The Week of May 31-June 6, 2012 was eventful in a very good way in the Astros' organization.
The Astros' four top affiliates started out the week Thursday night by playing a total of 51 innings and winning all three of their four games to end the month of May with a total of 62 victories. In addition, the top four affiliates had a stretch of 13 straight wins during the week. Over-all, the teams in the system were all .500 or better on the week(OKC was 6-0), they combined for a cumulative record of 20 wins and only nine losses. To top it off, the club added a fresh batch of talent, selecting 41 players in the draft between Monday and Wednesday.
Due to the excellent performances, week #9 of the Farmstros Five has been expanded to make room for all the worthy candidates.
So, here is the Farmstros "Five" for Week #9- Double Your Pleasure:
Paul Clemens, 24, RHP, Oklahoma City. Clemens went seven innings, allowing five hits and one run, while striking out five.
Samil De Los Santos, 18, RHP, DSL Astros. In the first week of DSL action, De Los Santos allowed just one hit and struck out seven in 5 2/3 scoreless innings.
Michael Foltynewicz, 20, RHP, Lexington. Foltynewicz allowed just one hit and one run, striking out five in his only start of the week.
Rene Garcia, 22 and Ben Heath, 23, C, Lancaster. While splitting the catching duties for the JetHawks, Garcia and Heath combined to go 14 for 30 with two doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI.
Kike Hernandez, 20, IF, Lancaster. Hernandez was 10 for 24 for the JetHawks. He helped Lancaster's play-off push with three doubles a triple and five RBI.
Mike Hessman, 34, IF, Oklahoma City. Hessman keeps putting the ball over the fence. He had five round-trippers on the week, going 8 for 19 with a double and seven RBI.
Grant Hogue, 25, OF, Lancaster. Hogue was 13 for 23 with four doubles, a triple and three RBI.
Brett Oberholtzer, 22, LHP, Corpus Christi. Oberholtzer pitched six scoreless innings for the Hooks. He allowed seven hits and struck out four.
Ben Orloff, 25, IF, Lancaster. Orloff drove in nine runs over the week as the JetHawks' lead-off hitter. He went 11 for 32.
Jose Valdez, 29, RHP, Oklahoma City. Valdez picked up three more saves for the division-leading RedHawks. He allowed just one hit and no runs while striking out four in three innings.