Showing posts with label Jose Fernandez. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jose Fernandez. Show all posts

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday Morning Hot Links

How terrible the Astros have been the last three days seems trivial in light of the truly terrible news of the death of 24-year old Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez. Any time a young person dies it's a tragedy, regardless of their profession. In the case of a public figure like Fernandez, who exuded confidence, charisma, and a joy in playing baseball that was almost unmatched across baseball, it's particularly saddening.


*The Marlins have cancelled today's game against the Braves.

*But the Astros were bad. Despite George Springer's four-hit night and Brad Peacock's 5IP, 7H/1ER (pulled after throwing just 69 pitches), the bullpen - given a 4-1 lead in the 8th inning - melted down again, allowing nine runs to give the Angels a 10-4 win.

*Hinch, who is more pragmatic and also unrealistic than the rest of us:
The season's not over. We're going to continue to bounce back and try to get us a win tomorrow. This is not how we drew up the start of this homestead, and it's not something that maybe is expected, but we can't do anything about it. 

*The Angels have scored 16 runs in the 8th and 9th innings the last two games as all the luck the bullpen had enjoyed since April ran out all at once. Hinch:
This is a good bullpen. They've carried us for most of this month and certainly not the last couple of nights. They've had tough days at work. I certainly stand behind these guys. They've done everything we've asked. 

Bullpen, last two nights: 8IP, 18H/16ER, 11K:8BB

*Before Friday, the Astros were 66-4 with a lead heading into the 8th inning. Now they are an appropriately Satanic 66-6, as the forsaking of this franchise by God is now complete.

*Three games back, seven to play. The Astros' playoff odds are down to 2.6%, but that seems high. And this is a fine time to remind you that the Astros had four must-win games at home against a team whom they had defeated eleven times in a row, and have been shutout by Ricky Nolasco in one and melted down in the other two.

*Correa played, and basically said nothing was going to keep him out of the lineup.

*Before the game Ken Giles had to be carted off the field after getting hit on the wrist by a line drive in practice. And, buddy, if that ain't a metaphor for the 2016 Astros then I don't know what is.

*The worst called ball on record.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday Morning Hot Links

Not ideal, Doug Fister! The impending free agent allowed 8H/7ER in 3.2IP Sunday at Seattle on the Astros' way to a 7-3 loss. Carlos Correa hit a 450-foot homer, though, for his 20th homer of the season, so that was cool.

*Fister has allowed 40 hits in his last 21IP, with opponents batting .404 against him in those five starts. Fister:
You try and compartmentalize a little bit and kind of break things down, game by game, pitch by pitch. Obviously, it's a frustrating thing to not get your job done and not help the team put up the victory. 

*Not a great time for a bad start at Seattle, as the Tigers, Orioles, and (obviously) the Mariners all won.

WC1: Baltimore +1
WC2: Toronto -
Detroit/Seattle -2
Houston -3

There are 13 games left. FanGraphs gives the Astros an 11.1% chance of making the postseason. The Astros open a series at Oakland tonight. Boston is at Baltimore, Toronto is at Seattle, and Detroit is off today but begins a series at Minnesota (womp womp) tomorrow.

If the Astros go 10-3, then it would take the following to happen to make Wild Card 2:
Toronto: 6-7
Detroit/Seattle: 8-5

*Chris Devenski's 1.71 ERA is the lowest for a reliever in team history. Hinch:
It's very much a dilemma we're going to have to think about moving forward [starter vs. reliever]. I want to use him as much as possible. When he's in the rotation, it's once every five days. The value of those innings are immense over the season. The value of Chris Devenski down the stretch in these types of games has been ridiculously high. 

*Correa and A-Rod are the only two shortstops in MLB history with two 20+ homer seasons by the end of their Age 21 seasons.

*Astros pitchers set a team record for strikeouts in a season yesterday.

*Now this would be something: Jose Fernandez, Scott Boras and the Marlins are not expected to pick up extension talks this offseason. Fernandez will be a free agent at the end of the 2018 season and the Marlins could listen to trade offers. Of course the Cubs, Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers will all be in.

*Police in Forney - just outside of Dallas - reported that an intoxicated man bit off his friend's ear after the man began arguing with employees about free chicken enchiladas. Dallas, man.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Tuesday Winter Meetings Update

Let's recap what has happened so far on the Astros wing of the Opryland Hotel...

*Those battered bastions of baseball morality, the Miami Marlins, are - or are not - prepared to deal Jose Fernandez. And the Astros are a #MysteryTeam linked to this possible - or impossible - deal, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark. Nah, says Evan Drellich's source.

*Jeffrey Loria said of Fernandez:
There is nothing I am thinking about doing at the moment with him.

