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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Biscuits land 5 in All-Star Game

Justin O'Conner and Jose Mujica lead a group of five Montgomery players in this month's Southern League All-Star Game

Justin O'Conner is healthy
Justin O'Conner is healthy
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Justin O'Conner, Cade Gotta, Braxton Lee, Jose Mujica and Mike Franco will represent the Biscuits in the Southern League All-Star Game in Pensacola on June 20.

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Triple-A Durham Bulls (36-21)

Reynaldo Lopez may have been the highly touted prospect in the matchup, but Yonny Chirinos emerged as the winner in Durham's 4-3 victory over Charlotte. Both starters went seven innings, and Chirinos outpitched the White Sox prospect, allowing just a run on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts. He got some early run support when Mallex Smith led off with a triple and scored on an error, and homers from Willy Adames and Patrick Leonard in the sixth extended the lead. With the Bulls leading 4-1 in the ninth, Chih-Wei Hu allowed a two-run home run, but Andrew Kittredge preserved the win by retiring all three batters he faced.

SS Willy Adames: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
OF Jake Bauers: 0-for-4
1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-4
3B Patrick Leonard: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
2B Kean Wong: 2-for-2, 1 BB

RHP Yonny Chirinos: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
RHP Chih-Wei Hu: 1+ IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (33-25)

A four spot in the first helped Montgomery to a 9-3 win over Jacksonville. Justin Williams' RBI single opened the scoring, and he scored on Grant Kay's two-run double. Nick Ciuffo's RBI hit then scored Kay. Jose Mujica allowed a solo homer in the first but settled in and faced the minimum over the next four innings until he allowed a solo homer to start the sixth. He allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings with four strikeouts. Mac James hit his first home run of the season.

1B Joe McCarthy: 0-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB
OF Justin Williams: 3-for-5, 1 R, 4 RBI
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-5, 1 RBI
IF Michael Russell: 0-for-5, 2 K
OF Cade Gotta: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
IF Grant Kay: 4-for-5, 1 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI
C Mac James: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI

RHP Jose Mujica: 6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (27-29)

Slugging Peter Bourjos' solo home run wasn't enough in Charlotte's 6-1 loss to Clearwater. Wilson Ramos, continuing his rehab assignment as Charlotte's designated hitter, doubled and struck out in his four at-bats. After another rehabber, Jumbo Diaz, threw a scoreless first inning, Taylor Hawkins held the Threshers off the scoreboard for a couple innings before the game collapsed in the fourth. A two-run homer paced a four-run inning that put the Stone Crabs away for good.

OF Peter Bourjos: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
C Wilson Ramos: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 K
OF Ryan Boldt: 0-for-3, 1 BB

RHP Jumbo Diaz: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
RHP Taylor Hawkins: 4+ IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (27-29)

Bowling Green scored four runs in the first and didn't look back in its 8-2 win over South Bend. As usual, Jesus Sanchez was at the center of the action offensively. He singled in one of the runs in the first, and his two-run single in the seventh added insurance. Starter Adrian Navas walked four and allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings, but Spencer Jones was sharp in relief, holding South Bend scoreless over the final 3 2/3 innings with four strikeouts.

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

RHP Adrian Navas: 5 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
RHP Spencer Jones: 3 2/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 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 @ Charlotte 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Brent Honeywell (4-5, 5.10) v. Tyler Danish (1-4, 3.66)

Montgomery @ Jacksonville 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Hunter Wood (3-4, 5.02) v. Mike Kickham (2-3, 2.72)

Charlotte is off

Bowling Green @ South Bend 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Ethan Clark* (2-1, 2.92) v. Bryan Hudson (0-1, 4.12)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
26-31 (3rd in IL South)
Offense: 249 R (4th) .750 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 4.34 ERA (10th) 1.42 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: IF Yoan Moncada (1), RHP Lucas Giolito (2), RHP Reynaldo Lopez (3), RHP Zack Burdi (6), RHP Carson Fulmer (7), RHP Tyler Danish (18), OF Jacob May (20)

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Miami)
24-34 (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)

South Bend Cubs
35-22 (3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 284 R (3rd) .710 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.59 ERA (7th) 1.27 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Dylan Cease (4), OF D.J. Wilson (9), 3B Wladimir Galindo (18), RHP Erling Moreno (20), LHP Jose Paulino (21), LHP Bryan Hudson (25), SS Isaac Paredes (29), 1B Chris Pieters (30), C Marcus Mastrobuoni