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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Centeno is human

A Midwest League offense finally figured out how to score against Henry Centeno

Henry Centeno has been cruising through Midwest League lineups this season
Henry Centeno has been cruising through Midwest League lineups this season
Jim Donten

Does anyone have input for what our pre-draft coverage should look like this year? Lately, it has been a few dozen player profiles covering pitchers with stuff, pitchers with control, middle-of-the-diamond hitters and corner players.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (18-28)

Durham's offense never arrived at the ballpark in its 5-0 loss to Toledo. Nick Franklin's double was the Bulls' only hit for extra-bases out of four, and Adam Wilk allowed four runs in six innings.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (23-20)

Montgomery was off.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (22-23)

A late offensive surge lifted Charlotte to a 6-2 win over St. Lucie Tuesday. Immediately after St. Lucie tied the game at two in the seventh, the Stone Crabs responded with a hit parade to retake the lead. Andrew Velazquez led off with a single and scored on Cade Gotta's double, and he came home on Justin Williams' single. Jace Conrad's hit would later score Williams, and they tacked on an extra run in the ninth. Starter Yonny Chirinos struck out six and was charged with two runs in six-plus innings.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (24-21)

Henry Centeno allowed a season-high four runs in Bowling Green's 5-2 loss to West Michigan. Facing the Whitecaps for the second straight start, the righty allowed a run in the first inning but settled in. In a 1-1 game, Kevin Padlo's home run in the third gave the Hot Rods their first lead before West Michigan got to Centeno for three in the sixth. He finished with four runs allowed in seven innings despite striking out seven and walking none.


Notable Performances

AAA SS Daniel Robertson: 0-for-2, 2 BB
AAA OF Richie Shaffer: 1-for-3, 1 BB

AAA LHP Adam Wilk: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

A+ SS Andrew Velazquez: 3-for-5, 1 R
A+ OF Cade Gotta: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
A+ OF Justin Williams: 1-for-5, 1 R, 2 K
A+ C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 K
A+ OF Thomas Milone: 1-for-3, 1 BB

A+ RHP Yonny Chirinos: 6+ IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

A 1B Joe McCarthy: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
A 3B Kevin Padlo: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K

A RHP Henry Centeno: 7 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

Today's games (probables courtesy

Durham @ Toledo 10:35 AM ET (, radio stream)
Justin Marks (1-4, 4.29) v. TBA

Montgomery v. Jackson 8:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
Chris Kirsch (3-1, 4.00) v. Andrew Moore (0-0, -.--)

Charlotte @ St. Lucie 6:30 PM ET (radio stream)
Hunter Wood (3-2, 1.80) v. Josh Prevost (2-5, 5.27)

Bowling Green v. West Michigan 7:35 PM ET (radio stream)
Taylor Hawkins (1-3, 3.58) v. Matt Hall (5-0, 0.69)

Scouting the opposition

Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit)
19-24 (4th in IL West)
Offense: 166 R (8th) .668 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.43 ERA (7th) 1.38 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Dixon Machado (8), RHP Jeff Ferrell (21), RHP Jose Valdez (23), OF Wynton Bernard (24)

Jackson Generals (Seattle)
27-17 (1st in SL North)
Offense: 191 R (5th) .702 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.51 ERA (4th) 1.31 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Edwin Diaz (2), OF Tyler O'Neill (4), OF Guillermo Heredia (7), 1B D.J. Peterson (10), LHP Ryan Yarbrough (14), RHP Dan Altavilla (24), OF Ian Miller (31)

St. Lucie Mets
23-21 (T-1st in FSL South)
Offense: 170 R (6th) .673 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.35 ERA (7th) 1.26 WHIP (7th)
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)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
23-19 (3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 164 R (8th) .654 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.04 ERA (3rd) 1.22 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Beau Burrows (2), OF Derek Hill (10), OF Jose Azocar (15), RHP Drew Smith (19), RHP Gerson Moreno (20), RHP Sandy Baez (26)