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Houston Astros Minor League Recap: May 5th

The Astros’ minor league affiliates split their games 2-2 on a very special day of the year.


CINCO DE MAYO! My second favorite 5th day of the month behind Guy Fawkes day in November. What’s not to like about seeing the same Facebook status 47 times consecutively, “Remember, remember, that originality is not my strong suit so if I could grab some likes from you basic bitches out there, that would be cool.” Plus that mask is cool as hell.

I imagine Michael Foltynewicz is icing his elbow in a vat of margarita right now because he had a heck of day. And Carlos Correa made his return to short stop and put together a nice line.


Triple-A Oklahoma City Redhawks (17-15) 5-1 Win

Folty absolutely dominated in this contest, pitching 6 innings of 1 run ball and striking out 12. The only run and hit he surrendered was a solo homer. Also Ronald Torreyes had another nice day and is doing everything he was expected to do. Which is make contact and not strikeout. In his 114 at-bats, he has only struck out 5 times, and he has drawn 5 walks, while batting .316. I was thinking about the possibility of a call-up at some point this year, but as an up the middle position player, where would he play? I’m not sure there is enough playing time to go around unless unless he grabs Marwin’s time, which would mean Marwin has flamed out. Hopefully he gets a cup of coffee with the big leagues at least.


CF Robbie Grossman – 1/4, BB,  2 K

2B Ronald Torreyes – 2/4, 2 2B

1B Jon Singleton – 1/4, BB

LF Domingo Santana – 0/4, 2 K

3B Enrique Hernandez – 2/4, 2B

RF Andrew Simunic – 2/3, 2B, BB, K

Michael Foltynewicz – 6 IP, 1H, 1 ER, 2BB, 12 K, 1 HR, threw 93 pitches and 56 for strikes.

Paul Clemens – 3IP, 1 K, a perfect three innings for Clemens


Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks (16-15) 6-3 Win

Thomas Shirley had another strong outing and Marc Wik, an outfielder that spent the past two seasons with Greenville, one of Houston’s short season teams, had his double-A debut last night and drove in 3. Last year at Greenville the 21st round pick had 40 walks and just 26 Ks in 135 ABs so I’m guessing he is a personal favorite of Luhnow.

SS Nolan Fontana – 2/3, (brought the average up to a respectable .265)

RF Preston Tucker – 2/4, SB (2)

C Tyler Heineman – 1/2, 2 BB, (9 game hit streak)

LF Marc Wik – 1/4, 3-run HR (1), K

Thomas Shirley – 5.1 IP, 3H, 2ER, 3 BB, 3K, 2HR, threw 92 pitches and 62 of them for strikes

Travis Ballew – 1.2 IP, 1H, 1ER, 2K, 1HR

Advanced Single-A, Lancaster Jethawks (18-14) 7-4 Loss

Lake Elsinore threw up 6 runs on Lance McCullers in the first two innings and the Jethawks had to play catch up the rest of the game but came up short. Lancaster also had to face the rehabbing slugger, Chase Headley, who collected a double and two RBI. Carlos Correa made his comeback to the short stop position after dealing with shoulder tightness for the past week and had a very good night, whacking a triple  and going 3 for 4.

CF Teoscar Hernandez – 2/4, 2K, E(6)

SS Carlos Correa – 3/4, 1 3B

3B Rio Ruiz – 1/4, 1 2B, K

DH Danry Vasquez – 2/4, 2 2B, K

Lance McCullers – 1.2 IP, 4H, 6R (5ER), 3BB, (3.86 ERA)

Juan Minaya – 4.1 IP, BB, 7 K

Jamaine Cotton – 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2BB, K


Low Single-A , Quad Cities Rover Bandits (12-18) 2-5 Loss

Quad Cities continues to struggle but they did get 2013 second round pick, Andrew Thurman back from extended spring training yesterday, and he had a decent re-debut.

DH Chase McDonald – 1/3, BB, HR(1)

2B Chan Moon – 1/2, BB

3B Tyler White – 1/3, BB

Andrew Thurman – 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Chris Lee – 3 IP, 3H, 3 R, 3 BB


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