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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Williams returns in Biscuits win

Montgomery's offense got a boost with the return of Justin Williams Tuesday

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

College baseball's postseason starts Thursday. Here are my picks to win the regionals this weekend, and teams in bold will advance to Omaha. My championship prediction is italicized: Oregon State, Vanderbilt, UNC, Houston, South Florida, Wake Forest, LSU, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, UCF, Virginia, Arkansas, Louisville, Kentucky, BYU and San Diego State.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (30-20)

Durham was outplayed in its Game 1, 6-1 loss to Rochester in Tuesday's doubleheader. Ryan Yarbrough allowed all six Red Wings runs in six innings. Shane Peterson doubled in Durham's only run.

Yoel Espinal and Andrew Kittredge combined to shut down Rochester in Durham's 4-0 win in Game 2. Espinal started and threw four scoreless innings in the spot start, and Kittredge wrapped up the two-hit shutout over the final three frames. Mallex Smith drove in Johnny Field to start the scoring in the first, and Field drove in a run himself in the two-run second.

SS Willy Adames (1): 0-for-3, 1 K
SS Willy Adames (2): 0-for-2, 2 BB
OF Jake Bauers (1): 0-for-3, 1 K
OF Jake Bauers (2): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
1B Casey Gillaspie (1): 1-for-3
1B Casey Gillaspie (2): 1-for-4, 1 K
OF Mallex Smith (2): 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SB
C Mike Marjama (2): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB

LHP Ryan Yarbrough (1): 6 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
RHP Yoel Espinal (2): 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
RHP Andrew Kittredge (2): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (27-24)

Montgomery rode a seven-run first inning to a comfortable 8-3 win over Tennessee. Granden Goetzman opened the scoring with an RBI single, and Justin O'Conner drove in a pair. Later in the inning, Andrew Velazquez delivered the biggest blow with a three-run homer. Starter Greg Harris had to get out of a jam or two, and he finished with six strikeouts in five scoreless innings. Justin Williams went 1-for-4 in his return from the DL.

OF Justin Williams: 1-for-4, 1 R
1B Joe McCarthy: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 K
OF Braxton Lee: 3-for-5, 1 K
SS Andrew Velazquez: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Greg Harris: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K
LHP Kyle Bird: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (23-26)

Brandon Lowe's seventh home run was not enough in Charlotte's 6-1 loss to Tampa. His fourth homer in six games provided the Stone Crabs' only offense. Genesis Cabrera pitched a quality start by allowing three runs in six innings with seven strikeouts.

OF Ryan Boldt: 0-for-4, 2 K
2B Brandon Lowe: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

LHP Genesis Cabrera: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (23-27)

Lucius Fox and Garrett Whitley each drove in three runs in Bowling Green's 12-9 win over Fort Wayne. Nathaniel Lowe doubled in two in the Hot Rods' three-run third, and Fox drove in two of his three in the sixth after the TinCaps tied the game. Fort Wayne then scored five of its own in the sixth, but Robbie Tenerowicz's homer to lead off the seventh started a run of Bowling Green scoring six of the final seven runs of the game. Starter Adrian Navas was charged with eight runs in five-plus innings.

SS Lucius Fox: 3-for-6, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB
OF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
IF Robbie Tenerowicz: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
C Jonah Heim: 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 BB
IF Miles Mastrobuoni: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K
3B Adrian Rondon: 0-for-5, 1 RBI, 2 K
CF Josh Lowe: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 SB
OF Garrett Whitley: 2-for-5, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K

RHP Adrian Navas: 5+ IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 1 BB, 4 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 v. Rochester 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Blake Snell (1-0, 3.86) v. Yohan Pino (0-0, -.--)

Montgomery v. Tennessee 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Greg Harris (1-4, 5.51) v. TBA

Charlotte @ Tampa 7 PM (radio stream)
Travis Ott* (0-0, 4.15) v. Albert Abreu (0-2, 4.50)

Bowling Green @ Fort Wayne 11:05 AM (radio stream)
Ethan Clark* (1-1, 3.48) v. Mason Thompson (0-1, 6.75)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota)
23-23 (4th in IL North)
Offense: 173 R (14th) .699 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.35 ERA (3rd) 1.18 WHIP (1st)
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

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
29-21 (1st in SL North)
Offense: 207 R (3rd) .724 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.27 ERA (2nd) 1.22 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Trevor Clifton (8), RHP Duane Underwood (15), OF Jacob Hannemann (23), 2B David Bote (26)

Tampa Yankees
27-25 (4th in FSL North)
Offense: 165 R (11th) .647 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 2.95 ERA (1st) 1.15 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Jorge Mateo (4), RHP Albert Abreu (9), 2B Nick Solak (19), RHP Zack Littell (24), catching coach Michel Hernandez

Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego)
18-34 (8th in MWL East)
Offense: 188 R (11th) .660 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 4.64 ERA (11th) 1.38 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Jorge Ona (12), 3B Hudson Potts (14), SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (17), LHP Logan Allen (19), RHP Mason Thompson (26), RHP Reggie Lawson (31)