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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Adames the hero again

Willy Adames delivers another late home run to lift Montgomery to victory

If anyone was worried about Willy Adames' elbow injury lingering, those concerns are probably gone
If anyone was worried about Willy Adames' elbow injury lingering, those concerns are probably gone
Jim Donten

Montgomery has a really interesting lineup, even with Justin O'Conner yet to play in 2016. Its bats are third in the league in runs despite playing one fewer game than the two teams in front of them. The Biscuits are fourth in on-base percentage, first in slugging and lead the league in home runs. They have the third fewest strikeouts and are third in walks.

That's great, but think about this -- the position players' average age is 22.6 according to Baseball Reference, a full year younger than the second youngest team. Not only are they hitting well so far, but players like Jake Bauers, Willy Adames and Kean Wong are doing it as some of the youngest players in the Southern League.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (10-10)

Durham was shut down by top Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow in a 9-0 loss to Indianapolis. Glasnow fanned 11 and yielded just two hits and a walk. Bulls starter Adam Walk allowed two runs -- one earned -- in 6 2/3 innings, but the game fell apart in the ninth when Kyle McPherson allowed four home runs and seven earned runs against his former team.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (11-8)

Willy Adames capped a wild slugfest with a pinch-hit, walkoff home run in Montgomery's 11-10 win over Jacksonville. The Biscuits initially held a 6-1 lead with two runs batted in for both Jake Hager and Casey Gillaspie, but the Suns' four-run eighth put them ahead, 10-8. Mike Marjama's two-out double evened the score in the bottom half of the inning and set the stage for Adames' heroics in the ninth. Parker Markel was the only pitcher out of 11 in the game to not be charged with a run.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (9-10)

A bullpen meltdown cost Charlotte in its 10-5 loss to St. Lucie. Starter Greg Harris didn't help by allowing three early runs, but Mac James, Alec Sole and Riley Unroe combined to drive in four runs in the third to put the Stone Crabs ahead. Protecting a 4-3 lead in his third inning of work, Edwin Fierro allowed a pair of runs in the seventh, but the game really got away when Brian Miller was tagged with four unearned runs in the eighth.

Class-A Bowling Green (8-10)

Bowling Green was suspended and will complete that game Wednesday.


Notable Performances

AAA IF/OF Patrick Leonard: 0-for-4, 4 K
AAA IF/OF Richie Shaffer: 0-for-3, 1 K
AAA UT Taylor Motter: 0-for-3
AAA IF Daniel Robertson: 1-for-3, 2 K

AAA LHP Adam Wilk: 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 6 K
AAA RHP Kyle McPherson: one-third IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
AAA RHP Cameron Seitzer: two-thirds IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

AA IF Jake Hager: 5-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI
AA 1B Jake Bauers: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
AA IF Kean Wong: 0-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
AA 1B Casey Gillaspie: 3-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
AA SS Willy Adames: 1-for-1, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
AA OF Braxton Lee: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB

AA RHP Jared Mortensen: 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
AA RHP Buddy Borden: 2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
AA LHP Adam Kolarek: 1 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

A+ IF Riley Unroe: 2-for-3, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB
A+ IF Grant Kay: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
A+ C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B

A+ RHP Greg Harris: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
A+ RHP Edwin Fierro: 2 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
A+ RHP Brian Miller: 1 1/3 IP, 4 H, 4 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K

Today's probables (All probables courtesy

Durham v. Louisville 7:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
Eddie Gamboa (1-0, 0.71) v. John Lamb (0-2, 19.06)

Montgomery is off

Charlotte v. St. Lucie 6:35 PM ET (radio stream)
Chris Pike (0-1, 3.31) v. Chris Flexen (0-3, 4.82)

Bowling Green v. Clinton 11:35 AM ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
TBA v Nick Wells (1-2, 7.53)

Completion of Tuesday's game followed by a seven-inning game

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Louisville Bats (Cincinnati)
9-8 (3rd in IL West)
Offense: 63 R (9th) .672 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.52 ERA (8th) 1.29 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Robert Stephenson (1), LHP Cody Reed (2), 2B Jose Peraza (4), OF Jesse Winker (5), LHP John Lamb (11), OF Kyle Waldrop (21)

St. Lucie Mets
12-7 (1st in FSL South)
Offense: 68 (6th), .665 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.14 ERA (5th), 1.19 WHIP (4th)
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)

Clinton LumberKings (Seattle)
11-6 (1st in MWL West)
Offense: 71 R (8th), .662 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.59 ERA (10th), 1.33 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Braden Bishop (7), OF Luis Liberato (13), SS Rayder Ascanio (20), LHP Nick Wells (21), RHP Kyle Wilcox (22)