Welcome to Appy Astros, a blog dedicated to following current & former Greeneville Astros, the Appalachian League affiliate of the Houston Astros. Here you will find reports on current G-Stros, updates on the development of former G-Stros and occasionally an update on what has happened to the guys who have hung up their spikes.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Appy Astros Alumni of the Month: July 2012

A bunch of G-Stros players have been on the month this month. We have several players earning Alumni of the month designation for teams they are either no longer on or just arrived on.  Let's take a look at former Greeneville Astros who had a strong July.

Tri Cities ValleyCats

Jessie Wierzbicki hit .299 in 27 games in July. I was surprised by the speed numbers. He hit two triples and was successful in nine out of 10 stolen base attempts.

Jarmaine Cotton appeared in seven games out of the Tri Cities bullpen. He was almost perfect for the month, allowing just one earned run in 10 1/3 innings pitched.  He fanned 10 batters while only allowing six hits and four walks. 

Honorable Mentions: Vincent Velasquez, Jeremiah Meiners

Lexington Legends

Delino DeShields Jr was dominate in July.  He hit .380 for the month in 27 games.  He showed impressive pop, hitting seven doubles, a triple and four home runs.  On the base paths, he added 20 stolen bases to his team record total, bringing him to 77 on the season.  You have to wonder if he will be eligible for alumni of the month on another team in August.

Honorable Mention: Ruben Sosa

Mitchell Lambson almost let this recognition slip away last night.  Prior to last night, he had been dominate since his promotion from Greeneville in late June.  Lambson gave up four of the eight earned runs for the month last night.  His ERA jumped to 3.48 for the month after that outing.  Yet he still fanned 22 batters in just 20 2/3 innings pitched and opponents hit just .215 off of him.  

Lancaster JetHawks

It wasn't a great month for former Greeneville players at the plate in Lancaster.  So, I am going with Ben Orloff, who was promoted in the middle of July to AA.  Prior to his promotion, he hit .344 with only three strike outs in 40 plate appearances.

Carlos Quevedo is doing well since his promotion to Lancaster in early July.  In seven outings, he has given up just two earned runs in 15 1/3 innings pitched.  He struck out nineteen while walking just four batters.  Last night he gave up two walks.  It was his first multi walk outing since early May.

Honorable Mention: Patrick Urckfitz, David Martinez

Corpus Christi Hooks 

Even though he was promoted, Chris Wallace's numbers for July in Corpus Christi deserve recognition.  In 11 games before his promotion, he hit .467 (14 for 34).  Since his promotion, he has hit a very respectable .333 in OKC. 

The pitcher of the month also goes to a promoted player.  Jose Cisnero made four starts in CC before moving to OKC.  In those starts, he had a 2.75 ERA and struck out 28 batters in 26 2/3 innings pitched.  He pitched a complete nine inning game on 7/22. 

Oklahoma City RedHawks


Brandon Barnes continues to be a solid producer at the plate. He hit .333 for July in 25 games.  I continue to be impressed with his improved plate discipline.  He took 13 walks in July which helped his OBP rise to .417 for the month.  

Pitcher: there was no former G-Stro pitcher on the roster for much of July.  Fernando Abad was optioned there from Houston at the end of the month and made one forgettable appearance.


Jose Altuve hit .282 for the month of July. His average is down a bit but OBP up due to taking 10 walks in the month. He also added seven stolen bases in eight attempts for the month.

Troy Patton continues to be a significant part of the Baltimore bullpen. Patton appeared in 13 games for the Os in July amassing 10 innings pitched.  During that stretch, he allowed just two earned runs, both off home runs. Both home runs came in the first outing of the month. Since then he has not allowed a run to score. It does look like he played with fire a bit with opponents hitting .302 against him for the month and a surprising 1.60 WHIP.  

MILB outside of organization

Ralph Henriquez is hitting .314 in 10 games for AA Jackson (Mariners).  It is nice to see Henriquez having some success.  He will always be a fan favorite in Greeneville. 

Jimmy Barthmaier gets the nod this month.  He is recovering from injury and started his year in High A, where he put up a 1.84 ERA in 14 outings before earning a promotion to AA late this month. He is in the Nationals organization. 

Lets look at where those in the organization are at the end of July:

Tri Cities -7 (-1 from last month).
Lexington - 14 (-2 from last month)
Lancaster - 17 (unchanged)
Corpus Christi - 7 (+1 from last month)
Oklahoma City - 1 (+3 from last month)
Houston -3 (-1 from last month)

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