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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Brandon Lowe homers twice more

Brandon Lowe cannot be stopped

Brandon Lowe could be hitting his way to Double A
Brandon Lowe could be hitting his way to Double A
Jim Donten

An annual feature I like at Minor League Ball is the community mock draft. A fan, or group of fans, represent an organization and make picks for that team for a few rounds. Here are the picks for the Rays, which were made by TBRaysfan009. Please direct all complaints to them.

4. OF Austin Beck (North Davidson HS, NC)
31. 1B Brent Rooker (Mississippi State)
40. RHP Tanner Burns (Decatur HS, AL)
79. RHP Jake Thompson (Oregon State)
109. LHP Asa Lacy (Kivy HS, TX)

Triple-A Durham Bulls (33-21)

Durham needed more than home runs from Jake Bauers and Willy Adames in its 6-4 loss to Pawtucket. Kean Wong's double in the second and Bauers' sixth homer this season an inning later put the Bulls up 2-0, but Jose De Leon allowed a double in the fourth that tied the game. In his first start since being returned from the majors, he allowed two runs in five innings with six strikeouts. Pawtucket took the lead against Adam Kolarek and added insurance against Yoel Espinal, and Adames' third home run this season was not quite enough in the ninth.

SS Willy Adames: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K
OF Jake Bauers: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K
3B Patrick Leonard: 0-for-5, 4 K
OF Michael McKenry: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB

RHP Jose De Leon: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
RHP Yoel Espinal: 2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
RHP Chih-Wei Hu: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (30-25)

Montgomery hammered Tennessee for a 12-4 win over the Smokies. After Fernando Baez allowed a three-run homer in the first, the Biscuits piled up 12 of the final 13 runs of the game to earn a blowout win. Michael Russell's three-run home run powered a four-run second, and Montgomery had another four-run frame in the fourth. Russell hit the first of four doubles in the inning. Baez allowed four runs -- three earned -- in 3 2/3 innings. Tyler Brashears struck out two in 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

1B Joe McCarthy: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
OF Justin Williams: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 K
SS Andrew Velazquez: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K
OF Granden Goetzman: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
IF Michael Russell: 2-for-3, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Fernando Baez: 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 4 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 5 K
RHP Tyler Brashears: 3 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (25-28)

Brandon Lowe hit two more home runs, but they weren't enough in Charlotte's 3-2 loss to Clearwater. Lowe's eighth homer of the season gave the Stone Crabs a 1-0 lead in the first, and his ninth gave them the lead again three innings later, but in each instance, Benton Moss was unable to keep his team in front. Moss allowed three runs -- one earned -- in six innings. Charlotte's other four hits were singles.

OF Peter Bourjos: 0-for-4, 1 K
C David Rodriguez: 1-for-3
2B Brandon Lowe: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K

RHP Benton Moss: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (26-28)

Brock Burke dominated another Midwest League lineup in Bowling Green's 6-0 win over Great Lakes. Going against former first-rounder Jordan Sheffield, it was the Hot Rods' lefty who came out on top. He struck out a career-best 10 batters and allowed just four hits and a walk in six scoreless innings. Nathaniel Lowe's solo homer highlighted a four-run third inning, and Robbie Tenerowicz's two-run dinger later added insurance.

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

LHP Brock Burke: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K
RHP Spencer Moran: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 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. Pawtucket 5:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Ryan Yarbrough (3-3, 4.27) v. Marcus Walden (3-2, 2.25)

Montgomery @ Jacksonville 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Greg Harris (2-4, 4.99) v. TBA

Charlotte @ Clearwater 1 PM (radio stream)
Eduar Lopez (3-5, 4.44) v. Franklyn Kilome (3-2, 3.02)

Bowling Green @ Great Lakes 2:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Willy Ortiz* (0-0, 1.17) v. Dustin May (2-2, 4.57)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Pawtucket Red Sox
24-26 (T-4th in IL North)
Offense: 205 R (10th) .685 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.58 ERA (6th) 1.24 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Brian Johnson (7), OF Aneury Tavarez (17), RHP Kyle Martin (18), RHP Chandler Shepherd (23), RHP Jamie Callahan (28)

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Miami)
24-31 (5th in SL South)
Offense: 209 R (6th) .683 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.71 ERA (6th) 1.30 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Brian Anderson (4), LHP Dillon Peters (5), OF Austin Dean (8), RHP Tayron Guerrero (16), RHP Joe Gunkel (20), RHP Andy Beltre (27), OF John Norwood (29), SS Yefri Perez (30)

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia)
32-24 (1st in FSL North)
Offense: 213 R (9th) .725 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.21 ERA (2nd) 1.29 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Franklyn Kilome (7), OF Cornelius Randolph (15), RHP Jose Taveras (21), RHP Alberto Tirado (26)

Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers)
27-28 (5th in MWL East)
Offense: 231 R (9th) .657 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.75 ERA (9th) 1.32 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Gavin Lux (9), RHP Jordan Sheffield (12), RHP Dustin May (13), C Keibert Ruiz (20), IF Oneil Cruz (27), OF Mitch Hansen (28), OF Cody Thomas (29)