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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Wood is good

Brent Honeywell isn't Charlotte's only starter who may be too good for the Florida State League

Hunter Wood has continued to dominate FSL hitters
Hunter Wood has continued to dominate FSL hitters
Jim Donten

Hunter Wood still has to cut down on his walk rate, which is currently 9.2 percent. Much of that damage, though, was done in one game, when he walked six Tampa hitters and lasted just 3 2/3 innings. Had he only walked three that game, his walk rate for the season would be about two points lower. For the season, his strike percentage is right around 63 percent.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (14-17)

Durham's dormant offense briefly awoke in its 2-1 loss to Buffalo. After Dalton Pompey led the game off with a home run off Blake Snell, Jaff Decker started the Bulls' first at-bat with a double and eventually scored the tying run. That would be it for their bats, but Snell also limited the Bisons after that early mistake. He finished with seven strikeouts and just the run allowed in 5 1/3 innings before Buffalo scored the go-ahead run was charged to Adam Kolarek in the ninth.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (16-13)

Juniel Querecuto's 11th-inning single lifted Montgomery to a 4-3 walkoff win over Tennessee Tuesday. With two on and none out, Jake DePew was unable to sacrifice the runners into scoring position, but Querecuto's base hit picked his teammate up. Jake Bauers had a three-hit game that included a home run off the Cubs' top pitching prospect, Duane Underwood, and Jacob Faria allowed two runs in seven innings despite five more walks.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (16-14)

Hunter Wood turned in one of the best starts of his career in Charlotte's 6-2 win over Palm Beach. He did not allow a hit until the fourth inning, and that would be the only one he allowed in 6 2/3 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and just one walk. The Stone Crabs got on the board with back-to-back doubles from Cade Gotta and Nick Ciuffo in the first, and after a pair of runs in the third, Riley Unroe's solo home run in the fourth extended the lead.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (16-14)

David Rodriguez homered twice, but Zacrey Law was the hero in Bowling Green's 11-inning, 4-3 win over Lansing. After the Lugnuts went up 3-0 in the second inning, Rodriguez's first home run got the Hot Rods on the board, and his second tied the game in the ninth. In the 11th, a throwing error allowed Manny Sanchez to move up to third base, and Law drove him in with a single. Starter Roel Ramirez allowed three runs in six innings, and Armando Bastardo and Diego Castillo combined for five scoreless innings of relief.


Notable Performances

AAA OF Jaff Decker: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K
AAA IF Daniel Robertson: 1-for-4, 1 BB
AAA IF Nick Franklin: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
AAA IF/OF Richie Shaffer: 0-for-4, 2 K
AAA UT Taylor Motter: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 SB

AAA LHP Blake Snell: 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
AAA LHP Adam Kolarek: 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

AA IF Jake Hager: 1-for-5, 1 R, 2 K
AA OF Jake Bauers: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
AA SS Willy Adames: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
AA IF Kean Wong: 0-for-5, 2 K
AA 1B Casey Gillaspie: 2-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K
AA OF Granden Goetzman: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 K, 1 SB
AA C Jake DePew: 0-for-5, 2 K

AA RHP Jacob Faria: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 6 K
AA RHP Brad Schreiber: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

A+ IF Riley Unroe: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
A+ OF Cade Gotta: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
A+ C Nick Ciuffo: 3-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI
A+ C Mac James: 3-for-5, 1 RBI
A+ OF Thomas Milone: 0-for-3

A+ RHP Hunter Wood: 6 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K
A+ RHP Ian Gibaut: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K

A IF Jake Cronenworth: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 3 K
A 3B Kevin Padlo: 0-for-3, 2 BB
A C David Rodriguez: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

A RHP Roel Ramirez: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
A RHP Diego Castillo: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Today's probables (All probables courtesy

Durham v. Buffalo 7:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jaime Schultz (3-1, 2.73) v. Scott Diamond (2-3, 2.52)

Montgomery v. Tennessee 8:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Taylor Guerrieri (1-1, 4.25) v. Paul Blackburn (3-0, 0.24)

Charlotte v. Palm Beach 6:35 PM ET (radio stream)
Benton Moss (2-1, 3.64) v. Matt Pearce (2-1, 2.64)

Bowling Green v. Lansing 11:35 AM ET (radio stream)
Henry Centeno (3-0, 0.96) v. Tayler Saucedo (1-3, 4.88)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Buffalo Bisons (Toronto)
13-17 (6th in IL North)
Offense: 106 R (12th) .632 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.57 ERA (9th) 1.33 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Arnold Leon (20), 1B Casey Kotchman

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
15-15 (3rd in SL North)
Offense: 130 R (5th) .707 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.27 ERA (3rd) 1.33 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Billy McKinney (7), RHP Duane Underwood (4), 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 Hannemann (26), RHP Andury Acevedo (29)

Palm Beach Cardinals
14-17 (6th in FSL South)
Offense: 101 R (9th) .579 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.37 ERA (7th) 1.29 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jack Flaherty (3), LHP Austin Gomber (14), SS Oscar Mercado (26)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
16-11 (3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 104 R (T-10th) .642 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.85 ERA (3rd) 1.17 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Sean Reid-Foley (5), RHP Jon Harris (6), 3B Carl Wise (25), LHP Angel Perdomo (26)