Tyson Perez claimed a spot on the radar of the Astros' system with his performance Thursday night on the mound for Lancaster. Perez retired 22 of the final 23 Inland Empire batters he faced. He pitched a complete game allowing only two hits and one run, while improving his record as a JetHawk to 3-0. Perez, just promoted to Lancaster from Extended Spring Training earlier this month, has a 1.35 ERA with nine hits allowed in 20 innings pitched in the California League. Perez's promotion was necessitated by the trickle down effect of Kyle Weiland going on the disabled list at the big league level. To this point, Perez has seized the opportunity.
Perez spent the summer of 2011 in Greeneville. He made thirteen starts for the G-Stros, posting a 5.07 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 55 IP. The Astros drafted him out of Fresno CC in the 17th Round of last summer's draft. Perez is one of several players in the Astros' organization who have made surprisingly good impressions in the first six weeks of the 2012 season. A majority of these players are with Lancaster, which sheds some light on why that club is over .500 and in first place when play ended Thursday night.
Five More Surprises:
Erik Castro, 24, IF, Lancaster. Castro is batting .331 with 14 extra-base hits and 24 RBI in 32 games for the JetHawks. It is his second season in California. In 2011, Castro batted .259 with nine home runs and 37 RBI. He missed the 2010 season with injury.
Kirk Clark, 23, RHP, Lancaster. Clark has regained the closer role for the JetHawks. He has four saves and a 2.93 ERA in 14 appearances. Although he led Lancaster with 19 saves in 2011, Clark had an ERA over 7.00 in 54 outings.
Bobby Doran, 23, RHP, Lancaster. In eight starts, Doran has a 3.35 ERA in 48 1/3 IP. These numbers are a stark contrast to Doran's 2011 in Lancaster: 9.04 ERA in 66 2/3 IP.
Wes Musick, 25, LHP, Corpus Christi. After just five starts for Lancaster in 2012, Musick was promoted to Corpus. As a JetHawk, Musick posted a 2.51 ERA in 32 1/3 IP. He has made one start and two relief appearances for the Hooks thus far, posting a 3.00 ERA. Musick, who was acquired in the Matt Lindstrom trade before the 2011 season, spent most of last season with Lancaster, where he posted a 4.80 ERA in 21 outings.
Ross Seaton, 22, RHP, Corpus Christi. Seaton is putting up his best numbers since 2009, his first full pro season. In seven starts, he has a 3.65 ERA in 37 innings. Last year with Corpus, Seaton had a 5.23 ERA in 28 starts.