The 2018 minor league season is now in the books, and it was a good one for the Rays. They graduated prospects to the majors, even more prospects broke out, and from top to bottom in the organization, players and teams had success on the field.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (79-60)
Durham fell in an early hole and couldn’t get out in its 14-4 loss to Memphis in the Triple-A National Championship. The Bulls were unable to slow down the Redbirds’ relentless offense, allowing five multi-run innings. They scored two off Chih-Wei Hu in the first, and back-to-back three-run innings in the third and fourth gave them an early 8-0 lead. Durham scored three in the sixth to pull within 10-4, but Memphis ended any chance of a comeback with four insurance runs in the eighth.
LF Joe McCarthy: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
CF Austin Meadows: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
1B Nate Lowe: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB
SS Jake Cronenworth: 0-for-3, 1 K, 1 HBP
PH Nick Solak: 0-for-1
RHP Chih-Wei Hu: 1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
LHP Colin Poche: 1 1⁄3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Ian Gibaut: two-thirds IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
RF Justin Williams: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
LHP Genesis Cabrera: 1 1⁄3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K