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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Lowe hits 1st Princeton home run

After rainouts repeatedly delayed Joshua Lowe's Princeton debut, he hit the ground running this weekend

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Joshua Lowe's teammate, Adrian Rondon, only batted once before exiting Sunday. I have not seen any follow-up on that.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (53-63)

Jaime Schultz struck out 10, but Gwinnett still got to him in Durham's 5-2 loss. Omar Infante's solo home run in the first put the Bulls down 1-0, but Schultz then struck out the next five batters. After J.P. Arencibia went deep himself in the second to tie the game, Gwinnett took the lead back and added on against Schultz, who allowed four runs -- three earned -- in 5 2/3 innings. Matt Duffy went 0-for-4.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (24-19)

Jake DePew's two-run triple lifted Montgomery to a 12-inning, 7-5 win over Tennessee. With two outs and Willy Adames and Kean Wong on base, DePew's third-career triple drove in both. Jeff Ames allowed the potential winning run to come to the plate in the bottom of the 12th, but he struck out the final batter of the game to secure the win. Starter Brent Honeywell, who struck out seven and allowed three runs in five innings, was long gone when the game was decided, and Wong and Cade Gotta also drove in two runs.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (22-19)

Charlotte only had one hit, but it made it count in a 2-1 win over Fort Myers. Down 1-0 in the fifth, the Stone Crabs tied the game without that hit. Nick Ciuffo walked, moved to second on Nathan Lukes' bunt, moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Jace Conrad's sacrifice fly. In the seventh, Joe McCarthy finally broke up the no-hitter with his third home run with Charlotte. Greg Harris turned in another great start, striking out seven and allowing just one run over seven innings.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (28-14)

Bowling Green lost its second nine-game winning streak of the second half with an 8-3 loss to West Michigan. The Whitecaps scored a run in both the first and second innings, and they opened up a 6-1 lead with a four-run fourth. Starter Eduar Lopez was charged with seven runs -- five earned -- on 10 hits in four-plus innings, and the Hot Rods were outhit, 13-4. Kevin Padlo was the only batter to reach base twice.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (28-20)

Travis Ott failed to break a sweat in Hudson Valley's 3-2 win over Mahoning Valley. The lefty retired the first nine in order, and he was never really in any danger, finishing with six strikeouts in six scoreless innings, only allowing three hits and a walk. The Scrappers went ahead 2-1 in the eighth with two runs -- one earned -- off Deivy Mendez, but Jake Fraley scored to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning, and Chris Betts' sacrifice fly provided the walkoff win in the ninth.

Rookie Princeton Rays (21-20)

Joshua Lowe was one of four P-Rays to homer, but that couldn't prevent a late meltdown in Princeton's 12-8 loss to Bluefield. In addition to Lowe, Princeton got home runs from Eleardo Cabrera and Emilio Gustave in the first, and Bobby Melley's solo shot in the second helped Princeton get out to a 7-0 lead after three. Starter Hector Lopez struck out eight and only allowed a solo home run in five innings, but the bullpen could not match. Bluefield tallied 11 runs over the final three innings, including six in the ninth. Only half of Bluefield's runs were earned due to six Princeton errors.

Adrian Rondon only batted once before being replaced by Blake Butera.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (14-23)

The GCL Rays were off.

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


Notable Performances


SS Matt Duffy: 0-for-4, 1 K
UT Taylor Motter: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 K
1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
C J.P. Arencibia: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K

RHP Jaime Schultz: 5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 10 K


SS Willy Adames: 1-for-4, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K
1B Jake Bauers: 1-for-5, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K
2B Kean Wong: 3-for-6, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI

RHP Brent Honeywell: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Class A-Advanced

2B Andrew Velazquez: 0-for-3, 2 K
SS Jake Cronenworth: 0-for-2, 1 BB
1B Joe McCarthy: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
C Nick Ciuffo: 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
OF Nathan Lukes: 0-for-2
OF Thomas Milone: 0-for-3

RHP Greg Harris: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K


3B Kevin Padlo: 0-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K

RHP Eduar Lopez: 4+ IP, 10 H, 7 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 3 K


OF Jake Fraley: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI
OF Garrett Whitley: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
OF Ryan Boldt: 0-for-4, 1 K
C Chris Betts: 0-for-3, 1 RBI
OF Angel Perez: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 3B

LHP Travis Ott: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
RHP Deivy Mendez: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 4 K

Rookie (Princeton)

OF Eleardo Cabrera: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
1B Bobby Melley: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
OF Emilio Gustave: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Adrian Rondon: 0-for-1, 1 K
3B Joshua Lowe: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
C Rene Pinto: 0-for-5, 1 K

RHP Hector Lopez: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
LHP Dalton Moats: 1 1/3 IP, 6 H, 5 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K
RHP Austin Sweet: two-thirds IP, 2 H, 3 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K

Today's games (All probables courtesy

Durham is off

Montgomery @ Tennessee 7:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Jen-Ho Tseng (6-6, 3.06)

Charlotte @ Jupiter 6:30 PM ET (radio stream)
Chris Pike (3-9, 4.18) v. Jeff Brigham (4-5, 3.80)

Bowling Green v. West Michigan 7:35 PM ET (radio stream)
Michael Velasquez (6-7, 4.99) v. Spenser Watkins (4-1, 3.28)

Hudson Valley v. Mahoning Valley 7:05 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Juan Hillman (3-1, 2.55)

Princeton v. Bluefield 5:05 PM ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
TBA v. Osman Gutierrez (2-2, 4.07)
TBA v. Yennsy Diaz (3-3, 4.67)

Both games will be seven innings

GCL Rays v. GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)

18-24, 4th in SL North
Offense: 427 R (6th) .693 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.99 ERA (8th) 1.39 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Ian Happ (3), RHP Duane Underwood (4), 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)

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
23-19, 2nd in FSL South
Offense: 401 R (9th) .631 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.45 ERA (5th) 1.23 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Avery Romero (23), RHP Jose Adames (30)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
21-20, 3rd in MWL East
Offense: 467 R (6th) .677 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.41 ERA (6th) 1.30 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Beau Burrows (2), OF Derek Hill (10), OF Jose Azocar (15), RHP Drew Smith (19), RHP Sandy Baez (26)

Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Cleveland)
22-26, 3rd in NYPL Pinckney
Offense: 183 R (6th) .654 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.13 ERA (6th) 1.30 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Juan Hillman (11), SS Luke Wakamatsu (27), C Logan Ice, RHP Aaron Civale

Bluefield Blue Jays
24-19, 2nd in AL East
Offense: 202 R (6th) .717 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.96 ERA (3rd) 1.29 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Reggie Pruitt (11), RHP Jose Espada (15), RHP Yennsy Diaz (19), OF Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

GCL Red Sox
22-16, 1st in GCL South
Offense: 144 R (13th) .621 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.63 ERA (11th) 1.29 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: None