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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Hu named to All-Star team, dominates

Hours after being named to the Southern League's postseason All-Star team, Chih-Wei Hu shut down Mobile

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Here's that complete Southern League All-Star team.

Chih-Wei Hu has been very good for Montgomery this season. With a 6.2 percent walk rate, he's pounding the strike zone, but it is fair to wonder if his 18.4 percent strikeout rate will cut it at higher levels. He has struck out more batters before, so he has it in him. According to his game log at Baseball Reference, his swinging strike percentage this season is 10 percent.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (60-78)

Durham's offense was largely quiet in its 5-1 loss to Columbus. Daniel Robertson singled in the first and scored on Taylor Motter's RBI hit, but the Bulls had just four hits over the last eight innings. Jaime Schultz allowed three runs in four-plus innings.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (38-26)

Chih-Wei Hu was outstanding in Montgomery's 3-0 win over Mobile. He only struck out two batters, but he limited the BayBears to five singles in eight scoreless innings and did not walk a batter. That's tied for his longest outing of the year, and his 80 game score was his best in 2016. Granden Goetzman, Jake Bauers and Patrick Leonard all drove in runs for the Biscuits.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (31-32)

Charlotte was postponed.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (43-21)

Bowling Green was off.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (44-24)

Hudson Valley's season continued to spiral out of control with an 8-4 loss to Lowell. The Renegades went down 8-1 before scoring a few runs late to make the score a little more respectable. Noel Rodriguez allowed four runs -- three earned -- in 2 2/3 innings, but Spencer Jones and Porter Clayton didn't provide much relief. Hudson Valley actually outhit Lowell, 13-12.

Rookie Princeton Rays (37-28)

Princeton only had three hits, but it made sure they counted in its 4-1 win over Bluefield in Game 1 of their doubleheader. Emilio Gustave's solo homer in the fifth tied the score, and Rene Pinto's two-run homer an inning later capped a three-run frame. While Jose Disla allowed the run in three innings, it was Peter Bayer starring in the resumption of the suspended game. He struck out seven in five one-hit innings to earn a win.

Sam Long turned in a nice effort in Princeton's 5-2 Game 2 win. Although he finished an out short of qualifying for a win, he was very effective, allowing just one run on two hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Princeton went up early with Bobby Melley's two-run double in the first, and Gustave doubled in two himself in the third.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (27-30)

A couple big innings sunk the GCL Rays in their 7-4 loss to the GCL Twins. After allowing a solo home run to start the second, starter Zack Trageton eventually allowed three more runs with two outs. He exited after four innings having just allowed those runs on six hits and three walks, and the GCL Rays climbed back into the game. Vidal Brujan scored a couple times, and Juan Carlos Arias homered to make it a 4-3 game, but knuckleballer V.J. Collins allowed a three-run homer in the seventh to put the game back out of reach.

The preceding stories were not generated by the Associated Press computer using data from and in cooperation with MLBAM.


Notable Performances


3B Daniel Robertson: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 K
1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-4, 1 K
UT Taylor Motter: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

RHP Jaime Schultz: 4+ IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K


OF Cade Gotta: 0-for-5
SS Willy Adames: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
1B Jake Bauers: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
OF Justin Williams: 2-for-4
OF Granden Goetzman: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Chih-Wei Hu: 8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K


OF Jake Fraley: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
OF Garrett Whitley: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 K
1B Nathaniel Lowe: 3-for-4
C Chris Betts: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
SS Bill Pujols: 0-for-4, 3 K

RHP Noel Rodriguez: 2 2/3 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 4 K

Rookie (Princeton)

SS Adrian Rondon (1): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 K
SS Adrian Rondon (2): 0-for-3, 1 K
OF Jesus Sanchez (1): 0-for-2, 1 K
OF Jesus Sanchez (2): 1-for-3, 1 2B
C Rene Pinto (1): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
3B Joshua Lowe (1): 0-for-2, 1 BB, 2 K
3B Joshua Lowe (2): 0-for-1, 1 R, 2 BB
OF Emilio Gustave (1): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI

RHP Jose Disla (1): 3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
LHP Sam Long (2): 4 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Peter Bayer (1): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K

Rookie (GCL Rays)

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-3, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB
OF Bralin Jackson: 1-for-4, 1 RBI
OF David Parrett: 0-for-4, 3 K
3B Juan Carlos Arias: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K

RHP Zack Trageton: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
RHP V.J. Collins: 2 2/3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Today's games (All probables courtesy

Durham v. Columbus 7:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (8-10, 3.70) v. Adam Plutko (6-5, 4.06)

Montgomery @ Mobile 7:35 PM ET (radio stream)
Brent Honeywell (3-1, 1.86) v. John Omahen
(7-5, 5.15)

Charlotte v. St. Lucie 6:35 PM ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Chris Pike (4-11, 4.55) v. Chris Flexen (9-9, 3.70)

Both games will be seven innings

Bowling Green @ Lansing 7:05 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Angel Perdomo (4-7, 3.43)

Hudson Valley @ Lowell 7:05 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Darwinzon Hernandez (3-4, 3.40)

Princeton v. Bluefield 7 PM ET (radio stream)

GCL Rays @ GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Columbus Clippers (Cleveland)
80-58, clinched IL West
Offense: 597 R (2nd) .718 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.57 ERA (6th) 1.30 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Bradley Zimmer (1), SS Erik Gonzalez (12), RHP Adam Plutko (14), 3B Yandy Diaz (15), LHP Shawn Morimando (17), RHP Shawn Armstrong (21), LHP Ryan Merritt (22)

Mobile BayBears (Arizona)
31-32, 3rd in SL South
Offense: 539 R (5th) .702 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.67 ERA (6th) 1.35 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Gabriel Guerrero (11), IF Domingo Leyba (13), RHP Taylor Clarke (14), C The Oscar (22), RHP Adam Miller (23), 2B Jamie Westbrook (30)

St. Lucie Mets
36-28, T-1st in FSL South
Offense: 561 R (7th) .694 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.34 ERA (4th) 1.29 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Wuilmer Becerra (10), 3B Jhoan Urena (11), SS Luis Guillorme (12), RHP Chris Flexen (26), OF John Mora (28)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
Offense: 555 R (T-8th) .660 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.83 ERA (14th) 1.34 WHIP (15th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Justin Maese (9), LHP Ryan Borucki (14), RHP Tom Robson (21), 3B Carl Wise (25), LHP Angel Perdomo (26), RHP T.J. Zeuch, OF J.B. Woodman

Lowell Spinners (Boston)
44-26, 1st in NYPL Stedler
Offense: 334 R (2nd) .736 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.18 ERA (7th) 1.29 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Yoan Aybar (22), RHP Josh Pennington (29), LHP Jason Groome, SS C.J. Chatham

Bluefield Blue Jays
36-30, 3rd in AL East
Offense: 363 R (2nd) .752 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.17 ERA (6th) 1.36 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Reggie Pruitt (11), RHP Jose Espada (15), RHP Yennsy Diaz (19), 3B/OF Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

GCL Twins
31-27, T-1st in GCL South
Offense: 198 R (16th) .613 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 2.74 ERA (3rd) 1.13 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Huascar Ynoa (25), SS Jose Miranda, OF Akil Baddoo