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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Honeywell, Padlo stand out in openers

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Opening Day was highlighted by starting pitching prospects

Southern League hitters should treasure the time they have to hit before Brent Honeywell arrives
Southern League hitters should treasure the time they have to hit before Brent Honeywell arrives
Jim Donten

There were nice performances for each affiliate Thursday, both in the batter's box and on the mound. From Jaff Decker in center field to Patrick Leonard in the outfield to Jake Hager at third base and Jake Cronenworth at shortstop, I was pretty interested by a lot of defensive positions too.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (1-0)

Blake Snell was unable to start his season with 49 straight scoreless innings, but he was solid in Durham's 7-3 win over Charlotte. The Minor League Player of the Year allowed two runs in five innings with five strikeouts, and Dylan Floro followed with five strikeouts in three innings, only allowing a run. The Bulls broke the game open with a five-run second inning that included RBI hits from Patrick Leonard, Luke Maile and Richie Shaffer.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (0-1)

Jacob Faria ran out of steam after five innings in Montgomery's 6-0 loss to Jackson. After holding the Generals scoreless through five innings, he was knocked out after allowing an RBI single with two outs in the sixth and would be charged with three runs in 5 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts. The Biscuits accumulated just four hits, two of which came off the bat of Johnny Field.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (0-1)

Charlotte wasted a strong Brent Honeywell start in its season-opening 5-3 loss to Palm Beach. Honeywell faced the minimum through three innings and went on to allow just a run in six innings with five strikeouts, but Palm Beach closed the game with five unanswered runs after Jace Conrad's RBI single gave the Stone Crabs a 3-0 lead in the sixth. Reliever Mike Franco was charged with four runs -- two earned -- in the eighth.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (1-0)

Kevin Padlo made a splash in his Rays debut with a home run in Bowling Green's 7-1 win over Dayton. After walking in his first trip to the plate, Padlo's two-run shot in the third inning put the Hot Rods ahead for good, and he would later draw another walk. Starter Jose Mujica allowed just a run in five innings, and Jose Alvarado and Ian Gibaut combined to strike out nine in four innings of relief.

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Notable performances

AAA OF Jaff Dacker: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 1 SB
AAA IF Richie Shaffer: 2-for-3, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
AA OF Johnny Field: 2-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 SB
A+ OF Bralin Jackson: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
A IF Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
A 3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
AAA RHP Dylan Floro: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
A+ RHP Brent Honeywell: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
A RHP Jose Mujica: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
A LHP Jose Alvarado: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
A RHP Ian Gibaut: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

AA SS Willy Adames: 0-for-4, 2 K
AA C Mike Marjama: 0-for-4, 2 K
A+ OF Thomas Milone: 0-for-4, 2 K, 1 CS
A OF Angel Moreno: 0-for-4, 2 K
AA RHP Parker Markel: 1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
A+ RHP Mike Franco: 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 4 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)

Durham v. Charlotte 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Andriese (0-0, -.--) v. Erik Johnson (0-0, -.--)

Montgomery @ Jackson 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Ryan Yarbrough (0-0, -.--)

Charlotte @ Palm Beach 6:30 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Austin Gomber (0-0, -.--)

Bowling Green v. Dayton 7:35 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Jacob Constante (0-0, -.--)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
0-1 (T-3rd in IL South)
Offense: Will not have stats until next series
Pitching: Will not have stats until next series
Top 30 Prospects: Did not release roster in time

Jackson Generals (Seattle)
1-0 (T-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)

Palm Beach Cardinals
1-0 (1st in FSL South)
Offense: Will not have stats until next series
Pitching: Will not have stats until next series
Top 30 Prospects: Did not release roster in time

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
0-1 (T-6th in MWL East)
Offense: Will not have stats until next series
Pitching: Will not have stats until next series
Top 30 Prospects: C Tyler Stephenson (4), RHP Tanner Rainey (17)