.  Used in a limited role at Lancaster, he managed to hit .295/.389/.432/.881 over a very sporadic 95 AB's.

If you follow him on Twitter, you will find him friendly, engaging, and always willing to answer any questions.  As a matter of fact, I asked him via twitter to tell me something "non-baseball" about himself for his birthday write-up and he responded right away.  In addition to working out and getting ready for the spring, he told me that he is in the planning stages for his wedding to fiance Alicyn to take place next November 10th in Normal, Illinois.  "It will be a big wedding and quite a few fellow Astros will hopefully be attending."  I'm sure there will be.  Everybody likes Funky.  Like I said before, he's one of the good guys.  Just don't say anything bad about his Steelers.

RHP Steve Martin (24)
Drafted out of Texas A&M in the 37th round in 2011, Martin pitched out of the bullpen for the Greeneville Astros this season with an ERA of 6.00 and a WHIP of 1.375.  However, against right-handed hitters, he had a 2.87 ERA and a 1.277 WHIP.  And in July, in 8 of his 16 appearances, Martin was 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA, a 0.923 WHIP and a 0.98 BA against.

I tried to get in touch with Steve for a brief interview, but I was unable to get his contact information.  I wanted to find out more about this.  Maybe next year.

Former Astros with birthdays today

LHP Rob Mallicoat (47)
Pitched in 51 games for Houston in 1987, 1991 & 1992

RHP Dwight Gooden (47)
Pitched in 1 game for Houston in 2000

SS Julio Lugo (36)
Played for Houston from 2000 to 2003

Roster Moves - 11/15/11

Houston signed IF Scott Moore to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.  Most recently with the Iowa Cubs, he had good numbers in 2011.  Zachary Levine has the story here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Soapbox - Demonizing Jim Crane

It seems that demonizing Jim Crane is all the fashion on twitter, the blogs and the fan sites these days.  "Run him out of town on a rail."  "Tar and feather him."  What many people seemed to have missed is this.  THE ASTROS WERE GOING TO THE AMERICAN LEAGUE WHETHER JIM CRANE BOUGHT THE TEAM OR NOT.  The die was cast a long time ago.

Drayton McLane has always done everything that Bud Selig told him to do.  He closed the roof during the World Series in 2005.  He allowed a home game against Chicago to be played in Milwaukee in 2007.  Heck, it's only been the last couple of years that McLane has paid over slot in the draft.  With that in mind, do you really think that, had the deal with Jim Crane fallen through, McLane wouldn't have agreed to appease Bud and make the move?  Do you really think an owner that would allow "Sweet Caroline" to be played during a game against the Red Sox IN MINUTE MAID PARK really gives a big whoop what the fans think?

Well, you say, Jim Crane didn't have to agree to the move.  Of course he did.  If he wanted to buy the team, he had no choice.  Bud Selig has the power and he wasn't ever going to let the ownership deal come to a vote unless Jim Crane agreed.  You can call it extortion.  You can call it morally bankrupt.  You can call it unfair.  But Bud Selig never had any intention of approving Jim Crane OR ANYONE ELSE unless they agreed to the AL move.

That doesn't mean that you don't have a right, as an Astros fan, to be angry or frustrated or upset or depressed (although if you never sent a letter or e-mail or made a phone call protesting the move, maybe you don't have that right after all).  I've already been through the 5 stages of grief.

But there were only going to be two possible outcomes to this situation.  Either Jim Crane was going to be approved and the Astros would go to the American League.  Or Drayton McLane was going to retain ownership and the Astros would still go to the American League.  So, the real choice is do you want an owner who knows and loves baseball or an owner who has become totally disengaged and doesn't care anymore?  Those were your only two choices, thanks to Bud Selig - that's who you should be demonizing.

Jim Crane hasn't even been approved yet.  Other than getting George Postolos involved, we really have no idea what his plans are.  How about we give him a little time and see what happens.  He may turn out to be a terrible owner.  He may turn out to be the best owner the Astros have ever seen.  I suspect that he will fall somewhere in between, but let's at least give him a chance.  The good news is that the Astros can finally emerge from the purgatory they've been in since May and we should be able to see some real direction.  At least I hope so.

Finally, for those of you who intend to abandon the Astros over the move to the American League, I have a little unsolicited advice.  You're only punishing yourself.  Baseball will go on with you or without you and despite Bud Selig.  If you liked Jose Altuve, Bud Norris, J.D. Martinez and Jordan Lyles yesterday, you'll still like them tomorrow.  If you love Houston today, warts and all, as I do, you will still love Houston tomorrow.  Give it a chance.  But, Mr. Crane, no more "Sweet Caroline" please.

