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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Cronenworth's hit streak ends at 25 games

His hitting streak may be over, but Jake Cronenworth is still batting .368 this season

Jim Donten

If you missed it Tuesday, I opened a poll for readers to pick the organization's minor league player and pitcher of the month. Jake Cronenworth is an option, as are many other interesting players the Rays hope can soon be big league contributors. Check it out.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (17-7)

Despite walking a career-worst five batters, Ryan Yarbrough worked his way out of enough trouble in Durham's 5-2 win over Gwinnett. Mallex Smith and Jake Bauers scored first-inning runs, but Gwinnett tied the game in the bottom half of the inning on a leadoff home run and sacrifice fly. Yarbrough loaded the bases in both the fourth and fifth innings, but inning-ending double plays prevented further damage. Smith and Bauers scored again on Curt Casali's two-run single in the fifth. Smith singled three times and stole three bases.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (13-11)

Montgomery was off.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (11-14)

In his best start of the season to date, Genesis Cabrera threw seven scoreless innings in Charlotte's 2-0 win over Lakeland. After allowing 10 earned runs over 5 2/3 innings in his first two starts of the season, Cabrera has allowed just three earned runs in 23 innings over his last four starts. He also struck out a season-high five batters in Tuesday's win. Brandon Lowe provided the only run the Stone Crabs needed with a first-inning home run, and Peter Maris doubled home a ninth-inning insurance run. Jake Cronenworth went 0-for-5, ending his hitting streak at 25 games.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (10-13)

Josh Lowe's home run was not enough in Bowling Green's 5-2 loss to Wisconsin. After Jonah Heim's single to lead off the fifth, Lowe's second homer of the season tied the game at two, but the Hot Rods couldn't manage any more offense. A half inning later, the Timber Rattlers immediately took the lead back when Deivy Mendez allowed a solo home run to the leadoff batter. Mendez allowed two runs in two innings of work, as did starter Kenny Rosenberg in four frames.

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


Notable performances


OF Mallex Smith: 3-for-5, 2 R, 3 SB
SS Willy Adames: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Jake Bauers: 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
C Mike Marjama: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB
C Curt Casali: 3-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB
OF Granden Goetzman: 0-for-5, 3 K

LHP Ryan Yarbrough: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 7 K

Class A-Advanced

3B Kevin Padlo: 0-for-1, 1 K
OF Ryan Boldt: 0-for-4, 2 K
SS Jake Cronenworth: 0-for-5, 1 K
2B Brandon Lowe: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K

LHP Genesis Cabrera: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K


OF Jesus Sanchez: 2-for-4
CF Josh Lowe: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-3, 3 K

LHP Kenny Rosenberg: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 6 K
RHP Deivy Mendez: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Gwinnett 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Lucas Sims (2-0, 2.66)

Montgomery @ Biloxi 7:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Greg Harris (1-1, 1.88) v. Taylor Jungmann (0-2, 4.09)

Charlotte @ Lakeland 6:30 PM (radio stream)
Blake Bivens* (1-2, 4.50) v. A.J. Ladwig (2-2, 3.86)

Bowling Green @ Wisconsin 7:35 PM (radio stream)
J.D. Busfield (2-0, 1.69) v. Cameron Roegner (1-0, 10.32)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves
14-10 (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 Vice President of Northeast Sales Ryan Howard

Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee)
11-14 (T-2nd in SL South)
Offense: 69 R (10th) .564 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 2.88 ERA (2nd) 1.29 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Luis Ortiz (3), SS Mauricio Dubon (11), C Jacob Nottingham (14), RHP Jorge Lopez (15), OF Michael Reed (30), RHP Matt Ramsey

Lakeland Flying Tigers
14-12 (3rd 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)
11-11 (4th 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)