Should have posted this earlier but forgot with all the Dwight Howard/Rockets bullcrap. Correa update per Zachary Levine calling it a minor groin strain. Little worrisome because groins can be nagging but good to hear its not something else worse.
No. 1 pick Carlos Correa has been out of GCL action with what's being called a minor groin strain. Should be back soon.
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"I didnt know this but Jason Lane is pitching in AAA for the Diamondbacks"
I couldn't believe that either, but he's actually not with the Diamondbacks anymore. He's playing outfield for the Sugarland Skeeters
"No. 1 pick Carlos Correa has been out of GCL action with what's being called a minor groin strain. Should be back soon."
Hmm...good to know.
~July 11th, 2012~
AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks: PCL All-Stars win 3-0 over INT All-Stars
-> Mike Hessman: 0-for-2, RBI-> Jimmy Paredes: 0-for-2
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: Off Day
A+ Lancaster JetHawks: Rained Out, Double-Header set for 7/13/2012
A- Lexington Legends: 3-2 win over Kannapolis
-> Delino DeShields: 1-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI-> Michael Kvasnicka: 1-for-4, 2B, R-> Matthew Duffy: 1-for-4, 2B-> Zachary Johnson: 1-for-4, 2B-> Justin Gominsky: 1-for-4, SB-> Ruben SOsa: 0-for-1, R, SB, 2 BB-> Ryan McCurdy: 0-for-1, BB-> Nolan Fontana: 0-for-2, SB, 2 BB
SP Luis Cruz: 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K (win)RP Evan Grills: 3.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 0 K (hold)RP Dayan Diaz: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K
SS Tri-City ValleyCats: 4-2 win over Williamsport
-> Ryan Dineen: 2-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 R-> Tyler Heineman: 2-for-4, RBI-> Daniel Gulbransen: 1-for-3, 2B, R-> Jarrod McKinney: 1-for-3, BB, 2B-> Andrew Aplin: 1-for-4, 2B-> Jesse Wierzbicki: 1-for-4, R-> Joe Sclafani: 1-for-4, RBI-> Austin Elkins: 1-for-4
SP Joe Bircher: 4.0 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 6 H, 0 BB, 5 KRP Jeremiah Meiners: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K (win)RP Blake Ford: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K (save)
RK Greeneville Astros: 7-4 win over Elizabethton
-> Brian Blasik: 2-for-3, 3B, R, 4 RBI-> Angel Ibanez: 2-for-4, R-> Marc Wik: 1-for-3, BB, R-> James Howick: 1-for-3, 2B, R-> D'Andre Toney: 1-for-4, 2B, SB, 2 R-> Ariel Ovando: 1-for-4, R-> Ernesto Genoves: 1-for-4, RBI-> Jean Batista: 1-for-4-> Terrell Joyce: 0-for-3, RBI
SP Adrian Houser: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 8 K (win)RP Scott Zuloaga: 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 KRP Michael Dimock: 2.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K (save)
Third bomb of the month for DeShields, eighth on the year; he's hitting .281/.386/.417 on the year now. 12 walks in six games for Fontana, that's craziness. .586 OBP for him so far. Six game hitting streak for Duffy, though he's only hit one homer this month so far and is striking out a bit too much. Good outing for Cruz, he's been better recently (3.13 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 8.2 K/9 in his last four starts). Potential closer-of-the-future Diaz has been nails this year, he now sports a 1.37 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 9.6 K/9 in 39.1 IP.
Heineman is hitting .346/.485/.385 in eight games since signing, four walks and just one whiff. Aplin has a .980 OPS on the season. Solid outing for Bircher, his peripherals remain strong (0.6 BB/9 and 6.9 K/9) during his first four starts. Meiners has a 1.84 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.6 K/9 over 14.2 innings this season, but he's almost 24 and in his third year of short-season ball, so he needs to move along soon.
Toney is hitting .302/.348/.419 in his last ten games and is 6-for-7 in SB in his 19 games this season. 11 game hitting streak for Ovando, .857 OPS on the year. Ibanez is hitting .278 with a .350 OBP over his last ten games. Solid outing from Houser again, four of his five have been good. A little shaky with the control, but still nice. 2.86 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 7.9 K/9 in 28.1 IP so far this year.
Backup was the last I heard: www.crawfishboxes.com/2012/6/5/3066732/mlb-draft-2012-astros-draftee-profile-tyler-heineman-c-ucla
Even if he just becomes a plus defender, he could be a solid backup, but it sounds to me like he could be a low-tier starter, plus defense, solid OBP guy. He's looked that way so far too.
Interesting tidbit from Jim Callis's chat over at Baseball America today:
Ian (PA): Does Mark Appel lose all leverage by going back to school? And is there any reason to think that teams at the top of the draft wouldn't follow the Astros model of take a reasonable 1-1 talent but one under slot to spread the bonus money out because there doesn't seem to be a clear 1-1 next season, including Appel?
Jim Callis: Not all leverage. Fellow Boras Corp. advisee Luke Hochevar reneged on a $2.98 million bonus in 2005, went to independent ball rather than return for his senior year at Tennessee, and got a $5.25 million big league contract. On the flip side, it's hard to imagine Appel turning down a team next year and re-entering the draft again in 2014. I think other teams will try to follow the Astros' model. Though the great thing for the Astros is that Carlos Correa was a legit No. 1 overall pick, not a money-saver of lesser talent. Houston was able to discount him because he would have gone sixth or seventh if he didn't go first. Great scenario for the Astros.
Apparently ruling at the draft and playing the new rules expertly is called the "Astros Model" now. Luhnow for Prez.
Just wanna point out that Brett Wallace is playing SS today.
Huh? Is he trying to become a utility infielder or is this just a temporary move?
According to @NewsOKRedHawks
"Marwin Gonzales had flight issues and Jimmy Paredes is away for the birth of his child. Brett Wallace forced into the shortstop role tonight."
"Choice was between Wallace and Dominguez for shortstop. DeFrancesco went with Wallace because of some high school experience at position."
Okay, so it looks like both Margo and Paredes are not available to play today. Hmm, it's kinda hard to believe Wallace used to play SS in high school. :)