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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Bauers, Honeywell lead Durham to win

A pair of key Rays prospects teamed up to help Durham win its third straight

Minor League Baseball: Arizona Fall League-Fall Stars Game
Brent Honeywell’s next appearance could be in the Futures Game
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Justin Williams walked twice Tuesday. His 7.3 percent walk rate is just a little lower than his career high in 2014. His 19.9 percent strikeout rate is right about his career rate. His isolated power is right around his career average too.

I’m not sure what any of this means.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (52-32)

Jake Bauers homered, and Brent Honeywell dominated in Durham’s 1-0 win over Charlotte. A night after being ejected, Bauers accounted for the only run of the game with his eighth home run of the season. On the mound, Honeywell delivered what may have been his best start of the season, striking out nine in six scoreless innings. Chih-Wei Hu and Diego Castillo completed the shutout. Brad Miller reached base twice.

2B Brad Miller: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Willy Adames: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
OF Jake Bauers: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
1B Casey Gillaspie: 2-for-3

RHP Brent Honeywell: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K
RHP Chih-Wei Hu: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (5-7)

Benton Moss was roughed up in Montgomery’s 10-1 loss to Jacksonville. He was charged with eight of those runs in four-plus innings, including allowing five in the first. The game was 9-0 before Nathan Lukes got the Biscuits on the board with a two-out, run-scoring single.

OF Joe McCarthy: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 K
OF Justin Williams: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K
C Nick Ciuffo: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K

RHP Benton Moss: 4+ IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (5-6)

Charlotte lost a big lead but came out on top in an 11-inning, 7-6 win over St. Lucie. In the third, the Stone Crabs scored five times, partly thanks to RBI doubles from Brandon Lowe and Brett Sullivan. Starter Travis Ott lasted just 3 1/3 innings and allowed two runs, but Spencer Jones struck out four and only allowed a run in 3 2/3 innings. After St. Lucie tied the game against Dalton Moats, Sullivan’s sacrifice fly in the 11th won the game.

OF Ryan Boldt: 1-for-6, 1 RBI, 3 K
SS Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K
IF Peter Maris: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 SB
OF David Olmedo-Barrera: 2-for-4, 1 BB, 1 SB

LHP Travis Ott: 3 1/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
RHP Spencer Jones: 3 23 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
LHP Dalton Moats: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (6-7)

Jesus Sanchez and Robbie Tenerowicz both went deep in Bowling Green’s 5-2 win over Dayton. Sanchez’s solo shot in the fourth opened the scoring, and Tenerowicz’s two-run dinger in the sixth extended his team lead to 11. Starter Willy Ortiz was sharp, striking out five in seven scoreless innings.

CF Garrett Whitley: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 2 K
DH Josh Lowe: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
OF Jesus Sanchez: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
3B Adrian Rondon: 0-for-3, 2 K
IF Robbie Tenerowicz: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Willy Ortiz: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (6-8)

Hudson Valley scored five in the ninth to tie the game but came up short in a 6-5 loss to Staten Island. The Renegades got on the board with four straight walks, and recent draftee Taylor Walls drove in a run with a single. Staten Island conceded another run on a groundout, and Matt Dacey tied the game with a two-run triple. However, control problems plagued Matt Vogel in the bottom half of the inning when he hit two batters, walked another and allowed a walkoff single. Starter Jhonleider Salinas walked six and gave up three runs in 2 2/3 innings.

SS Taylor Walls: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K
OF Oscar Rojas: 0-for-5, 2 K
OF Isaac Benard: 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K

RHP Jhonleider Salinas: 2 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 3 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (5-8)

Princeton made a late comeback to earn a 6-2 win over Elizabethton. Down 2-1 in the eighth, Ronaldo Hernandez tied the game with a one-out single. With two outs, Princeton added three more runs and tacked on an insurance run in the ninth. Dylan Thompson made his Princeton debut with two runs allowed on six hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings.

C Ronaldo Hernandez: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
IF Justin Bridgman: 0-for-4, 2 K

RHP Dylan Thompson: 4 1/3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (2-6)

The GCL Rays made a late comeback but fell short in a 10-inning, 6-4 loss to the GCL Twins. The offense accomplished nothing through seven innings but broke through for four in the eighth. Carlos Vargas and Jordyn Muffley each drove in runs, and Allen Smoot later tied the game with a two-run single. In the 10th, Ronal Hernandez allowed a walkoff home run. After Francisco Sanchez started and pitched three innings, Jonny Venters threw an inning in relief.

3B Carlos Vargas: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Luis Leon: 0-for-5, 2 K
OF Tony Pena: 0-for-4, 3 K

LHP Francisco Sanchez: 3 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
LHP Jonny Venters: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 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)
Ryan Yarbrough (7-4, 3.80) v. TBA

Montgomery v. Jacksonville 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jose Mujica (7-5, 3.09) v. Mike Kickham (5-4, 2.34)

Charlotte @ St. Lucie 6:30 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Joe Shaw (3-5, 6.07)

Bowling Green v. Dayton 7:35 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Scott Moss (10-3, 2.93)

Hudson Valley v. Staten Island 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)

Princeton @ Elizabethton 7 PM (radio stream)
Phoenix Sanders (0-0, 3.60) v. Moises Gomez (0-0, 14.29)

GCL Rays v. GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
36-47 (3rd in IL South)
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)
8-4 (1st in SL South)
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
2-10 (6th in FSL South)
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)
6-7 (T-5th in MWL East)
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
11-2 (1st in NYPL McNamara)
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
8-5 (T-1st in AL West)
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
6-2 (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