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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Crabs head to Clearwater

Tampa Bay-area fans will get their first chance to see the Stone Crabs without much travel

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Austin Pruitt was a pretty clear star on Sunday with his first career start with double-digit punchouts. He was solid for Montgomery in 2015.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (3-1)

Dayron Varona's three-run home run was the difference in Durham's 6-4 win over Charlotte. Jaff Decker's homer in the third put the Bulls up 1-0, and they led 2-1 when Varona capped a two-out rally to extend their edge to four runs. On the mound, Austin Pruitt was sharp, allowing just a run in six innings and also set a career high in strikeouts with 11.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (1-3)

Montgomery's offense finally broke out in its 9-2 win over Jackson. After posting individual runs in the first, second and fourth innings -- including a solo home run from Jake DePew -- Jake Hager and Johnny Field each doubled in a run in the fifth, and Field and Kean Wong combined to drive in three more in the seventh on another pair of doubles. Chris Kirsch struck out two and allowed four hits and two walks in six scoreless innings.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (1-3)

Riley Unroe homered to lead off the game, and Charlotte's offense then checked out in its 4-1 loss to Palm Beach. After Unroe's first home run of the season, the Stone Crabs managed just six more hits the rest of the game. Starter Greg Harris allowed two Palm Beach runs in the second and finished with those two runs allowed in four innings.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-1)

Bowling Green scored five in the third and later tacked on just enough in its 8-7 win over Dayton. After the Dragons went up 1-0 in the second, five Hot Rods reached base in the third, and three runs had scored before the first out of the inning was recorded on a sacrifice bunt. Joe McCarthy capped the scoring with a two-run single. Dayton eventually tied the game in the sixth, but Michael Russell delivered the decisive run with a bases-loaded single in the seventh. Starter Angel Yepez was hit hard for five runs on 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings.


Notable performances

AAA OF Dayron Varona: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K
AA SS Willy Adames: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB
AA IF Jake Hager: 3-for-5, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
AA OF Johnny Field: 3-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 1 K
A+ C Mac James: 3-for-4, 1 K
A OF Angel Perez: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
A 1B Joe McCarthy: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
A OF Manny Sanchez: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K
AAA RHP Austin Pruitt: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K
AA LHP Chris Kirsch: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K

A 2B Brandon Lowe: 0-for-5, 1 R, 1 K
AAA RHP Kyle McPherson: two-thirds IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
A RHP Angel Yepez: 4 2/3 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Charlotte 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Adam Wilk (0-0, -.--) v. Casey Kelly (0-0, -.--)

Montgomery @ Jackson 12:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Dylan Unsworth (0-0, -.--)

Charlotte @ Clearwater 7 PM (radio stream)
Chris Pike (0-0, -.--) v. Tyler Viza (0-0, -.--)

Bowling Green @ South Bend 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Genesis Cabrera (0-0, -.--) v. Adbert Alzolay (0-0, -.--)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves
3-1 (T-1st in IL South)
Offense: 21 R (1st) .747 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.75 ERA (9th) 1.58 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Tyrell Jenkins (14), RHP John Gant (16), 3B Rio Ruiz (17), LHP Brady Feigl (23), RHP Aaron Blair

Jackson Generals (Seattle)
3-1 (1st in SL North)
Offense: Will not have stats until next series
Pitching: Will not have stats until next series
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Edwin Diaz (2), OF Tyler O'Neill (4), 1B D.J. Peterson (10), LHP Ryan Yarbrough (14), RHP Dan Altavilla (24)

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia)
2-2 (T-3rd in FSL North)
Offense: 21 R (3rd) .833 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.11 ERA (5th) 1.20 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: CF Carlos Tocci (10), SS Malquin Canelo (12), 2B Scott Kingery (14), LHP Elniery Garcia (22), 1B Kyle Martin, RHP Tom Eshelman

South Bend Cubs
1-2 (6th in MWL East)
Offense: 12 R (8th) .779 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 1.80 ERA (1st) 1.40 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Eloy Jimenez (9), LHP Justin Steele (14), OF Donnie Dewees (17), LHP Carson Sands (22), OF Eddy Julio Martinez (28)