On the Farm: Comer, Davis, Deemes

Kevin Comer averaged 11.2 strikeouts per 9 innings last season

By Corpus Christi Hooks | February 28, 2017 11:12 AM

Leading up to Opening Day, cchooks.com will profile select farmhands in the Astros system. Today, we feature RHP Kevin Comer, IF J.D. Davis and RHP Ryan Deemes.


Kevin Comer
Pitcher
BORN August 1, 1992 in Bryn Mawr, PA
OPENING DAY AGE 24
HEIGHT 6'3
WEIGHT 238
BATS Right
THROWS Right
RESIDES Shamong, NJ
ACQUIRED Via trade from Toronto (as the PTBNL) along with RHP Francisco Cordero, OF Ben Francisco, RHP Joe Musgrove, C Carlos Perez, LHP David Rollins and RHP Asher Wojciechowski in exchange for RHP David Carpenter, LHP J.A. Happ and RHP Brandon Lyon on July 20, 2012

Career Highlights: 2016 - Went 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA and 4 saves in 29 appearances for Lancaster and Corpus Christi. Fanned 55 and walked 17 in 44 innings. Averaged 11.2 strikeouts per 9 IP. Opened the year with the JetHawks and made 4 April appearances before being sidelined due to injury. Returned to action in early June. Pitched scoreless ball in 8 of his final 9 Lancaster assignments. Went 3-for-3 in save chances, and permitted just 1 run over 8 2/3 frames during this span. Made Hooks debut August 1 vs. San Antonio, surrendering 3 runs on 2 homers in 2 innings of work. Kept the opposition off the scoreboard in 5 of his remaining 7 regular-season assignments. Struck out 5 batters over 2 shutout frames August 18 at Northwest Arkansas. In following assignment, picked up first Double-A save by blanking Midland thru 2 1/3 innings. Inherited 17 runners on the season and 7 scored. Converted 4 of 6 save chances.  

2015 - Went 7-5 with 2 saves and a 4.46 ERA in 30 appearances (14 starts) between Quad Cities and Lancaster. Fanned 93, walked 38 and allowed 6 home runs in 107 innings. Opened the year with the River Bandits, logging a 2-0 record and 2.03 ERA in first 3 appearances (2 starts). Permitted 5 hits in 47 at-bats for a .106 average during this stretch. Struck out 9 and did not allow a run for a 4-inning save May 7 vs. Wisconsin. Final Midwest League appearance was a start at Burlington on May 30. Pitched 5 shutout innings en route to the victory, striking out 5 against 1 walk. Was 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA in 4 relief appearances while going 2-1 with a 5.28 ERA as a starter. Held right-handed hitters to a .224 batting average. Lefties hit at a .311 clip. Secured the save in his California League debut June 8, spreading 1 run, 4 hits and 1 walk over 4 frames at Visalia. Excelled as a reliever for the JetHawks, going 2-0 with a 1.78 ERA and .146 opponent average in 12 appearances. Lost all 4 decisions and owned a 6.96 ERA as a starter. Final 8 assignments occurred out of the bullpen and 6 of those were of the scoreless variety. Includes an August 19 victory vs. Inland Empire when he struck out 5 against 1 walk in 3 frames. Cal League lefties turned in a .225-2-12 line while right-handers countered with a .275-2-21 mark. Made 1 postseason appearance, striking out 2 over 2 scoreless innings. Appeared in 4 games for the Adelaide Bite of the Australian Winter League.

2014 - Began the season in May and posted a 2.65 ERA for the month. Pitched scoreless baseball in first 3 outings (9.0 IP), going 2-for-2 in save chances. First victory came July 3 at Beloit when he permitted 2 runs and 4 hits over 5 innings. As a reliever, converted 3 of 4 save chances, logging a 1.41 ERA and .209 opponent batting average. Final outing was a start vs. Clinton August 27. Struck out a career-high 10 batters over 6 innings en route to the win.

2013 - Averaged 8.7 strikeouts per 9 innings. Won both decisions and permitted 2 combined runs thru 3 June appearances (1 start, 13.0 IP). Fashioned a 3.43 ERA in final 7 assignments.

2012 - Identified as the PTBNL in the Houston-Toronto deal on August 16.

Career Notes: Has converted 10 of 16 save opportunities. Originally selected by the Blue Jays in the supplemental 1st round (57th overall) of the June 2011 draft out of Seneca High School in Tabernacle, NJ.

