Throughout the 2022-23 off-season, Crawfish Boxes will review all 316 players for appearances at any team level during the 2022 season.
At the lower levels of the minor leagues, there is a noticeable dearth of metric information that we are used to at the major league level. Take some of these with a grain of salt.
In the first part of our series, we take a look at 20-year-old right-handed bowler Jose Andujar. Born February 10, 2002, native of Azua, Dr. hit 42 at 30 2⁄3 DSL roles Astros In 2021, he started in seven of his 13 appearances and moved 4-5 with a 5.28 ERA. His strong hitting numbers came with a warning of brutality, with 27 walkers for that year.
A side upgrade will see Andujar begin the 2022 season with the FCL Astros Orange team. Wildness is still a concern in his game, with 35 (versus 37 strokes) in just 28 rounds. Andujar set a 0-2 record for the Orange team, with a 6.75 ERA. So far during his career he has managed 1,824 WHIP, something he will need to master in order to progress beyond the junior level in 2023.
On the plus side of things, hitters and runners have a hard time reading Andujar too. He limited his opponents with a batting average of .202 and allowed only five of nine would-be base thieves to successfully obtain free base in 2022. At his best showing of the season, on June 16, Andujar hit two and surrendered once. Three blow-free rounds, he made his first save in a 9-2 win over the FCL Marlins.
Should Andujar discover its problems with domination, and consider the rate of evolution somewhat, his arrival in the disciplines would be around 2027.
Luis Santana He pitches five feet tall and nine of brown, d. Born on July 20, 1999, he signed his first professional deal with New York Mets In 2016. He spent three seasons in their system, and joined the Astros on Jan 6, 2019 via trade. For intelligence, he came up with Ross Adolf And the Scott Manya for Cody Bohanic And the J.D. Davis.
In 2019, Santana’s first season in Houston, split his time between Low-A Tri-City ValleyCats and Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks. Through 70 games in total, he cut .257/.337/.329 with two homers and 17 RBI. He stole four bases, walked 20 times, and hit 33 times in 252 games.
After kicking off the 2020 season (along with the rest of Major League Baseball), Santana played 49 games for the High-A Asheville Tourists in 2021 and hit 229 while running second and third base. He’s only hit twice at home, but one of them has gone viral:
This stunning racquet-face from Astros Luis Santana (obtained from the Mets in a JD Davis trade) already has nearly 500,000 views but would be over a million if shot in landscapespic.twitter.com/aUL2t3hymW
– Céspedes Family BBQ (CespedesBBQ) May 7, 2021
The 2022 season will see Santana appear in 90 competitions, although he has remained at the top level for tourists. He improved his slash to .294/.386/.457, blasting nine hurdles with 49 RBI and 11 base loot.
June, in particular, was good for Santana, which led to him being named the South Atlantic League’s Player of the Year. according to Asheville.com:
Lewis scored at least one hit in 19 of the 21 games he played during the month of June and scored ten multi-hit games. Santana capped the month with a 5-6 performance against Bowling Green to become the first tourist player in 2022 to present a five-a-side match.
Defensively, Santana played 230 1⁄3 Roles at the beginning (.995), 196 1⁄3 Roles per second (.989), 158 1⁄3 innings in third (.936), 78 innings in the right field (.889), and 9 1/3 innings in the left (.800).
It should also be noted that Santana has been called up to play on three separate occasions for Asheville this season, allowing one-hit and one-hit hits over three rounds. He made one walk, and put 20 of 38 throws over the board.
Despite his recent progress, Santana has been a minor player since 2016. If the Astros appreciate his growth, and continue to advance over the next two seasons, Santana could reach the majors probably sometime in 2025.
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