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Friday, July 8, 2011

2011 Farmstros Five- Week 13

by Chris Buck

Farmstros Five Week 13- June 30- July 6, 2011

Farmstros Five week 13.

Martinez, Martinez, Martinez!!!

J.D. Martinez, 23, OF, Corpus Christi
Why? – 12-for-22, 8 R, 9 RBI, 5BB, 2 2B, 3B, 3HR.

WOW! Just, WOW! The slash line for the week says it all .545/.630/1.136 for cool 1.766 OPS. JD has been known as an excellent hitter for average with some line-drive and gap-to-gap doubles power. But, this week he pulled out the big stick with eight extra-base hits. Now, don’t expect JD to hit 40+ HR in the majors, but there remains the possibility that he does continue to develop a bit more power. For now, he has a .333/.402/.522 line on the year with a .924 OPS. He has just AAA Oklahoma City between him and Houston, and he should handle the PCL quite well.

Chris Wallace, 23, C, Corpus Christi
Why? – 6-for-18, 6 R, 8 RBI, 4BB, 2HR, SB.

It is difficult for catchers to make lists like these, because you only get 4-5 games a week and 20 at-bats at most. So, you have to make the most of your opportunities, and Wallace did just that. Originally drafted in the 16th round of the 2010 draft out of the University of Houston, his performance thus far has been a bit of a surprise. Early this season, he put up a .285/.356/.550 line in Lexington over 66 games and 242 at-bats. He then skipped high-A Lancaster and has put up a .300/.391/.450 line at Corpus in 11 games and 40 at-bats. With Quintero moving into his arbitration years, and Castro coming back from injury, it is nice to see some depth developing within the organization at the backstop position.

Jake Buchanan, 21, RHP, Lancaster
Why? – 3.38 era, 1 GS, 8 IP, 8H, 3R, BB, 5 SO

Jake has been one of the few Astros farmhands that has been able to handle pitching in the hitter’s paradise of Lancaster. In fact, he has allowed only 5 homeruns all season. For the season he has a 3.95 era with a 1.21 WHIP. The scouting reports on Jake indicate that he has a hard ceiling as a prospect due to a relatively pedestrian fastball. However, those reports also indicate that he has a quality change and curve to go with excellent command. Ultimately, he just keeps getting outs! If he keeps doing that at a high rate, then he is one to watch as a mid-to-late rotation starter or long reliever.

Telvin Nash, 20, 1B, Lexington
Why? – 10-for-29, 5 R, 4 RBI, 3BB, 2B, HR, SB.

A few weeks ago we told you that Kody Hinze was one of the few power bats in the Astros system. Well, Nash is another one. He was originally drafted out of high school in the third round of the 2009 draft, he had a slow start to his professional career. He has missed part of this season due to injury, but is now back and adding to his impressive season. For the year, he has a .305/.383/.526 in 24 games and 95 at-bats for Lexington.


Carlos Quevedo, 21, RHP, Lexington
Why? – 1.93 era, 2 GS, 14 IP, 12H, 3R, 2BB, 5 SO

Not much is known of Quevedo. He doesn’t like to walk anyone as he has given up just 8 free passes in his 93.2 innings of work this year. For the season, he has a 4.32 era with a 1.31 WHIP. His numbers suggest a guy that has good command, but is not able to miss a lot of bats. Time will tell where he ends up.

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