I'll echo Drellich's sentiments here: the Astros are easy to float in a rumor because they have a lot of prospects to offer for a big package, and that can be used to increase other teams' offers.

*Aroldis Chapman is "untradeable" according to Jon Heyman, while teams let MLB investigate last night's bombshell news of the alleged domestic assault.

*The Rockies signed Chad Qualls to a 2yr/$6m deal.

*The Rangers are "surveying" rival teams' interest in Prince Fielder.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

PreStros Morning Report: May 5

TL;DR

*A Fresno error led to three unearned runs in a 6-3 loss to Jason Lane and El Paso, despite homers from Jon Singleton and Max Stassi, and Preston Tucker's professional baseball-leading 32nd RBI.
*Corpus enjoyed a 5-run 2nd inning to defeat Midland, and Carlos Correa goes off yet again.
*Lancaster got a lead-off homer in the top of the first...and then watched that 1-0 lead turn into an 8-1 loss.
*Quad Cities can't stop won't stop and are 20-6 after Daniel Mengden's strong start defeats Kane County.

Fresno (12-13)

A second inning error led to three unearned runs, which just happened to be the margin in a 6-3 El Paso defeat of Fresno. Handsome Dan Straily allowed 9H/4R (1ER), 2K:1BB, HBP, in 5.1IP; Tommy Shirley gave up 3H/2ER, 0K:1BB in 1.2IP, and Jordan Jankowski allowed just 1H/0ER, 2K:1BB in 2IP.

Preston Tucker was 3x4 with a double and his 32 RBI lead all of professional baseball; Domingo Santana and Andrew Aplin (2B) were each 2x4. Max Stassi hit his 3rd homer of the year, and Jon Singleton hit his 5th - both solo shots.

Jason Lane was your winning pitcher for El Paso, and Brett Wallace got two hits. Because of course.

Man of the Match: Preston Tucker

Corpus (15-10)

A 5-run 2nd inning put Corpus out in front, and they would cruise to a 6-1 win over Midland. Chris Devenski allowed only 2H/0ER and struck out six, but walked five in 5.2IP. Mitch Lambson struck out two of the three batters he faced; Josh Hader allowed 2H/1ER, 4K:3BB in 3.2IP, and Travis Ballew recorded the final out of the game.

Are you ready for this? Carlos Correa was 3x4 with a three-run homer and two stolen bases to push his slash line back to .398/.468/.735, and going 13/13 on stolen base attempts. He has three straight three-hit games, and is hitting .462 with 5K:7BB in his last ten games. Tony Kemp (BB, RBI), Jon Kemmer (HR, RBI), and Tyler White (BB) had two hits each. Tyler Heineman was 0x2 with two walks.

Man of the Match: Carlos Correa

Lancaster (11-15)

Jose Fernandez hit a home run to lead off the game for Lancaster, and then, well, that was it. Stockton defeated Lancaster 8-1. Blaine Sims allowed 5H/4ER, 3K:1BB in 5IP, and Adrian Houser closed it out with 3IP, 6H/4ER, 3K:1BB, 2HBP.

Fernandez was 2x4 with a stolen base and the aforementioned homer; Ronnie Mitchell and Jack Mayfield were each 2x3 with a walk.

Man of the Match: Jose Fernandez

Quad Cities (20-6)

And Quad Cities keeps rolling with a pair of two-run innings for a 4-0 win at Kane County. Daniel Mengden threw 6IP, 5H/0ER, 4K:0BB; Keegan Yuhl allowed 1H/0ER, 0K:0BB in 2IP, and Ryan Thompson threw a perfect 9th inning.

Nick Tanielu was 3x5 with an RBI; Kristian Trompiz was 2x4; Mott Hyde, Sean McMullen (BB), and Jason Martin (BB) each added an RBI.

Man of the Match: Daniel Mengden

Friday, August 30, 2013

Three Astros Minor-Leaguers suspended

Three Astros minor-leaguers were suspended 50 games today after testing positive for amphetamines.

Those suspended are:

Jose Fernandez
Mike Martinez
D'Andre Toney

Fernandez, a 20-year old infielder for the GCL Astros, has been in the system since the 2010 season. He only played in 23 games this season for the organization, hitting .236/.299/.360 between Tri-City and the GCL.

Martinez, a 1B/DH, was the Astros' 36th Round pick in the 2012 draft out of Florida International University. In 59 games for Tri-City this season, he hit .225/.291/.413 with 11 homers in 237 plate appearances.

D'Andre Toney, a 21-year old outfielder, was the player to be named later in the Bourgeois/Quintero trade (that also brought back Kevin Chapman) with Kansas City. He hit .340/.432/.587 in his pro debut for Kansas City in the Arizona League, and has struggled with the Astros since, posting a .677 OPS in 2012 and a .641 OPS in 2013, hitting .219/.290/.352.

