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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Brandon Lowe, Nate Lowe among promotions

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With Jake Bauers’ promotions to the majors, roster spots had to be fill in the minors.

Minor League Baseball: Arizona Fall League-All Star Game
Brandon Lowe had a slow start this season, but he quickly turned it around.
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Taking Jake Bauers’ place on Durham’s roster is Brandon Lowe, who was splitting time between second base and left field for Montgomery. In turn, the Biscuits make a couple additions, getting first baseman Nate Lowe and infielder Peter Maris from Charlotte. The Stone Crabs activated Jake Fraley from the disabled list.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (33-25)

Durham edged Scranton/Wilkes-Barre by a 5-4 score. After the RailRiders scored four in the bottom of the fourth, the Bulls answered with four of their own in the top of the fifth. Kean Wong’s double scored a run, and Justin Williams tied the game with a three-run homer. Willy Adames led off the seventh with a triple and scored the go-ahead run on Brandon Snyder’s sacrifice fly. Kyle Bird opened with 2 13 scoreless innings, and Andrew Moore allowed four runs in 2 23 frames.

SS Willy Adames: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 2 K
RF Justin Williams: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Brandon Snyder: 2-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Andrew Moore: 2 23 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
RHP Hunter Wood: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
RHP Ian Gibaut: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (31-29)

Montgomery extended its winning streak to seven games with a 5-2 win over Mississippi. The Biscuits went up 5-0, in large put due to Jake Cronenworth’s bases-clearing double in the fourth. Dalton Moats opened with three strikeouts in 1 23 innings, and Eduar Lopez followed with 3 13 scoreless frames. Mississippi threatened in the ninth, but Cody Hall recorded the final two outs to secure the win.

SS Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 HBP
2B Nick Solak: 0-for-5, 2 K
LF Ryan Boldt: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K

RHP Eduar Lopez: 3 13 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K
LHP Matt Krook: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
RHP Curtis Taylor: 1 13 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (26-30)

Charlotte’s late rally was not even close to enough in a 9-3 loss to Dunedin. The Stone Crabs fell in a 9-0 hole but scored three runs over the final two innings, including on a Tristan Gray solo homer in the ninth. On the mound, Alexis Tapia made his 2018 debut and allowed three unearned runs in three innings. Jake Fraley also debuted and reached base twice.

SS Lucius Fox: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Brendan McKay: 0-for-4, 1 K
RF Jesus Sanchez: 0-for-4
CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-4, 1 K
2B Tristan Gray: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K

RHP Alexis Tapia: 3 IP, 6 H, 3 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (37-21)

Ronaldo Hernandez was at it again in Bowling Green’s 4-2 win over Lansing. He had two of the Hot Rods’ four hits, and both were for extra bases. He doubled in a run in the second, and he hit a two-run homer in the fourth. With the early run support of Hernandez, Alex Valverde turned in a nice start, allowing just a run in six innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 0-for-4
DH Taylor Walls: 0-for-3, 1 BB
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI

RHP Alex Valverde: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

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Friday’s games (probables courtesy of milb.com)

Durham @ Rochester 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Yonny Chirinos (0-0, 5.40) vs. Adalberto Mejia (1-1, 4.24)

Montgomery vs. Chattanooga 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
J.D. Martin (4-7, 4.23) vs. TBA

Charlotte vs. Clearwater 6:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Willy Ortiz (4-0, 4.02) vs. Nick Fanti (1-2, 6.46)

Bowling Green @ Dayton 7 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Tyler Mondile (1-4, 6.75)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota)
28-27 (3rd in IL North)
Offense: 193 R (14th) .664 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.45 ERA (2nd) 1.27 WHIP (4th)
Top-30 prospects: LHP Stephen Gonsalves (4), IF Nick Gordon (8), RHP John Curtiss (21), OF Zack Granite (27), IF Taylor Featherston, IF Leonardo Reginatto

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota)
33-27 (1st in SL North)
Offense: 262 R (4th) .710 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 4.09 ERA (7th) 1.42 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: 1B Brent Rooker (7), LHP Tyler Jay (10), RHP Felix Jorge (12), LHP Lewis Thorpe (16), OF LaMonte Wade (17), RHP Kohl Stewart (30)

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia)
26-32 (4th in FSL North)
Offense: 274 R (2nd) .725 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.24 ERA (11th) 1.32 WHIP (10th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Sixto Sanchez (2), RHP Adonis Medina (4), OF Adam Haseley (5), OF Mickey Moniak (9), SS Arquimedes Gamboa (19), RHP Mauricio Llovera (30)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
29-29 (T-4th in MWL East)
Offense: 271 R (5th) .723 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 5.34 ERA (16th) 1.60 WHIP (16th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Hunter Greene (2), SS Jeter Downs (11), SS Jose Garcia (12), OF Stuart Fairchild (16), OF Miles Gordon (26), LHP Packy Naughton (28)

Daily news and links

Draft reviews are rolling in: FanGraphs had notes on 11 players, and MLB.com was very complimentary of the Rays’ selections.

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