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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Lefties Cabrera, Ott pitch well

Left-handed pitching isn't the strongest area in the organization, but the Rays got a couple good efforts Friday

Genesis Cabrera is recovering from a rough couple starts to begin 2017
Genesis Cabrera is recovering from a rough couple starts to begin 2017
Jim Donten

The schedule was light Friday because of rain, but there were still plenty of notable performances in a pair of wins from the lower-level affiliates. For the Hot Rods, Jesus Sanchez could be settling in, and Adrian Rondon hasn't been bad despite an astronomical strikeout rate.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (9-5)

Durham's game was suspended. It'll be resumed Saturday.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (8-6)

Montgomery's game was postponed.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (6-10)

Genesis Cabrera and Charlotte's bats delivered a 10-0 thrashing of Palm Beach Friday. For the second straight start, Cabrera pitched like the pitcher people expected entering the season. After allowing just an unearned run in five innings last time out, he pitched a season-high six innings without allowing a run. Already up 5-0, the Stone Crabs blew the game open sending nine batters to the plate in the seventh and scoring four more. Kevin Padlo and Dalton Kelly drew bases-loaded walks. Brandon Lowe, Brett Sullivan and Angel Moreno all had three hits.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (8-6)

Bowling Green scored a run in each of the first four innings and held on for a 5-2 win over Lansing. A day after hitting his first homer of the season, Jesus Sanchez drove in two of those four runs. The offense checked out for a while after that, but after the Lugnuts scored two in the eighth, Nathaniel Lowe plated an insurance run in the ninth. With five strikeouts in six scoreless innings, starter Travis Ott bounced back after a rough outing last time out when he allowed five runs in an inning.

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


Notable performances

Class A-Advanced

3B Kevin Padlo: 0-for-2, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
OF Ryan Boldt: 0-for-5
2B Brandon Lowe: 3-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
C Brett Sullivan: 3-for-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
OF David Olmedo-Barrera: 1-for-3, 2 BB, 1 K
OF Angel Moreno: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 SB

LHP Genesis Cabrera: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Taylor Hawkins: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K


OF Jesus Sanchez: 2-for-5, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K
3B Adrian Rondon: 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-4, 2 K
SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
IF Michael Brosseau: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB

LHP Travis Ott: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Louisville 2:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Jacob Faria (1-0, 4.91) v. Barrett Astin (0-1, 5.40)

Completion of suspended game followed by seven-inning game

Montgomery v. Mississippi 7:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Mike Franco (1-0, 0.87) v. Patrick Weigel (1-0, 1.84)

Charlotte @ Palm Beach 5:30 PM (radio stream)
Blake Bivens (0-1, 3.86) v. Ryan Helsley (0-0, 0.77)

Bowling Green @ Lansing 2:05 PM (radio stream)
Adrian Navas* (1-2, 3.46) v. Andy Ravel (1-0, 10.13)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Louisville Bats (Cincinnati)
6-8 (3rd in IL West)
Offense: 65 R (4th) .753 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.67 ERA (5th) 1.33 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Jesse Winker (6), RHP Sal Romano (8), RHP Austin Brice (13), OF Phillip Ervin (18), RHP Barrett Astin (20), OF Tyler Goeddel

Mississippi Braves
7-8 (T-2nd in SL South)
Offense: 51 R (7th) .689 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.80 ERA (8th) 1.30 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Kolby Allard (3), RHP Mike Soroka (4), RHP Patrick Weigel (9), LHP Max Fried (10), 2B Travis Demeritte (19), C Armando Araiza

Palm Beach Cardinals
9-7 (T-1st in FSL South)
Offense: 54 R (7th) .632 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 2.34 ERA (3rd) 1.16 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Magneuris Sierra (5), SS Edmundo Sosa (8), OF Randy Arozarena (12), RHP Jake Woodford (17), RHP Connor Jones (18), RHP Junior Fernandez (21)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
7-8 (T-5th in MWL East)
Offense: 65 R (3rd) .740 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 5.43 ERA (16th) 1.48 WHIP (16th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (1), SS Bo Bichette (9), RHP Justin Maese (11), OF J.B. Woodman (15), OF Josh Palacios (19), RHP Patrick Murphy (20), RHP Zach Johnson (21), RHP Osman Gutierrez (26), SS Yeltsin Gudino (27)