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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Cronenworth gets 3 more hits

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Jake Cronenworth is making the most of his second chance with Charlotte

Jake Cronenworth has been a force at the top of the Stone Crabs' lineup
Jake Cronenworth has been a force at the top of the Stone Crabs' lineup
Jim Donten

After a midseason promotion to Charlotte last season, Jake Cronenworth struggled. He batted just .171 with twice as many strikeouts as walks. He's now getting a second shot at the Florida State League, and the early results are promising. He had just 19 hits in 126 plate appearances in 2016, and he already has 18 in 47 this season. He has seven walks and seven strikeouts.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (7-4)

Durham was off.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (6-5)

Mike Franco and three relievers shut out Jackson in Montgomery's 1-0 win over the Generals. Franco was in and out of trouble his entire outing, but he was able to complete 5 2/3 scoreless frames before handing the game over to the bullpen. Kyle Bird, Diego Castillo and Kyle Winkler combined to keep Jackson off the scoreboard over the final 3 1/3 innings. With two runners in scoring position in the fifth, Riley Unroe laid down a bunt single to score Joe McCarthy.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (3-9)

Charlotte rallied a couple times in its 6-4 win over Daytona. Trailing 2-1 in the sixth, Kevin Padlo drove in two runs with a two-out double, but the Tortugas fought back with two of their own in the seventh. In the eighth, Jake Cronenworth and Brandon Lowe started another rally with back-to-back singles. Padlo's sacrifice fly tied the game, and Dalton Kelly drove in what proved to be the winning run with a double. Starter Blake Bivens allowed a pair of runs on eight hits in five innings with five strikeouts and a walk.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (6-5)

Bowling Green's bats took a second straight day off in a 1-0 loss to Lake County. The Hot Rods actually outhit the Captains by a 6-3 margin, but they were unable to cash in any opportunities. The only run of the game came in the sixth with two outs. After a runner went from first to third on a wild pitch, starter Adrian Navas allowed a two-out single. Navas allowed just a run in six innings despite walking six batters.

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

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Notable performances

Double-A

OF Justin Williams: 1-for-4
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 K
1B Joe McCarthy: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B
OF Braxton Lee: 0-for-5, 1 K
C Justin O'Conner: 0-for-4, 3 K

RHP Mike Franco: 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K

Class A-Advanced

3B Kevin Padlo: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 4 RBI
C David Rodriguez: 0-for-4, 1 K
OF Jake Fraley: 0-for-4, 1 K
OF Ryan Boldt: did not bat
SS Jake Cronenworth: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 K
2B Brandon Lowe: 3-for-5, 3 R, 1 2B
1B Dalton Kelly: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
OF Angel Moreno: 0-for-4, 2 K

RHP Blake Bivens: 5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Ian Gibaut: 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Class-A

SS Lucius Fox: 1-for-4, 1 K, 1 SB
3B Adrian Rondon: 0-for-1, 2 BB
CF Josh Lowe: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
OF Garrett Whitley: 0-for-4

RHP Adrian Navas: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 4 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)

Durham @ Indianapolis 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Chih-Wei Hu (1-0, 1.64) v. Drew Hutchison (0-1, 7.84)

Montgomery @ Jackson 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Hunter Wood (1-1, 3.18) v. Josh Taylor (1-1, 2.70)

Charlotte @ Daytona 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Tyler Brashears (1-0, 7.36) v. TBA

Bowling Green @ Lake County 6:30 PM (radio stream)
Kenny Rosenberg (0-1, 6.75) v. Aaron Civale (0-0, 2.61)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh)
3-8 (4th in IL West)
Offense: 40 R (13th) .654 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 4.22 ERA (9th) 1.29 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Austin Meadows (1), LHP Steven Brault (7), C Elias Diaz (10), RHP Pat Light (14), 2B Max Moroff (17), RHP Clay Holmes (19), RHP Tyler Eppler (20), RHP Dovydas Neverauskas (24), 1B Jose Osuna (26)

Jackson Generals (Arizona)
8-3 (1st in SL North)
Offense: 58 R (1st) .866 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 2.67 ERA (4th) 1.14 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: IF Dawel Lugo (2), RHP Taylor Clarke (7), RHP Brad Keller (8), LHP Alex Young (11), LHP Jared Miller (19), LHP Josh Taylor (25), OF Victor Reyes (23)

Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati)
6-6 (T-3rd in FSL North)
Offense: 36 R (9th) .607 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 2.52 ERA (4th) 1.14 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Nick Senzel (1), RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (9), C Chris Okey (14), 2B Shed Long (16), SS Alfredo Rodriguez (22), RHP Tanner Rainey (25)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
6-5 (T-3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 51 R (1st) .719 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.68 ERA (9th) 1.38 WHIP (15th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Brady Aiken (4), C Logan Ice (12), LHP Juan Hillman (14), RHP Aaron Civale (20), RHP Shane Bieber (21), RHP Micah Miniard (28)