Comer Career Stats
YEAR CLUB W-L ERA G GS CG SO SV IP H R ER BB K
2012 Bluefield (R) 3-3 3.95 10 7 0 0 0 43.1 43 25 19 8 29
  Greeneville (R) 0-1 9.00 2 1 0 0 0 6.0 10 6 6 2 5
2013 Tri-City (A) 2-5 4.93 15 7 0 0 1 45.2 50 28 25 18 44
2014 Quad Cities (A) 2-5 4.24 21 11 0 0 3 76.1 80 41 36 26 64
2015 Quad Cities (A) 5-1 4.47 11 7 0 0 1 44.1 47 28 22 13 39
  Lancaster (A) 2-4 4.45 19 7 0 0 1 62.2 58 36 31 25 54
2016 Lancaster (A) 2-2 4.30 21 0 0 0 3 29.1 31 16 14 11 37
  Corpus Christi (AA) 0-0 3.68 8 0 0 0 1 14.2 17 6 6 6 18
  Career Totals 16-21 4.44 107 40 0 0 10 322.1 336 186 159 109 290

J.D. Davis
Third Baseman
BORN April 27, 1993 in Elk Grove, CA
OPENING DAY AGE 22
HEIGHT 6'3
WEIGHT 230
BATS Right
THROWS Right
RESIDES Elk Grove, CA
SCHOOL Cal State Fullerton
ACQUIRED Selected in the 3rd round of the June 2014 draft

Career Highlights: 2017 - For the second consecutive year, earned an invite to Major League Spring Training. Entered the campaign as Houston's No. 13 prospect, according to MLB.com.

2016 - Paced Astros farmhands in RBIs and tied for the system-lead in home runs. His 34 doubles ranked 1st in the Texas League and was the 3rd-highest single-season total in club history. Also slotted among the league leaders in extra-base hits (58, 2nd), slugging percentage (.485, 2nd), total bases (235, 2nd), RBIs (3rd) and homers (T-3rd). Was the lone Hook to record a pair of multi-homer games. Tied the club record by belting 3 home runs May 19 at Wolff Stadium in San Antonio. Became the first Corpus Christi player to earn 4 TL Player of the Week awards in a single campaign. Tabbed the circuit's player of the month for May after batting .306 with 9 doubles, 9 home runs and 25 RBIs in 26 games. The Texas League Midseason All-Star hit safely in 12 consecutive games May 13-24, matching Alex Bregman for the team's longest hit streak in 2016. Reached at a .463 clip over an 18-game on-base streak June 13 to July 8. Batted .370 with 15 runs, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 7 homers and 22 RBIs in final 20 assignments. Tallied 9 RBIs in a 3-game series at San Antonio to close out the year. In regular-season finale, his 9th-inning grand slam vaulted the Hooks to a 4-2 Labor Day victory over the Missions. Logged a .944 fielding percentage and helped author 15 double plays as Corpus Christi's third baseman. Went 5-for-16 (.313) during the postseason. Entered the year as the 11th-ranked prospect in the Astros' system by MLB.com. Rated as having the Best Infield Arm in the system in Baseball America's annual tools survey.

2015 - Entered the season as the No. 18 prospect in the Astros' system according to MLB.com. Spent the entire campaign in Lancaster, leading the JetHawks and finishing 2nd in the California League in RBIs. Also led the club in runs scored, which ranked 3rd in the circuit. Other appearances on CL leaderboards: on-base percentage (.370) - 5th and walks (54) - 5th. Led league third basemen with a .932 fielding percentage (19 errors in 278 total chances). Reached base safely in 35 consecutive home games, June 17 through the season's end, posting a .488 OBP in that span. Named CL hitter of the week twice: August 3-10 and August 24-31. In the former stretch, homered in 6 straight games August 4-9, driving in 15 runs and batting .462. While earning the honor the second time, hit .517 with 4 home runs and 12 RBIs. Capped the second week by going 4-for-5 with 2 long balls and 6 RBIs August 30 against Lake Elsinore - it was his third career 2-home run game. For the month of August, hit .382 with 10 home runs and 27 RBIs. Hit .352 with 19 of his 26 long balls at home, while posting a .231 batting average and 7 home runs on the road.

2014 - First pro hit was a 2-run home run June 15 against Connecticut. The homer launched a 14-game hitting streak which ran through June 28. Named New York-Penn League Player of the Week for June 30-July 7. During the week, hit .435 (10-for-23) with 12 RBIs to raise average from .231 to .294. Posted a season-high 5-RBI night July 6 against Lowell. Promoted to Low-A Quad Cities prior to July 16 game against Fort Wayne. From July 20 to August 3, batted .465 (20-for-43), including a 4-for-5 night July 27 at Bowling Green. Notched first career 2-HR game August 31 at Burlington.

Career Notes: On pace for 27 home runs and 103 RBIs per season (based on 140 games). Slugs the ball at a .503 clip with 42% of his hits going for extra bases. Selected out of Elk Grove High School by Tampa Bay in the 5th round of the 2011 draft. Was a 2-time high school All-American.

