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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Padlo goes deep twice

Kevin Padlo is one of the organization's best power-hitting prospects, and he finally homered Monday

Kevin Padlo hadn't had an extra-base hit lately
Kevin Padlo hadn't had an extra-base hit lately
Jim Donten

If you're in the Tampa Bay area, you've got a great chance to catch the Stone Crabs early this month. Including Monday's game in Lakeland, they're playing a 10-game road trip at Lakeland, Tampa and Clearwater. They'll return to Dunedin for a series the week after that.

Speaking of that Charlotte series in Lakeland, Drew Smith made his debut with the organization Monday. He was eventually acquired in the Mikie Mahtook trade, and of course, his debut came against his former teammates in Lakeland.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (16-7)

Durham was off.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (13-11)

Montgomery failed to add on to its 5-0 lead before falling 6-5 to Birmingham. The Biscuits sent nine to the plate in the first and scored all five of their runs, but they couldn't generate anything else the rest of the way. Joe McCarthy and Michael Russell each drove in two in the big inning. It was Tyler Brashears' turn to make a spot start, and he allowed five runs in three innings to allow the Barons to tie the game. They would score the winning run off Diego Castillo in the ninth.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (10-14)

Kevin Padlo's first two home runs of the season lifted Charlotte to a 7-5 win over Lakeland. His three-run shot in the third gave the Stone Crabs a 4-0 lead, and his two-run homer in the ninth provided what proved to be valuable insurance when the Flying Tigers scored two of their own in the ninth and got the tying run to the plate. Starter Eduar Lopez delivered seven solid, three-run innings, and Drew Smith made his Rays debut with two strikeouts in an inning of relief. Jake Cronenworth extended his hitting streak to 25 games.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (10-12)

Bowling Green was off.

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


Notable performances


OF Joe McCarthy: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Tyler Brashears: 3 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Ian Gibaut: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Class A-Advanced

3B Kevin Padlo: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 K
C David Rodriguez: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 K
SS Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 K
1B Dalton Kelly: 0-for-4, 3 K

RHP Eduar Lopez: 7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Drew Smith: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Joe Serrapica: one-third IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Gwinnett 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Ryan Yarbrough (1-1, 3.86) v. TBA

Montgomery is off

Charlotte @ Lakeland 6:30 PM (radio stream)
Genesis Cabrera (1-3, 5.32) v. Beau Burrows (3-0, 1.30)

Bowling Green @ Wisconsin 7:35 PM (radio stream)
Kenny Rosenberg (0-2, 7.20) v. Thomas Jankins (0-1, 4.09)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves
14-9 (2nd in IL South)
Offense: 104 R (2nd) .682 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.65 ERA (8th) 1.26 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Ozzie Albies (2), LHP Sean Newcomb (8), RHP Lucas Sims (14), 3B Rio Ruiz (20), RHP Luke Jackson (28), Dunder-Mifflin Temp Ryan Howard

Lakeland Flying Tigers
14-11 (T-2nd in FSL North)
Offense: 105 R (6th) .707 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.59 ERA (7th) 1.25 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Beau Burrows (3), OF Jose Azocar (12), RHP Sandy Baez (13), RHP Mark Ecker (15), RHP Spencer Turnbull (19), C Arvicent Perez (27), LHP Matt Hall (28), LHP Jairo Labourt (29)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Milwaukee)
10-11 (5th in MWL West)
Offense: 82 R (15th) .670 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.73 ERA (13th) 1.36 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Gilbert Lara (13), OF Monte Harrison (20), OF Demi Orimoloye (27), C Mario Feliciano (28)