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Astros system blossoming at the top

Tucker, Toro reach Majors while Javier rises to Triple-A
October 30, 2019

Each offseason, goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club.The Astros went all-in on their quest for another World Series title at the

Ferguson, Express book trip to PCL Finals

Astros outfield prospect homers, drives in three to back Whitley
September 8, 2019

It was the most gut-wrenching series of manager Mickey Storey's career but the next stop for his Triple-A Express: the Pacific Coast League Championship Series.Houston outfield prospect Drew Ferguson bashed a homer and drove in three runs as Round Rock doubled up Iowa, 10-5, on Sunday at Principal Park to

Ferguson goes 6-for-6 in Express' romp

Astros outfielder notches second six-hit game in team history
June 9, 2019

Drew Ferguson made all kinds of history on Saturday night.The Astros outfielder capped a 6-for-6 night with a towering solo homer, becoming the second player in team history to collect six hits in a game as Triple-A Round Rock steamrolled Salt Lake, 19-5, at Smith's Ballpark. He doubled twice, fell

Tatis leading Estrellas in title chase

San Diego's No. 1 prospect continues winter ball dominance
January 13, 2019

The list of top prospects taking part in Winter League playoff ball is shrinking and the list of those putting up eye-popping performances is even more exclusive. Here's a look at some of baseball's top ranked prospects who have fared best in their leagues' postseasons.Fernando Tatis Jr. (Estrellas Orientales, Dominican

Tatis teeing off in Winter League playoffs

Top Padres prospect homers on back-to-back nights for Estrellas
December 23, 2018

As the new year approaches, Winter Leagues are going strong with teams in title hunts and top talent logging extra at-bats and innings before the 2019 season. Here's a look at some of baseball's top ranked prospects who fared best over the week of Dec. 16-22.Fernando Tatis Jr. (Estrellas Orientales,

Toolshed: 2018 Rule 5 Draft stickiness

Royals, O's picks likely to stay; Jays teenager faces challenge
December 14, 2018

LAS VEGAS -- Getting taken in the Rule 5 Draft is one thing. Sticking to the Major League roster for an entire season as a Rule 5 pick, well, that's a horse of a different color.Fourteen players were given Major League life Thursday when they were picked in the Rule

Ferguson, Grizzlies break out at the plate

Astros prospect goes yard, plates three runs in offensive barrage
September 12, 2018

Drew Ferguson knows he's at a crossroads in his career. He showed he's up for the challenge by coming through in the clutch for Triple-A Fresno in the playoffs.The Astros outfield prospect homered and drove in three runs in the Grizzlies' 10-1 rout of Memphis in Game 2 of the

THOR: Grizz drop hammer on Redbirds in Game 2, even PCL Finals 1-1

Three Fresno homers (Ferguson 2-run, Tucker 3-run, Mayfield solo) more than enough for Trent Thornton in 2018 home finale, as championship series shifts to Memphis
September 12, 2018

The Fresno Grizzlies (Pacific Conference Champions) earned a huge Game 2 win on Wednesday in the PCL Championship Series, defeating the Memphis Redbirds (American Conference Champions) 10-1 to even the series at a game apiece. It was the final contest at Downtown Fresno's Chukchansi Park in 2018, as the remainder

Fresno beats Salt Lake 8-2 as the offense explodes for second straight night

31 Grizzly hits in the first two games of the series; Drew Ferguson crushes second homer since returning from injury
September 1, 2018

The Fresno Grizzlies (81-56) swatted the Salt Lake Bees (70-67) 8-2 Saturday night from Smith's Ballpark. For the second straight game, the Fresno offense exploded for 10-plus hits. On the evening, they had 13 while yesterday, they blasted 18 for a total of 31. They improved to 49-12 when recording

Garrett Stubbs tallies four RBI in a 9-4 Tacos win

Stubbs (2-for-4) enjoys highest RBI game of 2018; Kyle Tucker and Drew Ferguson each go deep
August 28, 2018

The Fresno Tacos (78-55) sizzled past the El Paso Chihuahuas (79-54) 9-4 Tuesday night from Chukchansi Park. With the win, the Tacos upgraded to 24-11 this season in the opener of a series (13-5 home, 11-6 road). As an Astros affiliate (since 2015), Fresno is 92-50 (.648) in the first

PCL notes: Ferguson changes his focus

No. 16 Astros prospect striving to be 'on-base machine' in Fresno
June 12, 2018

The current trend among many Major League hitters is to sell out for power, to sacrifice batting average to high strikeout totals and higher slugging percentages.Not every player in the Minors, however, is following along with that trend.Outfielder Drew Ferguson is the rare example of the high average/on-base percentage player

James, Tacos dice up El Paso 2-1 for series win

Josh James (7 IP, 1 ER, 9 K) picks up first Triple-A win; Jack Mayfield (2 RBI) and Drew Ferguson (2 R) supply the offense
May 29, 2018

The Fresno Tacos (31-22) hung on to defeat the El Paso Chihuahuas (26-27) 2-1 Tuesday morning from Chukchansi Park. This gave Fresno their eighth series win in 13 chances and their fifth of seven at home. The victory improved the Tacos to 6-8 in one-run affairs (6-4 at home) and

Fresno drops second straight game to El Paso

Cody Bohanek (2-for-4) extends hit streak to four games and picks up second multi-hit game in 2-0 loss
May 27, 2018

