Updated: May 11
Folks, I am in the PRESS BOX at Wolff Stadium in San Antonio to watch the Hooks play the Missions. THANK YOU to the Missions Staff for letting me have the access.
Tonight, we have Robaina pitching for the Hooks and the lineup is
1. Wagner- #5- 2B
2. Gilbert- #1- CF
3. Whitcomb- #9- SS
4. Loperfido- #36- LF
5. Hamilton- #10- RF
6. Schreiber- #11- 1B
7. Correa- #7- C
8. Stevens- #6- 3B
9. Wolforth- #30- DH
I will get some pics and more over the next few days.
Today, I am settling in and I will give you my impressions as the game proceeds.
Below are my notes as the game happened. Here are my thoughts.
The Hooks have a lot of the top prospect talent in the Astros organization including the following according to MLB Pipeline
#1 Prospect- 22 yr old - CF/OF- LHH
Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 45 | Run: 55 | Arm: 60 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50
#3 Prospect- 22 yr old - RF/OF- LHH
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 55 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50
#8 Prospect- 24 yr old - LHP
Scouting grades: Fastball: 55 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 60 | Overall: 45
#9 Prospect- 23 yr old - RHP
Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45
#12 Prospect- 24 yr old - 3B/2B- LHH
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 45 | Arm: 45 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45
#13 Prospect- 21 yr old - RHP- Injured
Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 40 | Overall: 40
#16 Prospect- 24 yr old - OF/ 2B/ 1B- LHH
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Run: 55 | Arm: 45 | Field: 50 | Overall: 40
#18 Prospect- 23 yr old- LF/CF/RF- RHH
Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 45 | Run: 60 | Arm: 50 | Field: 55 | Overall: 40
#22 Prospect- 24 yr old- LF/RF/ CF- LHH
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Run: 60 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 40
#30 Prospect- 24 yr old- CF/ OF- RHH- Injured
Scouting grades: Hit: 40 | Power: 55 | Run: 60 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 40
That is TEN of the top 30 prospects that are in Corpus Christi.
SIX of them are outfielders. SIX.
Three are Pitchers.
Two are infielders- Loperfido is and IF/OF.
FIVE are LHH. Imagine the Astros with LHH Gilbert, Barber. Wagner. Loperfido, and Hamilton. That is in addition to Melton (A+), Clifford (A+), Dirden (AAA)
Folks, this is going to be a fun team to watch develop. If you look away for a minute you are missing a top prospect in action.
Gilbert IS the real deal. He is an extremely aggressive player. Singles become doubles. PAs gone on because he refuses to give in. YOU are going to love watching Drew Gilbert. I can see him as a leadoff hitter. I didn't think there was any way he would be in Houston this year. One day watching him in person and I think a September call up is more likely than not.
Barber did not play tonight. I will opine on him tomorrow. Same with
Gordon and Arrighetti.
I like what I saw in Wagner. I want to see more.
J.C. Correa had two hits and a walk which is probably is best game all year. He looked like a catcher that is still developing catcher skills.
Robaina looked good at times and erratic at others.
I want to see more throws from Hamilton.
More tomorrow folks.
Robaina-SP- getting hit hard in the 1st (two wild pitches too), 2 runs in 1st.
5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, 2SO
VanWey- RHP 2.0IP 1H 1SO
Tyler Brown- RHP 1.0IP 0H
1. Wagner- 2B
Walked to load bases in eighth
2. Gilbert- CF- extremely aggressive player,
First time up- worked the count but eventually popped up
Second time- ground rule double
Third time- ANOTHER double
Error on throw in bottom of 6th
Fourth time- bases loaded catcher interference- scored a run
Looks like a future lead off hitter for the Astros
3. Whitcomb- SS- error
struck out in eighth for second out
4. Loperfido- LF
struck out in eighth for third out
5. Hamilton- RF- need to see the scouting reports on his arm
6. Schreiber- 1B- bunt single in ninth, took second on wild pitch
7. Correa- C- has a hit but still needs to grow as a catcher, second hit in the eighth inning, walk in the ninth
8. Stevens- 3B- hit by pitch in the eighth, struck out in ninth
9. Wolforth- DH, grounded into fielder's choice in ninth for final out
Hooks lose 3-1
Not playing Barber
An early impression is how many lefties the Hooks have. Wagner, Gilbert, Loperfido, Hamilton, and Barber are all lefties.