Clay Davenport has Braxton Lee at +10 runs in center field so far this year. That’s, umm, pretty amazing. He’s always been a defense-first prospect, but the bat may be coming around this year too. He’s still not hitting for much power, but he does pretty much every thing else you could ask for. Maybe he’s something like a Mallex Smith with a little less pop and a little more glove? Interesting.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (28-14)
The Bulls now have twice as many wins as losses after their 5-3 triumph over Gwinnett on Sunday. Mallex Smith tripled to lead off the bottom of the 1st inning and Willy Adames drove him in on a sacrifice fly. Another sacrifice fly from Casey Gillaspie later in the inning would drive in Jake Bauers and the Bulls would not look back. Honey day didn’t disappoint as Brent went 6.1 innings on 91 pitches, giving up 3 runs, 2 of them earned.
Brent Honeywell - 6.1 IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts, 3.69 ERA, 91 pitches, 66 strikes, 6 ground outs, 7 fly outs.
Mallex Smith - 1-4, 3B (2), SB (5), hitting .275
Willy Adames - 2-3, SB (3), SF, hitting .239
Jake Bauers - 2-4, K, hitting .259
Patrick Leonard - 2-4, 2B (14), hitting .363
Shane Peterson - 1-2, 2 BB, hitting .301
Casey Gillaspie - 1-3, SF, hitting .234
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (24-19)
The Biscuits put two wins in the oven on Sunday, taking game 1 vs. Jackson 6-5 and then 4-2 in game 2. It was truly a team effort in both games as every single player reached base safely or had a sacrifice RBI at some point during the double header. They had 8 doubles on the day, 4 in each game. They also stole 3 bases against old friend Oscar Hernandez in game one, and then 3 more in game 2 when Kean Wong stole home on a double steal with Cade Gotta.
Braxton Lee - 3-7, 2 2B (7), 2 K, SB (8), SAC, hitting .338
Kean Wong - 2-7, 2 SB (3), SAC, hitting .241
Cade Gotta - 2-4, 2B (8), 2 BB, SB (8), hitting .330
Grant Kay - 2-7, 2B (10), BB, SB (4), hitting .260
Riley Unroe - 2-3, 2B (3), 3 BB, K, hitting .304
Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (19-23)
The Stone Crabs dropped both of their games against Jupiter yesterday, but there were still some things to like in the individual performances in the first game. Brandon Lowe, Brett Sullivan, Ryan Boldt, and David Rodriguez all had multi-hit games, but they couldn’t string enough of those hits together to put more than one run on the board.
Brandon Lowe - 2-4, 2B (16), hitting .343
Brett Sullivan - 3-4, SB (6), hitting .324
Ryan Boldt - 3-4, hitting .245
David Rodriguez - 2-4, 2B (5), hitting .252
Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (17-24)
The Hot Rods took it to 10 innings, but they couldn’t get it done in their 5-6 in Dayton. On the bright side, Jonah Heim slugged his 5th home run of the season while there were two men on base. Yay! Who would have thought, on a team with guys like Garrett Whitley, Josh Lowe, Adrian Rondon, Rene Pinto and Lucius Fox, it’s Jonah Heim with the 2nd most home runs to Jesus Sanchez.
J.D. Busfield - 6.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 3 walks, 1 strikeout, 1.80 ERA, 87 pitches, 57 strikes, 9 ground outs, 3 fly outs, pickoff
Miles Mastrobuoni - 3-5, SB, CS, 2 throwing errors, hitting .315
Jonah Heim - 1-5, HR (5), hitting .206
Go here for yesterday’s MLBfarm.com box scores, and then go here for today’s match ups. Looks like Durham is off, and Brashears, Lopez and Ott are the projected starting pitchers.