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Friday, August 11, 2006

Troy is King

AAA: Salt Lake 5, Round Rock 4 - JR House was 2-3 with a walk, and Cody Ransom hit his 19th home run. Neither is really considered a 'prospect' for Houston, but both could be valuable power options off the Astros' bench come September.

AA: Corpus Christi 3, Wichita 2 - Troy Patton was awesome again (6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). It will be a real shame if he gets Hirsh-ed next season. Patton had a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and Joe Slusarski called it an "A-plus effort). The comments are almost always as complimentary of his mental makeup and poise as they are of his stuff, which indicates to me that he is a guy who will be ready earlier rather than later. If he closes out the season strong this fall, then Patton should start next season in Corpus or Round Rock but be the first starter called up to Houston when needed. The more I read about this kid, the more I am beginning to think he is truly a special one. Oh, and Hunter Pence was 1-3 with a walk.

High A: Salem 7, Lynchburg 3 - Corpus fans should be looking forward to seeing Drew Sutton, Beau Torbert, Lou Santangelo, Ole Sheldon and Frankie Caraballo next summer. Great relief work by Evan Englebrook in this one.

Low A: Lexington was off.

Short Season A: Staten Island 10, Tri-City 2 - No positives from this one for the Valley Cats.

Rookie: Burlington 9, Greenville 3 - Two straight whippings for the Astros.

Zobrist/Talbot Watch: Aubrey Huff failed to capitalize on his momentum from Wednesday night, going 0-4 with two strikeouts.


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