Astros Minor League Report, May 24
This summer many blog posts will come from our very first Social Media and Broadcasting Intern, Rachel Frey. She attends The University of Texas at Austin, where she is pursuing a degree in Public Relations and a Business Foundation Certificate. Last year she was an account executive in Texas Tower PR, a student-run public relations firm for non-profit organizations in Austin. She has also interned with Texas Co-op Power magazine and Palm Springs POWER baseball. Her free time is spent attending as many Longhorn athletic events as possible, and volunteering with RBI Austin. Follow her on Twitter, @RachelFrey, and read about her experiences this summer on her MLBlog: A Temporary Perspective (rachelfrey.mlblogs.com).
The following Minor League report was written by Rachel. Enjoy!
In their first season as an Astros minor league affiliate, the Oklahoma City RedHawks are 43 games into their season with a 19-25 mark. Catcher Robinson Cancel is on a 14-game hitting streak through Monday’s game. RHP Jordan Lyles has a 3.57 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 53 innings and is on the Pacific Coast League’s list of Top 10 Pitchers.
In Corpus Christi, the Hooks (17-27) have earned 3 consecutive wins until last night’s 3-0 loss to Midland (OAK). The Texas League’s Top 10 batting average list has two Hooks: J.D. Martinez (LF) and Wladimir Sutil (SS). LHP Dallas Keuchel is on the league pitching leaderboard with a 3.66 ERA. Jimmy Paredes (2B) leads the league in stolen bases with 18.
The Lancaster JetHawks (18-27) have been heating things up on the diamond. Leading their league in team batting average, several JetHawks have made significant contributions to the team’s recent success. Jose Altuve (2B) is batting .392 and is leading the California League in triples (5) and overall hits (69). Kody Heinz (1B) also leads the league in home runs (12) and walks (36).On May 2, Jake Buchanan pitched a complete game shutout against the Inland Empire 66ers (LAA). He has the third best ERA in the league (2.49).
Lancaster was also featured on Ben’s Biz Blog, a self-titled “chronicler of Minor League Baseball promotions and operations.” The story can be found here: (http://bensbiz.mlblogs.com/2011/05/16/on-the-road-soaring-to-sweet-and-saucy-new-heights-in-lancaster/).
The Lexington Legends (22-23) also have two players on the South Atlantic League’s list of Top 10 Batters: Catcher Chris Wallace and right fielder Adam Bailey. RHPCarlos Quevedo currently has the top spot in lowest walks per 9 innings pitched ratio (2/37.2). Relievers RHP Brian Streilein and LHP Gabriel Garcia also have earned the 3rd and 4th spots on the fewest baserunners per nine innings pitched.
The Tri-City ValleyCats and the Greenville Astros will begin their seasons in June.
Follow our affiliates on Twitter: @okcredhawks, @cchooks, @JetHawks , @LexingtonLegend, @ValleyCats, @GvilleAstros.