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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Hot Rods go back-to-back-to-back

Kewby Meyer, Manny Sanchez and Jake Cronenworth quickly erased a 3-0 deficit for Bowling Green Sunday

Jake Cronenworth has had a very good season for Bowling Green
Jake Cronenworth has had a very good season for Bowling Green
Jim Donten

With at least 10 innings scheduled for Monday and games on Tuesday and Wednesday, you have a chance to catch Charlotte in Dunedin this week.

Adrian Rondon got a lot of attention for his three-homer game in his second game this season, but he has been pretty good all season. He was 0-for-4 Sunday, but he has drawn an unintentional walk in four straight games. In 13 July games, he's batting .292 with a .358 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (42-54)

Syracuse got hits from each of the first two hitters of the game, but it did not help in Durham's 8-4 win over the Chiefs. Jaime Schultz got out of that jam, and J.P. Arencibia followed with a leadoff home run to start the second inning. Arencibia then drove in two with a fourth-inning double, and he homered again in the eighth to add insurance. Schultz struck out eight but allowed a run on five hits in 3 2/3 innings. All three runs the Chiefs scored off the Bulls bullpen were unearned.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (14-10)

Tennessee tacked on enough runs late in Montgomery's 6-4 loss to the Smokies. Granden Goetzman's solo home run in the second gave the Biscuits a 1-0 lead, but Tennessee went up in the sixth. Starter Chris Kirsch left with two outs and the bases loaded, but three runs scored after Andrew Bellatti threw a wild pitch on a third strike, which eventually led to all three inherited runners scoring. After the Biscuits tied the game in the seventh, Bellatti was charged with two runs of his own. Kirsch finished with two runs charged to his line in 5 2/3 innings with five strikeouts.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (12-9)

Charlotte's game was suspended in the ninth inning.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (14-9)

Back-to-back-to-back home runs for Bowling Green jumpstarted its comeback in a 7-3 win over Beloit. Down 3-0 in the sixth, Kewby Meyer, Manny Sanchez and Jake Cronenworth hit solo home runs, and the game was tied in the blink of an eye. Meyer and Cronenworth reached base in the eighth, and Kevin Padlo's RBI single gave the Hot Rods their first lead before Brandon Lowe and Brett Sullivan tacked on insurance. Starter Jose Mujica allowed all three Snappers runs, but he lasted seven innings.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (17-13)

Travis Ott continued to dominate the New York-Penn League in Hudson Valley's 4-1 win over Brooklyn. The Cyclones were only able to score a run due to a pair of Jim Haley errors in the second, and their 1-0 lead was brief. With two outs in the home half of the inning, Jose Rojas tied the game with a single, and Bill Pujols drove in two with a double. With that run support, Ott had no trouble putting away Brooklyn, striking out six and only allowing the unearned run in six innings.

Rookie Princeton Rays (13-9)

Princeton's inability to limit the damage cost it in an 11-6 loss to Elizabethton. Trailing only 5-1 entering the ninth, Alex Estrella lot the game get away for Princeton. Elizabethton socked a pair of homers in a six-run inning, meaning Princeton's five-run ninth was not nearly enough. Starter Hector Lopez allowed four runs in five innings.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (9-11)

The GCL Rays were off.


Notable Performances


2B Jake Hager: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K
C J.P. Arencibia: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB
1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-3, 1 BB
3B Richie Shaffer: 0-for-4, 1 K
SS Daniel Robertson: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K

RHP Jaime Schultz: 3 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K


SS Willy Adames: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Jake Bauers: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
OF Granden Goetzman: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
3B Pat Blair: 0-for-4, 2 K

LHP Chris Kirsch: 5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
RHP Andrew Bellatti: 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K


SS Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB
3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
1B Kewby Meyer: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
OF Manny Sanchez: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K

RHP Jose Mujica: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
RHP Bryan Bonnell: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K


OF Jake Fraley: 0-for-4, 2 K
OF Garrett Whitley: 0-for-4, 3 K
1B Jose Rojas: 3-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI
SS BIll Pujols: 3-for-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI

LHP Travis Ott: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 6 K
RHP Jayson McKinley: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Rookie (Princeton)

OF Eleardo Cabrera: 0-for-2, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K
SS Adrian Rondon: 0-for-4, 1 BB

RHP Hector Lopez: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
LHP Alex Estrella: 2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Today's games (All probables courtesy

Durham @ Rochester 7:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (7-5, 2.90) v. Jason Wheeler (6-2, 2.80)

Montgomery v. Tennessee 1:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Yonny Chirinos (3-1, 3.55) v. Paul Blackburn (6-4, 3.36)

Charlotte @ Dunedin 6:30 PM ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Benton Moss (4-6, 4.15) v. Chris Rowley (7-2, 3.53)

Completion of suspended game followed by a nine-inning game

Bowling Green v. Beloit 1:05 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. James Naile (3-7, 2.60)

Hudson Valley v. Brooklyn 11:35 AM ET (radio stream)

Princeton v. Elizabethton 7 PM ET (radio stream)
Willy Ortiz (3-0, 3.60) v. Jose Martinez (0-1, 7.47)

GCL Rays v. GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota)
56-40, 2nd in IL North
Offense: 402 R (4th) .715 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.41 ERA (5th) 1.26 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jose Berrios (2), 2B Jorge Polanco (6), 1B Byung Ho Park (7), RHP Alex Meyer (12), OF Adam Brett Walker (17)

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
10-13, 5th in SL North
Offense: 356 R (8th) .694 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.92 ERA (8th) 1.39 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Ian Happ (3), OF Billy McKinney (7), RHP Duane Underwood (4), 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), RHP David Berg (30)

Dunedin Blue Jays
15-8, 1st in FSL North
Offense: 416 R (1st) .715 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.06 ERA (11th) 1.41 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Anthony Alford (1), SS Richard Urena (4), RHP Sean-Reid Foley (5), OF D.J. Davis (10), C Danny Jansen (22)

Beloit Snappers (Oakland)
11-13, 7th in MWL West
Offense: 340 R (12th) .659 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.41 ERA (7th) 1.28 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Skye Bolt (23)

Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets)
13-17, 4th in NYPL McNamara
Offense: 111 R (T-6th) .592 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.42 ERA (10th) 1.19 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Ali Sanchez (15), RHP Justin Dunn

Elizabethton Twins
9-14, 5th in AL West
Offense: 90 R (10th) .698 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.98 ERA (8th) 1.50 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Lewin Diaz (21), 3B Travis Blankenhorn (26), 1B Amaurys Minier (30), OF Alex Kiriloff, RHP Griffin Jax

GCL Twins
10-10, T-2nd in GCL South
Offense: 54 R (17th) .543 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 2.75 ERA (2nd) 1.20 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Huascar Ynoa (25), C Ben Rortvedt, SS Jose Miranda, OF Akil Baddoo