Albers turns in standout effort

Albers shines in tough week for Astros prospects

It was a tough week for most of the Houston Astros prospects showcasing their skills in fall leagues, but for Matt Albers, it was near perfect.

The 23-year-old right-hander tossed four perfect innings and combined with three relievers on a two-hitter as the Mesa Solar Sox topped the Scottsdale Scorpions, 9-1, on Thursday. The performance followed his Arizona Fall League debut on Oct. 12, when he yielded two runs on three hits in two innings.

Here's how the rest of the Astros prospects fared:


LHP Mark McLemore: In his first three appearances -- spanning 4 2/3 innings -- the 26-year-old southpaw allowed three runs on three hits, including two homers.

RHP Chad Reineke: Reineke made three appearances for Mesa. After giving up one run on three hits in two innings in his first two outings, the 6-foot-6, 210-pound right-hander took the loss in an 11-4 defeat to the Peoria Javelinas on Monday. He allowed four runs on five hits in one inning.

OF Hunter Pence: After striking out three times in his first game, Pence has taken off with a seven-game hitting streak, boosting his batting average to .333. He went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored in a 9-1 victory over Scottsdale on Thursday.

LHP Troy Patton: Patton yielded one hit in three scoreless frames in his first two games, but he surrendered two runs on three hits in one inning on Monday.

C Lou Santangelo: The 6-foot-1, 200-pound backstop went 1-for-7 with three strikeouts in three games with Mesa. He hasn't played since Friday.

OF Mike Rodriguez: Rodriguez went hitless in his first four at-bats, but he collected hits and scored in each of his last two games. On Saturday, the 26-year-old outfielder went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Mesa's 6-5 loss to the Peoria Saguaros.


3B Koby Clemens: Despite being in a 3-for-19 slide, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Clemens is still hitting a respectable .256. The third baseman has one homer and seven RBIs through 11 games. The 20-year-old has fanned 15 times in 39 at-bats, including four strikeouts last Friday.

SS Tommy Manzella: Manzella was taken off the North Shore roster on Oct. 11 due to an undisclosed injury. He went 0-for-12 with one run scored in three games.

Eric Justic is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.