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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Honeywell shines as Futures Game MVP

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Just like he did eight months ago in the AFL ASG

SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Brent Honeywell earned the start in the 2017 MLB Futures Game, and boy did he deliver. The young righty struck out 4 of the best prospects in baseball in 2 shutout innings. If that sounds familiar, it’s because he just did nearly the same thing when he struck out 5 in 2 shutout innings in the Arizona Fall League’s Fall Star Game last November. Honeywell became the first pitcher to earn the Futures Game MVP honors. Go here for the play-by-play with pitch types and velocities. Looks like he was mostly 97 mph fastball and 85 mph change up in the first inning, and 94/84 in the second with a few sliders and one or two curves and screws.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (55-34)

Durham couldn’t get a whole lot going in their 5-1 loss to Toledo on Sunday. Willy Adames recorded both a throwing error and missed catch error on the day, his 19th and 20th on the season, though he did contribute a single and started a double play. Diego Castillo recorded 4 punch outs in 2 relief innings, while Neil Wagner struck out the side in the 9th.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (47-40)

It took 16 innings, but Montgomery managed the one and only run of the game when Andrew Velazquez delivered a two-out RBI single to right field to plate Michael Russell. The pitchers combined for 18 strikeouts and just 4 hits, each of 8 pitchers contributing at least one K. Joe McCarthy and Nathan Lukes reached base 3 times each, while Andrew Velazquez also had a double on the day to go with the game-winning RBI single.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (39-45)

The Stone Crabs won their makeup game from Saturday 9-8, and then lost their regularly scheduled game 0-2 to split the day. All but one Stone Crab reached base at least twice in the first game, with extra base hits coming from catcher David Parrett (HR), Peter Maris (3B), Nate Lowe (2B), and Brandon Lowe (2B). Brandon and David Olmedo-Barerra combined for 7 RBIs.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (42-43)

Garrett Whitley kept raking and Adrian Navas threw his second straight gem in Bowling Green’s 7-2 win over Great Lakes. Whitley was all over the box score, collecting his 7th home run of the year to go with his 12th stolen base and two walks. Adrian Rondon was also busy as he reached base four times and started two double plays. Adrian Navas struck out 7 in 7 innings of 2 run ball.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (6-13)

Things were looking pretty good for the Renegades on Sunday, until the 9th inning. Austin Franklin allowed 3 hits and 4 walks in 5 innings, but managed to keep runs off the board. Taylor Walls and Angel Perez homered in the middle innings to take the lead, but the top of the 9th was a foreshadow of turning luck. With Zacrey Law on second base and Rafelin Lorenzo on first via singles, Isaac Benard lined to the second baseman for a triple play. Vermont would go on to score four runs to walk off.

Rookie Princeton Rays (6-12)

Princeton scored in the top of the first and never looked back, taking Bluefield 6-4. The Rays have their own Andrew Miller, but this one is a catching prospect, who also did really good things in a baseball game. Miller reached base twice with a double and a hit-by-pitch, while also picking off a runner at first base. 18 year old Moises Gomez went 4-4 with all singles on the day, and 2017 6th round draft pick Zach Rutherford hit his second home run of his young year in the 9th inning.

Go to this MLBfarm page for all of yesterday’s Rays organization box scores, and check out this milb page for today’s matchups. Looks like Durham has the day off, while Jose Mujica and Travis Ott are the respective starters for Montgomery and Port Charlotte.