Off Soapbox ----------->  Exit Stage Right

Fall and Winter League Updates

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Scottsdale over Salt River 6-5
Despite the loss, it was a pretty good day for Astros hitters.  Kody Hinze was 1-4 with an RBI double, a walk and he scored a run.  Jake Goebbert was 1-3 with a double and a sacrifice fly RBI.  And Jason Castro was 1-3 with a walk and he also scored a run.  Not a strikeout to be seen!  Josh Zeid has really settled in well his last few outings.  He pitched two innings with no hits, no runs, no walks and one strikeout.

Today's Game
Salt River (21-14) vs. Scottsdale (14-19) at 1:35 CST

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

Magallanes over La Guaira 6-4
Jose Altuve had a perfect night, going 4-4 with a double and he scored two runs.  He is now hitting .412 over 102 AB's with a .441 OBP, .559 SLG & 1.000 OPS.

All other teams had the day off.

Here are the cumulative stats for all Astros players on rosters for the Arizona Fall League or Caribbean Winter League teams through 11/14.  If there are no stats, the player hasn't been in a game yet.  For now, I am including those players who played for the Astros in 2011 but are now free agents as some of those players may still end up re-signing with the Astros at some point.  I will mark the free agents with an asterisk on the stats table and in the recaps.





*Free Agent

Happy Birthday - 11/15

SS Jean Batista (20)
A non-drafted free agent from the Dominican Republic, Batista is in his first year in the Astros organization.  He played in 38 games in the GCL and put up some decent numbers and was promoted to Greeneville, a move that seemed to have agreed with him.  In 12 games at Greeneville, Batista hit .333/.348/.533/.881 with three doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI's.  For the season, he hit .265 with a .397 slugging percentage.

Former Astros with birthdays today

LHP Randy Niemann (56)
Played for Houston in 1979 and 1980
Was a player to be named in the trade with the Pirates for Phil Garner

LHP Pedro Borbon (44)
Pitched in 56 games for Houston in 2002

Tweet of the Day


Bryan Trostel
Bill James likes JD Martinez in '12.


As do I, Bryan, as do I.

Monday, November 14, 2011

WTH 25-Man Roster - Center Fielder

As posted over the weekend, RHP Juan Abreu convincingly won the ninth spot on the WTH roster as our Closer.  Also receiving votes were Jorge de Leon and Ryan Cole.  Go here for more info on the What the Heck 25-Man Roster.

Next, let's pick our centerfielder.  The list below, in my opinion, represents a veritable embarrassment of riches - many extremely talented players at various points in their professional careers.  Let's look at some of the more interesting prospects.

Austin Wates was the soul of consistency, hitting .300 over 526 AB's, and showing good speed.  Emilio King opened some eyes this year with a great arm and decent power.  Teoscar Hernandez had the best OPS of the bunch at .847 and a low strikeout rate.  Like him or not, believe in him or not, Jay Austin has been holding his own in the Arizona Fall League - could 2012 finally be a breakout year for him?  Javaris Reynolds has great raw potential and he's still only 18.  And, last but not least, I think we're all eager to see what George Springer, our number one draft pick, will bring to the table in a full season.

With all that said, here are the 2011 stats for the players.  Look them over and vote for one.

Fall and Winter League Updates

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

No game on Sunday
Today - Salt River (21-13) vs. Scottsdale (13-19) - 1:35 CST

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

Caribes over Zulia 4-3
Arcenio Leon pitched one inning and gave up one hit with a strikeout for Zulia.

Magallanes over Caracas 2-1
Jose Altuve was 2-4 with a run scored, a strikeout and a GIDP for Magallanes.  *Wladimir Sutil was 0-4 with a strikeout for Caracas.

Margarita over Lara 3-1
The newest Astros signing, Joe Thurston, was 1-4 for Lara.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

Gigantes over Aguilas 8-4
Jimmy Paredes was 1-4 with a run scored for the Gigantes while Enerio del Rosario pitched one inning with one hit and a strikeout.

Licey over Escogido 10-5
*Anderson Hernandez was 1-4 with a run scored for Licey.  Brett Wallace, in one plate appearance, had a pinch hit sacrifice fly RBI for Escogido.

Estrellas over Toros 9-3
Henry Sosa pitched 5.2 innings for the Toros giving up three hits and one run with five strikeouts to get the win.  Jonnathan Aristil pitched 2.2 innings and gave up one hit and one run with four strikeouts for the Toros.

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

Carolina over Caguas 8-7
Rene Garcia was 0-2 and Enrique Hernandez was 1-1 as a pinch hitter and scored a run for Carolina.

Ponce over Mayaguez 5-4
*Robinson Cancel was 1-5 with a strikeout for Ponce.  Angel Sanchez was 2-4 with an RBI for Mayaguez.