I'll let Morgan Ensberg close it out:

Thursday, August 22, 2013

PreStros Morning Report: August 21

Playoff Picture

OKC 7.0 up with 12 to play
Quad Cities 2.5 up for 2nd playoff spot with 12 to play
Tri-City 1.5 up with 12 to play
Greeneville 0.5 up with 9 to play
*Corpus and Lancaster have already clinched a playoff berth

Oklahoma City (76-56), 7.0 up


In the first of a crucial five-game series at Round Rock, OKC took a 3-0 lead in the second inning, and didn't give it up, winning 4-2. Ross Seaton threw a strong 5.2IP, 7H/2ER, 4K:0BB. Eric Berger (1.2IP, 3K), Jose Cisnero (0.2IP, 2K:1BB), and Jorge De Leon (1IP) held the Express scoreless over the final 3.1IP.

Rene Garcia was 3x4 with an RBI; Jimmy Paredes hit a solo homer and drew a walk; Jon Singleton was 1x4 with a double, and Che-Hsuan Lin was 1x4 with 2RBI. George Springer was 0x2 with two walks. 

Man of the Match: Going with Ross Seaton

Corpus (35-23, 2.0 GB) 77-51 overall

Corpus scored the first three runs of the game and cruised to a 3-1 win over Midland. Luis Cruz threw 6IP, allowing just 2H/1ER, 5K:2BB; Andrew Robinson allowed a hit and struck out three in 2IP; Jonas Dufek gave up two hits in 1IP to lower his ERA at Corpus to 0.56.

Preston Tucker was 2x3 with a walk and two doubles; Raoul Torrez (2B) and Drew Muren (2B, 3B, 2RBI) had two hits each.

Man of the Match: Luis Cruz

Lancaster (35-23, 6.5 up), 74-54 overall

The JetHawks got two in the top of the 2nd inning, but Lake Elsinore responded with three in the bottom half. The JetHawks tied it in the 5th, but Lake Elsinore got the walk-off on a double to left, and a single combined with Dan Gulbransen's fielding error - Lake Elsinore wins 4-3. Aaron West gave up 8H/3ER, 5K:0BB in 5IP; Kenny Long and Gera Sanchez threw 1.2 scoreless innings each, and Blair Walters took the hard-luck loss with 2H/1R (0ER) in 0IP.

MP Cokinos was 3x4 with an RBI; Tyler Heineman was 2x4. Chris Epps had the only extra-base hit, and Brandon Meredith was 1x3 with a walk, stolen base, and RBI.

Man of the Match: MP Cokinos

Quad Cities (33-24, 6.5 GB), 71-55 overall

Quad Cities found themselves down 5-0 before getting on the board, and then found themselves losing 6-1 at the end of the 9th inning. Daniel Minor allowed 5H/3ER, 2K:3BB in 3.2IP; Juan Minaya allowed 4H/3ER, 1K:2BB in 2.1IP; Richard Rodriguez allowed 1H/0ER, 5K:1BB in 3IP.

Rio Ruiz was 2x4 with a double; Jobduan Morales was 2x2, replacing Roberto Pena behind the plate. Jodran Scott was 1x4 with the lone run scored and a stolen base.

Man of the Match: Rio Ruiz

Tri-City (37-25) 1.5 up

Tri-City and Vermont battled through a 2-2 tie through 13 innings. In the top of the 14th, three Tri-City singles and a double resulted in two outfield assists for Vermont, but Ronnie Mitchell was able to double home Tyler White for the winning run in a 3-2 ValleyCat victory. Michael Feliz threw 6IP, 2H/1ER, 3K:1BB; J.D. Osborne allowed 2H/1ER in 1IP; Tyler Brunnemann (2K), Krishawn Holley (2K), and Zach Dando (1H/2BB) each threw two scoreless innings. Gonzalo Sanudo got the save by striking out two in the 14th.

James Ramsay (BB, RBI), Jon Kemmer, Tyler White (HR, BB, RBI) and Brett Booth (2BB) had two hits each. Ronnie Mitchell was 1x5 with two walks.

Man of the Match: Hard to say. How about Tyler White?

Greeneville (34-25, 0.5 up)

Greeneville was down 8-0 before deciding to score some runs with a 6-run 6th inning, but ultimately fell 10-8 in an Elizabethton sweep. Francis Ramirez threw 3IP, allowing 9H/7ER, 3K:2BB; Christian Garcia allowed 3H/3ER, 3K:1BB in 3IP; Ryan Connolly held the Twins to 1H/0ER in 2IP.

