From “The Joe” to “The Show”

Joseph L. Bruno Stadium and the ValleyCats have served as the starting point for 25 major league players and counting. Curtis Lumber’s Joe to the Show Program: Great Endings Begin Here, highlights the ‘Cats Major League Alumni along with prospects climbing the ladder to the big leagues. Former ValleyCats in the big leagues include three all-stars: Ben Zobrist, Hunter Pence, and 2012 National League All-Star Jose Altuve.

Noteworthy:

  • Jose Altuve was 0-1 after coming off the bench for the NL in its 8-0 victory Tuesday night. Altuve played second and helped to turn a double play that preserved the NL’s shutout in the sixth inning. Altuve looks to continue his breakout season in the second half resuming Thursday.
  • Former ‘Cats standout George Springer continues to impress in Class A+ Lancaster. The talented outfielder is batting .419/.500/.698 in his last ten game in which he has 18 hits and ten RBI. Springer’s season line stands at .321/.401/.568 with 17 homers and 63 RBI. Suffice to say, it looks like the question is quickly becoming more a matter of when than if.
  • Hunter Pence finished his strong first half of the season with a .285 batting average, 16 homers and 50 RBI. The current Phillies right fielder seems poised for an equally strong second half, and could be on pace to slug 30 homers with 100 RBI.
  • After being promoted to the big club, Dallas Keuchel was sent back to Triple A Oklahoma City after pitching to a 1-1 record with a 2.45 ERA in 25.2 innings.

Houston Astros

Jose Altuve: .303 BA, .344 OBP, 20 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 15 SB

J.D. Martinez: .240 BA, .319 OBP 10 2B, 1 3B, 11 HR, 49 RBI

Chris Johnson: .275 BA, .321 OBP, 15 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 34 RBI, 4 SB

Jason Castro: .254 BA, .330 OBP, 11 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 20 RBI

Brian Bogusevic: .217 BA, .300 OBP, 7 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 21 RBI, 9 SB

Bud Norris: 5-6, 4.71 ERA, 86.0 IP, 88 H, 45 ER, 32 BB, 88 SO, 13 HR

Fernando Abad: 0-0, 2.95 ERA, 18.1 IP, 19 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 15 SO, 4 HR

Dallas Keuchel: 1-1, 2.45 ERA, 25.2 IP, 21 H, 7 ER, 13 BB, 10 SO, 2 HR

Jordan Lyles: 2-5, 5.08 ERA, 62.0 IP, 69 H, 35 ER, 21 BB, 39 SO, 10 HR

Other ‘Cats around the majors:

Hunter Pence (Phillies): .285 BA, .352 OBP, 15 2B, 2 3B, 16 HR, 50 RBI, 4 SB

Ben Zobrist (Rays): .249 BA, .371 OBP, 18 2B, 4 3B, 11 HR, 37 RBI, 9 SB

Matt Albers (Red Sox): 2-0, 2.38 ERA, 34.0 IP, 26 H, 9 ER, 11 BB, 20 SO, 5 HR

Troy Patton (Orioles): 1-0, 3.46 ERA, 39.0 IP, 31 H, 15 ER, 8 BB, 36 SO, 5 HR

Felipe Paulino (Royals): 3-1, 1.67 ERA, 37.2 IP, 31 H, 7 ER, 15 BB, 39 SO

Around the minors:

Drew Sutton (Gwinnett Braves, Triple-A Atlanta Braves): .270 BA, .374 OBP, 10 2B, 2 3B, 15 RBI, 2 SB

Jordan Parraz (Gwinnett Braves, Triple-A Braves): .305 BA, .377 OBP, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 4 SB

Chad Reineke (Louisville Bats, Triple-A Reds): 3-6, 4.36 ERA, 97.0 IP, 108 H, 47 ER, 31 BB, 70 SO, 9 HR

Houston Astros minor league affiliates:

Lexington Legends

Brandon Meredith: .243 BA, .349 OBP, 7 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, 26 RBI, 7 SB

John Hinson: .339 BA, .350 OBP, 4 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 4 SB

Jordan Scott: .238 BA, .339 OBP, 12 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR 32 RBI, 10 SB

