Wander Franco (Princeton) made the #1 spot on the latest Baseball America Hot Sheet while Josh Lowe (Port Charlotte) made the hot sheet at #14.
Austin Franklin out dueled the number three pick in the 2017 draft MacKenzie Gore for Bowling Green.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (51-37)
The Durham Bulls had the day off.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (47-41)
The Montgomery Biscuits lost to the Tennessee Smokies 6-2. Through seven innings the Biscuits were down 6-0 thanks to help from ringer Kris Bryant who went two for four with a homer in his rehab assignment. In the eighth inning the Biscuits got on the board with a RBI double off the bat of David Rodriguez. In the ninth the Biscuits mounted a rally with a Jake Cronenworth walk and Nathaniel Lowe single. Nathan Lukes drove home a run on a groundout, but avoided the double play. Michael Brosseau walked, but Dalton Kelly couldn’t get on base to bring up the potential tying run.
SS Jake Cronenworth: 0-for-3, K, BB
DH Nick Solak: 1-for-4, R, K
1B Nathaniel Lowe: 1-for-4
RF Nathan Lukes: 0-for-4, RBI
3B Michael Brosseau: 1-for-3, R, BB
C David Rodriguez: 2-for-3, 2B (7), RBI
RHP Brandon Lawson (L, 2-1): 2.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 K, 0 BB
RHP Benton Moss: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 K, 2 BB, 2 HRA
RHP Dalton Moats: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 K, 0 BB
Port Charlotte Stone Crabs (43-42)
The Port Charlotte Stone Crabs defeated the St. Lucie Mets 3-2. In the fifth inning Josh Lowe led off with a triple. Jake Fraley drove him in for the first run of the game with a triple of his own. Jermaine Palacios hit a sacrifice fly to give the Stone Crabs a 2-0 lead. Andres Gimenez got one run back in the top of the sixth with a solo homer. In the eighth Tristan Gray singled home a run to give the Stone Crabs a 3-1 lead. The Mets scored a run in the ninth, but left two runners on to end the game.
Prospect Notes: Josh Lowe made the Baseball America hot sheet for the past week. Lowe hit .409/.536/.682 with 4 runs, 3 doubles, 1 homer, four runs batted in, 6 walks, four strikeouts and stole two bases. JJ Cooper of Baseball America said, “Josh is the first-round pick who was a prospect before he made his pro debut. He’s struggled at times this season, but the 20-year-old is showing signs he’s catching up to the Florida State League.”
Lucius Fox left the game after making a defensive play.
Uh oh. #Rays No. 6 prospect Lucius Fox just exited the game with some kind of hand (wrist?) injury trying to make a defensive play.— Bryan Levine (@Bryan_Levine) July 9, 2018
SS Lucius Fox: 1-for-2, 2B (14)
2B Christian Arroyo: 0-for-3, K
2B Tristan Gray: 1-for-1, RBI
RF Jesus Sanchez: 0-for-4, K
C Rene Pinto: 2-for-4, 2B (8), SB (1)
CF Josh Lowe: 1-for-2, 3B (3), R, K, 2 BB
LF Jake Fraley: 1-for-2, 3B (3), 2 R, RBI, BB
RHP Kenny Rosenberg (W, 6-1): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 6 K, 2 BB
RHP Spencer Jones (H, 2): 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 K, 0 BB, 1 HRA
RHP Ivan Pelaez (H, 3): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 K, 0 BB
RHP Zack Mozingo (S, 2): 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 K, 0 BB
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (60-28)
The Bowling Green Hot Rods defeated the Fort Wayne TinCaps 6-1 for their 60th victory of the season. The Hot Rods took on the challenge of facing last year’s third overall pick in the draft MacKenzie Gore. Austin Franklin was up for the task. Franklin allowed a single run in the fourth to put the team down 1-0, but it would be all that he allowed over 7.0 innings. The Hot Rods offense finally got to Gore in the fifth with a two spot thanks to a passed ball and an RBI double off the bat of Eleardo Cabrera. Vidal Brujan singled home an insurance run in the seventh thanks to an errant throw by the opposing shortstop. The Hot Rods added on three more in the top of the ninth to take a 6-1 lead. Emilio Gustave and Carl Chester sandwiched RBI singles around a steal of home by Jim Haley while Gustave stole second.
2B Vidal Brujan: 1-for-5
CF Carl Chester: 1-for-5, RBI
SS Taylor Walls: 1-for-5, 2 K
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 0-for-4, 2 K
DH Moises Gomez: 0-for-2, R, 2 BB
3B Trey Hair, 3-for-4, 2 R
1B Jim Haley: 2-for-4, 2 R, SB (6)
LF Emilio Gustave: 2-for-3, R, RBI, K, SB (3)
RF Eleardo Cabrera: 1-for-4, 2B (8), RBI, 2 K
RHP Austin Franklin (W, 6-4): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 K, 0 BB
RHP Mikey York (S, 2): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 K, 1 BB
Rookie Hudson Valley Renegades (15-9)
The Hudson Valley Renegades fell to the Lowell Spinners 9-6. The Renegades took a 6-1 lead midway through the third with two runs in each of the front three frames. However, Lowell tied the game up with a five spot in the bottom of the third and took an 8-6 lead in the fourth. Michael Smith and Tanner Dodson hit their first homers of the year.