Elizabethton's Kohl Stewart made his Appy League debut, striking out eight Gastros in 4IP. Marc Wik was 3x3 with 2BB and 2RBI; Ariel Ovando was 1x3 with a HR, BB, 3RBI; Juan Santana was 0x2 with 3BB. Brian Holberton was 1x3 with two walks.

Man of the Match: Ariel Ovando?

GCL Astros (24-29), 8.0 GB (eliminated)

Carrying a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the 9th against the GCL Yankees1, the Astros gave up three runs for a 7-6 loss. Reymin Guduan allowed 3H/3ER, 5K:1BB in 3.2IP; Juan Santos allowed 3H/1ER, 3K:1BB in 3.2IP; Erick Gonzalez allowed 4H/3R (2ER) in 1IP for the loss.

Jose Fernandez was 2x4 with a homer and 2RBI; Mesac Laguna was 1x4 with a tweo-run homer and 3K. Pedro Coa and Yonathan Mejia each had an RBI. Jacob Nottingham was 1x3 with a walk.

Man of the Match: Jose Fernandez

Friday, August 10, 2012

Catching you up on the Tranzactionz

Here's a recap of the Tranzactionz that have gone down in the last 15 hours:

George Springer from Lancaster to Corpus.
Delino DeShields from Lexington to Corpus (Wait. It's Lancaster.).
J.D. Martinez from Houston to Oklahoma City.
Matt Downs to Oklahoma City.

Via What the Heck, Bobby:
2B Jose Fernandez from Corpus to OKC
2B Kike Hernandez from Lancaster to Corpus
RP Kenny Long from Tri-City to Lancaster
OF Andrew Aplin from Tri-City to Lancaster

Obviously this is a much-needed shuffle at the major-league level. During this epic time of losing (June 28-present), Martinez hit .231/.277/.314 with 25K:8BB and seven extra-base hits in 130 plate appearances. Downs has hit .259/.306/.379 in the same span, with three extra-base hits and two walks in 63 plate appearances.

Moves have to be made, and it's not like the Astros are trying to find out any more about 2012.

Meanwhile, the prospects move up. DeShields, in a repeat year at Lexington (where he'll be just 20 years old next week), was hitting .298/.401/.439 with 83 steals. George Springer, who reaches Double-A in 533 career plate appearances, was hitting .316/.398/.557 for Lancaster - with 131 strikeouts in 500 plate appearances, in addition to 28 stolen bases.

Get used to it, Astros fans. There's a lot of losing left this season - though with an eye toward winning on the horizon.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

GCL Astros: Jose Fernandez

Jose Fernandez
How did he get here?: Signed as a free agent, 2009
Stats: 6'1", 170 lbs, Bats: Right. Throws: Right
Age as of April 1, 2011: 17

2010 Overview




PAAvg/OBP/SLGK:BBXBH-RBIK/PA%XBH/H%
188.232/.267/.35649:914-2226.1%34.1%


What happened?

Jose Fernandez was one of three GCL Astros to play at 17 years old, and you can see from his numbers that he did alright for a player almost two years younger than the team average.

Playing as a shortstop, Fernandez drew good reviews from Ricky Bennett, and he'll be given every opportunity to move up through the organization.

Fernandez hit a lot of groundballs - right at 46%, and his overall BABIP was .317. In a very limited (32 AB) sample size, Fernandez got eight hits against LHP, and his OPS was 319 points higher against LHPs than RHPs (keeping in mind, we're talking about the difference in 113 ABs). Encouragingly, his road OPS was 105 points higher (.677) than his home OPS (.572), and he hit far better with runners on (.302/.337/.512) than with the bases empty (.165/.200/.209) in a comparable number of ABs.

In the field, Fernandez posted an .879 Fld%, committing 32 errors in 265 chances at shortstop.

What went right?

The fact that, as a 17-year old, he was in the GCL. The Astros are proving that they're more aggressive with their minor-leaguers. He may not have posted incredible numbers this season, but the fact that he was even here shows what the Astros think of him.

Total Man of the Match awards: Zero.

What went wrong?

Hitting with the bases empty. His OPS was 440 points lower with the bases empty than with runners on.

I imagine we'll see him in Greeneville next year, and he'll be 18 when the Appalachian League starts play.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

J.R. Towles done for the season

Catcher J.R. Towles is likely done for the year following surgery in which a torn tendon near his thumb was repaired, though the surgery was initially scheduled to repair his UCL. Both have been fixed, but Towles is out 6-8 weeks. Meaning the season.

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Ricky Bennett also had good things to say about 17-year old GCL Astros shortstop Jose Fernandez:

"He has soft hands, good aptitude and continues to make progress."