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BUIES CREEK 2018
« on: April 01, 2018, 05:59:07 am »
Preliminary roster released by the Astros (Link in FRESNO 2018 Thread)


PITCHERS

Brett Adcock*

Jorge Alcala

Brandon Bailey

Jesus Balaguer

Brandon Bielak

Ronel Blanco

Justin Ferrell

Carson LaRue

Corbin Martin

Hector Perez

Abdiel Saldana

Kit Scheetz*

Carlos Sierra

CATCHERS

Carlos Canelon

Chuckie Robinson

INFIELDERS

Osvaldo Duarte

Josh Rojas*

Troy Sieber*

Anibal Sierra

Abraham Toro-Hernandez#

Kristian Trompiz

OUTFIELDERS

Ronnie Dawson*

Patrick Mathis*

Chas McCormick

Luis Payano
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Re: BUIES CREEK 2018
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2018, 08:22:03 am »
Surprised to see both Mathis and Dawson here. I thought Dawson would be in CC and that Mathis would be behind Matijevic. Maybe a playing time issue?  We'll see pretty soon, I guess.
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Re: BUIES CREEK 2018
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2018, 03:43:27 pm »
Hector Perez with a masterful game: 5 IP, 2 H, 10 K, 1 BB

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Re: BUIES CREEK 2018
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2018, 09:38:27 am »
Corbin Martin last night: 6 IP, 2H, 3BB, 0R, 6K. ERA stands at 0.00 through 2 starts. He's picking up right where he left off last season.

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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2018, 10:01:51 am »
Corbin Martin last night: 6 IP, 2H, 3BB, 0R, 6K. ERA stands at 0.00 through 2 starts. He's picking up right where he left off last season.

Happy to see the organizations top pitching prospects (after Whitely of course) are off to good starts.

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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2018, 11:03:43 pm »
Dawson led off the game with a walk and was pulled for a pinch runner. Anyone know the story?
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Re: BUIES CREEK 2018
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2018, 11:48:42 am »
Dawson led off the game with a walk and was pulled for a pinch runner. Anyone know the story?
I might, if the BC website ever posted game stories... so baffling/frustrating. Their twitter account had nothing about Dawson.

On the bright side, Corbin Martin and Brett Adcock tandemed a 1-hit shutout with 14 Ks.
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Re: BUIES CREEK 2018
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2018, 08:57:12 am »
Corbin Martin is pretty good.
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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2018, 09:19:56 am »
I have not seen an announcement, by Matijevic shows up on the BC roster today. He has been raking at QC.
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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2018, 09:36:08 am »
I have not seen an announcement, by Matijevic shows up on the BC roster today. He has been raking at QC.

He was on the DL for about 2 weeks.  Didn't miss a beat when he returned.
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« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2018, 08:48:23 pm »
He was on the DL for about 2 weeks.  Didn't miss a beat when he returned.
Even picked up the pace. Looking forward to seeing him at Hi A.
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« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2018, 09:39:38 am »
Orlando Marquez has joined BC from extended spring training. 

Might not be related, but highly regarded catching prospect Chuckie Robinson is struggling (.155/.241/.225) and Carlos Canelon is also below the Mendoza line.  Robinson is at least throwing out base runners at a 56% clip.
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Re: BUIES CREEK 2018
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2018, 09:48:04 am »
Matijevic getting some love.

"...it's like you're facing a Friday guy every day of the week."

This is something a lot of fans don't understand.  If you know college baseball you know what he's talking about.  Nearly every school throws their best pitcher in the first game of the weekend series.
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« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2018, 01:50:10 pm »
Tyler Ivey promoted from QC
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Re: BUIES CREEK 2018
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2018, 10:27:29 am »
Matijevic getting some love.

"...it's like you're facing a Friday guy every day of the week."

This is something a lot of fans don't understand.  If you know college baseball you know what he's talking about.  Nearly every school throws their best pitcher in the first game of the weekend series.
Matijevic and Corbin Martin were the two picks the Astros got from the Cards due to the hacking scandal, right? It would be especially gratifying to see them turn into good major leaguers.
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« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2018, 09:19:08 am »
With the same caveats as my write-up on Quad Cities, here is my summary of the Creekstros May.

Buies Creek slumped to 13-15 in May after a 16-8 start in April.  Losing key contributors like Corbin Martin and Josh Rojas to promotions was only part of the difference, however.  Details ...

Catcher:  Carlos Canelon caught more than half the games in May as Chuckie Robinson spent time on the DL.  Together they hit .195 with only 4 extra base hits and 32 K against 9 BB.  And that was a huge improvement over their combined April.  Robinson has thrown out 61% of potential base-stealers this year, though, even as his offensive performance has tanked.

Utility:  This team has featured two future 'Marwins' ... Osvaldo Duarte (.282/.310/.409 in May) split time equally between LF and SS in May after a nearly equal split between LF and 2B in April.  Kristian Trompiz (.200/.288/.215) saw time at all four infield positions in May.  Both improved at the plate for the month, but with the just-announced promotions of Jake Adams and Jonathan Arauz, I expect reduced playing time in June (at least for Trompiz).

Middle Infield:  Anibal Sierra posted a torrid .179/.304/.385 slash line from the SS position before his mid-month promotion to CC.  He is obviously not being pushed up the line by his bat.  Switch-hitting Alfredo Angarita (only 21) was the regular at 2B after joining the team at the end of April and hit a respectable .267/.320/.311. 

