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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Yarbrough sharp in Durham win

A pair of recent trade acquisitions, Jake Bauers and Ryan Yarbrough, teamed up to help the Bulls win Friday

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Triple-A Durham Bulls (38-22)

Jake Bauers homered, and Ryan Yarbrough turned in his best start with the organization in Durham's 5-2 win over Norfolk. Until a two-run homer from Craig Gentry in the sixth, he held the Tides off the board, but he regained his form after that and finished eight innings, having only allowed two runs with nine strikeouts. Just a half inning after Norfolk went up, Willy Adames led off the sixth with a walk, and Bauers followed with a two-run shot to put the Bulls in front. Later in the inning, Curt Casali doubled in two more runs.

2B Willy Adames: 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
OF Jake Bauers: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-4, 2 K
OF Shane Peterson: 0-for-4, 2 K

LHP Ryan Yarbrough: 8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (34-27)

A bad inning sunk Montgomery in its 7-4 loss to Chattanooga. In his Double-A debut, Benton Moss was given early run support with two first-inning runs on Granden Goetzman's double, and through five innings, he only allowed one run. However, the game fell apart in the sixth. He departed with the bases loaded and nobody out, and Jordan Harrison allowed all three inherited runners to score in a five-run Lookouts inning. The Biscuits got two more runs on a wild pitch and an error in the ninth, but they were not enough.

1B Joe McCarthy: 0-for-2, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
OF Justin Williams: 0-for-5, 3 K
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
SS Andrew Velazquez: 0-for-5, 4 K

RHP Benton Moss: 5+ IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (27-31)

Brock Burke's Charlotte debut was not great in a 10-3 loss to Florida. After two strong months with Bowling Green, the lefty was moved up a level and showed he has adjustments to make. The Fire Frogs scored a run in each of the first two innings, and a half inning after the Stone Crabs tied the game in the fourth, a four-run inning knocked Burke out of the game, having allowed six runs -- four earned -- in 4 2/3 innings. Wilson Ramos was 0-for-3.

C Wilson Ramos: 0-for-3, 1 K
OF Ryan Boldt: 3-for-5, 2 2B, 2 K
C David Rodriguez: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Jake Cronenworth: 0-for-5, 1 K
1B Dalton Kelly: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
OF David Olmedo-Barrera: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
IF Jim Haley: 4-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 SB

LHP Brock Burke: 4 2/3 IP, 9 H, 6 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 2 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (28-31)

Bowling Green was on the wrong end of a late-game slugfest in a 6-5 loss to Lake County. Solo home runs, including one from Adrian Rondon, resulted in a 1-1 tie through six innings. Rondon's run-scoring groundout in the seventh and Garrett Whitley's RBI single gave the Hot Rods their first lead, but starter J.D. Busfield allowed three runs in the home half of the inning and finished with four runs allowed in seven innings. After the Hot Rods went up again in the eighth, Brian McAfee allowed a run in each of the final two innings to lose the game.

SS Lucius Fox: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB
CF Josh Lowe: 2-for-4
3B Adrian Rondon: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
OF Garrett Whitley: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
OF Eleardo Cabrera: 0-for-4, 3 K

RHP J.D. Busfield: 7 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Brian McAfee: 1 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 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 v. Norfolk 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Blake Snell (3-0, 2.39) v. Gabriel Ynoa (1-4, 6.82)

Montgomery v. Chattanooga 7:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Greg Harris (3-4, 4.47) v. Stephen Gonsalves (1-2, 2.45)

Charlotte v. Florida 6:05 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Drew Harrington (4-5, 3.56)

Bowling Green @ Lake County 7 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Juan Hillman (2-3, 6.84)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
26-35 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 260 R (6th) .716 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.68 ERA (13th) 1.50 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Chance Sisco (1), LHP Chris Lee (10), LHP Donnie Hart (16), RHP Jimmy Yacabonis (22), LHP Andrew Faulkner (24), RHP Stefan Crichton (27), LHP Jayson Aquino (30), RHP Gabriel Ynoa

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota)
34-27 (T-2nd in SL North)
Offense: 241 R (5th) .682 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.20 ERA (2nd) 1.27 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Nick Gordon (1), LHP Stephen Gonsalves (2), RHP Fernando Romero (4), LHP Tyler Jay (5), RHP Kohl Stewart (7), RHP Felix Jorge (8), RHP Nick Burdi (15), OF LaMonte Wade (21), RHP Jake Reed (28), LHP Mason Melotakis (30)

Florida Fire Frogs (Atlanta)
Offense: 260 R (3rd) .715 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 4.16 ERA (11th) 1.43 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Austin Riley (11), RHP Touki Toussaint (12), LHP A.J. Minter (18), OF Braxton Davidson (21), LHP Drew Harrington (24), OF Ray-Patrick Didder (27), C Alex Jackson (29), RHP Enderson Franco, RHP Tyler Pike, coach Tomas Perez

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
Offense: 205 R (16th) .646 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 4.13 ERA (10th) 1.38 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Brady Aiken (4), C Logan Ice (12), LHP Juan Hillman (14), RHP Micah Miniard (28)