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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Adames grand slam lifts Bulls

Willy Adames went deep for the first time this season.

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After tripling on Opening Day and doubling in the second game of the season, Willy Adames went 10 games without an extra-base hit. In his last three games, he has a double and his first home run of the season. He has been very good this season, as expected for a talented player who played an entire season at the level he’s at.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (6-9)

Behind Willy Adames’ grand slam, Durham crushed Lehigh Valley by a score of 10-0. The Bulls already led 3-0 when Adames launched his first homer of the season in the second inning. In the fourth, Jason Coats’ three-run home run extended the lead to 10. In his return to Durham, Chih-Wei Hu pitched four scoreless innings, striking out four.

1B Jake Bauers: 2-for-3, 3 R, 1 BB
SS Willy Adames: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K
CF Joe McCarthy: 0-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K
DH Justin Williams: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS
RF Jason Coats: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI

RHP Chih-Wei Hu: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K
RHP Jaime Schultz: 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Ian Gibaut: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (6-11)

Montgomery hammered Biloxi for 10 extra-base hits in a 13-3 win over the Shuckers. Ryan Boldt, Dalton Kelly, Brandon Lowe, and Nick Solak all homered, three of which came off big leaguer Wade Miley. Boldt and Nathan Lukes hit RBI doubles in the six-run ninth to provide additional insurance. With the early run support, Zach Lee turned in a solid outing, allowing a run six hits and two walks in five innings.

CF Ryan Boldt: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 HBP
LF Nick Solak: 1-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K, 1 HBP
2B Brandon Lowe: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB
SS Jermaine Palacios: 0-for-1
DH Michael Russell: 3-for-6, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI
1B Dalton Kelly: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
RF Nathan Lukes: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K

RHP Zach Lee: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (9-8)

Charlotte jumped out to a 10-0 lead and held on for a 10-8 win over Palm Beach. Justin Bridgman doubled in two in the second, Nate Lowe hit a two-run homer in the second, and Joey Roach cleared the bases with a double in the four-run fifth. After Brock Burke was lifted with one out in the sixth, the bullpen proceeded to allow Palm Beach back in the game, but with the tying run on base, Curtis Taylor entered and recorded the last two outs of the game.

SS Lucius Fox: 4-for-5, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 SB
RF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 K
LF Robbie Tenerowicz: 0-for-5
1B Nate Lowe: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
C Joey Roach: 3-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI

LHP Brock Burke: 5 13 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
RHP Peter Bayer: 3 BF, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
RHP Reimin Ramos: 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (8-9)

Bowling Green was crushed in a 10-2 loss to Lake County. However, due to defensive miscues, only three of the runs were earned. After Ronaldo Hernandez drove in a run to cut the Hot Rods’ deficit to 2-1 in the fourth, the Captains rallied for the first of their two four-run innings in the game. Starter Alex Valverde was charged with six runs — three earned — in 3 23 innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K
DH Brendan McKay: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 1-for-4, 2 RBI
SS Taylor Walls: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB

RHP Alex Valverde: 3 2/3 IP, 6 H, 6 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 5 K


Monday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham vs. Buffalo 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Forrest Snow (0-1, 2.53) vs. Joe Biagini (0-0, 0.00)

Montgomery @ Biloxi 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
J.D. Martin (0-3, 8.25) vs. Zack Brown (0-0, 5.63)

Charlotte @ St. Lucie 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Brandon Lawson (0-1, 4.50) vs. Justin Dunn (1-1, 1.26)

Bowling Green v. South Bend 7:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Buffalo Bisons (Toronto)
4-4 (T-3rd in IL North)
Offense: 41 R (14th) .791 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.14 ERA (6th) 1.42 WHIP (10th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Anthony Alford (3), C Danny Jansen (7), SS Richard Urena (9), LHP Ryan Borucki (10), C Reese McGuire (15), RHP Carlos Ramirez (19), 1B Rowdy Tellez (21)

Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee)
10-7 (1st in SL South)
Offense: 61 R (3rd) .728 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 2.39 ERA (1st) 1.28 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Luis Ortiz (6), 3B Lucas Ecreg (8), OF Corey Ray (10), 1B Jake Gatewood (14), OF Trent Grisham (15), RHP Cody Ponce (18), RHP Adrian Houser (31), C Nick Franklin, SS Jake Hager

St. Lucie Mets
7-9 (6th in FSL South)
Offense: 58 R (11th) .634 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.41 ERA (3rd) 1.39 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Andres Gimenez (1), RHP Justin Dunn (3), OF Desmond Lindsay (8), RHP Jordan Humphreys (15), IF Luis Carpio (26)

South Bend Cubs
7-7 (4th in MWL East)
Offense: 57 R (9th) .699 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.35 ERA (5th) 1.26 WHIP (4th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Jose Albertos (3), LHP Brendon Little (7), RHP Cory Abbott (16), C Miguel Amaya (22), RHP Javier Assad (23), RHP Erich Uelmen (27)

Daily news and links covered Lucius Fox’s hot start to the season.

Adames’ grand slam went off the bull.