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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Charlotte, Bowling Green on opposite ends of routs

While one affiliate lost by 16 runs, another won by 11

Brandon Lowe's home run was a lone highlight for Charlotte Friday
Brandon Lowe's home run was a lone highlight for Charlotte Friday
Jim Donten

A couple more mock drafts were released Friday. Jim Callis at has the Rays landing Louisville two-way star Brendan McKay with the No. 4 pick. Baseball America's John Manuel has them going with high school bat Royce Lewis. McKay would be a steal, but Lewis seems more likely to actually be available at that pick.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (29-16)

Durham couldn't get one more big hit in its 12-inning, 5-4 loss to Pawtucket. Trailing 4-2 in the seventh, Casey Gillaspie's fifth homer of the season evened the score, but only four more Bulls reached base after that. Their best chance to score came in the 10th when Mallex Smith and Willy Adames reached base with two outs, but Jake Bauers flied out to end the inning. Blake Snell struck out nine and allowed four runs on five hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings.

SS Willy Adames: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
OF Jake Bauers: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
3B Patrick Leonard: 0-for-5, 1 K
C Curt Casali: 0-for-5, 1 K
2B Jake Hager: 0-for-5

LHP Blake Snell: 6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 9 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (25-23)

Montgomery's bats didn't provide quite enough support in the Biscuits' 3-2 loss to Chattanooga. Surging starter Mike Franco delivered another quality outing, permitting two runs in 6 2/3 innings, his longest start of the month. In the top of the seventh, Grant Kay's RBI single tied the game, but Granden Goetzman was thrown out at home trying to score the go-ahead run. An inning later, the Lookouts score the eventual winning run on an Ian Gibaut wild pitch.

1B Joe McCarthy: 0-for-3
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B

RHP Mike Franco: 6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (21-25)

Brandon Lowe homered in Charlotte's 17-1 loss to Fort Myers. Taylor Hawkins started but could not finish two innings as the Miracle tallied eight runs in the second and five more in the third. Former Rays draft pick Tanner English made three of the six outs in those two innings.

OF Ryan Boldt: 2-for-4, 2 K
C David Rodriguez: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 K
OF Jake Fraley: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K
SS Jake Cronenworth: 0-for-4, 2 K
2B Brandon Lowe: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI

RHP Taylor Hawkins: 1 1/3 IP, 4 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
RHP Michael Santos: 1 IP, 5 H, 6 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Jim Haley: two-thirds IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 0 K
RHP Peter Maris: one-third IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (20-26)

A strong pitching performance from Kenny Rosenberg and balanced offensive attack lifted Bowing Green to an 11-0 win over Lake County. Over seven scoreless innings, Rosenberg allowed just three hits and a walk and struck out seven. At the plate, every Hot Rod had at least a hit, and seven players reached base multiple times. Lucius Fox and Jesus Sanchez each drove in two runs in the five-run second inning, and Miles Mastrobuoni also plated two of the 11 runs.

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

LHP Kenny Rosenberg: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 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 @ Pawtucket 6:15 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jacob Faria (5-1, 3.40) v. Hector Velazquez (2-1, 1.55)

Montgomery @ Chattanooga 7:15 PM (radio stream)
Jose Mujica (2-3, 3.68) v. Matt Tracy (3-3, 4.35)

Charlotte v. Fort Myers 6:05 PM (radio stream)
Roel Ramirez (1-0, 3.60) v. TBA

Bowling Green v. Lake County 7:35 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Brady Aiken (1-7, 4.46)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Pawtucket Red Sox
18-24 (5th in IL North)
Offense: 168 R (12th) .682 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.81 ERA (8th) 1.30 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Aneury Tavarez (17), RHP Kyle Martin (18), RHP Chandler Shepherd (23), RHP Jamie Callahan (28)

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota)
27-21 (2nd 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)

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
25-24 (3rd in FSL South)
Offense: 205 R (5th) .706 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.84 ERA (8th) 1.34 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Luis Arraez (12), LHP Lewis Thorpe (19)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
16-30 (8th in MWL East)
Offense: 163 R (15th) .640 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 3.94 ERA (9th) 1.35 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Brady Aiken (4), C Logan Ice (12), LHP Juan Hillman (14), RHP Aaron Civale (20), RHP Micah Miniard (28)