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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Honeywell stumbles in Durham loss

Durham didn’t have its finest game a day after clinching the division

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With the minor league season winding down, let’s take a look at playoff positioning for the team’s affiliates.

Durham has clinched
Montgomery’s magic number is down to two
Charlotte’s elimination number for second-half contention is six
Bowling Green’s magic number may be two
Hudson Valley’s magic number for the wild card is 12
Princeton has been eliminated
The GCL Rays’ elimination number is two

Triple-A Durham Bulls (79-52)

A day after clinching the division, Durham took a night off in a 12-0 loss to Norfolk. Brent Honeywell recorded just one out and exited having allowed two runs on two hits and three walks. The bottom two hitters in the Bulls lineup — Kean Wong and Jake Hager — had five of the team’s eight hits.

1B Jake Bauers: 0-for-4, 2 K
OF Mallex Smith: 0-for-5, 2 K
LF Patrick Leonard: 2-for-3, 1 BB
OF Shane Peterson: 0-for-4, 2 K
SS Jake Hager: 3-for-4

RHP Brent Honeywell: one-third IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
RHP Ryne Stanek: 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Michael McKenry: 1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (36-24)

Montgomery scored early and rolled to a 6-2 win over Tennessee. Smokies mistakes aided the Biscuits along the way. The first run scored in the first inning on a bases-loaded walk, and three of the four third-inning runs were unearned. Jose Mujica delivered another nice outing, allowing just a run in 6 23 innings with five strikeouts.

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

RHP Jose Mujica: 6 23 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (35-25)

Charlotte had a rough time in a 14-2 loss to Fort Myers. Brock Burke was chased early and allowed six runs in the first, and Tyler Brashears did the same in the fourth inning. The Stone Crabs finally cut into the 14-run deficit with RBI singles from Angel Moreno and David Olmedo-Barrera in the eighth.

SS Lucius Fox: 1-for-5, 3 K
OF Ryan Boldt: 0-for-3, 1 K
3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-3, 1 BB

LHP Brock Burke: 3 IP, 6 H, 6 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 3 K
RHP Tyler Brashears: one-third IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (36-25)

Jim Haley’s home run was not enough in Bowling Green’s 3-1 loss to West Michigan. Aside from Haley’s first homer of the season, the Hot Rods had just three hits, all of which were singles. Starter Adrian Navas allowed two runs in six innings.

SS Luis Rengifo: 0-for-4, 2 K
CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-4, 2 K
OF Garrett Whitley: 0-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K
OF Jesus Sanchez: 2-for-4
3B Adrian Rondon: 0-for-3
IF Jim Haley: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K

RHP Adrian Navas: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (37-25)

Hudson Valley erased a four-run deficit to win its 14th straight game with a 10-8 decision over Connecticut. The Renegades broke out with four runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. Those innings included a pair of two-out RBI singles from Carl Chester. For the first time in the organization, Tobias Myers had a bit of a rough time, allowing five runs in five innings.

SS Taylor Walls: 2-for-5, 1 RBI
1B Brendan McKay: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
OF Carl Chester: 3-for-5, 1 R, 3 RBI

RHP Tobias Myers: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (25-36)

Princeton made a pair of comebacks before ultimately falling to Burlington by a 6-5 score. Princeton erased deficits of 2-0 and 4-2 and went ahead 5-4 in the sixth on Jose Tonton’s three-run homer, but a two-run home run off Cristopher Sanchez in the seventh put Burlington back in front.

OF Michael Smith: 0-for-5
OF Jose Tonton: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K

RHP Phoenix Sanders: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K
LHP Cristopher Sanchez: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (25-28)

Carlos Vargas homered and drove in three runs in the GCL Rays’ 8-0 win over the GCL Orioles. His two-run double highlighted the three-run first inning, and he homered along with Alexander Alvarez when the GCL Rays added five in the eighth. With the early run support, Wanderson Linares cruised to a nice outing with five scoreless innings.

SS Carlos Vargas: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI
C Alexander Alvarez: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

RHP Wanderson Linares: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
RHP Yoel Espinal: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 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. Norfolk 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Yonny Chirinos* (11-5, 2.98) v. Jayson Aquino (3-8, 4.33)

Montgomery v. Mobile 7:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Anthony Misiewicz (2-1, 6.08) v. Jesus Castillo (0-0, 4.61)

Charlotte @ Fort Myers 6:05 PM (radio stream)
Brandon Lawson (4-5, 4.52) v. Lewis Thorpe (3-4, 2.87)

Bowling Green @ West Michigan 7 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Matt Manning (0-0, 14.85)

Hudson Valley @ Connecticut 7 PM (radio stream)

Princeton v. Johnson City 7 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Edwar Ramirez (3-6, 6.62)

GCL Rays @ GCL Orioles 10 AM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
Offense: 535 R (10th) .715 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.12 ERA (10th) 1.41 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Chance Sisco (1), LHP Chris Lee (10), LHP Donnie Hart (16), RHP Jimmy Yacabonis (22), LHP Andrew Faulkner (24), RHP Stefan Crichton (27), LHP Jayson Aquino (30), RHP Gabriel Ynoa

Mobile BayBears (Angels)
31-29 (2nd in SL South)
Offense: 506 R (5th) .679 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.78 ERA (7th) 1.28 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Matt Thaiss (2), C Taylor Ward (6), RHP Grayson Long (7), RHP Adam Hofacket (21), RHP Jesus Castillo (23), RHP Justin Anderson (25), RHP Tyler Carpenter (27), OF Brennon Lund (28), RHP Jake Jewell (29), OF Troy Montgomery (31)

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
39-21 (1st in FSL South)
Offense: 539 R (4th) .680 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.50 ERA (6th) 1.31 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Luis Arraez (12), LHP Lewis Thorpe (19), OF Brent Rooker

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
Offense: 603 R (5th) .711 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 2.84 ERA (1st) 1.12 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Matt Manning (1), OF Derek Hill (10), RHP Wladimir Pinto (21), OF Jacob Robson (25), SS Isaac Paredes

Connecticut Tigers
29-31 (3rd in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 230 R (12th) .601 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.49 ERA (7th) 1.36 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Reynaldo Rivera, C Joey Morgan

Johnson City Cardinals
33-28 (2nd in AL West)
Offense: 316 R (5th) .739 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.29 ERA (6th) 1.47 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Delvin Perez (3), RHP Alvaro Seijas (20)

GCL Orioles
26-27 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 253 R (5th) .697 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 4.32 ERA (15th) 1.36 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP DL Hall, SS Adam Hall