Rodriguez gets Woodpeckers closer to title

Astros No. 26 prospect fans seven over six innings in Game 3

Nivaldo Rodriguez has recorded three starts of at least six innings this season. (Joseph Dwyer/Fayetteville Woodpeckers)

By Andrew Battifarano | September 12, 2019 9:30 PM ET

Astros No. 26 prospect Nivaldo Rodriguez struck out seven and allowed a run on three hits over six innings as Fayetteville edged Wilmington, 2-1, to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-5 Mills Cup Finals.

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Jones enables Express to walk off again

No. 28 Astros prospect drives in winning run in 10th inning

Taylor Jones had collected 84 RBIs this season before driving in the winning run in Game 2. (Jim Redman/MiLB.com)

By Joe Bloss | September 6, 2019 1:04 AM ET

Houston Astros No. 28 prospect Taylor Jones knocked in the winning run in Triple-A Round Rock's 4-3 win over Iowa in Game 2 of the Pacific Coast League semifinals.

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2019 Pacific Coast League playoff preview

Express, Cubs seek first PCL title; Aviators face River Cats

Iowa's Colin Rea is PCL Pitcher of the Year; top A's prospect Jesus Lazardo boosted Las Vegas down the stretch. (Dylan Heuer, Jerry Espinoza)

By Chris Jackson | September 4, 2019 12:32 PM ET

The Pacific Coast League playoffs have a much different look than last year's edition as all four postseason teams -- Round Rock, Iowa, Sacramento and Las Vegas -- did not qualify in 2018.

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Whitley flashes dominant form for Hooks

Astros No. 2 prospect yields one hit, fans eight over 5 1/3 innings

Forrest Whitley has struck out 83 batters over 57 2/3 innings in 17 appearances across four levels. (Corpus Christi Hooks)

By Michael Avallone | August 28, 2019 10:25 PM ET

Houston Astros No. 2 prospect Forrest Whitley allowed one hit and struck out eight over a season-high 5 1/3 frames as Double-A Corpus Christi edged Arkansas, 2-1, on Wednesday.

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Emanuel throws one-hit gem for Express

Astros left-hander retires last 21 batters, notches six strikeouts

Kent Emanuel has a 2.10 ERA in eight starts for Round Rock and a 4.94 ERA in 21 relief appearances. (Jamie Harms/MiLB.com)

By Brian Stultz | August 27, 2019 11:38 PM ET

Astros left-hander Kent Emanuel allowed one hit over eight scoreless innings, retiring his last 21 batters, as Triple-A Round Rock held on for a 4-3 victory over San Antonio on Tuesday.

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Express' Javier masterful in Triple-A debut

Astros No. 10 prospect tosses six two-hit innings, fans eight

Cristian Javier struck out eight or more batters for the 10th time in 25 appearances this season. (Julia Price/Round Rock Express)

By Michael Avallone | August 25, 2019 10:13 PM ET

Astros No. 10 prospect Cristian Javier gave up two hits and struck out eight over six scoreless innings in his Triple-A debut for Round Rock, who fell to the New Orleans Baby Cakes, 2-1.

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Express' Tucker joins elite 30/30 club

Top Astros prospect is fifth to achieve feat in PCL history

Kyle Tucker leads the Pacific Coast League with 30 stolen bases and ranks fourth with 30 homers. (Andy Nietupski)

By Brian Stultz | August 24, 2019 8:42 PM ET

Top Astros prospect Kyle Tucker became the fifth player in PCL history to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in the same season as Triple-A Round Rock beat New Orleans, 7-1, on Saturday.

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Texas notes: Hooks' Ivey continues climb

Astros No. 7 prospect on track after midseason UCL scare

A third-round pick in 2017, Tyler Ivey is 4-0 with a 1.57 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 61 strikeouts over 46 innings. (John Moore/Amarillo Sod Poodles)

By Troy Schulte | August 23, 2019 11:22 AM ET

Other than missing some time with a "mild UCL sprain," Tyler Ivey's first taste of Double-A has been smooth. The third-round pick in 2017 is 4-0 with a 1.57 ERA over 46 innings for Corpus Christi.

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Hooks' Whitley earns first Double-A win

No. 2 Astros prospect matches season high with nine K's

Forrest Whitley has struck out 15 batters over his last two starts in the Texas League. (Tammy Tucker/MiLB.com)

By Joe Bloss | August 23, 2019 2:03 AM ET

Houston Astros No. 2 prospect Forrest Whitley allowed two runs over five innings, striking out nine, to earn his first Hooks victory in Corpus Christi's 4-2 win over Arkansas.

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'Cats' Perry leads Blue Team to All-Star win

Astros prospect thrives again on Staten Island with solo homer

Nathan Perry accepts his Top Star Award after the New York-Penn League All-Star Game. (Tri-City ValleyCats)

By Rob Terranova | August 22, 2019 1:31 AM ET

Astros prospect Nathan Perry mashed a solo homer in the sixth inning to create some breathing room as the Blue Team topped the Red Team, 7-4, at the New York-Penn League All-Star Game.

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