Corner Infield:  Abe Toro-Hernandez (only 21) is the regular at 3B and slashed .267/.358/.448 in May. leading the team with 20 runs, 7 doubles, 4 home runs (tied) and 15 walks.  He also tied for the lead in errors.  Troy Sieber got most of the starts at 1B and slumped to .221/.307/.299 for the month while more than doubling his K-rate.  With Jake Adams joining the team, I expect Troy to feel some pressure.

Outfield:  JJ Matijevic took over in LF after his promotion and has raked ... .312/.329/.597 with a team-high 3 triples and tied with Toro with 4 home runs in just 82 plate appearances.  He has struck out 26 times, though, so there is that.  Ronnie Dawson has been the regular in CF, but has not really gotten untracked offensively.  He slashed just .231/.292/.385 with a team-leading 32 K in 104 AB, though he also had 4 home runs and led the team in RBI (19), SB (9) and CS (5).  Chas McCormick has been the regular in RF all year putting up a .218/.310/.409 slash line in May (after .291/.367/.405 in April).  At 23, Chas just got the call to AA, and it will be interesting to see if he can meet the challenge there.  4th outfielder Luis Payano hit .341/.431/.455 in limited playing time, and I expect him to get more opportunities in June.

Rotation:  The Creekstros were dominant in April with an overall 2.09 ERA, 1.035 WHIP and over 11 K/9 as a staff.  Their May performance (4.43, 1.333, 9.5) goes a long way towards explaining the teams swoon.  Brett Adcock (2-2, 2.54, 0.988 and a team-high 30K) and the recently promoted Jorge Alcala (1-1, 2.57, 0.810) did their part, but the rest of the rotation struggled.  Brandon Bielak (1-1, 3.72, 1.138), Abdiel Saldana (2-0, 3.93, 1.364) and Hector Perez (1-1, 5.87, 1.391) all doubled their April ERA.  Brandon Bailey (1-3, 3.91, 1.500) lost all control with 19 BB and 9 WP in only 25.1 IP.  But the "winner" was Carson LaRue, who followed up a 1-0, 0.46, 0.763 April with a 2-2, 7.20, 1.640 May allowing 8 home runs in the process.  Gabriel Valdez (1-2, 5.50, 1.778 in 2 starts and 4 relief appearances) returned from the DL to add fuel to the fire.  He appears to be joining the rotation as a regular in June, to be joined by the recently promoted Tyler Ivey.

Bullpen:  24-year-old southpaw, Kit Scheetz, was the bullpen standout, posting a 0.93 ERA to go with a WHIP of 0.879 and a 25:1 K:BB ratio in 19.1 IP.  He also earned the save in all three games he finished and has recently been promoted to AA.  Ronel Blanco (1.35 ERA with a 0.675 WHIP) also pitched well.  Jesus Balaguer (7.59, 1.500) and Colin McKee (12.79, 2.842 after being promoted from Quad Cities) got banged around pretty badly and other newcomers Tanner Duncan and Robert Corniel had limited opportunities.  Similarly, Carlos Sierra and Justin Ferrell were promoted to CC early in the month before accumulating much in the way of meaningful stats.
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Re: BUIES CREEK 2018
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2018, 10:29:20 am »
Thanks for this VB.

The pitching is where the talent is at BC.  The main position player to watch is Matijevic.  But keep an eye on Toro (he dropped Hernandez) and Dawson.

With the promotion I expect Adams's K rate to skyrocket.

How Arauz performs will definitely be worth watching.
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« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2018, 04:54:54 pm »
Dated news from a couple of days ago but Brandon Bielak (3rd in the league in WHIP), Brett Adcock (4th in WHIP), Abraham Toro and Ronnie Dawson all named to the CL South all star squad.

And Cristian Javier threw a hitless 6 innings in his 2018 BC debut last night.

From the milb.com game recap:

"He has a really unique fastball," [pitching coach Drew] French said. "The way he uses it and is able to pitch at the top of the zone, it's really unique to A-ball. His fastball plays well. The deception along with the shape of it really gives him the opportunity to miss barrels and get over bats for swings and misses and strikeouts." Javier added a changeup to his repertoire, and the results have been evident. "It's more or less not what he doesn't do but what he does well," French said. "He locates his fastball and his off-speed pitches are for strikes. He manages the game like a big leaguer. The only thing that's different this year is his physicality. He's stronger and his velocity is better. The use of his changeup though is the difference-maker. He would deem it his fourth pitch, but he used it 16-18 times in the game and had good control of it." "I've been working on it throughout the season," Javier added. "But today, I had that extra confidence that I could use it in any count and any batter."

https://www.milb.com/milb/news/houston-astros-cristian-javier-hurls-six-hitless-innings-in-carolina-league-season-debut/c-281149104
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« Reply #18 on: June 14, 2018, 05:15:45 pm »
I just want to say that this is really detailed/useful/interesting information (the quotes from the BC pitching coach).  I don't skim through the writeups from Milb.com, but is it common for them to give out this quality of info, or is this article an outlier?

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« Reply #19 on: June 14, 2018, 05:31:29 pm »
I just want to say that this is really detailed/useful/interesting information (the quotes from the BC pitching coach).  I don't skim through the writeups from Milb.com, but is it common for them to give out this quality of info, or is this article an outlier?

More an outlier, in my experience.
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