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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Padlo hits 1st Triple-A homer

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Kevin Padlo has swung a hot bat since joining Durham.

MLB: Spring Training-Philadelphia Phillies at Tampa Bay Rays Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Padlo has three games with the Bulls so far, and he has a hit in all of them. For the season, he’s batting .255/.384/.511. Maybe the hamate injury he sustained in 2017 was truly the only reason he struggled over the last couple years.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (59-40)

Durham edged Indianapolis, 4-3, in 10 innings. Kean Wong homered in the first, and Kevin Padlo homered in the seventh. However, the Indians scored the next two runs to force extra innings. After a wild pitch moved the Bulls’ free runner to third base in the 10th, Jason Coats hit an RBI single. Anthony Banda allowed a run in three innings.

DH Joe McCarthy: 0-for-1, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K (.803)
RF Jesus Sanchez: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 K (.711)
SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-3 (.500)
2B Kean Wong: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K (.887)
3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI (1.053)

LHP Anthony Banda: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (3.00)

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (18-10)

Montgomery pitching shut down Jackson in a 4-1 win over the Generals. Jhonleider Salinas opened with two perfect innings, and Paul Campbell was sharp following him. He allowed a run on three hits and a walk in six innings with five strikeouts, and Phoenix Sanders struck out three in the ninth to finish the game. Josh Lowe singled in the first of two first-inning runs.

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 SB (.791)
SS Taylor Walls: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K (.743)
CF Josh Lowe: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K (.761)

RHP Paul Campbell: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (3.06)

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (22-6)

Charlotte’s game was postponed.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (18-9)

Bowling Green topped Kane County, 4-3. Jonathan Aranda’s RBI single in the third tied the game, and two innings later, Seaver Whalen’s three-run homer gave the Hot Rods their first lead. Shane Baz struck out eight but walked five and allowed three runs in 4 23 innings and was later ejected.

SS Ford Proctor: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB (.768)
LF Seaver Whalen: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K (.734)
2B Jonathan Aranda: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (.879)

RHP Shane Baz: 4 23 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 8 K (3.45)

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (18-15)

Hudson Valley fell in an early hole and couldn’t get out in a 4-2 loss to Brooklyn. The Cyclones scored an unearned run in the first and led 4-0 through two innings, again aided by an error. The Renegades cut their deficit in half in the third but only got one runner in scoring position over the final six innings. Evan McKendry was charged with four runs — two earned — in three innings.

1B Jacson McGowan: 1-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K (.716)

RHP Evan McKendry: 3 IP, 7 H, 4 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K (1.74)
RHP Nathan Wiles: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (3.60)

Rookie Princeton Rays (15-15)

Princeton cruised to a 7-1 win over Kingsport. Jake Guenther gave the Rays a 1-0 lead in the first, and they scored four more in the second. Guenther also drove in the final run of the game in the ninth. Jose Lopez struck out four in five scoreless innings.

CF Nick Schnell: 0-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (.686)
2B Brett Wisely: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB (.712)
C Luis Leon: 3-for-5, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K (.974)
1B Jake Guenther: 3-for-5, 2 RBI, 1 K (.730)
3B Jhosner Vargas: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HBP (.781)

LHP Jose Lopez: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (2.31)

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (12-9)

Abiezel Ramirez’s home run was the difference in the GCL Rays’ 3-1 win over the GCL Braves in Game 1 of their doubleheader. The teams traded runs in the fourth inning, but in the sixth, Ramirez’s two-run homer decided the game. Daniel Santana allowed an unearned run in 3 13 innings.

They got more good pitching in a 7-1 win in Game 2. Franklin Dacosta pitched five scoreless innings, and he got a lot of early run support. Already leading 2-0, they scored five more times in the third. Julio Meza started that rally with an RBI double, and Oneill Manzueta and Zach Huffins each had RBI hits.

2B Abiezel Ramirez (1): 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI (.847)
DH Zach Huffins (2): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI (.723)

RHP Daniel Santana (1): 3 13 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 4 K (1.64)
LHP Franklin Dacosta (2): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K (2.77)
RHP Vincent Byrd (1): 2 23 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (2.25)

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

Durham @ Indianapolis 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Arturo Reyes (6-4, 4.40) vs. TBA

Montgomery vs. Jackson 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Kenny Rosenberg (9-1, 2.82) vs. TBA

Charlotte vs. Dunedin 6 p.m. ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Joe Ryan (6-2, 1.78) vs. Graham Spraker (6-3, 2.23)
Stephen Woods Jr. (8-1, 2.03) vs. Turner Larkins (5-4, 3.95)

Both games will be seven innings.

Bowling Green @ Quad Cities 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Guadalupe Chavez (0-0, 2.25)

Hudson Valley @ Lowell 5:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

Princeton vs. Greeneville 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

GCL Rays @ GCL Braves 10 a.m.

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh)
48-49 (2nd in IL West)
Offense: 434 R (14th) .750 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 4.88 ERA (7th) 1.44 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (1), RHP Mitch Keller (2), SS Cole Tucker (4), 2B Kevin Kramer (8), 1B Will Craig (11), OF Jason Martin (20), RHP JT Brubaker (22)

Jackson Generals (Arizona)
15-10 (T-2nd in SL North)
Offense: 432 R (1st) .727 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.52 ERA (5th) 1.28 WHIP (5th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Jazz Chisholm (1), C Daulton Varsho (3), 1B Pavin Smith (17), 3B Drew Ellis (21), C Dominic Miroglio (23), RHP Emilio Vargas (25)

Dunedin Blue Jays
18-11
Offense: 452 R (1st) .720 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.18 ERA (3rd) 1.21 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: C Alejandro Kirk (6), OF Ryan Noda (14), OF Cal Stevenson (16), RHP Joey Murray (28)

Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston)
15-11
Offense: 429 R (4th) .692 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.18 ERA (3rd) 1.24 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: SS Freudis Nova (7), RHP Jairo Solis (9), SS Grae Kessinger (20)

Lowell Spinners (Boston)
23-9 (1st in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 154 R (2nd) .721 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 2.61 ERA (1st) 1.17 WHIP (4th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Antoni Flores (9), OF Gilberto Jimenez (9), SS Cameron Cannon (13), OF Nick Decker (16), 3B Nicholas Northcut (19), RHP Noah Song (21), RHP Ryan Zeferjahn (29)

Greeneville Reds
13-17 (5th in AL West)
Offense: 126 R (10th) .641 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.66 ERA (6th) 1.32 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: SS Rece Hinds (13), 2B Tyler Callihan (16), OF Danny Lantigua (26), OF Allan Cerda (30)

GCL Braves
7-11 (5th in GCL South)
Offense: 68 R (16th) .617 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 4.30 ERA (12th) 1.48 WHIP (12th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Michael Harris

Daily news and links

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