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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Solak among 4 Biscuits selected to Southern League All-Star Game

The Biscuits won their fifth game in a row to reach .500, and a lot of credit goes to their four All-Stars.

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Infielders/outfielders Brandon Lowe and Nick Solak and pitchers Genesis Cabrera and Zach Lee were selected to the Southern League All-Star Game on Tuesday. The game will be played on June 19 in Birmingham.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (31-25)

Chih-Wei Hu had a rough inning in Durham’s 6-3 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. After a 1-2-3 first, Hu allowed the first three hitters in the second to reach. He induced a popup, but two runs scored on a single and an error, and the RailRiders eventually took a 4-0 lead through two innings. Brandon Snyder’s two-run homer got the Bulls on the board in the sixth before the RailRiders added an insurance run in the bottom half of the inning.

SS Willy Adames: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
1B Jake Bauers: 1-for-2, 2 BB
RF Justin Williams: 0-for-4, 2 K
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-4, 2 K
DH Brandon Snyder: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 K

RHP Chih-Wei Hu: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Ian Gibaut: one-third IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (29-29)

Montgomery used a big inning to earn an 8-2 win over Mississippi. After two innings, the game was tied at one, but the Biscuits sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six in the third. Nick Solak’s two-run single started the scoring that inning and a stretch of five batters reaching base. With the early run support, Sam McWilliams delivered a strong outing, striking out seven and only allowing two runs — one earned — in six innings.

3B Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB
RF Ryan Boldt: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
2B Nick Solak: 2-for-5, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K
LF Brandon Lowe: 0-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
SS Jermaine Palacios: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
CF Nathan Lukes: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS
1B Michael Brosseau: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Sam McWilliams: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 7 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (25-29)

Brendan McKay had a rare rough outing in Charlotte’s 9-5 loss to Dunedin. He allowed four runs — three earned — for the second straight outing and only lasted 3 23 innings, although he did strike out five and throw 50 of his 69 pitches for strikes. Lucius Fox and Tristan Gray, the top-two hitters in the Stone Crabs’ lineup, had six of the team’s nine hits, including Gray’s three doubles.

SS Lucius Fox: 3-for-5, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 SB
RF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-4
CF Josh Lowe: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 K
2B Tristan Gray: 3-for-4, 1 R, 3 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB

LHP Brendan McKay: 3 23 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 5 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (36-20)

Bowling Green rallied but fell short in a 6-4 loss to Lansing. Trailing 4-0 in the seventh, the Hot Rods scored four times to tie the game. Carl Chester doubled in a run, Vidal Brujan’s single scored two, and they tied the game on a wild pitch. However, the Lugnuts scored one in each of the final two innings to retake the lead. Austin Franklin allowed four runs in four innings, but Orlando Romero was sharp in relief, striking out five in three scoreless innings.

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

RHP Austin Franklin: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
RHP Orlando Romero: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K


Wednesday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Erik Swanson (0-0, 5.06)

Montgomery @ Mississippi 8 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Brandon Lawson (0-0, -.--) vs. Andres Santiago (3-0, 3.98)

Charlotte vs. Dunedin 6:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Blake Bivens (1-0, 2.25) vs. Yennsy Diaz (0-1, 3.18)

Bowling Green vs. Lansing 7:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Josh Fleming (2-0, 1.17) vs. Colton Laws (1-2, 6.91)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees)
26-30 (5th in IL North)
Offense: 215 R (10th) .702 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.09 ERA (12th) 1.33 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: LHP Justus Sheffield (3), RHP Chance Adams (5), SS Thairo Estrada (8), IF Tyler Wade (15), OF Billy McKinney (23), RHP Cody Carroll (30)

Mississippi Braves
25-33 (3rd in SL South)
Offense: 225 R (8th) .687 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.93 ERA (6th) 1.43 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Kyle Wright (4), C Alex Jackson (10), RHP Bryse Wilson (12), RHP Touki Toussaint (14), LHP Ricardo Sanchez (19), RHP Enderson Franco

Dunedin Blue Jays
23-32 (5th in FSL North)
Offense: 196 R (9th) .659 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.54 ERA (5th) 1.31 WHIP (7th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Nate Pearson (4), SS Logan Warmoth (8), C Riley Adams (21), IF Kevin Smith (26), RHP Yennsy Diaz (30)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
37-21 (2nd in MWL East)
Offense: 340 R (1st) .777 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.01 ERA (8th) 1.35 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Ryan Noda (13), SS Kevin Vicuna (25), RHP Emerson Jimenez (31)

Daily news and links

A pair of Bowling Green hitters landed on this week’s Baseball America Hot Sheet.

Pitcher Brendan McKay was on BA’s prospect team of the month for May.

Also at BA, Teddy Cahill explored the problem of the draft taking place while players who are being drafted are playing.

The selection of Matt Liberatore earned an A-minus from draft analyst Grant Brisbee.

Marc Normandin wrote about life in minor league baseball and the potential for unionizing.