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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Montgomery drops the hammer in 17-run barrage

Brandon Lowe went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI, and run scored in Bowling Green's loss

Willy Adames went 4-for-5 with 4 RBIs, including a three-run home run
Willy Adames went 4-for-5 with 4 RBIs, including a three-run home run
Jim Donten

The Rays selected three players on Day 1 of the 2016 draft: high school third baseman Josh Lowe and college outfielders Ryan Boldt and Jake Fraley. The draft continues Friday afternoon.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (28-34)

The Bulls pulled out a close 3-2 victory over the Norfolk Tides with two home runs in the series finale against the Tides. Logan Forsythe continued his rehab assignment with a solo home run in the third inning to break open the scoring. Jake Goebbert smacked his fourth home run of the year with a two-run blast in the seventh inning to get the game-winning run. Justin Marks struck out eight in six innings, allowing two runs on four hits. Eddie Gamboa and Steve Geltz shut the door on the Tides, allowing only three baserunners over three combined innings.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (30-30)

Montgomery absolutely demolished the Biloxi Shuckers, plating 17 runs in its monster 17-2 victory. The Biscuits knocked 20 hits with each batter registering at least one hit and almost everyone scoring a run. Willy Adames and Patrick Leonard led the game with four RBIs each. Adames hit his eigth home run of the year, a three-run shot as part of a six-run sixth inning. Jake Bauers and Jake DePew drove in three runs apiece; Bauers now has 34 on the year. Kean Wong, Mike Marjama, and Braxton Lee all contributed a RBI. Casey Gillaspie scored four runs while going 2-for-4 with two walks. Taylor Guerrieri had more than enough run support in his fourth win of the year, allowing two runs -- one earned -- over six innings of work.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (30-30)

Charlotte came back even to .500 after losing a 4-2 game to the Clearwater Threshers. Jonny Venters started but only went one inning, allowing one run and taking the loss. Greg Harris pitched six innings afterwards allowing two more runs which put Charlotte three runs in the hole. Despite back-to-back RBIs by Alec Sole and Bralin Jackson in the seventh, the Stone Crabs could never claw back. Justin Williams left the game after one at-bat, which we hope isn't due to a re-aggravation of the injury that sent Williams to the DL on April 22.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (29-30)

A blown lead in the top of ninth cost Bowling Green the game in a 4-3 decision with the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Diego Castillo walked out hoping to close out the game, but instead blew his second save and took his third loss of the year. Jose Mujica turned in one of his better starts of the year, limiting the TinCaps to two runs over six innings, keeping the game tied through that point. A Brandon Lowe RBI single gave Bowling Green the lead in the bottom of the seventh, but the lead was fleeting with Castilla blowing the save.


Notable Performances


2B Logan Forsythe: 1-for-3, R, HR (1), RBI (1)
OF Jaff Decker: 1-for-3, R
OF Jake Goebbert: 1-for-3, R, HR (4), 2 RBI (12), K

LHP Justin Marks: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
RHP Eddie Gamboa: W (2-1), 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Steve Geltz: S (2), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K


2B Kean Wong: 2-for-6, 2 R, RBI (22)
1B Casey Gillaspie: 2-for-4, 4 R, 2 BB
SS Willy Adames: 4-for-5, 3 R, HR (8), 4 RBI (29)
OF Jake Bauers: 3-for-5, R, 3 RBI (34), K
3B Patrick Leonard: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2B (4), HR (3), 4 RBI (9), K
C Mike Marjama: 1-for-5, R, HR (3), RBI (21), K
OF Cade Gotta: 2-for-4, 3 R, BB
OF Braxton Lee: 1-for-4, 2B (4), RBI (5), BB, 2 K
C Jake Depew: 2-for-5, R, 2B (5), 3 RBI (12), K

RHP Taylor Guerrieri: W (4-4), 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Jared Mortensen: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Jeff Ames: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Class-A Advanced

IF Alec Sole: 2-for-4, R, 3B (3), RBI (25), K


1B Joe McCarthy: 1-for-5, RBI (23), K
2B Brandon Lowe: 3-for-4, R, 2B (5), RBI (15)
3B Peter Maris: 1-for-2, 2 BB, K
OF Manny Sanchez: 2-for-4, 2B (6)

RHP Jose Mujica: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
RHP Reece Karalus: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Today's Probables

Durham @ Lehigh Valley 7:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
Blake Snell (3-4, 3.14) v. Jake Thompson (4-5, 3.82)

Montgomery @ Pensacola 7:30 PM ET (, radio stream)
TBA v. Jackson Stephens (5-4, 3.36)

Charlotte v. Clearwater 6:35 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Tom Eshelman (3-2, 3.54)

Bowling Green v. South Bend 7:35 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Preston Morrison (4-3, 3.61)

Scouting the Opposition

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia)
32-27, 3rd in IL North
Offense: 248 R (3rd), .733 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.68 ERA (9th), 1.23 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: SS J.P. Crawford (1), OF Nick Williams (2), RHP Jake Thompson (3), C Andrew Knapp (4), RHP Mark Appel (8), RHP Zach Eflin (13), RHP Edubray Ramos (17), 2B/OF Darnell Sweeney (26), RHP Ben Lively (27)

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati)
33-25, T-1st in SL South
Offense: 244 R (6th), .691 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.18 ERA (1st), 1.23 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Amir Garrett (3), RHP Rookie Davis (6), SS Alex Blandino (6), Nick Travieso (7), RHP Sal Romano (9), OF Phillip Ervin (12), 3B Eric Jagielo (13), SS Carton Daal (23), RHP Jackson Stephens (31)

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia)
32-25, 2nd in FSL North
Offense: 228 R (5th), .678 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.15 ERA (5th), 1.20 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: CF Carlos Tocci (10), SS Malquin Canelo (12), 2B Scott Kingery (14), RHP Tom Eshelman (17), RHP Alberto Tirado (18), LHP Elniery Garcia (22), 1B Kyle Martin (30)

South Bend Cubs
35-23, 1st in MWL East
Offense: 274 R (4th), .726 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.73 ERA (12th), 1.27 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Eloy Jimenez (9), LHP Justin Steele (14), OF Donnie Dewees (17), LHP Carson Sands (22), OF Eddy Julio Martinez (28)