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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Adames hits clutch home run

Willy Adames and Jake Bauers both went deep for Montgomery on Wednesday afternoon

In 2015, it took Willy Adames 27 games to hit his second home run
In 2015, it took Willy Adames 27 games to hit his second home run
Jim Donten

With 4/20 behind us, be on the lookout for some more Rays prospect suspensions.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (8-6)

He didn't quite strike out 11, but Austin Pruitt was still good in Durham's 5-3 win over Gwinnett. After fanning 11 in back-to-back starts to begin the season, Pruitt allowed a run in the first and second innings before settling in. He would finish with five punchouts and two runs allowed in six innings of work. The Bulls went in front for good with a three-run third capped by Dayron Varona's two-run double, and they tacked on some insurance in the fifth.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (7-6)

Willy Adames' ninth-inning home run lifted Montgomery to a 6-5 win over Tennessee. After the Smokies had gone up 4-3 with a three-run eighth, Adames' second homer of the year, a three-run shot, provided the Biscuits with just enough offense to hang on for the win. Earlier in the game, Jake Bauers' home run started a three-run fourth for Montgomery. Starter Ryne Stanek struck out five in four one-hit innings but also walked four.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (8-6)

Charlotte continued to receive great starting pitching in its 4-0 win over St. Lucie. This time, it was Greg Harris doing the dominating. Besides working through a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, he cruised through seven innings with three strikeouts, only allowing three hits and two walks. The Stone Crabs got all four of their runs in the third with RBI hits from Alec Sole, Cristian Toribio, Mac James and Grant Kay.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (6-8)

Cameron Varga had a tough time in Bowling Green's 8-4 loss to South Bend. He was handed a 2-0 lead through half an inning, but after striking out the first batter he faced, five straight South Bend hitters reached base on their way to a four-run frame. Angel Perez drove in a run to pull the Hot Rods back within one in the third, but Varga allowed the first four hitters of the inning to reach base and was eventually charged with eight runs -- seven earned -- in two-plus innings.


Notable Performances

AAA OF Jaff Decker: 3-for-5
AAA IF Daniel Robertson: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
AAA UT Taylor Motter: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K
AAA IF Richie Shaffer: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI

AAA RHP Austin Pruitt: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

AA OF Jake Bauers: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
AA SS Willy Adames: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
AA 1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-3, 2 BB

AA RHP Ryne Stanek: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K
AA LHP Adam Kolarek: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K

A+ IF Riley Unroe: 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB
A+ OF Thomas Milone: 0-for-5, 1 R, 1 K
A+ C Nick Ciuffo: 0-for-4, 1 K
A+ IF Alec Sole: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI

A+ RHP Greg Harris: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

A IF Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
A 1B Joe McCarthy: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
A C David Rodriguez: 3-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
A 3B Kevin Padlo: 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 K
A OF Zacrey Law: 0-for-4, 2 K
A IF Peter Maris: 0-for-4, 2 K
A OF Angel Moreno: 0-for-4, 3 K

A RHP Cameron Varga: 2+ IP, 9 H, 8 R (7 ER), 1 BB, 2 K

Today's probables (All probables courtesy

Durham @ Norfolk 6:35 PM ET (, radio stream)
Adam Wilk (0-1, 4.22) v. Terry Doyle (0-1, 3.65)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 11:35 AM ET (, radio stream)
Chris Kirsch (1-0, 0.82) v. Jen-Ho Tseng (0-1, 2.57)

Charlotte @ St. Lucie 6:30 PM ET (radio stream)
Chris Pike* (0-1, 1.54) v. Corey Oswalt (1-0, 5.19)

Bowling Green @ Great Lakes 6:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Michael Velasquez* (0-2, 6.43) v. Isaac Anderson (0-0, 2.00)

*TBA as listed on

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
4-9 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 51 R (4th) .694 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.97 ERA (13th) 1.50 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Dariel Alvarez (13), 1B/OF Christian Walker (14), RHP Oliver Drake (21), LHP Ariel Miranda (23)

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
6-8 (3rd 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)

St. Lucie Mets
8-6 (T-2nd in FSL South)
Offense: 38 R (8th), .629 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.18 ERA (7th), 1.17 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Amed Rosario (2), OF Wuilmer Becerra (10), 3B Jhoan Urena (11), SS Luis Guillorme (12), RHP Chris Flexin (26), OF John Mora (28)

Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers)
5-6 (6th in MWL East)
Offense: 34 R (16th) .571 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 2.69 ERA (3rd) 1.14 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Omar Estevez (10), IF Brendon Davis (25), OF Ariel Sandoval (28), OF Jordan Paroubeck (30)