David Martinez figures to start Game 2. Jake Buchanan is a candidate to be the Game 3 starter.
A 26-year-old right-hander out of Venezuela, Martinez was dominant in Double-A, posting a 14-2 record with a 2.02 ERA. He also made two appearances in the majors. But with OKC, Martinez is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in three starts.
It's interesting the RedHawks' first-round opponent probably will be Memphis. If Martinez gets a start, as expected, how will he respond facing the same team that roughed him up for six runs in the first inning?
Buchanan, a 23-year-old right-hander, has split the season between Corpus Christi and Oklahoma City. Buchanan was 7-2 with a 2.09 ERA with the Hooks. He's 5-5 with a 3.89 ERA in 12 starts with the RedHawks.
The Astros could still make some moves, but major league teams not in playoff contention prefer to call up players already on the 40-man roster.
RedHawks that fit that criteria include: ultra-talented but erratic utility man Jimmy Paredes, outfielder Marc Krauss and pitchers Hector Ambriz, Jose Cisnero, Rhiner Cruz and Martinez.
Memphis lost speedy center fielder Adron Chambers and former Oklahoma State left-hander Tyler Lyons, who was reassigned to Double-A but is expected to rejoin the Cardinals.
Another variable in the playoffs is a Triple-A team sometimes lands a bonus player when their Double-A affiliate doesn't qualify for the playoffs. But all four of Houston's full-season teams advanced to postseason.
“You never know when the Astros might call up one of our guys or send someone else here,” DeFrancesco. “We've lost some really good players to Houston. The one thing I've liked about this team is whoever has been here has helped us win.”