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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Betts chosen for MWL Home Run Derby

Chris Betts will try to become the second straight Bowling Green catcher to win the Midwest League Home Run Derby.

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On Monday, the Midwest League announced the eight participants for the Home Run Derby scheduled for June 17. After Ronaldo Hernandez won last season, Chris Betts will try to become the second straight Hot Rods catcher to come out on top. He’s third in the league with 11 home runs.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (38-26)

Durham hit three homers in a 5-4 win over Toledo. Nate Lowe’s two-run homer in the first gave the Bulls a 2-1 lead, and Jake Smolinski’s solo shot an inning later extended the lead to two runs. In the sixth, Brendan McKay hit his second home run for Durham. Arturo Reyes struck out six and only allowed a run in six innings.

SS Joey Wendle: 1-for-4, 1 2B
1B Nate Lowe: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI (.861)
CF Nick Solak: 1-for-4, 2 K (1.203)
DH Brendan McKay: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB (.894)
RF Jake Smolinski: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.779)

RHP Arturo Reyes: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K (2.98)

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (39-25)

Montgomery fell to Jacksonville, 6-5, in 11 innings. The Biscuits held leads of 3-0, 4-3, and 5-4 but were unable to put the Jumbo Shrimp away. After Montgomery couldn’t plate its free baserunner in the 11th, Jacksonville won the game with a walk-off single. Josh Fleming allowed three runs — two earned — in six innings.

CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-4, 1 K, 2 SB, 1 HBP (.748)
RF Jesus Sanchez: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K (.821)
SS Lucius Fox: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 HBP (.669)
LF Brett Sullivan: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB (.742)

LHP Josh Fleming: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 4 K (3.86)
LHP Matt Krook: 1 BF, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 0 K (4.94)

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (32-30)

Charlotte’s game was suspended.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (38-27)

Bowling Green was shut out by Fort Wayne, 4-0. Miller Hogan was tagged with the loss despite striking out five and only allowing a run in five innings.

SS Wander Franco: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 SB (.905)

RHP Miller Hogan: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (1.83)

Bowling Green’s site offers this recap.


Wednesday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham vs. Toledo 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Tim Adleman (2-1, 3.03)

Montgomery vs. Chattanooga 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Kenny Rosenberg (5-1, 2.56) vs. Tejay Antone (7-3, 3.28)

Charlotte @ Bradenton 10:30 a.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Shane McClanahan (0-0, -.--) vs. Max Kranick (4-5, 4.30)

Completion of suspended game followed by seven-inning game.

Bowling Green vs. Fort Wayne 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Sam Keating (2-3, 6.75)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit)
26-36 (3rd in IL West)
Offense: 331 R (7th) .774 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 5.41 ERA (13th) 1.49 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Daz Cameron (5), RHP Beau Burrows (6), SS Willi Castro (9), C Jake Rogers (13), LHP Gregory Soto (15), RHP Sandy Baez (19), RHP Bryan Garcia (22), LHP Matt Hall (23), OF Jacob Robson (24), OF Danny Woodrow (25)

Chattanooga Lookouts (Cincinnati)
35-28 (2nd in SL North)
Offense: 285 R (2nd) .724 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.04 ERA (8th) 1.38 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Taylor Trammell (3), RHP Tony Santillan (5), C Tyler Stephenson (6), OF Jose Siri (9), OF T.J. Friedl (12), SS Alfredo Rodriguez (22), 1B Ibandel Isabel (24), LHP Scott Moss (25), RHP Ryan Hendrix (28), RHP Joel Kuhnel (30)

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
35-27 (2nd in FSL South)
Offense: 232 R (T-7th) .680 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.35 ERA (5th) 1.17 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: SS Oneil Cruz (3), OF Travis Swaggerty (4), OF Cal Mitchell (8), RHP Cody Bolton (21), C Deon Stafford (22)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego)
Offense: 257 R (12th) .670 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 4.25 ERA (12th) 1.32 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: LHP Ryan Weathers (13), SS Xavier Edwards (21), 2B Tucupita Marcano (27)

Daily news and links

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