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Rays prospects and minor leagues: FSL no match for Honeywell

Brent Honeywell has pitched like a man among boys in his three starts this season

Jim Donten

I'm following John Town's lead and making the notable performance section a little more robust, because I suspect that's what most people come here for. I'm going to try to include every top-30 prospect, other significant performers from the box score and the starting pitcher for each affiliate. I'm sure I'll forget a player once in a while, but I'll do my best.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (6-5)

A poor first inning cost Durham in its 2-1 loss to Charlotte. Tim Anderson led off with a double and then scored on a single, and a Matt Davidson home run gave the Knights a two-run lead against Blake Snell. He eventually settled in a bit but had to be pulled with the bases loaded in the fifth, finishing with two runs allowed on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and three walks. Nick Franklin's sacrifice fly in the second provided Durham's only run.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (6-4)

Willy Adames' ninth-inning single delivered the go-ahead run in Montgomery's 5-3 win over Tennessee. After the Smokies scored three in the eighth to even the score, Granden Goetzman led off the ninth with a double and later scored on the Adames hit before an error led to an insurance run. For the second time this season, Chih-Wei Hu was sharp with six strikeouts in five scoreless innings.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (6-5)

Brent Honeywell continued to embarrass Florida State League hitters in Charlotte's 4-1 win over Tampa. Other than loading the bases in the second inning before getting out of a jam, Honeywell faced the minimum through six innings and struck out eight. Tampa tied the game at one against Yonny Chirinos, but Mac James scored on an error before Cade Gotta singled in a run a half inning later to put the Stone Crabs in front for good.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (5-6)

Henry Centeno was sharp in relief in Bowling Green's 5-2 win over Lansing. After Brett Sullivan and Joe McCarthy drove in runs in the fourth to give the Hot Rods a 3-2 lead, Centeno ensured they would stay in front. He struck out the first batter he faced in the fifth and finished with seven punchouts in five scoreless innings out of the bullpen after starter Genesis Cabrera allowed two runs -- one earned -- in four frames.


Notable Performances

AAA UT Taylor Motter: 0-for-4, 1 K
AAA IF Richie Shaffer: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 K
AAA OF Mikie Mahtook: 1-for-4, 1 K
AAA IF Daniel Robertson: 0-for-3

AAA LHP Blake Snell: 4 2/3 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

AA SS Willy Adames: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
AA 1B Jake Bauers: 0-for-5, 1 K
AA OF Johnny Field: 0-for-5, 3 K
AA 1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-3, 1 BB
AA OF Granden Goetzman: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB

AA RHP Chih-Wei Hu: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K
AA RHP Jeff Ames: one-third IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

A+ IF Riley Unroe: 0-for-4, 3 K
A+ OF Thomas Milone: 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

A+ RHP Brent Honeywell: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K

A 3B Kevin Padlo: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
A C Brett Sullivan: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
A 1B Joe McCarthy: 1-for-1, 2 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 SB

A LHP Genesis Cabrera: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K
A RHP Henry Centeno: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K

Today's probables (All probables courtesy

Durham @ Gwinnett 7:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
Matt Andriese (0-1, 4.91) v. Mike Foltynewicz (0-0, 0.90)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 7:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
Jacob Faria (0-1, 2.84) v. Paul Blackburn (1-0, 0.82)

Charlotte v. Tampa 6:35 PM ET (radio stream)
Hunter Wood (1-0, 0.00) v. Ian Clarkin (0-1, 3.48)

Bowling Green @ South Bend 7:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Alexis Tapia (0-0, 3.00) v. Carson Sands (0-0, 3.60)

*TBA as listed on

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves
9-2 (1st in IL South)
Offense: 61 R (1st) .767 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 2.66 ERA (5th) 1.29 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Tyrell Jenkins (14), RHP John Gant (16), 3B Rio Ruiz (17), LHP Brady Feigl (23), RHP Aaron Blair

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
4-7 (T-4th in SL North)
Offense: 32 R (4th), .655 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 2.95 ERA (3rd), 1.21 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Bill McKinney (7), 3B Jeimer Candelario (10), OF Mark Zagunis (11), RHP Paul Blackburn (19), RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (20), RHP Brad Markey (23), C Victor Caratini (24), OF Jacob Hannermann (26), RHP Andury Acevedo (29)

Tampa Yankees
6-5 (T-2nd in FSL North)
Offense: 48 R (1st), .772 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 2.79 ERA (6th), 1.15 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Jorge Mateo (1), RHP James Kapriellan (4), 3B Miguel Andujar (12), LHP Jacob Lindgren (14), LHP Ian Clarkin (16), RHP Vicente Campos (20)

South Bend Cubs
5-5 (T-4th in MWL East)
Offense: 39 R (12th) .685 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 5.34 ERA (16th) 1.55 WHIP (15th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Eloy Jimenez (9), LHP Justin Steele (14), OF Donnie Dewees (17), LHP Carson Sands (22), OF Eddy Julio Martinez (28)