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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Sunday Funday for Honeywell and McKay

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A group of top prospects and recent draft picks enjoyed strong performances on Sunday.

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Future Tampa Bay Rays aces Brent Honeywell and Brendan McKay had themselves a pretty nice little Sunday. They went to Home Depot, bought some wallpaper and some flooring. They even had enough time for Bed, Bath, & Beyond...

Aside from the Old School reference, they also played some pretty nice baseball.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (73-47)

There wasn’t a whole lot of positives to take from this game other than Brent Honeywell’s gem of a start. Honeywell completed 6 scoreless innings with just 70 pitches. He collected 5 strike outs while allowing just two hits in the process. Clearly on an innings and/or pitch limit, Brent hasn’t been allowed to pitch past the 6th inning since May 21st, and has only done so twice this season. Honeywell is now at 125 innings on the season after pitching 115.1 last regular season and 15.0 in between seasons in the Arizona Fall League.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (67-52)

The Montgomery offense has been out of control lately, and that didn’t stop on Sunday. Cade Gotta went 2-3 with a walk, stolen bases number 26 and 27, and a hose from RF to throw out a runner at the plate. Grant Kay collected his 33rd and 34th doubles of the season, and three others reached base twice. Every player in the lineup scored at least one run except lead off man Jake Cronenworth, who still contributed by driving in a run.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (57-59)

Rehabbing Matt Andriese and Kevin Kiermaier were in town on Sunday but couldn’t get the Charlotte Stone Crabs a win as they lost in the 10th inning to Bradenton. Andriese gave up 2 earned runs in 3 innings on 50 pitches, while KK went 1-5 with an RBI triple. Kevin Padlo hit his 12th and 13th doubles of the season, while David Olmedo-Barrera reached base three times and stole his 19th base of the season.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (61-55)

Bowling Green stayed hot as the top prospects in the lineup did the most of the heavy lifting. Adrian Rondon knocked his 8th home run of the season, while Garrett Whitley and Josh Lowe combined to reach base seven times. Jesus Sanchez left the game in the first inning after popping out to first base in foul territory. His replacement, Emilio Gustave, drove in three with his third home run of the season.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (28-25)

Sundays have become the Brendan McKay show for Hudson Valley. Three more scoreless innings on just 31 pitches keeps his season ERA at 0.00. Piggybacking on McKay’s start was Jhonleider Salinas and his 10 strike outs in 4.1 innings. Oscar Rojas went 2-3 with a walk and his first home run of the season.

Rookie Princeton Rays (19-31)

Princeton’s sluggers put up 8 runs on the day, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the trio of 4 run innings Bluefield was able to muster in the middle frames of the game. 2017 6th round draft pick Zach Rutherford had himself a 2 home run day, his 5th and 6th of the short season. Devin Davis knocked his 9th of the season, and 2017 34th round draft pick Trey Hair went 3-4 with a double to add on to his very nice season.

Go to this milb page to check out Sunday’s box scores, and then go here to see today’s match ups. Looks like Jose Mujica takes the mound for the Montgomery Biscuits, while the Durham Bulls and Hudson Valley Renegades have the day off.