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Friday, July 31, 2009

Van Ostrand back in Midland

Corpus Christi begins a five game series at Midland's Citibank Ballpark tonight(through Monday). Hooks outfielder James Van Ostrand has thrived in Midland in 11 games this season. Van Ostrand is batting .469 with five doubles, seven home runs and 22 RBI in those 11 contests. Despite Van Ostrand's production the Hooks are 3-8 in Midland this season, with this weekend's five games remaining.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Clemens Primed to Unseat Gaston

With just two games left in July, Lancaster C/DH Koby Clemens is in position to unseat Jonathan Gaston as offensive player of the month. Gaston received the honor for May and June; however, it looks as if Clemens won't be denied in July. Clemens is batting .398 with 16 doubles, one triple, eight home runs and 38 RBI for the month.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Farmstros Five 2009- Week 16

The stars of the week were in the Dominican Republic. The DSL Astros went 5-0(25-21, over-all). Round Rock was 2-5(45-59); Corpus Christi, 3-3(13-17); Lancaster, 2-5(14-19); Lexington, 3-4(14-17); Tri-City, 3-5(12-24); Greeneville, 3-3(16-18); GCL Astros, 4-2(10-19).

The Farmstros Five for the Week of July 22-28, 2009

The Top Performers:

DSL Astros pitching TRIO, which led the team to an undefeated week:
Xavier Baso, 17, RHP. Baso pitched five hitless innings with six strikeouts. Baso has not allowed a hit in 15 1/3 innings.
Danilo Del Rio, 18, RHP. Del Rio pitched five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out four.
Jose Perdomo, 17, RHP. Perdomo also pitched five scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out six.

The Other Four:

Koby Clemens, 22, DH/C, Lancaster. Clemens went 12 for 27 with five doubles, two home runs, and 12 RBI.

Luis Bryan, 18, IF, GCL Astros. Bryan went 10 for 25 with two doubles, one triple, one home run and 10 RBI.

Yorman Bazardo, 25, RHP, Round Rock. Bazardo pitched eight innings allowing one run and five hits.

Max Fearnow, 22, RHP, Tri-City. In two relief appearances, Fearnow pitched nine innings allowing two runs and striking out five.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Norris to be at Wrigley Wednesday

Brian McTaggart reports that Bud Norris will join the Astros for Wednesday's game at Wrigley Field. No word on the corresponding move to make room for Norris.

Three Days, Five young Pitchers

Round Rock and Lexington will be trotting out five young pitchers in the next three days just for you to watch on your computer. All five games are viewable at MiLB.com for a fee. The arms:

Tuesday
David Duncan for Lexington(1-1, 4.00 ERA) @ 6:05(all times Central)
Polin Trinidad for Round Rock(2-1, 2.83) @ 7:05

Wednesday
Robert Bono for Lexington(8-7, 2.92) @ 6:05
Bud Norris for Round Rock(4-9, 2.63) @ 7:05

Thursday
Yorman Bazardo for Round Rock(9-4, 2.76) @ 7:05

Express, Legends viewable 36 Times in August

A total of 36 Round Rock and Lexington games are viewable in August through MiLB.com and the Round Rock Express website. Express home games are accessible for FREE at the team's home page. Select Express road games and all Lexington home games stream at MILB.com for a fee of $6.99 per month.

The schedule for August:

Round Rock
1- at Oklahoma(7:05, all times Central)
2- at Oklahoma(4:05)
3 & 4- at Oklahoma(7:05)
5-8- vs. Tacoma(7:05)
The August 6 game will also be on Fox Sports Southwest.
9- vs. Portland(6:05)
10-12- vs. Portland(7:05)
22- vs. Memphis(7:05)
23- vs. Memphis(6:05)
24 & 25- vs. Memphis(7:05)
26-29- vs. Nashville(7:05)
30- vs. Nashville(6:05)

Lexington
8- vs. Asheville(6:05)
9- vs. Asheville(1:05)
10 & 11- vs. Asheville(6:05)
12-15- vs. West Virginia(6:05)
25-28- vs. Hickory(6:05)
29- vs. Greenville(6:05)
30- vs. Greenville(1:05)
31- vs. Greenville(6:05)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Tip Fairchild back in the Houston System

The Astros have re-signed Tip Fairchild. The right-handed pitcher was released by the Astros near the end of this season's spring training, and was playing with the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League. He has been assigned to Lancaster. Fairchild was originally drafted by the Astros in the 12th Round of the 2005 draft. He missed most of 2007 after Tommy John surgery and was in Corpus Christi in 2008.

