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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Hu, Faria pitch Durham to doubleheader sweep

Chih-Wei Hu and Jake Faria will likely return to the majors soon, but for now, they’re pitching well for Durham.

MLB: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays
Chih-Wei Hu has seven strikeouts in four straight starts
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Saturday, Princeton plays in a must-win game. If its season does end, I do wonder if Wander Franco will be promoted to keep him in game action. Hudson Valley and Bowling Green are both playoff bound as well.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (77-59)

Chih-Wei Hu pitched well in Durham’s 3-2 win over Norfolk in Game 1 of their doubleheader. In five innings, he allowed just a solo home run and struck out seven batters. He’s thrown five or more innings and allowed two or fewer runs in five straight appearances. In the eighth, Christian Arroyo’s two-run double gave the Bulls the lead.

The Bulls got more good pitching in their Game 2, 3-1 win. Facing the Tides for a second straight time, Jake Faria pitched well again, striking out eight in 5 13 scoreless innings. In the third, Arroyo doubled in the first run of the game, and Jason Coats’ two-run homer an inning later proved to be the difference.

SS Christian Arroyo (1): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
3B Christian Arroyo (2): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
CF Joe McCarthy (1): 1-for-4, 1 R
CF Joe McCarthy (2): 1-for-3, 1 K, 1 HBP
RF Austin Meadows (1): 1-for-2, 1 2B
1B Nate Lowe (1): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Nate Lowe (2): 0-for-4, 1 K
C Nick Ciuffo (1): 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB
DH Jason Coats (2): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI

RHP Chih-Wei Hu (1): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
RHP Jake Faria (2): 5 13 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K
RHP Jaime Schultz (1): 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Ian Gibaut (2): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (40-27)

Montgomery rallied for a 5-3 win over Mobile. Through five innings, the Biscuits trailed 2-1, but they scored a run in each of the final four innings to go in front. Jesus Sanchez doubled in the tying run in the sixth, and Thomas Milone’s RBI double plated the go-ahead run an inning later. Brock Burke allowed two runs and struck out four in five innings.

3B Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 CS
CF Nick Solak: 0-for-2, 1 R, 3 BB
RF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI

LHP Brock Burke: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
RHP Curtis Taylor: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (39-28)

Riley O’Brien and Phoenix Sanders shut down Florida in Charlotte’s 6-0 win in Game 1 of their doubleheader. The Fire Frogs were limited to one hit — a first-inning double that failed to score a run when a runner was thrown out at home plate to end the inning. O’Brien struck out five in four innings, and Sanders had three strikeouts over the final three frames. Joey Roach had RBI hits in the second, fourth, and fifth innings.

The Stone Crabs dominated again in Game 2, earning a 13-0 win. Florida managed three hits in the second game. Brandon Lawson struck out seven and walked one in his shutout. Charlotte blew the game open with a nine-run fourth. The first nine batters of the inning reached base, and Tristan Gray and Rene Pinto each hit RBI doubles.

2B Vidal Brujan (1): 1-for-4
2B Vidal Brujan (2): 3-for-3, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
CF Josh Lowe (2): 0-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
SS Jermaine Palacios (2): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI
1B Russ Olive (1): 1-for-1, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB
C Joey Roach (1): 3-for-3, 1 3B, 4 RBI
3B Kevin Padlo (2): 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K

RHP Riley O’Brien (1): 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Brandon Lawson (2): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
RHP Phoenix Sanders (1): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (41-26)

Paul Campbell pitched Bowling Green to a 6-1 win over South Bend. Since being promoted to the Hot Rods, the righty has three quality starts, two of which came against South Bend. Friday, he allowed just a run in six innings. In the top of the second, the Hot Rods went up 3-0 on a two-run double by Trey Hair and RBI single from Devin Davis.

DH Taylor Walls: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 1-for-4, 1 R
2B Trey Hair: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K

RHP Paul Campbell: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (43-29)

With a 4-1 win over Brooklyn, Hudson Valley clinched its third straight division title. After the teams traded runs in the first inning, the Renegades went up for good on Ford Proctor’s RBI double in the third. In five innings, Cristopher Sanchez allowed just an unearned run on one hit and three walks in five innings with six strikeouts. The Cyclones had just two hits total.

CF Tanner Dodson: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Ford Proctor: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB

LHP Cristopher Sanchez: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 6 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (0-1)

Princeton lost a crucial Game 1 slugfest, 12-7, to Bluefield. Each team scored seven runs in the first two innings, but only Bluefield continued to tack on runs in later innings. After falling behind 3-1 through one, Princeton scored six in the second. Grant Witherspoon and Tony Pena started the inning with back-to-back home runs. However, Shane Baz was unable to finish two innings. He was charged with six runs — five earned — in 1 13 innings.

SS Wander Franco: 1-for-5, 2 RBI
1B Carlos Vargas: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
2B Jake Palomaki: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
CF Grant Witherspoon: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
RF Tony Pena: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
LF Pedro Diaz: 3-for-4, 1 R

RHP Shane Baz: 1 13 IP, 6 H, 6 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 2 K

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

Durham vs. Norfolk 6:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

Montgomery @ Mobile 8:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Sam McWilliams (5-7, 5.14) vs. Jesus Castillo (9-4, 4.53)

Charlotte vs. Florida 6:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Kenny Rosenberg (10-2, 5.05) vs. Joey Wentz (3-3, 2.10)

Bowling Green v. Dayton 7:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Jared Solomon (0-1, 4.84)

Hudson Valley vs. Aberdeen 6:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream
TBA vs. TBA

Princeton vs. Bluefield 7 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

Best-of-three semifinal (Princeton trails, 1-0)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
68-69
Offense: 578 R (5th) .700 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.99 ERA (10th) 1.38 WHIP (13th)
Top-30 prospects: C Chance Sisco (3), OF DJ Stewart (16), RHP Jimmy Yacabonis (23), IF Steve Wilkerson (30), C Armando Araiza, OF Joey Rickard

Mobile BayBears (Angels)
28-37
Offense: 627 R (2nd) .735 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.34 ERA (10th) 1.38 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Jo Adell (2), 2B Jahmai Jones (3), RHP Jesus Castillo (12), OF Brennon Lund (18), RHP Joe Gatto (28), 2B Riley Unroe

Florida Fire Frogs (Atlanta)
21-42
Offense: 441 R (11th) .647 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.89 ERA (9th) 1.40 WHIP (12th)
Top-30 prospects: LHP Joey Wentz (11), LHP Tucker Davidson (13), OF Drew Waters (17), C William Contreras (18), RHP Huascar Ynoa (23), OF Isranel Wilson (27), OF Greyson Jenista

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
26-41
Offense: 552 R (11th) .690 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.69 ERA (16th) 1.47 WHIP (16th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Hunter Greene (2), SS Jeter Downs (11), SS Jose Garcia (12), OF Miles Gordon (26), LHP Packy Naughton (28), 3B Jonathan India

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
37-35
Offense: 296 R (9th) .662 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.61 ERA (8th) 1.23 WHIP (4th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Adam Hall (18), RHP Gray Fenter (26), RHP Blaine Knight, pitching coach Mark Hendrickson

Bluefield Blue Jays
1-0
Offense: 395 R (3rd) .772 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.60 ERA (5th) 1.38 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Eric Pardinho (6), C Hagen Danner (28), SS Jordan Groshans

Daily news and links

At Baseball America, Carlos Collazo talked to scouts about the differences between scouting showcases and games.

MiLB.com has more on Brendan McKay’s return to the DL.