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Rays prospects and minor leagues 7/29: Honeywell goes five solid innings for Biscuits

Blake Bivens fans nine in Bowling Green's loss

Jim Donten

Justin O'Conner and Nick Ciuffo both made a rehab appearance with the GCL Rays. O'Conner picked up his first hit in the 2016 season while Ciuffo caught a runner stealing.

You can watch Hudson Valley take on the Staten Island Yankees tonight at 7:00 PM ET on, a rare opportunity in the New York-Penn League.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (48-58)

Durham was off.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (20-13)

Brent Honeywell continued his strong debut in Double-A in Montgomery's 4-1 win over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Honeywell went five innings, allowing a lone unearned run while striking out five. Adam Kolarek grabbed his third win of the year after Braxton Lee and Kean Wong hit back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh. Juniel Querecuto scored on an error to tack on an insurance run in the eight. Jaye Chapman earned his second save with the Biscuits - and 12th in Southern League action this year - with a perfect ninth inning.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (17-15)

Charlotte put up little resistance in a 3-0 loss to the Jupiter Hammerheads. Chris Pike allowed nine hits and three runs, taking his eighth loss of the year. Jose Alvarado threw three one-hit innings of relief while striking out five. The Stone Crabs managed just five singles in the loss, with Wilmer Dominguez contributing two of them in his first game back from the disabled list. Desmond Jennings went 0-for-3 leading off in left field in his second rehab appearance with Charlotte.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (19-13)

Despite outhitting the opposition, Bowling Green dropped a 3-1 game to the Lansing Lugnuts. Blake Bivens was dealt his third loss of the year despite allowing just two runs - one earned - while striking out nine in 5.2 innings of work. The Hot Rods picked up their only run in the eighth on a RBI single from Kevin Padlo to come within one, but Elias Torres allowed an unearned run in the top of the ninth. Michael Russel got to second in the bottom of the inning thanks to "defensive indifference" as the log calls it, but Bowling Green couldn't plate him and bring the team within one.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (23-16)

Hudson Valley emerged victorious in a back-and-forth 6-4 game with the Staten Island Yankees. Nathaniel Lowe hit a RBI single in the fourth to strike first for the Renegades, but Brock Burke allowed a run in the top of the fifth. Jake Fraley tripled and scored on a Jim Haley single in the sixth, but Spencer Jones gave the Yankees two runs in the next inning. Despite that, Jones got the win thanks to a four-run seventh inning from Hudson Valley, which included a two-run double from Fraley. Jayson McKinley allowed a run in the eighth, but he earned his second save of the year with the Renegades, punching out four in the last two innings of the game.

Rookie Princeton Rays (19-13)

Princeton was suspended in the fourth inning of their game with the Danville Braves due to rain. They will finish the game today in a doubleheader.

Rookie GCL Rays (13-17)

The GCL Rays battled back only to eventually fall behind again in a 5-3 loss to the GCL Red Sox. Michael Brosseau singled and scored on an error to open up the scoring in the game, but Austin Franklin allowed three runs in the top of the fifth. Gilbert Marreo hit a RBI double and came around to score on another error to tie the game in bottom of the inning. However, Mikey York allowed two runs in the eighth for his first loss of his professional career. The Rays loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn't get anyone to cross the plate with three straight outs. Justin O'Conner made another rehab appearance, going 1-for-3. Nick Ciuffo came in for O'Conner in the sixth, going 0-for-1 while catching a runner stealing.


Notable Performances


OF Braxton Lee: 2-for-4, R, RBI (15)
2B Kean Wong: 1-for-3, RBI (39)
1B/OF Jake Bauers: 1-for-3, RBI (60), BB
OF Granden Goetzman: 2-for-4
IF Juniel Querecuto: 1-for-4, R, 2B (8), K

RHP Brent Honeywell: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
LHP Adam Kolarek: W (3-2), 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Kyle Winkler: H (3), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
RHP Jaye Chapman: S (12), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Class-A Advanced

C Wilmer Dominguez: 2-for-3

LHP Jose Alvarado: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K


2B Brandon Lowe: 1-for-4, 2B (12)
3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-4, RBI (55)
C Brett Sullivan: 2-for-4, 2B (26), SB (13)

