The Astros have had a solid showing in the 2016 Arizona Fall League. First, Ramon Lauerano was named the AFL Player of the Week in the first week of fall league action. Now, Francis Martes and David Paulino have been named to the Arizona Fall League's annual Fall-Stars game.
Francis Martes has pitched in 13.1 innings of action for the Glendale Desert Dogs, giving up 6 earned runs while striking out 14 batters and walking 6. David Paulino has pitched two scoreless innings over two appearances.
It's important to monitor how Martes and Paulino perform through the rest of Fall-League and into Spring Training. Francis Martes is the Astros #1 ranked prospect while David Paulino is ranked #4, and both are the Astros' closest pitching prospects to playing in the Majors.
Both Martes and Paulino had brief stints for the Astros in 2016, and either could be potential dark horses to earn starts or bullpen work in 2016. Both Martes and Paulino have legitimate front-line MLB starter stuff - they both boast mid-90's fastballs that peak at 98 miles per hour coupled with devastating curveballs.
After his blistering start, Ramon Laureano has cooled down and is currently hitting .295/.340/.477 in 44 at bats for the Glendale Desert Dogs. Astros 30th ranked prospect, catcher Garrett Stubbs is currently hitting .190/.277/.310 in 42 at bats.
The Fall Star's Game is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th at 7:08 PM. It will be broadcasted nationally on MLB network.