*Free Agent

Happy Birthday - 11/14

Only former Astros with birthdays today

RHP Curt Schilling (45)
Curt Schilling came to Houston in 1991 in a trade (along with Steve Finley and Pete Harnisch) with the Orioles for Glenn Davis.  He only played one season in Houston, pitching in 56 games with a 3.81 ERA and a 1.559 WHIP.  He was traded to the Phillies for Jason Grimsley.  (Heavy sigh)

RHP Kent Bottenfield (43)
Pitched in Houston for 13 games in 2001

Tweet of the Day


Tyler W. Burnett
Newest family member

Roster Moves - 11/13/11

Houston signed IF Joe Thurston to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.  He has good numbers in the minors that have never really translated on the major league level, plus he's 32.  As a lefty, I'm assuming that he will simply be competing for a job in Spring Training to provide some bench depth.  Here is the story from Zachary Levine.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

WTH 25-Man Roster

The ninth player selected for the What the Heck 25-Man Roster was RHP Juan Abreu who will be the Closer for our team and was elected with a healthy margin.  Also receiving votes were Jorge de Leon and Ryan Cole.  (For more information on the WTH 25-Man Roster, go here.)

Coming Monday - Let's pick our Center Fielder.

Fall and Winter League Updates

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Salt River over Peoria 7-3
Jay Austin was 3-5 with a double, a run scored and two strikeouts.  Kody Hinze was 1-5 with a run scored, two strikeouts and a GIDP.  Jason Stoffel pitched 1.2 innings and gave up two hits and three walks with two strikeouts.  Dallas Keuchel was originally scheduled to pitch but was a late scratch.  I have seen no indication why he was pulled.  With this win, Salt River has clinched a playoff berth.  They will play Surprise on Saturday the 19th at 2:00 CST.  The game will air on MLB Network.

No AFL games today

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

Toros over Aguilas 1-0
Aneury Rodriguez pitched six innings of no hit ball with two walks and five strikeouts and got the win for the Toros.  Rodriguez and three other pitchers combined to throw a one-hitter.  Jonathan Villar got a rare start at short and was 0-3 with two strikeouts.

Gigantes over Licey 3-2 in 11 innings
Jimmy Paredes, who came in to pinch hit and stayed in to play third, was 2-2 with 2 RBI's for the Gigantes. Pitching for the Gigantes were Erick Abreu who pitched two-thirds of an inning and gave up one hit and Enerio Del Rosario who pitched an inning, gave up one hit and got the win.  *Anderson Hernandez was 0-5 for Licey.

Estrellas over Escogido 9-5
Brett Wallace was 0-2 with a strikeout and an error (his first) for Escogido, while Jorge de Leon pitched one inning and retired all three batters faced.

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

Aragua over Magallanes 9-8 in 12 innings
Jose Altuve was 3-7 with a double and a run scored for Magallanes, while Gabriel Garcia pitched 1.2 innings, giving up three hits, one run, two walks and was charged with the loss.
La Gauira over Caracas
*Wladimir Sutil was 1-5 with a strikeout for Caracas.

Lara over Margarita 5-4 in 10 innings (1st game of a double-header)
*Oswaldo Navarro was 0-3 with a walk for Lara.

Margarita over Lara 3-2 (2nd game of a double-header)
*Oswaldo Navarro was 0-3 with a strikeout for Lara.

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

Ponce over Caguas 3-2
*Robinson Cancel was 0-3 with a strikeout for Ponce.  Luis Cruz started and pitched five innings for the Caguas team and gave up one hit, no runs and two walks with five strikeouts.

Mayaguez over Carolina 7-6
Angel Sanchez was 1-5 with a strikeout for Mayaguez.  For Carolina, Carlos Corporan was 1-2 with an RBI.

*Free Agent

Happy Birthday - 11/13

IF/DH Erik Castro (24)
Originally from California, Castro arguably has the best middle name in the organization ... Beauchamp.  The lefty was drafted in the 10th round in 2009 out of San Diego State and spent the 2011 season in Lancaster where he compiled a .259/.350/.422/.772 line.

2B Andru Sierra (20)
A non-drafted free agent from Cartagena, Columbia, Sierra is in his third season with the DSL Astros.  After a good season at the plate in 2010 in which he hit .294 with a .446 slugging percentage, he regressed in 2011 to put up a .222/.319/.299/.618 batting line.

Tweet of the Day


Jake Buchanan
I play baseball because I love it, but never forget the friends and family that pushed you to be the player you are today.

Roster Moves - 11/12/11

Houston signed OF Brad Snyder to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.  He has decent minor league numbers (except for the strikeouts) but it looks as though he's never gotten much of a chance beyond that.  Zachary Levine has the story here.