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Porter explains Santana’s lack of action

Astros rookie outfielder Domingo Santana has had one plate appearance since being recalled a week ago to replace the injured Jesus Guzman, walking as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday night in Philadelphia. Santana went 0-for-13 with 11 strikeouts in his debut in July and was promptly sent back down.

Here’s what manager Bo Porter had to say about Santana’s playing time:

“Even when he came, it was more of we were going to a National League ballpark and Guzman was down and you just don’t want to play short going into a National League ballpark where there’s double switches,” he said. “You end up with a short bench early in the game and now offensively you mount a comeback and you shoot yourself in the foot because you don’t have that extra guy. When you have guys in which you want to continue to see and play well, there’s no place for him to play.”

Jake Marisnick, acquired in a trade with the Marlins earlier this month, is starting in center field while Dexter Fowler recovers from an injury, and outfielder Robbie Grossman has been an on-base machine the last few days, while Marc Krauss has hit safely in nine of 12 starts since being recalled July 23.

Santana, Hernandez, Chapman on way up

The Astros are preparing to call up slugging outfield prospect Domingo Santana, along with infielder Enrique Hernandez and left-handed reliever Kevin Chapman, a baseball source told MLB.com early Tuesday.

The arrival of Santana would be the third top prospect the Astros have called up since mid-April, joining outfielder George Springer and first baseman Jonathan Singleton. Santana is rated by MLB.com as the organization’s No. 7-rated prospect.

The Astros optioned Jonathan Villar to Triple-A following Monday’s game, so Hernandez would take his place on the roster. It’s unclear what other roster moves would be made to accommodate Santana and Chapman. Veteran pitcher Jerome Williams was designated for assignment late Monday, but Anthony Bass has rejoined the team and is expected to come off the disabled list Tuesday.

Santana, one of four players acquired from the Phillies in the 2011 blockbuster deal that sent Hunter Pence to Philadelphia, was hitting .304 with 13 homers and 51 RBIs through 84 games for the RedHawks. He’s been playing right field. He would be the last of those four players to reach the Majors.

Hernandez went 3-for-5 with a home run and two doubles with a season-high four RBIs on Monday in Oklahoma City’s 10-6 win over Colorado Springs. He’s hitting .337 eight homers and 31 RBIs in 67 games for the RedHawks.

Chapman, who appeared in six games for the Astros earlier this year, has thrown in 26 games for Oklahoma City and has allowed only three earned runs in 28 2/3 innings (0.94 ERA), while striking out 37.

Astros announce Minor League Players of the Month

The Astros’ player development department has named May’s Minor League Pitchers and Players of the Month at each of their four in-season Minor League affiliates. These awards are chosen every month by the field staff of each team.

At Triple A Oklahoma City, RHP Jake Buchanan was named Pitcher of the Month after going 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in five May starts, striking out 22 and walking just five. Buchanan, an eighth-round selection by the Astros in the 2010 Draft, started the month of May with 23 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings across three starts, including his second career complete game shutout on May 20 at New Orleans. OF Domingo Santana was named the club’s Player of the Month after hitting .297 with six doubles, six homers, 16 RBIs and an .899 OPS in 30 games during the month. The 21-year-old ranks tied for seventh in the Pacific Coast League in total bases (109) and has spent the season as the second-youngest player in the league.

LHP Tommy Shirley picked up his second consecutive Double-A Corpus Christi Pitcher of the Month award after going 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA and 18 strikeouts in five May outings. Shirley’s 1.54 ERA this season ranks second in all of Double-A while his 52 strikeouts rank third in the Texas League. The club’s May Player of the Month award went to IF Matt Duffy, who hit .365 with three doubles, four homers, 20 RBI and a .941 OPS across 25 games in May. During the month, he ranked second in the Texas League in batting average, tied for first in hits and fourth in OPS.

LHP Josh Hader earned Class A Advanced Lancaster Pitcher of the Month honors after compiling a 4-0 record with a 1.95 ERA and 33 strikeouts in five May outings. Acquired by the Astros from Baltimore last season in the Bud Norris trade, Hader has been one of the California League’s top pitchers. He currently ranks second in the league in ERA and strikeouts (69), and third in WHIP (0.99). IF Carlos Correa hit .330 with eight doubles, three homers, 31 RBIs and an .885 OPS in 27 May games en route to Lancaster Player of the Month honors. The first overall pick in the 2012 draft is hitting .320 this season, and leads all California League shortstops in fielding percentage (.977) despite being the youngest position player in the league (19 years old).

At Class A Quad Cities, hard-throwing RHP Jandel Gustave was named the River Bandits May Pitcher of the Month after going 4-0 with a 2.74 ERA and 20 strikeouts in five outings in May. Gustave, 21, is a product of the Astros Dominican Academy and has posted a 3.70 ERA with 40 strikeouts and 12 walks in his first year with a full-season club. C Brian Holberton, a ninth round selection in last year’s draft, was named the club’s Player of the Month after hitting .388 with nine doubles, three homers, 15 RBI and a 1.063 OPS in 21 games in May. Holberton hit for the cycle in a 5-for-5 performance on May 18 at Kane County, and ranks second in the Midwest League with a .344 batting average (minimum 100 plate appearances).

 

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