Baso extends Hitless Streak

Xavier Baso who is pitching out of the bullpen for the DSL Astros pitched another five hitless innings Friday. The outing extended his innings pitched without allowing a hit to 15 1/3. Baso, 17, who debuted in the Astros system with the Venezuela team last season, has pitched 46 innings over 12 appearances this summer. He has posted a 1.57 ERA, walking 10 and striking out 48.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Castro to Play for Team USA

Jason Castro will be representing the USA in the Baseball World Cup this summer in Europe. The 22-team tournament starts September 9 with games in Spain, Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic and Croatia. Corpus Christi's season wraps up on September 7.

Van Ostrand Feels at home in Midland

Midland must look like Canada. At least to Corpus Christi outfielder James Van Ostrand that is. In 11 games at Midland this year, he is batting .469 with seven home runs, five doubles, and 22 RBIs. In 69 games away from the Permian Basin, Van Ostrand, a native of Canada, is batting .239 with eight doubles, four home runs and 31 RBI.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Trinidad on the Tube/Monitor

You have two options for watching Polin Trinidad's start tonight at Dell Diamond against Albuquerque. Round Rock's game begins at 7:05(Central Time). The contest is viewable for FREE through the Express website. It is also scheduled to be broadcast on FOX Sports Southwest.

In case you are planning ahead, Trinidad, Bud Norris, and Yorman Bazardo are scheduled to go next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7:05 in Memphis. Those games are slated to be broadcast for a fee at MiLB.com

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Farmstros Five 2009- Week 15

I'll try to keep this posting from being all about Jonathan Gaston, although that will be difficult. Round Rock was the only team to post a winning record this week. The Express were 4-3(43-54, over-all). This includes a win in the completion of a game suspended in June. Corpus Christi was 3-3(10-14); Lancaster was 2-5(12-14); Lexington was 2-4(11-13); Tri-City was 2-4(9-19); Greeneville was 1-6(13-15); Gulf Coast Astros were 2-4(6-17); and DSL Astros were 2-4(20-21).

Now the Farmstros Five for the week of July 15-21, 2009:

The Top Performer:

Jonathan Gaston, OF, 22, Lancaster. Gaston wrapped up his week with a previously reported private power outburst for Jeff Bagwell. For the week, he was 10 for 21 with 10 runs scored, one triple, seven home runs, and 11 RBI.

The other Four:

Tommy Manzella, SS, 26, Round Rock. Manzella went 11 for 27 with three doubles, three home runs, and nine RBI.

Jose Duran, RHP, 24, Lancaster. Duran made two relief appearances pitching 8 2/3 scoreless innings with four hits allowed and seven strikeouts.

Erick Abreu, RHP, 25, Corpus Christi. Abreu had eight scoreless innings over two relief appearances, allowing only two hits and striking out four.

Xavier Baso, RHP, 18, DSL Astros. Baso pitched five hitless innings striking out six in his only start.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Gaston!!!

For those of you who missed it on the Farmstros Twitter thread this afternoon, Lancaster outfielder Jonathan Gaston put on a show for Jeff Bagwell who was in town watching Houston's California League prospects. Bagwell was scheduled to watch the JetHawks after the Astros/Dodgers series ended Sunday. Starting with his final two at bats on Sunday night, Gaston had five home runs, three walks, and two strikeouts supplemented by seven RBI over a span of 10 plate appearances.

For the entire season, Gaston, who was drafted out of the University of Arizona last summer, is batting .310 with 23 doubles, 13 triples, a minor league leading 27 home runs, and 72 RBI in 96 games. His slugging percentage is .676 and his OPS is over 1.000.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Round Rock's Big Three gets going in the Second Half

With Polin Trinidad's recent promotion, Round Rock has a formidable 1-2-3 punch in their rotation for the last seven weeks of the season. After Monday's game, in which Yorman Bazardo picked up his eight win of the season, here's the numbers on the trio:

Bud Norris, 4-8, 114 IP, 2.61 ERA
Yorman Bazardo, 8-4, 114 IP, 2.92 ERA
Polin Trinidad, 2-0, 21 2/3 IP, 1.66 ERA(in three AAA starts)

The Express rotation currently is set so the three pitch on consecutive nights.
Next up,

Trinidad vs. Albuquerque(Thursday)
Norris at Omaha(Friday)
Bazardo at Omaha(Saturday)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

2005 1st Round Pick Released

A little more than four years after being drafted 38th over-all in the 2005 draft, outfielder Eli Iorg has been released by the Astros. Iorg spent this season at Round Rock, including an extended stay on the disabled list. This was his first season in Triple A.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Watch Bud Norris in the Triple A All-Star Game

Bud Norris will start for the Pacific Coast League in tonight's Triple A All-Star Game. The contest can be viewed through MiLB.com's video package or on ESPN2 at 9 pm(Central time) from Portland, Oregon.