The El Paso Chihuahuas (26-25) beat the Fresno Grizzlies (29-22) 2-0 Sunday afternoon from Chukchansi Park. Five El Paso pitchers combined for the six-hit shutout. Starter Chris Huffman tossed four innings, scattering four hits, walking four and striking out a pair. Eric Yardley (2-0) earned the win after two and

Grizzlies fold 4-2 Monday night versus Aces

Tyler White extends 2018 on-base streak to 42 games; Reymin Guduan strikes out three in two scoreless frames
May 21, 2018

The Reno Aces (19-26) beat the Fresno Grizzlies (27-18) 4-2 Monday night from Chukchansi Park. With the loss, the Grizzlies drop to 9-3 in the first game of the series, 5-3 in two-run affairs and 0-12 when scoring less than three runs. Former Grizzly Jake Buchanan (3-3) earned the win

Grizzlies' 8-game win streak vs. Reno snapped on Sunday

Fresno slips to 13-5 on the season
April 22, 2018

Putting their 6-0 day game record back on the line Sunday in Reno, the Fresno Grizzlies (13-5) suffered their first loss of 2018 in the sunshine to the Aces (5-13), by a 9-3 final.Kristopher Negrón (2-for-4, 2 RBI) opened the scoring for the home team, lifting a solo homer (1)

Grizzlies hit jackpot early, beat Vegas 11-4

Fresno wins seventh straight after scoring eight runs in the first inning
April 17, 2018

The Fresno Grizzlies (10-3) defeated the Las Vegas 51s (4-9) 11-4 Tuesday night from Cashman Field. With the victory, the Grizzlies extended their win streak to seven games and 10th win in 11 games. Fresno batted through the order in the top of the first, bringing 12 players to the

Grizzlies drop 10-2 Opening Day decision at Reno

Kyle Tucker goes 2-for-4 (BB) in Triple-A debut; Drew Ferguson 3-for-4 (BB)
April 5, 2018

The Fresno Grizzlies dropped to 8-13 all-time on opening day Thursday evening, and 1-3 as a Houston Astros affiliate. In the first of a five game road trip, the Grizz dropped a 10-2 decision to the Reno Aces, as the home side scored in four of the first six innings.Reno

Astros' Tucker among group invited to Spring Training

Houston bringing Stubbs, Ferguson, Valdez to big league camp next month
January 25, 2018

Top Astros prospect Kyle Tucker was among 19 players invited to Houston's Major League Spring Training camp on Thursday.Tucker, a 21-year-old outfielder and reigning Astros Minor League Player of the Year, headlines the group of non-roster invitees headed to Florida next month. Other notables include catcher Garrett Stubbs, lefty Framber

Fresno tops Salt Lake 4-2

Thornton tosses season-high eight innings in quality start
September 2, 2017

The Fresno Grizzlies (76-64) defeated the Salt Lake Bees (71-69) by a score of 4-2 on Saturday night at Smith's Ballpark in the second contest of a four-game series. With four RBI on the night, the Grizzlies have passed their season-total of 784 in 1999 for a new club record

Grizzlies sting Bees in series opener

Tucker and Ferguson go deep in 5-2 win
September 1, 2017

The Fresno Grizzlies (75-64) defeated the Salt Lake Bees (71-68) by a score of 5-2 on Friday night at Smith's Ballpark. It was the first of four in Fresno's final series of 2017, and they ended the season 17-19 in series openers. The Grizzlies smacked two homers to increase their

Grizzlies fall 22-1 to Isotopes

Fresno remains in first place in PCL Pacific North Division
August 13, 2017

The Fresno Grizzlies (69-52) fell 22-1 to the Albuquerque Isotopes (59-61) on Sunday night. A season-high in runs by an opponent this season, it was also the largest margin of defeat for Fresno. The 24 hits by the Isotopes were also a season-high by an opponent against the Grizzlies in

Lugnuts' Bichette leads Players of the Week

Blue Jays No. 9 prospect keeps rolling, hits .458 over six games
May 30, 2017

Lansing boasts one of the best lineups in the Class A Midwest League but hadn't yet claimed an Offensive Player of the Week award through the first six weeks of the 2017 season -- that is, until the club's hottest hitter put together a week that simply could not be

Hooks Dig Deep to Dispatch Riders

May 22, 2017

FRISCO - Ramón Laureano's two-run triple in the ninth inning Monday afternoon sent the Hooks to a 7-6 triumph over the RoughRiders before 9,541 students at Dr Pepper Ballpark.Corpus Christi (22-22) has won seven of the last 10 games. 

Hooks Shutdown Riders

May 21, 2017

FRISCO - Akeem Bostick worked six innings of three-hit baseball Sunday afternoon as Corpus Christi blanked Frisco 5-0 at Dr Pepper Ballpark.The Hooks (21-22) have won six of their last nine games.Bostick, who was activated from the disabled list earlier in the afternoon, needed just 77 pitches to earn his

Three's company during Hooks' power surge

Astros prospects Hyde, Nunez, Ferguson go back-to-back-to-back
April 30, 2017

Baseball and the number three are synonymous. Three strikes for an out, three outs in an inning, a triple play.The troika of home runs Corpus Christi hit in succession on Saturday night fits neatly into that symmetry.With the Hooks holding a three-run lead in the eighth inning, Mott Hyde, Antonio