No. 3 prospect tosses perfect outing in relief

May 21st, 2022

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Brown displays poise in second win of season (May 20)
Hunter Brown was masterful to earn his second win of the season.

Houston's No. 3 prospect pitched four perfect innings of relief while striking out five batters. This is the third outing of the 2022 campaign where the 23-year-old hasn't allowed a run, but he didn't allow a hit for the first time this season.

Taken No. 166 overall in the 2019 Draft, Brown began his career with six performances where he didn't issue a hit later that season.

Although the right-hander's ERA has fluctuated over his eight starts, his opponent's batting average dropped to a season-low .197 after Sugar Land's 6-2 win over Oklahoma.

Brown proved that even when he doesn't have his strikeout pitch working that he can be as, if not more effective. -- Ethan Sands

Leon, Lee combine for nine RBIs for Sugar Land (May 14)
It was a monster night for a pair of top Astros prospects in Albuquerque on Saturday.

Pedro Leon, Houston’s No. 4 prospect per MLB Pipeline, hit a pair of three-run home runs en route to a career-high six RBIs, leading the Triple-A Sugar Land Space Cowboys to a 12-2 win over the Isotopes.

Leon got his big night started with a booming drive over the left-field wall in the fifth inning, extending the Space Cowboys’ lead to five. In the ninth he hit a line-drive homer to center to bring Sugar Land’s run total to 12. Full story »

Leon hits a 451-foot homer (May 11)
Sugar Land center fielder Pedro Leon, the Astros’ No. 4 prospect, launched a two-run homer in the third inning of Wednesday’s game at Albuquerque that traveled a projected 451 feet, hitting it off the scoreboard in left-center field.

Leon, who entered the game hitting .243 with four homers and 17 RBIs, went 2-for-6 with two RBIs in Tuesday’s series opener at Albuquerque. He hit a solo home run May 1 at Oklahoma City that had an exit velocity of 110.4 mph, which ranks as the hardest-hit home run by the Space Cowboys this year.

Leon, the 23-year-old Cuban defector, signed for $4 million last year and was billed by the club as a “rapid mover to the big leagues.” He began last year at Double-A Corpus Christ and was promoted to Triple-A after 10 weeks, playing primarily shortstop despite most of his prior experience coming in center field. This year, he’s started mostly in the outfield, including 14 games in center and nine in right. He’s started only three at shortstop. – Brian McTaggart

Lee goes yard; Arrighetti twirls five no-hit frames (May 10)
Korey Lee
homered and singled as part of a 20-run, 19-hit onslaught in Triple-A Sugar Land's 20-1 win over Albuquerque. The No. 2 Astros prospect has gone deep twice in his first 30 at-bats in May after homering his first 81 at-bats of the season.

After batting .277 with a .778 OPS and a career-high 11 jacks and 45 RBIs in 2021, Lee has yet to get untracked this season. The 23-year-old improved his slash line to .225/.275/.423 with 11 extra-base hits, five homers and 14 RBIs in 27 games.

On the mound, Spencer Arrighetti had one of the best performances of his Minor League career. The organization's 29th-ranked prospect tossed five hitless innings and struck out a career-high nine to lead High-A Asheville past Greenville, 6-3. Arrighetti walked three, hit a batter and threw 84 pitches, 51 for strikes.

The 22-year-old has a 3.24 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 25 innings.-- Michael Avallone

Julks smashes two homers (May 8)
Corey Julks provided all the firepower for Triple-A Sugar Land.

Houston's No. 27 prospect blasted two home runs to power the Space Cowboys' offense.

In the first inning, Julks belted a homer to the left-field bleachers for the first run of the game. The 26-year-old tried to rally Sugar Land in the ninth with a long ball to nearly the same spot. Julks went 2-for-4 as his squad ultimately fell to El Paso, 10-2.

