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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Sanchez leads Charlotte’s FSL All-Star contingent

The Stone Crabs will be well-represented in the Florida State League All-Star Game

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Outfielder Jesus Sanchez, infielders Lucius Fox, Nathaniel Lowe, and Robbie Tenerowicz, pitcher Willy Ortiz, and catcher David Rodriguez were all named 2017 Florida State League All-Stars Friday. Rodriguez will likely not participate as he was recently promoted to Montgomery. The game will be played in Tampa on Saturday, June 16.

In Durham, something interesting happened Friday:

Triple-A Durham Bulls (30-23)

Durham got a good effort from its pitching staff in a 3-1 win over Pawtucket. After Adam Kolarek struck out the side in the first, he was replaced by Ryan Weber, who pitched six scoreless innings. Although Diego Castillo allowed Pawtucket’s only run, he struck out five in the final two innings. A pair of errors helped the Bulls score three unearned runs in the third.

LF Jake Bauers: 1-for-4
SS Willy Adames: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
RF Justin Williams: 1-for-4, 1 2B

LHP Adam Kolarek: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Ryan Weber: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K
RHP Diego Castillo: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (25-29)

Despite being outhit 8-5, Montgomery edged Jackson by a 5-3 score. A half inning after the Generals went up 3-1, the Biscuits scored three runs of their own. David Rodriguez plated two with a double, and Jermaine Palacios’ sacrifice fly put them up for good. Zach Lee returned to Montgomery and was charged with three runs in three-plus innings.

3B Jake Cronenworth: 0-for-4
RF Ryan Boldt: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
LF Nick Solak: 0-for-4, 2 K, 1 CS
2B Brandon Lowe: 0-for-4, 2 K

RHP Zach Lee: 3+ IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (24-26)

Charlotte hit three home runs, but it wasn’t enough in an 8-4 loss to Bradenton. All three homers — from Peter Maris, Josh Lowe, and Kevin Padlo — were solo shots. After the Stone Crabs tied the game at two in the top of the third, the Marauders went ahead for good a half inning later with three runs. Starter Blake Bivens allowed two runs in an inning, and all four Charlotte pitchers allowed at least a run.

SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 2 K
1B Brendan McKay: 0-for-2, 1 R, 3 BB
CF Josh Lowe: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
2B Peter Maris: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI

RHP Blake Bivens: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (34-19)

Bowling Green scored the first 15 runs of the game and held on for a 15-1 win over West Michigan. The outburst culminated in a 10-run fourth inning. The Hot Rods sent 15 batters to the plate, drew four bases-loaded walks, and scored four runs on Ronaldo Hernandez’s grand slam. Moises Gomez and Taylor Walls also homered earlier in the game. Riley O’Brien struck out five in five scoreless innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
SS Taylor Walls: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB
DH Ronaldo Hernandez: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
3B Zach Rutherford: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
LF Moises Gomez: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
RF Emilio Gustave: 3-for-5, 3 R
CF Carl Chester: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Riley O’Brien: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K


Saturday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham vs. Pawtucket 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Andrew Moore* (1-0, 1.69) vs. Chandler Shepherd (3-4, 4.24)

Montgomery vs. Jackson 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Eduar Lopez (3-2, 4.68) vs. Jon Duplantier (3-1, 2.52)

Charlotte @ Bradenton 6:30 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Willy Ortiz (4-0, 3.19) vs. James Marvel (5-3, 3.92)

Bowling Green vs. West Michigan 7:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Dane Myers (1-0, 1.86)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Pawtucket Red Sox
24-28 (6th in IL North)
Offense: 183 R (11th) .660 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.57 ERA (6th) 1.27 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: 1B Sam Travis (7), LHP Jalen Beeks (11), IF Tzu-Wei Lin (21), RHP Williams Jerez (27), RHP Ty Buttrey (31), C Oscar Hernandez

Jackson Generals (Arizona)
30-23 (2nd in SL North)
Offense: 251 R (1st) .754 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.49 ERA (1st) 1.26 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Jon Duplantier (1), IF Domingo Leyba (11), RHP Yoan Lopez (17), IF Juniel Querecuto

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
27-22 (3rd in FSL South)
Offense: 211 R (5th) .714 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.65 ERA (6th) 1.26 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Luis Escobar (7)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
28-26 (3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 213 R (T-12th) .663 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 3.41 ERA (2nd) 1.38 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Matt Manning (3), C Joey Morgan (31)

Daily news and links

Baseball America updated its top-100 prospects list again, and Jesus Sanchez is a big mover.

Also at BA, Kyle Glaser wrote about scout Dan Dixon and the closing of the MLB Scouting Bureau.

At, Jim Callis had a couple draft retrospectives. First, he covered some what-if scenarios with players who were drafted but went to college.

He also did a 2008 redraft, and you probably know who he has the Rays selecting with the top pick.