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Rays down on the farm May 11: Rays down on the farm is back

After a brief break, down on the farm is back

Enny Romero's return is a lot more interesting and consequential than mine
Enny Romero's return is a lot more interesting and consequential than mine
Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

After attending to a family emergency, I'll be back to posting daily. Hopefully nothing interesting happened over the past week, because as far as I'm concerned, nothing happened.

Note that Charlotte is beginning a series at Clearwater tonight. You have a great opportunity to see a strong roster. Brent Honeywell is also appearing on MiLB.TV again.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (19-12)

Enny Romero's return to Durham was smooth in the Bulls' 5-1 win over Syracuse. Only 46 of his 73 pitches were strikes, but he struck out four and walked just one over five three-hit, scoreless innings. Durham only collected five hits, but it made them count. Mikie Mahtook hit a two-run home run in the first inning, and Allan Dykstra followed with a solo shot an inning later. In the seventh, J.P. Arencibia added a run with his sixth homer of the season.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (14-16)

Bradin Hagens was roughed up in Montgomery's 10-4 loss to Birmingham. The Barons hammered four extra base hits off Hagens in a five-run first inning, and that proved to be the only offense they needed. Richie Shaffer hit an RBI double in the bottom half of the first, but Birmingham added on against Hagens, who finished with seven runs allowed on 12 hits and a walk in five innings with a pair of strikeouts.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (20-10)

Charlotte was off.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (19-11)

Bowling Green was off.


Notable performances

AAA 1B Allan Dykstra: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
AAA LHP Enny Romero: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

AA RHP Bradin Hagens: 5 IP, 12 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
AA RHP Matt Lollis: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Buffalo 6:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Dylan Floro (3-2, 3.82) v. Daniel Norris (0-1, 1.59)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jaime Schultz (4-0, 2.51) v. Jeffry Antigua (0-1, 3.86)

Charlotte @ Clearwater 7 PM (radio stream)

Bowling Green @ West Michigan 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Brent Honeywell (2-1, 1.61) v. Ross Seaton (3-1, 3.12)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Buffalo Bisons (Toronto) (updated through 5/9)
15-15 (3rd in IL North)
Offense: 93 R (14th) .653 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 2.59 ERA (2nd) 1.19 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Dalton Pompey (4), C A.J. Jimenez (23), 3B Andy Burns (24)

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) (updated through 5/9)
15-14 (T-2nd in SL North)
Offense: 135 R (3rd) .731 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.21 ERA (3rd) 1.21 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: C Kyle Schwarber (4), RHP C.J. Edwards (5), OF Albert Almora (7), LHP Rob Zastryzny (14), RHP Corey Black (16), OF Jacob Hannemann (17), OF Bijan Rademacher (21), 1B Dan Vogelbach (25)

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia) (updated through 5/9)
15-15 (3rd in FSL North)
Offense: 124 R (3rd) .675 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.44 ERA (7th) 1.22 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS J.P. Crawford (1), LHP Matt Imhof (8), LHP Yoel Mecias (12), IF Jesmuel Valentin (13), RHP Victor Arano (14), C Andrew Knapp (17), OF Dylan Cozens (18), OF Aaron Brown (22), 3B Zach Green (25), OF Andrew Pullin (28)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit) (updated through 5/9)
13-17 (7th in MWL East)
Offense: 118 R (8th) .641 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.85 ERA (13th) 1.33 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Derek Hill (3), 3B Zac Shepherd (11), RHP Joe Jimenez (14), RHP Spencer Turnbull (18), OF Michael Gerber (19), 3B Joey Pankake (30)