The 241st pick in the 2017 Draft came into the game with just one homer on the season. In the month of May, Julks has six hits in six games while hitting .286 over that span. -- Ethan Sands

Brown keeps Space Cowboys in orbit (May 3)
Hunter Brown delivered five scoreless innings of relief for Triple-A Sugar Land.

The club's No. 3 prospect was the third pitcher to enter the game for the Space Cowboys in a 5-3 loss to El Paso, but he put in the most work. Brown entered the game in the fifth, trailing 5-2, and kept Sugar Land in the game. The right-hander allowed just two hits, two walks and struck out eight batters.

It was the third appearance of the season in which Brown went five frames. The 23-year-old only gave up runs in only one of those (April 20 vs. Tacoma).

Through five outings for the Space Cowboys, Brown -- the 166th pick in the 2019 Draft -- has allowed six runs on 17 hits while striking out 34 over 23 innings. -- Ethan Sands

Korey Lee smacks three-run homer (May 1)
It was a slugfest in Sugar Land’s 15-10 loss to Oklahoma, and Korey Lee contributed with one big blast of his own. 

The No. 2 prospect launched a three-run jack for his fourth homer of the season. After a single and a hit-by-pitch with one out in the seventh, Lee worked a 2-2 count before reaching out for a slider and hitting it 335 feet to left field. The 23-year-old has clubbed nine extra-base hits and has 13 RBIs in 21 games. --Stephanie Sheehan

Brown flashes heat in Triple-A (April 27)
Right-hander Hunter Brown, the Astros’ No. 3-ranked prospect by MLB Pipeline, struck out seven batters in 4 1/3 innings for Triple-A Sugar Land on Wednesday in a 6-2 loss to Oklahoma City. He gave up three hits, three runs and two walks.

Brown’s fastball topped out at 99.7 mph in his outing, and he threw 43 of 72 pitches for strikes. Brown has struck out at least seven batters in each of his last three outings, totaling 22 through his last 14 1/3 innings pitched. He’s currently the Pacific Coast League leader with 26 strikeouts on the season and his 3.00 ERA ranks fourth best. – Brian McTaggart

Unhittable Santos fans career-high 8 (April 21)
After a rough first outing, Houston's No. 10 prospect Alex Santos dominated in his second scoreless outing en route to Single-A Fayetteville's 7-1 win over Augusta.

Santos matched his career high by striking out eight over four hitless innings, throwing 62 pitches -- 41 for strikes. In his previous start April 15 vs. Salem, the 20-year-old right-hander only gave up two hits while striking out six over 3 1/3 shutout frames.

In only his second professional season, Santos has proven he can bounce back from a rough start -- he was tagged for six runs over 1 1/3 innings in his debut against Kannapolis on April 9. The latest outing cut his ERA down to 6.00 with a WHIP of 1.22. -- Ethan Sands

Chaidez tosses six perfect frames in first pro start (April 20)
It had been three years since Adrian Chaidez took the hill to start a game.

But the Astros organization decided last week it was time to stretch the 22-year-old out. So Chaidez got the ball for High-A Asheville on Wednesday, and he responded with authority -- and perfection.

In the first start of his pro career, the right-hander twirled six unblemished frames, fanning a career-high nine, and Asheville held on late for a 3-2 victory over Jersey Shore at ShoreTown Ballpark. Full story »

Brewer notches first multihomer game (April 17)
In 65 games last season, Jordan Brewer clubbed six home runs. In six games this season, he’s already halfway to his 2021 total, thanks to his first career multihomer game in High-A Asheville’s 10-9 loss.

The No. 21 prospect saw one pitch to lead off the bottom of the first before smacking his second homer in as many games over the left-field fence to give the Tourists an early lead. He very quickly added a second long ball in the very next frame, parking an 0-2 pitch to the same spot in left. Brewer didn’t get another hit in the game, but he added a walk and scored on a home run to complete his day. The outfielder has collected seven hits in the past three games and owns a .364/.481/.909 line with six RBIs, four walks and four steals to begin the season. -- Stephanie Sheehan