Monday, September 6, 2010

GCL Astros: Kristian Bueno

Kristian Bueno
How did he get here?: Signed as free agent, July 2010
Stats: 6'2", 195 lbs, Throws: Left
Age as of April 1, 2011: 22

2010 Overview




IPERA/WHIPK:BBBAAK/9BB/9
15.22.87/1.6014:8.2988.04.6


Career (2007-10)




IPERA/WHIPK:BBHR/9K/9BB/9
1186.33/1.73103:750.37.95.7


What happened?

Corpus Christi native Bueno was the Brewers' 9th Round pick in 2007, and didn't progress beyond Rookie League in Milwaukee's system before being released. He had two tryouts with the Astros in July, and was signed on July 25, where he got in eleven games for the GCL Astros, posting career bests in ERA, K/9, and H/9.

What went right?

To say he's 21, it all went pretty well. That said, his away splits were pretty good. In five away games (7IP), Bueno allowed five hits and two earned runs, and a batting average-against of .227 - far lower than the .343 BAA at home.

Keeping the ball in the park. Bueno didn't allow a home run in his short stint with the GCL Astros. He's only allowed one homer since 2007 - 79.2IP. He also posted a 2.22 groundout:flyout ratio.

What went wrong?

Walks. While Bueno struck out 14 batters in 15.2IP, he also walked eight. However, he cut the BB/9 rate from 7.1 in 2009 to 4.3 in 2010.

Not sure if Bueno goes to Greeneville in 2011, or if he goes straight to Lexington/Lancaster due to his age, but while Bueno falls under our new 10+ appearances rule, he was a nice late-season pick up by the Astros.

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