Zach Johnson: .241 BA, .341 OBP, 23 2B, 1 3B, 10 HR, 69 RBI

Matt Duffy: .308 BA, .388 OBP, 24 2B, 12 HR, 46 RBI, 4 SB

Mike Kvasnicka: .208 BA, .256 OBP, 9 2B, 1 3B, 10 HR, 31 RBI, 1 SB

Carlos Quevedo: 4-3, 3.88 ERA, 55.2 IP, 55 H, 24 ER, 6 BB, 59 SO, 6 HR

Jonas Dufek: 5-2, 5.67 ERA, 81.0 IP, 98 H, 51 ER, 22 BB, 63 SO, 11 HR

Murilo Gouvea: 2-5, 3.08 ERA, 52.2 IP, 40 H, 17 ER, 20 BB, 60 SO, 8 HR

Dayan Diaz: 4-3, 1.41 ERA, 38.1 IP, 23 H, 6 ER, 18 BB, 41 SO, 1 HR

Lancaster:

Erik Castro: .298 BA, .388 OBP, 17 2B, 1 3B, 14 HR, 66 RBI,

Telvin Nash: .217 BA, .311 OBP, 14 2B, 21 HR, 46 RBI

Ben Orloff: .285 BA, .360 OBP, 7 2B, 28 RBI, 7 SB

Rafael Valenzuela: .266 BA, .342 OBP, 10 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 10 SB

George Springer: .321 BA, .401 OBP, 17 2B, 7 3B, 17 HR, 63 RBI, 20 SB

Ben Heath: .304 BA, .353 OBP, 9 2B, 4 HR, 25 RBI

Enrique Hernandez: .290 BA, .339 OBP, 22 2B, 6 3B, 4 HR, 38 RBI, 4 SB

Rene Garcia: .274 BA, .304 OBP, 12 2B, 21 RBI, 1 SB

Nick Tropeano: 1-0, 2.57 ERA, 14.0 IP, 12 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 12 SO, 2 HR

David Martinez: 2-4, 5.34 ERA, 97.2 IP, 112 H, 58 ER, 18 BB, 74 SO, 13 HR

Zachary Grimmett: 3-6, 7.96 ERA, 69.0 IP, 103 H, 61 ER, 18 BB, 51 SO, 17 HR

Andrew Robinson: 1-2, 4.89 ERA, 42.1 IP, 38 H, 23 ER, 17 BB, 51 SO, 2 HR

Brian Streilein: 2-3, 7.52 ERA, 40.2 IP, 49 H, 34 ER, 16 BB, 33 SO, 4 HR

Jorge De Leon: 2-7, 8.22 ERA, 61.1 IP, 85 H, 56 ER, 32 BB, 39 SO, 8 HR

Jason Chowning: 0-1, 14.54 ERA, 8.2 IP, 16 H, 14 ER, 11 BB, 13 SO, 1 HR

Corpus Christi:

Austin Wates: .288 BA, .349 OBP, 10 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 26 RBI, 13 SB

T.J. Steele: .141 BA, .184 OBP, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 SB

Chris Wallace: .231 BA, .313 OBP, 11 2B, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 3 SB

Drew Muren: .351 BA, .419 OBP, 4 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 SB

Adam Bailey: .229 BA, .286 OBP, 8 2B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 2 SB

Andrew Simunic: .311 BA, .358 OBP, 9 2B, 1 HR, 22 RBI, 12 SB

Bobby Doran: 3-1, 5.57 ERA, 21.0 IP, 27 H, 13 ER, 3 BB, 13 SO

Jake Buchanan: 4-5, 5.02 ERA, 98.2 IP, 125 H, 55 ER, 23 BB, 68 SO

Alex Sogard: 0-1 4.94 ERA, 31.0 IP, 43 H, 17 ER, 20 BB, 21 SO

Oklahoma City:

J.B. Shuck: .275 BA, .349 OBP, 6 2B, 3 3B, 19 RBI, 8 SB

Brandon Barnes: .316 BA, .375 OBP, 9 2B, 3 HR, 23 RBI, 10 SB

Jake Goebbert: .133 BA, .257 OBP, 1 2B, 1 RBI

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS:

7/11: ‘Cats All-Star Second Baseman Jose Altuve comes off the bench for the NL to help turn two and get knuckleballer R.A. Dickey out of trouble in the 6th.

7/6: Ben Zobrist crushes his 11th home run of the season:

And finally, an older video taking you inside the Lancaster JetHawks facility in California with top prospect, and former ‘Cats outfielder, George Springer”

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