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Down on the farm May 9: Rays draft drought is over

Derek Dietrich becomes the first draft pick in the Rays era to reach the majors

Prior to Dietrich's addition to the Marlins roster, Stephen Vogt (2007) was the most recent Tampa Bay pick to reach the majors
Prior to Dietrich's addition to the Marlins roster, Stephen Vogt (2007) was the most recent Tampa Bay pick to reach the majors
Jim Donten

Dietrich picked up his first ML hit in his first at-bat playing second base for the Marlins. Miami acquired him for Yunel Escobar over the winter. Another former Ray, Robinson Chirinos, will be joining the Rangers due to A.J. Pierzynski's injury.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (10-22) ***Featured game of the day***

A late comeback helped Charlotte extend their winning streak to two with a 7-6 win over Brevard County. The morning contest got off to a fast start thanks to Kes Carter as the Stone Crabs leadoff hitter began the game with a solo home run. The lead was short lived though. Brandon Macias led off the bottom of the first with a home run of his own, and Cameron Garfield hit one three batters later. Charlotte starter Felipe Rivero turned in another poor start despite striking out seven in 4.1 innings by allowing four runs on five hits and three walks. They would tie the game in the fifth with a two run triple by Willie Argo who would come around to score on a Jake Hager single, but they would find themselves behind again. Down one in the eighth, the Stone Crabs retook the lead on a two run home run by Richie Shaffer, but Eliazer Suero quickly lost the lead. Finally, Jake DePew's solo home run in the ninth gave Charlotte the 7-6 lead they would finally hold on to. Lenny LInsky allowed an inherited runner to score but got the win.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (20-13)

Durham fell behind early and couldn't quite come back in their 5-3 Wednesday morning loss to Syracuse. With two outs in the second, Alex Colome served up a two run homer to Mike Costanzo, and he would allow another run the next inning after two singles followed a Colome error. Colome was eventually charged with a fourth run, and he finished the game with four runs (three earned) allowed in 5.2 innings, but he did strike out 10 and only walk one. Durham collected only eight hits, and none went for extra bases. Chris Gimenez had two of them, and Wil Myers reached base twice.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (18-14)

Montgomery rebounded from Tuesday's drubbing and knocked off Mississippi 8-4 Wednesday. They did all of their damage in three multi-run innings, starting with a three run third that featured Shawn O'Malley and Cameron Seitzer RBI extra base hits. As the Biscuits were adding insurance runs just a couple innings later, the biggest hit of the game came off the bat of Robby Price, whose sixth inning double, his second of the game, cleared the bases gave Montgomery an 8-3 lead. Matt Buschmann struggled pitching the shutdown inning, but it was a very good start nonetheless. He allowed three runs in seven innings on five hits and a walk while striking out eight. Five Biscuits had two hit games, including Kevin Kiermaier who set the table for the lineup by reaching base three times as the leadoff hitter.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (20-11)

Blake Snell was a tough luck loser in Bowling Green's 2-0 loss to West Michigan. Snell absolutely dominating, yielding only a two run home run in the first that proved to be the only runs scored in the game. He struck out 10, walked none and only allowed three hits in six innings. Whitecaps starter Jordan John was up to the task though, throwing 6.2 scoreless innings of his own. The Hot Rods actually had twice as many runners reach base as West Michigan, but they were hitless with runners in scoring position and hit into two double plays. Marty Gantt and Joey Rickard both had two hit games.


Star of the day- Blake Snell not walking anyone is always a positive.

Goat of the day- Bowling Green's offense

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Syracuse 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
J.D. Martin (3-1, 3.94) v. Ross Ohlendorf* (3-3, 4.58)

Montgomery v. Mississippi 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV)
Merrill Kelly (2-2, 3.48) v. Alex Wood (1-1, 0.58)

Charlotte @ Bradenton 6:30 PM
Jesse Hahn* (0-0, 0.50) v. Robby Rowland (2-0, 4.40)

Bowling Green v. West Michigan 8:05 PM
Dylan Floro (2-0, 1.08) v. Endrys Briceno (0-2, 6.26)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Syracuse Chiefs (Washington)
13-19 (6th in IL North)
Offense: 140 R (6th) .701 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 4.80 ERA (14th) 1.44 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Eury Perez (7), SS Zach Walters (10), OF Corey Brown (20), 2B Jeff Kobernus (21), LHP Danny Rosenbaum (22), 1B Chris Marrero (23), 3B Carlos Rivero (24)

Mississippi Braves
20-12 (1st in SL South)
Offense: 149 R (3rd) .708 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 2.91 ERA (1st) 1.19 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP J.R. Graham (2), C Christian Bethancourt (3), LHP Alex Wood (7), RHP Cody Martin (13), 3B Edward Salcedo (17), RHP Aaron Northcraft (30)

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
12-21 (5th in FSL South)
Offense: 133 R (8th) .680 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.83 ERA (6th) 1.30 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Gregory Polanco (4), SS Alen Hanson (5), RHP Nick Kingham (17), OF Willy Garcia (18), RHP Adrian Sampson (21), 1B Jose Osuna (24), Zack Von Rosenberg (31)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
14-16 (4th in MWL East)
Offense: 144 R (7th) .703 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.79 ERA (8th) 1.40 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Austin Schotts (5), OF Danry Vasquez (6), RHP Montreal Robertson (18), RHP Endrys Briceno (22), RHP Edgar De La Rosa (29)