In a joint press conference held Tuesday at Modern Woodmen Park, the Quad Cities River Bandits and the Houston Astros announced a two-year extension of their player development contract (PDC), which now runs through the 2016 season.
Previously teamed with the Astros from 1993-98, the River Bandits hooked up with Houston again during the affiliation shuffle following the 2012 season. The River Bandits won the 2013 Midwest League championship with a team that featured a pair of No. 1 overall draft picks, SS Carlos Correa and RHP Mark Appel (although Appel was shut down for the year shortly before the playoffs began).
You can read more about the PDC extension here.
Bandits, Kernels fan 33
River Bandits pitchers struck out 18 batters in their 3-2 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Monday. Kernels pitchers fanned 15, giving the game a total of 33 strikeouts.
According to the River Bandits’ game story, Quad Cities pitchers struck out 18 batters for the first time since their 2011 home opener, when they struck out the same number in a 7-4 win over the Beloit Snappers. The 33 combined strikeouts by Quad Cities and Cedar Rapids were the most in a River Bandits game since Quad Cities and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers combined for 33 strikeouts in a 14-inning game on June 28, 2010.
In Monday’s game, Kernels SP Stephen Gonsalves struck out 10 batters in five innings. River Bandits pitchers Troy Scribner and Chris Lee each struck out seven batters in 3.2 innings.
Torreyes, Appel impress
Ronald Torreyes, who plays for Houston’s Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City, is having an August to remember. Even after going 0-for-5 on Tuesday, the former Dayton Dragons infielder is batting .340 with zero strikeouts in 100 official at-bats. Overall he is hitting .298 in 121 games this season.
Torreyes batted .356 with 3 HR, 41 RBI and 12 SB in 67 games with the 2011 Dragons. He also played in six games with the team in 2010.
Mark Appel is having a less impressive season, but last year’s top Astros draft pick had the best start of his minor-league career on Tuesday. The former River Bandits pitcher took a one-hitter into the 9th inning and struck out 10 batters for the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks.
Appel went 3-1 with a 3.82 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 33 IP (eight starts) for the 2013 River Bandits.