by Chris Buck
Farmstros Five Week 15- July 14-20, 2011
Farmstros Five week 15.
Jake Buchanan, 21, RHP, Lancaster
Why? – 1.32 era, 2 GS, 13.2 IP, 15H, 4 BB, 11 SO
Jake just keeps getting outs! We have profiled him here several times, and there isn’t a whole lot more to say. He just keeps putting up quality start after quality start. A week from now, when the trade deadline is passed and we see some spots open up at the higher levels, we are likely to see Buchanan take a step up to the Texas League.
Kody Hinze, 23, 1B, Corpus Christi
Why? – 13-for-27, 4 R, 3 RBI, 4 2B, HR, 2BB.
Welcome back to Texas, Mr. Hinze. Since being moved to the Corpus, Kody has not missed a beat. There have been a number of players have trouble making the move from hitter friendly Lancaster to Corpus. Kody, like Altuve before him, has just kept on hitting. Kody also has a knack for getting on base, which is a welcome change from the free swingers in the big club’s lineup.
J.D. Martinez, 23, OF, Corpus Christi
Why? – 9-for-21, 6 R, 9 RBI, 2 2B, HR, 2BB.
It has been said before and it will be said again, J.D. can hit! With the Pence rumors swirling, and Carlos starting to put up some respectable numbers, there may be a spot in the Houston outfield open soon. It is also nice to see a little more power out of J.D. It sure would be nice to see a guy with a .325 batting average in the Houston outfield again.
Dallas Keuchel, 23, LHP, Corpus Christi
Why? – 1.29 era, GS, 7 IP, 5H, 0 BB, 7 SO
Another guy who has made his way to this list regularly, Dallas is in line for a move up the ladder soon. If Wandy or Myers, or both, are dealt, than Dallas could be in Houston soon.
Delino DeShields, Jr., 18, 2B, Lexington
Why? – 10-for-28, 4 R, 8 RBI, 2B, 4sb, 4BB.
Finally, DDS has begun to put it together. After being such a high selection, the expectations were extremely high for Delino. But, he remains extremely young. He was drafted as a 17 year old and will play most of this season at 18. Ultimately, the vast majority of players drafted this June were younger than Delino. Lately, he has taken a more contact driven approach and it has paid off. Being so young, it is likely that more power will come naturally as he moves up the levels. For now, it is good to see one of the Astros early round high-school guys start to put it together.