LF Michael Smith: 1-for-4, HR (1), R, RBI, BB
CF Tanner Dodson: 2-for-4, HR (1), R, RBI, BB
3B Tyler Frank: 1-for-3, 2 BB
C Erik Ostberg: 1-for-4, 2B (3), R, BB
DH Adrian Rondon: 0-for-4, R, 2 K, HBP
SS Ford Proctor: 2-for-5, 2B (4), 2 RBI, K
1B Allen Smoot: 2-for-3, 2B (1), R, BB
RHP Easton McGee (L, 3-1): 3.0 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 K, 1 BB
RHP Andrew Gist: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 K, 3 BB
RHP Jack Labosky: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 K, 1 BB, 1 HRA
Rookie Princeton Rays (12-8)
The Princeton Rays lost to the Bristol Pirates 4-1. In the sixth inning the Rays were down 2-0, and scored their lone run of the game on a RBI groundout by Pedro Diaz. Wander Franco picked up two hits.
Prospect Notes: Wander Franco made the #1 spot on the Baseball America Hot Sheet. Last week Franco hit .400/.500/.760 with nine runs scored, two doubles, two triples, and a homer while driving in five, walking five times, while only striking out once. He was one for two on stolen base attempts. Ben Badler said, “he has a chance to develop into an impact hitter, the type who could race through the minors and get to the big leagues by the time he’s 20.” Being up at 20 is incredibly optimistic, but this isn’t the first I’ve heard this is a very real possibility. He jumped complex ball in the Gulf Coast League and went straight to Prince despite just turning 17 in March. He’s in position to start next year in Bowling Green as a really young 18 year old in full season ball. That is where Adames and Bauers were at 18, but turned 19 towards the end of the season. Adames and Bauers made the majors at 22 while moving a level a year and spending 1 plus years in Durham. He would need to be promoted a bit more aggressively, but he looks like the real deal in this early stage of his development.
SS Wander Franco: 2-for-4, K
LF Pedro Diaz: 0-for-4, RBI, K
1B Carlos Vargas: 1-for-3, 2 K, BB
DH Tony Pena: 1-for-3, K
2B Jonathan Aranda: 1-for-3
RHP Zack Trageton (L, 0-1): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 K, 0 BB
RHP Juan Carlos Arias: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 K, 2 BB
RHP Justin Montgomery: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 K, 0 BB
GCL Rays (9-9)
The GCL Rays defeated the GCL Twins 6-3. Brendan McKay made a rehab appearance as designated hitter. He went zero for three with a hit by pitch and strikeout. The Rays took a 1-0 lead in the first on a Luis Leon single. The lead was short lived as the Twins responded with a single run in the bottom of the frame. The Rays came back with three in the third. Two walks and a hit by pitch put three runners on base. McKay scored the first run of the inning on a wild pitch. Michael Berglund singled home two. The Rays scored two unearned runs in the ninth before allowing a pair in the bottom of the inning.
RF Aldenis Sanchez: 1-for-4, 2B (2), 2 R, K, BB, 2 SB (7)
DH Brendan McKay: 0-for-3, R, K, HBP
2B Luis Leon: 1-for-3, R, RBI, BB, 2 CS (2)
1B Russ Olive: 1-for-4, 2B (6), K, BB
C Michael Berglund: 1-for-3, 2 RBI, BB
CF Nick Schnell: 0-for-3, K, BB
SS Jelfry Marte: 1-for-4, K
RHP Christian Fernandez: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 K, 2 BB
RHP Aldor Rodriguez (W, 2-1): 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 K, 2 BB
RHP Nick Sprengel (S, 2): 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 K, 0 BB
DSL Rays 1 (23-9)
The DSL Rays 1 defeated the DSL Astros 7-4. The game was tied at two through two innings. The Rays 1 scored five unanswered runs in the middle innings before allowing two runs in the ninth. ONeill Manzueta hit his fourth homer of the season as one of his three hits to lead the Rays 1 offense.
CF Roimer Bolivar: 2-for-5, R, RBI, K
2B Alfredo Balbuena: 2-for-5, 3B (4), 2 R, 2 RBI
1B Jose Del Palacio: 2-for-4, BB
LF Oneill Manzueta: 3-for-5, HR (4), 2 R, RBI, K
C Angel Neto: 1-for-3, K, HBP
DH Nigel Calmes: 1-for-4, R
RF Juan Mata: 1-for-4, RBI
RHP Jose Roca (W, 2-0): 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 7 K, 0 BB
RHP Antonio Jiminez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB
RHP Shuruendy Valeriano: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB
RHP Carlos Garcia: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 K, 2 BB
DSL Rays 2 (21-11)
The DSL Rays 2 defeated the DSL Indians/Brewers 7-4. The Rays 2 took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but the Indians/Brewers came back with two in the top of the second. The Rays 2 took a 3-2 lead in the fifth, but quickly gave it back after the Indians/Brewers scored a run in the sixth. The Rays 2 answered with three in the bottom of the frame. The teams traded runs in the eight and ninth.
2B Alberto Figuereo: 1-for-5, R, K, SB (14)
CF Daiwer Castellanos: 1-for-5, RBI, K
SS Abiezel Ramirez: 0-for-1, R, 2 BB, HBP, SB (15)
1B Freddvil Chevez: 3-for-4, 2B (7), R, RBI
LF Saul Fortuna: 1-for-4, RBI, K, CS (4)
DH Edgardo Rodriguez: 1-for-4, R, K
3B Amador Arias: 1-for-4, R, SB (10)
C Robert Valera: 1-for-3, R, BB, 2 SB (3)
RF Johampher Arrendoll: 2-for-2, R, 2 RBI, BB, 2 SB (7)
RHP Dauris Lopez: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 K, 3 BB
RHP Yosmer Curbata (BS, 3)(W, 2-0): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 K, 0 BB
RHP Angel Ramirez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 K, 1 BB