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Willy Adames and a couple affiliates hammered opposing pitching Monday

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An interesting thing from Monday’s box scores: Andrew Velazquez played center field for Montgomery. I believe that was his first professional game in the outfield.

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Triple-A Durham Bulls (49-32)

Willy Adames stayed hot in Durham’s 5-2 win over Norfolk. The Tides went up 2-0 in the second, but the Bulls answered immediately in the third. A couple scored on an Adames single, and they went ahead on a Mike Marjama double play. In the fifth, Adames hit his sixth home run. Hunter Wood had his best start in Triple A with two runs in six innings, and Drew Smith pitched a scoreless inning in his Durham debut.

OF Jake Bauers: 0-for-1, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K (ejected)
SS Willy Adames: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-4, 1 K
OF Johnny Field: 0-for-5, 1 R
2B Kean Wong: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K

RHP Hunter Wood: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
RHP Drew Smith: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
RHP Ryne Stanek: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (3-5)

Dalton Kelly hit two more home runs in Montgomery’s 13-5 win over Pensacola. The first baseman now has three home runs with the Biscuits after only hitting two over three months in Charlotte. Andrew Velazquez and Joe McCarthy also went deep for Montgomery. Edwin Fierro started and allowed a run in five innings.

OF Joe McCarthy: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
OF Justin Williams: 2-for-4, 1 BB
C Nick Ciuffo: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
IF Riley Unroe: 2-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
1B Dalton Kelly: 3-for-6, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
CF Andrew Velazquez: 3-for-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K

RHP Edwin Fierro: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (4-4)

Charlotte could not contain Palm Beach in an 8-4 loss Monday. Palm Beach scored in six of its nine at-bats and out-hit the Stone Crabs by a 14-8 margin. Tyler Brashears allowed four runs in 4 13 innings. Brandon Lowe and Angel Moreno combined for five of the Stone Crabs’ hits.

OF Ryan Boldt: 0-for-4, 1 SB
C David Rodriguez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
IF Peter Maris: 0-for-5, 1 RBI
2B Brandon Lowe: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
OF Angel Moreno: 3-for-4, 1 R

RHP Tyler Brashears: 4 13 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-7)

Adrian Navas outdueled former No. 1 pick Brady Aiken in Bowling Green’s 2-1 win over Lake County. Neither pitcher has fared well this season, but both were sharp Monday. Navas faced just one over the minimum over the first four innings until he allowed the Captains’ lone run in the fifth. He finished with a run in seven innings with seven strikeouts. Eleardo Cabrera and Garrett Whitley drove in the Hot Rods’ runs.

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

RHP Adrian Navas: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (6-5)

Hudson Valley lost a couple one-run leads in its 5-3 loss to Aberdeen. The Renegades scored in the first and third innings, but the IronBirds answered a half inning later in each instance. Starter Austin Franklin struck out seven and allowed a couple runs in five innings, and Aberdeen went ahead off Drew Strotman in the seventh.

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB

RHP Austin Franklin: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
RHP Drew Strotman: 2+ IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (3-7)

Princeton jumped out to a 10-run lead and hammered Burlington by a 15-6 margin. Trey Hair drove in two and scored in the four-run first inning, and the outcome was never in doubt. In the fourth, Hair drove in another run in a three-run frame, and Jose Tonton’s grand slam in the eighth punctuated the blowout. Starter Joel Peguero struck out four in five scoreless innings.

SS Zach Rutherford: 3-for-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 4-for-5, 4 R, 3 2B
OF Jose Tonton: 1-for-1, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI
2B Trey Hair: 4-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 1 SB
OF Bryce Brown: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
C Andrew Miller: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Billy King: 0-for-5, traded a draft pick that became Damian Lillard for Gerald Wallace and later signed him to a pricey contract extension

RHP Joel Peguero: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
RHP Thomas Lebron: 2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (2-5)

Carlos Vargas hit his first home run in the organization in the GCL Rays’ 10-inning, 3-2 win over the GCL Twins. Acquired in the Drew Smyly trade along with Mallex Smith and Ryan Yarbrough, the third baseman reached base three times and hit a two-run homer that gave the team the lead in the eighth. In the 10th, the GCL Rays took advantage of the experimental extra-innings rules and an error to earn the win. Chris Kirsch made a rehab appearance and struck out two in two scoreless innings. Kevin Padlo played third base and went 0-for-2.

3B Kevin Padlo: 0-for-2
3B Carlos Vargas: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB

LHP Chris Kirsch: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Angel Rodriguez: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 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 v. Charlotte 6:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Brent Honeywell* (7-7, 4.91) v. Reynaldo Lopez (6-4, 4.22)

Montgomery v. Jacksonville 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Benton Moss (1-2, 2.13) v. TBA

Charlotte @ St. Lucie 6:30 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Justin Dunn (4-5, 4.55)

Bowling Green v. Dayton 7:35 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Wennington Romero (3-5, 4.15)

Hudson Valley @ Staten Island 7 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)

Princeton @ Elizabethton 7 PM (radio stream)
Luis Moncada* (0-2, 11.37) v. TBA

GCL Rays @ GCL Twins 10 AM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
(Record), (Place in division)
Offense: 358 R (7th) .744 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.66 ERA (13th) 1.46 WHIP (12th)
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)
(Record), (Place in division)
Offense: 292 R (7th) .681 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.57 ERA (4th) 1.29 WHIP (4th)
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), OF Braxton Lee

St. Lucie Mets
(Record), (Place in division)
Offense: 327 R (4th) .700 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.27 ERA (11th) 1.43 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: QB Tim Tebow, RHP Justin Dunn (3), 1B Pete Alonso (13), RHP Merandy Gonzalez (14), OF Wuilmer Becerra (16), C Patrick Mazeika (21), RHP Daniel Bard

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
(Record), (Place in division)
Offense: 382 R (3rd) .703 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.73 ERA (7th) 1.20 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Taylor Trammell (5), C Tyler Stephenson (10), RHP Tony Santillan (11), OF Michael Beltre (23), OF Jose Siri (31)

Staten Island Yankees
(Record) (Place in division)
Offense: 43 R (12th) .606 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 2.23 ERA (2nd) 0.95 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jorge Guzman (26), SS Wilkerman Garcia (29), RHP Trevor Stephan

Elizabethton Twins
(Record) (Place in division)
Offense: 64 R (2nd) .776 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.52 ERA (8th) 1.38 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Wander Javier (13), SS Jose Miranda (24), RHP Huascar Ynoa (29), OF Brent Rooker

GCL Twins
5-2 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 33 R (4th) .763 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.74 ERA (8th) 1.32 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Akil Baddoo (16), SS Royce Lewis, RHP Blayne Enlow, RHP Landon Leach