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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Honeywell, McKay highlight Tuesday action

A pair of the team’s top prospects delivered nice performances Tuesday

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If you haven’t voted yet, be sure to pick the organization’s players and pitchers of the month. I think I’ll leave voting open one more day and post the results Thursday.

In the New York-Penn League, the Renegades had a number of players named to the league’s annual All-Star Game: pitchers Drew Strotman and Mikey York, catcher Zacrey Law, second baseman Vidal Brujan, and outfielders Angel Perez and Oscar Rojas.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (71-44)

Brent Honeywell was effective again in Durham’s 2-1 win over Louisville. He threw 5 23 more scoreless innings, striking out six and giving up just six hits and a walk. Shane Peterson homered in the second inning, and after the Bats tied the game in the sixth, Justin O’Conner drove in the eventual-winning run with a sacrifice fly.

SS Willy Adames: 0-for-4
OF Jake Bauers: 0-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K
OF Shane Peterson: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB

RHP Brent Honeywell: 5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
RHP Jaime Schultz: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (26-19)

Jose Mujica was sharp, and Nick Ciuffo stayed hot in Montgomery’s 7-1 win over Mobile. Mujica only allowed one run in seven innings, and his seven strikeouts tied a season high. In the sixth, Brandon Lowe led off with a double and scored the go-ahead run, and Ciuffo later hit a two-run homer to complete the four-run inning.

OF Justin Williams: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
IF Michael Russell: 2-for-3, 1 BB

RHP Jose Mujica: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (23-21)

Charlotte took an early 2-0 lead but checked out in its 7-2 loss to Jupiter. Starter Brandon Lawson had a comfortable first four innings, but the game came apart in the fifth. A player named Boo Vazquez led off with a single, and the Hammerheads went on to score five runs in the inning. Jonny Venters pitched a scoreless sixth.

SS Lucius Fox: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
OF Ryan Boldt: 1-for-4
3B Kevin Padlo: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
1B Nathaniel Lowe: 0-for-4, 3 K

LHP Jonny Venters: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K
RHP Brandon Lawson: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (28-17)

Luis Rengifo reached base three times in his organizational debut, a Bowling Green 4-1 loss to South Bend. Acquired in last week’s Ryan Garton trade, Rengifo batted leadoff, picked up a hit in his first at-bat and added another later with a walk. After J.D. Busfield started and threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings, Deivy Mendez walked five and was charged with three runs in two innings.

SS Luis Rengifo: 2-for-4, 1 BB, 1 SB
CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
OF Garrett Whitley: 1-for-5, 2 K
3B Adrian Rondon: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI
1B Jim Haley: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 BB
C Daniel De La Calle: 0-for-5, 2 K

RHP J.D. Busfield: 3 1/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Deivy Mendez: 2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (23-25)

Brendan McKay homered and drove in three runs, but it wasn’t enough in Hudson Valley’s 10-5 loss to State College. His fourth professional home run made it two days in a row with a homer, and those came just a day after he pitched. Nicholas Padilla was hammered in the first inning as the Spikes ran out to a 7-0 lead in the opening frame.

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
SS Taylor Walls: 0-for-5, 1 K
1B Brendan McKay: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Nicholas Padilla: one-third IP, 5 H, 6 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 0 K
LHP Blake Pflughaupt: 3 IP, 7 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (18-28)

Princeton exploded for seven runs in the third inning in its Game 1, 9-3 win over Pulaski. Princeton scored twice before even picking up a hit thanks to a slew of walks and Pulaski mistakes. Devin Davis cleared the bases with a double, and Trey Hair capped the scoring with a two-run dinger. Starter Riley O’Brien threw four scoreless innings.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Princeton found itself on the other end of a big deficit in its 7-5 loss. After going up 1-0 in the first, Princeton watched Pulaski pile up seven runs over the fourth and fifth innings. Starter Cristopher Sanchez was charged with three runs in 3 1/3 innings. Kevin Santiago’s two-run single highlighted a four-run sixth for Princeton, but it could not get closer.

C Ronaldo Hernandez (1): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K
2B Trey Hair (1): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
OF Moises Gomez (2): 0-for-4, 3 K

RHP Riley O’Brien (1): 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
LHP Cristopher Sanchez (2): 3 1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
RHP Jose Disla (2): 1 13 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (14-24)

The GCL Rays’ late rally was too little, too late in their 5-4 loss to the GCL Red Sox. Already down 5-0 in the seventh, a run-scoring wild pitch finally got them on the board. Sabriel Polanco singled in two, and Roberto Alvarez drove in another. With the bases loaded and two outs, Jordyn Muffley struck out to end the rally. Starter Alex Valverde allowed three runs — two earned — in 3 13 innings.

OF Granden Goetzman: 1-for-2
SS Carlos Vargas: 0-for-3

RHP Alex Valverde: 3 13 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 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. Louisville 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Yonny Chirinos (11-3, 2.89) v. Rookie Davis (1-2, 5.47)

Montgomery is off

Charlotte v. Jupiter 6:35 PM (radio stream)
Jose De Leon (1-0, 2.19) v. Ben Meyer (3-3, 1.51)

Bowling Green is off

Hudson Valley @ State College 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)

Princeton @ Kingsport 6:30 PM (radio stream)

GCL Rays @ GCL Red Sox 10 AM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Louisville Bats (Cincinnati)
45-69 (4th in IL West)
Offense: 425 R (13th) .696 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 4.45 ERA (12th) 1.50 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Cody Reed (2), LHP Amir Garrett (3), RHP Tyler Mahle (12), RHP Jimmy Herget (13), OF Phillip Ervin (18), RHP Barrett Astin (20), RHP Ariel Hernandez (21), LHP Ismael Guillon (29), RHP Austin Brice, OF Adam Brett Walker, OF Tyler Goeddel

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
25-19 (2nd in FSL South)
Offense: 390 R (10th) .650 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 2.83 ERA (1st) 1.18 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Stone Garrett (9), RHP Cody Poteet (14), RHP Jeff Brigham (19), C Roy Morales (20), 2B Justin Twine (28), RHP Pablo Lopez (31), RHP Merandy Gonzalez

State College Spikes (St. Louis)
27-21 (3rd in NYPL Pinckney)
Offense: 237 R (1st) .724 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.48 ERA (8th) 1.45 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Johan Oviedo (30), OF Scott Hurst

Kingsport Mets
18-27 (4th in AL West)
Offense: 255 R (2nd) .777 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 5.31 ERA (9th) 1.57 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: None

GCL Red Sox
20-18 (T-2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 176 R (T-6th) .693 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.20 ERA (11th) 1.41 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Cole Brannen