To add onto Scott Grauer’s sentiment from yesterday, here are a few splits for 2016 first round draft pick Josh Lowe this year:
Lowe has posted a 99 wRC+ on the season, meaning his total offensive production has been 1% below the average in the league. If you take his first 5 games of the season out of the sample, that increases to 7% above average. Furthermore, he’s been 11% above average since the beginning of May, 26% well above average since May 30th, and a scorching 59% above average since June 26th.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (61-39)
Brent Honeywell was lifted after 89 pitches and 5 innings, but that’s all he needed to post double digit strikeouts. 11 strikeouts, 3 ground outs and one pop out would account for all 15 of his outs on the day. Combine that with the fact that he gave up 2 doubles and a home run and I think its clear he was in attack mode, though that shouldn’t surprise anyone. Jake Bauers contributed 2 doubles and a walk-off single, and Curt Casali added his 4th home run of the season on a night when he reached base 4 times.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (54-46)
Jake Cronenworth is climbing up the lineup card after being promoted to AA less than a week ago. The shortstop started a double play and went 1-2 with 2 walks in the 5 hole on Sunday. Nick Ciuffo was 1 for 2 in throwing out base runners and added his 6th home run of the season. Andrew Velazquez is getting more reps in center field now that Cronenworth is on the team. He contributed his 6th home run of the season as well.
Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (46-51)
Brock Burke was the star of the game, going 7 shutout innings on 79 pitches. He allowed just 4 singles and a walk while recording 3 strike outs, 6 ground outs, 6 fly outs, a pick off, 3 pop outs, a bunt force out, and just 1 line out. Brandon Lowe was one of only a few players to reach base multiple times, going 1-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (49-48)
Even though they were the only team in the Rays farm system to lose on Sunday, there was still one significant positive to take away from Bowling Green’s game. Adrian Rondon hit his 6th home run of the season, this one out to his opposite right field. It would be nice to see him get the bat going.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (14-18)
Hudson Valley scored 11 runs with a single extra-base hit. 16 singles and 7 walks will do that. Included in that slap-fest was a 5-5 performance from Angel Perez, 2-3 with 3 walks from Taylor Walls, and 2-3 with 2 walks from Brendan McKay.
Rookie Princeton Rays (14-17)
Starting pitcher Joel Peguero induced 10 ground outs in his 5 shutout innings on just 68 pitches. He allowed 6 hits, but all went for just a single base each, and he didn’t allow a single walk. This year’s 12th round draft pick Carl Chester was on fire as he went 5-5 with a triple and a double, and added 2 stolen bases as well. Catcher Ronaldo Hernandez stayed hot with 2 hits and a walk to bring his season slash to .409/.442/.618.
Check out this mlbfarm page to see all of yesterday’s organization box scores, and then go to this milb page to see today’s match ups. Looks like Burch Smith for the Charlotte Stone Crabs is the only scheduled probable starter.