RHP Blake Bivens: L (4-3), 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
RHP Armando Bastardo: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K


OF Garrett Whitley: 1-for-3, 2 R, RBI (13), 2 K, SB (11)
OF Jake Fraley: 2-for-4, R, 2B (4), 3B (1), 2 RBI (6), K
3B Jim Haley: 2-for-4, RBI (10), SB (5)
1B Nathaniel Lowe: 1-for-4, 2 RBI (23), K
2B Miles Mastrobuoni: 2-for-4, 2 K
OF Angel Perez: 2-for-4, R, K

RHP Jayson McKinley: S (2), 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Rookie (GCL)

2B Michael Brosseau: 1-for-3, R, BB
SS Deion Tansel: 1-for-1
1B Gilbert Marrero: 1-for-3, R, 2B (5), RBI (3), BB, 2 K

RHP Nicholas Padilla: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Today's probables (All probables courtesy

Durham v. Louisville 7:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (7-6, 3.07) v. TBA

Montgomery v. Pensacola 8:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
Chris Kirsch (5-4, 3.61) v. Sal Romano (3-10, 4.25)

Charlotte @ Brevard County 6:35 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Marcos Diplan (0-0, 6.10)

Bowling Green v. Lansing 7:35 PM ET (radio stream)
Genesis Cabrera (7-4, 3.80) v. Jordan Romano (2-1, 1.42)

Hudson Valley @ Staten Island 7:00 PM ET (, radio stream)
TBA v. Freicer Perez (1-2, 4.26)

Princeton v. Danville 5:00 PM ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
TBA v. Luis Mora
TBA v. Jhon Martinez (2-2, 3.16)

GCL Rays v. GCL Orioles 12:00 PM ET

Scouting the opposition

Louisville Bats (Cincinnati)
53-52, 3rd in IL West
Offense: 379 R (12th) .688 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.75 ERA (9th) 1.31 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Robert Stephenson (1), LHP Cody Reed (2), LHP Amir Garrett (3), 2B Jose Peraza (4), OF Jesse Winker (5), LHP John Lamb (11), OF Scott Schebler (14), OF Kyle Waldrop (21), RHP Jon Moscot (25)

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati)
16-17, 3rd in SL South
Offense: 402 R (7th) .671 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.20 ERA (1st) 1.23 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Amir Garrett (3), RHP Rookie Davis (6), 2B/SS Alex Blandino (6), RHP Nick Travieso (7), RHP Sal Romano (9), RHP Tyler Mahle (10), OF Phillip Ervin (12), 3B Eric Jagielo (13), 3B Taylor Sparks (14), SS Carton Daal (23), RHP Jackson Stephens (31)

Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee)
10-23, 6th (Last) in FSL North
Offense: 330 R (12th-Last) .609 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.99 ERA (10th) 1.39 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Kodi Medeiros (6), OF Clint Coulter (8), RHP Cody Ponce (9), RHP Bubba Derby (12), RHP Freddy Peralta (15), RHP Marcos Diplan (18), OF Corey Ray, 2B Wendell Rijo

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
18-15, 3rd in MWL East
Offense: 428 R (9th) .669 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.70 ERA (11th) 1.31 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Max Pentecost (8), RHP Justin Maese (9), LHP Ryan Borucki (14), RHP Tom Robson (21), 3B Carl Wise (25), LHP Angel Perdomo (26)

Staten Island Yankees
21-18, 2nd in NYPL McNamara
Offense: 150 R (T-7th) .635 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.90 ERA (3rd) 1.18 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Drew Finley (24), RHP Austin DeCarr (28), 2B Nick Solak

Danville Braves
17-16, 3rd in AL East
Offense: 162 R (8th) .711 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.19 ERA (5th) 1.34 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Koby Allard (3), LHP Joey Wentz, C Brett Cumberland, LHP Drew Harrington

GCL Orioles
16-14, T-1st in GCL South
Offense: 127 R (10th) .612 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 2.36 ERA (1st) 1.10 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Brennan Hanifee (4th Round Pick), SS Alexis Torres (5th Round Pick)