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Rays prospects and minor leagues: De Leon makes Durham debut

After a couple rehab outings with Charlotte, Jose De Leon moved up to Triple A Tuesday

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Jake Bauers got off to a slow start in April, but so far, his May has been what people expect from him. He's batting .324 with a .439 on-base percentage and slugging .559. He has just 15 strikeouts and has walked 14 times. His four home runs are tied for a career best in any month in his career.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (28-15)

One rough inning cost Jose De Leon in his Durham debut, a 4-0 loss to Rochester. After a 1-2-3 first, the first two Red Wings reached base in the second and scored on a two-run double, and a pair of two-out hits expanded the visitors' lead to four runs. He allowed four runs in four innings, but Yonny Chirinos was impressive in piggyback duty, striking out four over four one-hit frames. The Bulls managed just six hits.

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

RHP Jose De Leon: 4 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
RHP Yonny Chirinos: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (25-20)

Montgomery was off.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (19-24)

Charlotte's return to the big field ended in a 7-2 loss to Daytona. After the netting behind home plate caused problems over the last several days, the Stone Crabs were able to return to their normal confines Tuesday. In a rehab assignment, Tommy Hunter struck out three but allowed two runs in an inning. Down 2-0, they tied the game in the second. Ryan Boldt bunted in a run and scored on Jake Fraley's single, but Eduar Lopez could not preserve the newly tied game. He allowed a two-run homer in the third and finished with five runs allowed in 5 2/3 innings.

OF Ryan Boldt: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 K
OF Jake Fraley: 2-for-3, 1 RBI
OF David Olmedo-Barrera: 0-for-4, 2 K

RHP Tommy Hunter: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Eduar Lopez: 5 2/3 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
RHP Noel Rodriguez: 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (18-25)

Rene Pinto's home run was not enough offense in Bowling Green's 4-1 loss to South Bend in 10 innings. His second homer of the season gave the Hot Rods a 1-0 lead in the second, and they had another chance to score later in the inning. Adrian Rondon doubled, but he was thrown out at home trying to score on Eleardo Cabrera's single. They really wouldn't threaten again the rest of the night. On the mound, a trio of pitchers all made their 2017 debut. Willy Ortiz allowed an unearned run in three innings, Spencer Moran struck out four in four innings, and Orlando Romero was charged with three unearned runs in three frames.

SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-5, 2 K
OF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-4, 1 2B
CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-4, 2 K
3B Adrian Rondon: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 K
OF Garrett Whitley: 1-for-4
IF Robbie Tenerowicz: 0-for-4, 2 K
C Rene Pinto: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
OF Eleardo Cabrera: 3-for-4, 1 K

RHP Willy Ortiz: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 4 BB, 2 K
RHP Spencer Moran: 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
RHP Orlando Romero: 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 3 K

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


Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Rochester 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Ryan Yarbrough (3-2, 3.45) v. Aaron Slegers (4-3, 3.85)

Montgomery @ Chattanooga 7:15 PM (radio stream)
Hunter Wood (3-2, 4.84) v. Fernando Romero (2-5, 4.73)

Charlotte v. Daytona 4 PM (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Genesis Cabrera (3-4, 3.35) v. Wendolyn Bautista (1-0, 3.00)
Travis Ott* (0-0, -.--) v. TBA

Both games will be seven innings

Bowling Green v. South Bend 7:35 PM (radio stream)
Adrian Navas (2-5, 7.71) v. Jose Paulino (2-0, 4.28)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota)
20-19 (4th in IL North)
Offense: 154 R (13th) .697 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.27 ERA (4th) 1.21 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Daniel Palka (9), RHP J.T. Chargois (11), C Mitch Garver (17), OF Zack Granite (18), SS Engelb Vielma (25), RHP Trevor Hildenberger (27), IF Leonardo Reginatto

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota)
24-21 (4th in SL North)
Offense: 179 R (5th) .686 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.51 ERA (4th) 1.34 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Nick Gordon (1), LHP Stephen Gonsalves (2), RHP Fernando Romero (4), RHP Kohl Stewart (7), RHP Felix Jorge (8), RHP Nick Burdi (15), OF LaMonte Wade (21), LHP Mason Melotakis (30), LHP Randy Rosario (31)

Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati)
25-20 (1st in FSL North)
Offense: 175 R (7th) .678 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.91 ERA (10th) 1.31 WHIP (6th)
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)

South Bend Cubs
27-17 (3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 215 R (3rd) .718 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.29 ERA (3rd) 1.25 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Dylan Cease (4), OF D.J. Wilson (9), 3B Wladimir Galindo (18), RHP Erling Moreno (20), LHP Jose Paulino (21), LHP Bryan Hudson (25), SS Isaac Paredes (29), 1B Chris Pieters (30), C Marcus Mastrobuoni