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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Brett returns after yearlong absence

Ryan Brett missed all of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery, but he was back on the field Friday for Charlotte

Ryan Brett is still only 25 years old
Ryan Brett is still only 25 years old
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The news that Chih-Wei Hu will be working out of the bullpen for Durham is interesting. Maybe I just missed the speculation, but I wonder if this means Jose De Leon is due back soon. It ensures Brent Honeywell will be sticking with the Bulls too, if it wasn't already clear.

Please share your thoughts on the little bit of reformatting done here. It was requested that we include the stats in each affiliate's section, and I agreed that it would be better.

It was also requested that we include updated slash stats for players. Writing this over three hours after Durham's game ended, those stats are still not updated on I will not be able to make the desired change at this time.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (19-7)

Jacob Faria pitched another good outing in Durham's 5-2 win over Norfolk. After allowing a leadoff home run to start the game, the righty settled in and delivered his second straight quality start. He struck out six, didn't walk anyone and allowed two runs in six innings. The Bulls got a majority of their offense in their four-run second inning. Granden Goetzman, Jake Hager and Mallex Smith all had RBI hits, and Kean Wong hit a sacrifice fly. Michael McKenry singled in an insurance run in the sixth.

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

RHP Jacob Faria: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
RHP Diego Moreno: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (14-13)

Montgomery scored four unanswered runs to close a 5-4 win over Biloxi. Trailing 4-1 in the seventh, Andrew Velazquez and Grant Kay's RBI hits pulled the Biscuits within one, and Justin O'Conner's sacrifice fly tied the game. Just an inning later, Velazquez doubled home the eventual winning run. For the first time this season, Mike Franco struggled. He pitched five innings, but he allowed two homers and walked six.

1B Joe McCarthy: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K
C Nick Ciuffo: 3-for-4, 1 K
OF Braxton Lee: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K

RHP Mike Franco: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 4 K

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

Charlotte bashed three home runs on its way to an 8-4 win over Tampa. Already up 2-1, Brandon Lowe's solo shot in the third extended the lead, but the big swing of the game came off the bat of Dalton Kelly in the eighth. With the game tied at three, his grand slam put the Stone Crabs up for good. Jake Cronenworth's solo homer added insurance in the ninth. In his return to the diamond, Ryan Brett doubled and walked. Starter Michael Velasquez allowed three runs -- two earned -- in 5 2/3 innings.

2B Ryan Brett: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K
OF Ryan Boldt: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
C David Rodriguez: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
OF Jake Fraley: 1-for-4, 1 2B
SS Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
2B Brandon Lowe: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
1B Dalton Kelly: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K

LHP Michael Velasquez: 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K
RHP Michael Santos: 3 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (12-14)

Bowling Green took a 7-1 lead and barely held on for a 7-6 win over Beloit. In the third, Garrett Whitley's RBI double broke a 1-1 tie, and he scored on Jesus Sanchez's sacrifice fly later in the inning. In the seventh, Robbie Tenerowicz's solo homer added insurance, and Sanchez drove in Whitley again, this time with a double. A pair of runs for the Hot Rods in the ninth proved crucial after the Snappers battled for five of their own in their last at-bat. Reimin Ramos was responsible for all five of those runs after starter Travis Ott struck out seven in six innings, only allowing an unearned run.

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

LHP Travis Ott: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 4 BB, 7 K
RHP Reimin Ramos: 2 2/3 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 1 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 @ Norfolk 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Brent Honeywell* (1-2, 5.87) v. Lucas Sims (2-0, 2.66)

Montgomery @ Biloxi 7:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jose Mujica (1-1, 1.37) v. Luis Ortiz (0-3, 3.72)

Charlotte @ Tampa 6:30 PM (radio stream)
Eduar Lopez (2-2, 3.81) v. Taylor Widener (0-3, 5.16)

Bowling Green @ Beloit 5 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Michael Murray (0-1, 3.05)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
11-16 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 102 R (7th) .707 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.80 ERA (13th) 1.51 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Chance Sisco (1), LHP Chris Lee (10), RHP Jimmy Yacabonis (22), RHP Stefan Crichton (27), LHP Jayson Aquino (30), C Armando Araiza

Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee)
13-15 (3rd 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

Tampa Yankees
11-18 (6th in FSL North)
Offense: 77 R (12th) .582 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.75 ERA (2nd) 1.14 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Jorge Mateo (4), RHP Albert Abreu (9), RHP Domingo Acevedo (11), 2B Nick Solak (19), RHP Zack Littell (24), RHP Jose Mesa

Beloit Snappers (Oakland)
12-14 (5th in MWL West)
Offense: 108 R (5th) .698 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 2.84 ERA (3rd) 1.22 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Dakota Chalmers (16)