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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Lowe homers in Hot Rods win

However, after consecutive two-hit games, Josh Lowe has entered another slump

Center field is the only position Josh Lowe has played in the field this season
Center field is the only position Josh Lowe has played in the field this season
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Jose Mujica only gave up one hit in seven innings in his second start with Montgomery. He's the fourth-youngest pitcher in the Southern League as of now. He got the big bonus when he signed, missed much of one season because of a foot injury, but since then, the results have generally been good despite a low strikeout rate. At this point, he's been around for a while, but I'm still not sure what to make of him.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (12-6)

Durham got all the offense it needed in one inning in its 4-3 win over Syracuse. After Brent Honeywell allowed a two-run homer in the second, Granden Goetzman cleared the bases with a triple to give the Bulls the lead, and he came home on Kean Wong's double later in the inning. Honeywell settled in between the home run and the sixth inning when he was forced to exit with the bases loaded. Fortunately, Justin Marks stranded all the runners, and the bullpen held on. Honeywell struck out nine and allowed three runs -- two earned -- in 5 2/3 innings.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (10-8)

Jose Mujica came up on the wrong end of a pitchers' duel in Montgomery's 3-2 loss to Mississippi. In his second Double-A start, Mujica was very good, allowing just an unearned run in seven, one-hit innings with five strikeouts. However, Atlanta prospect Max Fried was better, tossing seven scoreless innings himself. The teams combined for just seven hits, and it took until they were down 3-0 for the Biscuits to finally get on the board in the eighth on Joe McCarthy's two-run double.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (7-11)

A six-run second inning sunk Charlotte in its 10-3 loss to Dunedin. Because of Kevin Padlo's two-out error, all six runs, including the grand slam by Max Pentecost, were unearned on Michael Velasquez's line. Velasquez was also charged with three earned runs. In his rehab assignment, Mallex Smith played left field and hit a triple in three at-bats. All three Stone Crabs runs came on run-scoring outs.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (9-9)

Josh Lowe's first home run of the season helped Bowling Green to a 6-2 win over Dayton. With a 2-1 lead in the fourth, Lowe's two-run shot extended the Hot Rods' advantage, and they added two more runs later in the inning. Jesus Sanchez hit a run-scoring single, and the final run scored on a Michael Brosseau flyout. J.D. Busfield only allowed two runs -- one earned -- in five-plus innings despite walking three and only striking out one.

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


Notable performances


SS Willy Adames: 1-for-4, 2 K
OF Jake Bauers: 0-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K
1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

RHP Brent Honeywell: 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 9 K


OF Justin Williams: 0-for-4, 1 K
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 K
OF Joe McCarthy: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K

RHP Jose Mujica: 7 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 5 K

Class A-Advanced

OF Mallex Smith: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 3B
3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K
OF Ryan Boldt: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 K
SS Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K

LHP Michael Velasquez: 5+ IP, 10 H, 9 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K
RHP Michael Santos: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K


OF Jesus Sanchez: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
CF Josh Lowe: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
SS Lucius Fox: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 SB

RHP J.D. Busfield: 5+ IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K
LHP Porter Clayton: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Syracuse 10:35 AM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Ryan Yarbrough (0-2, 3.93) v. Austin Voth (1-1, 6.57)

Montgomery v. Mississippi 8:05M (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Yonny Chirinos (0-0, 2.61) v. Mike Soroka (0-2, 7.59)

Charlotte v. Dunedin 6:35 PM (radio stream)
Eduar Lopez (0-2, 5.54) v. T.J. Zeuch (1-0, 1.64)

Bowling Green v. Dayton 7:35 PM (radio stream)
Brock Burke (2-0, 0.64) v. Andrew Jordan (1-2, 3.94)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Syracuse Chiefs (Washington)
8-8 (4th in IL North)
Offense: 64 R (8th) .709 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 5.03 ERA (13th) 1.53 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Pedro Severino (9), RHP Austin Voth (10), OF Rafael Bautista (11), RHP A.J. Cole (13), OF Brian Goodwin (19), 1B Matt Skole (30), OF Joey Butler

Mississippi Braves
9-10 (3rd 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

Dunedin Blue Jays
10-9 (T-3rd in FSL North)
Offense: 90 R (1st) .748 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.92 ERA (9th) 1.37 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: IF Lourdes Gurriel (3), RHP T.J. Zeuch (8), C Max Pentecost (12), LHP Ryan Borucki (16), LHP Angel Perdomo (18), C Danny Jansen (22), RHP Jordan Romano (24), 2B Cavan Biggio (25)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
11-8 (T-1st in MWL East)
Offense: 77 R (3rd) .685 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.64 ERA (10th) 1.23 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Taylor Trammell (5), C Tyler Stephenson (10), OF T.J. Friedl (15), OF Michael Beltre (23), OF Jose Siri (31)