Farmstros Five 2009- Week 14

In a rare development, Lancaster had the best record in the system this week. The Jet Hawks were 4-2(10-9, 2nd half); Round Rock, 2-3(39-51); Corpus Christi, 2-4(7-11); Lexington, 2-4(9-9); Tri-City, 1-5(7-15); Greeneville, 3-3(12-9); GCL Astros, 1-5(4-13); DSL Astros, 2-3(18-17)

The Farmstros Five for the week of July 8-14, 2009:

The Top Performer:

Koby Clemens,C, Lancaster. Clemens closed out his week with a seven-RBI performance on Monday. For the week he was 11 for 25 with eight runs, one double, one triple, five home runs, and 16 RBI.

The Other Four:

Polin Trinidad, LHP, Round Rock. In his second AAA start, Trinidad pitched eight scoreless innings allowing four hits and striking out five.

Leandro Cespedes, RHP, Lancaster. Cespedes pitched six scoreless innings allowing five hits.

Dallas Keuchel, LHP, Tri-City. In his first two professional starts Keuchel pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out seven and allowing five hits.

Jhon Florentino, IF, Corpus Christi. Florentino went 12 for 25 with two doubles, one home run and four RBI.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

To the Break with a rhyme

Well, the Big League All Star Break is upon us, and with the Astros in the pennant race by default, it makes me wonder what things are like in the "Farmstros House"

An Import/Export Quandry

The Farmstros are all restless
as we near the all star break
They cannot sleep.
Who knows what course the next few weeks will take?

The parent club, IT'S REALLY TRUE!, is in a pennant race
So trades may find some Farmstros playing in a different place

A surplus outfield guy or two might fetch a bullpen arm
Or maybe some one for the bench will be bought by the farm

It's the age-old July question:
Do we buy or do we sell?

An import/export quandry, which is sometimes hard to tell.

The deadline's looming largely with the 31st the day
Which Farmstros will be elsewhere and which ones will get to stay?

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Farmstros All-Star Sandwich- Part I

Four Farmstros will be taking part in this week's minor league all-star festivities. Jason Castro and Chia-jen Lo were prominent in Sunday's Futures' Game at St. Louis. Castro hit a three-run home run for the U.S. team. Lo pitched a scoreless sixth inning and was credited with the win when the International team came back to win the contest.

On Wednesday, Bud Norris and Yorman Bazardo will represent Round Rock in the AAA All-Star Game, which takes place in Portland.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Trinidad a Fast Learner at AAA

Polin Trinidad was impressive in his second start for Round Rock. The left-hander pitched eight scoreless innings allowing only four hits and striking out five. Just for good measure he contributed an RBI-double at the plate.

Iorg to Tri-City

Round Rock outfielder Eli Iorg has been assigned to Short Season A Tri-City. I haven't read it anywhere officially, but I assume that since Iorg hasn't played since May 12 that this is a rehab assignment.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Arguello on the Mend

According to the notes from Greg Rajan of the Corpus Christi Caller Times, Hooks left-hander Doug Arguello has started throwing.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Farmstros Five 2009- Week 13

We turned the calendar to July and Lexington led the way with five wins. The Legends went 5 and 2(7-5, 2nd half). Round Rock was 1-6(37-48); Corpus Christi was 1-5(5-7); Lancaster was 4-3(6-7); Tri-City was 1-6(6-10); Greeneville was 4-3(9-6); GCL Astros were 3-3(3-8); DSL Astros were 3-1(16-14)

The Farmstros Five for the week of July 1-7, 2009

Top Performer:

Matt Weston, IF, Lancaster. Weston went 13 for 28 on the week with eight runs, five doubles, one triple, three home run(including a grand slam), and 11 RBI.