College Notes: As a junior in 2014, led CSF in hitting (.338), SLG (.523), OBP (.419) and XBH (27). Also hit 6 HR, scored 34 runs and drove in 43. On the mound, led the team with 7 saves, as he went 2-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 appearances. Was the only Titan to start all 58 games. Named First-Team All-Big West Conference; also selected to the John Olerud Award Watch List for the nation's top 2-way player and the Golden Spikes Award Watch List for the top player in the country. In the summer of 2013, named to the Cape Cod All-League Team and selected as the No. 12 prospect in the league by Baseball America after hitting .309 with 6 HR and 29 RBIs for the Chatham Anglers. As a sophomore in 2013, was also an all-conference selection after hitting .318-4-50. Used primarily as the designated hitter. On the mound in '13, went 1-2 with a 2.74 earned run average and 4 saves in 16 outings (3 starts). As a true freshman in 2012, appeared in 41 games and pitched in 5. At the plate hit .229 with 20 RBIs and on the bump posted a 3.52 ERA in 23 IP. 

Davis Career Stats
YEAR CLUB AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB
2014 Tri-City (A) .279 30 111 18 31 7 1 5 20 15 25 1
  Quad Cities (A) .303 43 155 20 47 9 0 8 32 13 41 4
2015 Lancaster (A) .289 120 485 93 140 28 3 26 101 54 157 5
2016 Corpus Christi (AA) .268 126 485 61 130 34 1 23 81 45 143 1
  Career Totals .282 319 1236 192 348 78 5 62 234 127 366 11

Ryan Deemes
Pitcher
BORN June 11, 1993 in Chalmette, LA
OPENING DAY AGE 23
HEIGHT 6'3
WEIGHT 219
BATS Right
THROWS Right
RESIDES Chalmette, LA
SCHOOL Nicholls State University
ACQUIRED Selected in the 36th round of the June 2015 draft

Career Highlights: 2016 - Posted a 5-1 record, 2.93 ERA and 7 saves in 40 games between Quad Cities, Lancaster and Corpus Christi. Featured a 1.10 WHIP and struck out 63 batters against 18 free passes in 73 2/3 innings. Averaged 3.5 strikeouts per walk. Opened the year with the River Bandits, and did not allow a run in first 5 assignments (11 IP). Fanned a season-high 5 over 3 scoreless innings April 12 at Peoria. Matched K total and retired all 10 batters faced May 3 at Great Lakes. Pitched shutout ball in 7 of 9 Midwest League appearances, holding the circuit to a .162 average. Stranded all 3 inherited runners. Promoted to the California League in mid-May. Surrendered 1 run on 6 hits and 1 walk in initial 8 Lancaster outings, totaling 11 2/3 innings. The damage during this run occurred via a solo home run May 26 vs. Stockton, a contest Deemes won with a 3-inning performance. Roughed up in a 5-game run June 12-26, allowing 16 total runs on 19 hits (2 HR) in 10 innings. Went 2-0 with a 1.99 ERA and .247 opponent batting average in remaining 13 Cal League assignments. Authored 3 consecutive scoreless appearances (6 2/3 IP) August 10-14, leading up to his promotion to Corpus Christi. With Lancaster, permitted 6 of 23 inherited runners to score. Made Texas League debut August 23 and held Midland to 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 3 in 1 2/3 innings. Ended the regular year with 3 more shutout performances. Yielded a 2-out, 9th-inning grand slam to Viosergy Rosa in Game 3 of the Texas League South Division Series at Security Bank Ballpark. Midland walked off with a 7-5 victory, and secured the series the following night.

2015 - Featured a 3-0 record, 2.01 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in 14 games (5 starts) between Greeneville and Tri-City. Struck out 40 and walked 9, averaging 4.44 Ks for every free pass. Began pro career in the Appalachian League where 5 of his 7 appearances were of the scoreless variety. Permitted 1 run and struck out a career-high 6 batters in 3 innings vs. Elizabethton on Independence Day. Converted only save opportunity July 15 at Johnson City, clipping the Cardinals over 3 shutdown innings. Named Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week after hurling 4 shutout frames in a July 26 victory against Burlington. Shipped to Tri-City at the start of August. Strung together a 16 1/3 scoreless innings streak over 5 outings August 7-24.  

Career Notes: Has converted 8 of 9 save chances. Owns a 1.02 WHIP and 3.81 K-to-BB ratio.

College Notes: As a senior, went 5-4 with a 2.29 ERA in 19 games (11 starts) for the Colonels, earning All-Southland Conference Honorable Mention. 

Deemes Career Stats
YEAR CLUB W-L ERA G GS CG SO SV IP H R ER BB K
2015 Greeneville (R) 2-0 0.75 7 2 0 0 1 24.0 16 2 2 1 16
  Tri-City (A) 1-0 3.20 7 3 0 0 0 25.1 20 10 9 8 24
2016 Quad Cities (A) 1-0 0.87 9 0 0 0 1 20.2 11 2 2 4 19
  Lancaster (A) 4-1 4.43 27 0 0 0 6 44.2 45 22 22 12 34
  Corpus Christi (AA) 0-0 0.00 4 0 0 0 0 8.1 7 0 0 2 10
  Career Totals 8-1 2.56 54 5 0 0 8 123.0 99 36 35 27 103

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