The Other Four:

Julio Martinez, OF, Greeneville. Martinez continued his hot start going 15 for 34 with eight runs, six doubles, one triple, and 10 RBI.

Spencer Hylander, RHP, GCL Astros. In two relief appearances, Hylander pitched seven scoreless innings allowing one hit and striking out eight.

Jay Austin, OF, Lexington. Austin was 14 for 30 with six runs, one double, two triples, one home run, five RBI, and two stolen bases.

Wander Alvino, RHP, Tri-City. Alvino pitched seven scoreless innings allowing three hits and striking out three.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Towles on the Disabled List

You may have noticed that J.R. Towles hasn't played in Round Rock in a while. The word is that he tweaked his hamstring. He is on the disabled list. It doesn't sound like it is too serious.

Monday, July 6, 2009

A few disabled Farmstros

With all the minor league seasons underway, there were a few minor leaguers who I assumed had been released by the Astros, since they weren't on any roster. Baseball America indicated today that a few of these players are disabled:

Carlos Reyes, OF(7-day)
Dayan Diaz, P(60-day)
Pedro Gomez, P(60-day)
Dionel Montas, IF(60-day)

Also, Devon Torrence, OF who is apparently going to pursue football at Ohio St. full time, is listed on the team's inactive list.

Check this Out

I recently was contacted by the author of MINOR MUSINGS. He covers sports for a paper in the College Station, Texas area. I'm not sure where he finds the time, but he has some indepth coverage of individual performances in the Astros minor league system. Give it a look.

Gaston on BA's Mid-Season Surprise Team

Lancaster outfielder Jonathan Gaston is one of the outfielders on Baseball America's mid-season All-Surprise team. The California League all-star leads the league in triples and is second in home runs halfway through the season.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Tridnidad's Triple A Debut Sunday

Polin Trinidad is scheduled to make his debut for Round Rock Sunday afternoon in Memphis. The game begins at 1:35(Central Time). The video of the game is available here.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Astros sign former #1 Draft Pick

The Astros signed Kenny Baugh today(LINK). Baugh was drafted in the first round of the 2001 draft(11th over-all) after completing his career at Rice University. Baugh was pitching this season for independent league Southern Maryland. He is slated to start at AA Corpus Christi.

Astros sign five international Players

The Astros announced the signing of five international players on Friday. The announcement came the day after the international signing period began.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Norris and Bazardo PCL All-Stars

Starters Bud Norris and Yorman Bazardo have been named to represent the Round Rock Express in the Triple A All-Star Game. The two right-handers will be on the Pacific Coast League team in Portland, Oregon on July 15. Norris who leads the league in ERA, is slated to start the game.

Trinidad scoreless in All-Star Game...Triple A next

Polin Trinidad made his final inning in AA a strong one. The Corpus Christi left-hander pitched a scoreless 7th inning in Wednesday night's Texas League All-Star Game. Trinidad is scheduled to head to Round Rock now that the All-Star Game is completed.

Four Hooks position players participated in the game:

Drew Locke, 1 for 4
Collin DeLome, 1 for 2
Jhon Florentino, 1 for 3
Wladamir Sutil, 0 for 2

Farmstros Five 2009- Week 12

Several teams ended June with a winning week. Corpus Christi started the second half of the season with a 4 and 2 mark. Round Rock went 4 and 3(36-42, over-all); Lancaster went 2-4(2-4, 2nd half); Lexington went 2-3(2-3, second half); Tri-City went 4-2(5-4); Greeneville was 4-3(5-3); the GCL Astros were 0-4(0-5); and the DSL Astros were 3-3(13-13)

The Farmstros Five for the week of June 24-30, 2009

The Top Performer:

Polin Trinidad, LHP, Round Rock. Trinidad pitched eight scoreless innings allowing only six hits. He did this for Corpus Christi; however, he is scheduled to move up to Round Rock after Wednesday's Texas League All-Star Game.

The other four:

Josh Muecke, LHP, Round Rock. Muecke allowed eight hits and no earned runs, in two starts(13 IP).

Brad James, RHP, Corpus Christi. James made two starts allowing one run and striking out 10 in 12 IP.

Robert Bono, RHP, Lexington. Bono pitched eight innings allowing only one earned run.

Julio Martinez, OF, Greeneville. Martinez becomes the first 2009 draft pick to be a Farmstros Five. He went 9 for 26 with three doubles, three home runs and nine RBI.