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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Catchers lead Bulls to comeback win

Carlos Corporan and Mayo Acosta were heroes Sunday

Pitcher Mayo Acosta takes a cut in spring training
Pitcher Mayo Acosta takes a cut in spring training
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Of the 18 hitters on Baseball America's top-30 list for the Rays, 11 did not play Sunday. That includes injured players such as Ryan Brett and Justin O'Conner, but if it seems like the notable performances section seems a little light, there you go.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (14-17)

Catcher Mayo Acosta got the win, and catcher Carlos Corporan's two-run homer ended Durham's marathon 6-4 win over Norfolk in 13 innings. After seven solid innings from starter Adam Wilk, Mark Sappington and Tyler Sturdevant tossed scoreless innings of relief, and Parker Markel lasted three innings with one run allowed before Acosta made his first appearance on the mound since 2014. He got out of a bases-loaded jam to set up Corporan's game-winning dinger. Jake Goebbert's solo shot tied the game in the 11th, and Nick Franklin also went deep.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (16-13)

Matt Lollis got revenge on his old organization with two scoreless innings in Montgomery's 6-4 loss to Birmingham in 10 innings. The big righty, who pitched 137 1/3 innings for the Biscuits over two seasons, retired all six batters he faced as the Barons scored twice against Brett Marshall in the 10th. Starter Chris Kirsch allowed four runs in six innings, and Jake DePew hit his second home run.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (16-14)

It took 13 innings, but Charlotte outlasted Palm Beach, 7-5. After falling behind 3-0, the Stone Crabs scored five straight runs before Palm Beach evened the game in the ninth. The teams remained tied through three extra innings, but in the 13th, Jace Conrad's clutch two-out triple gave Charlotte the two-run lead. Starter Chris Pike allowed three runs -- two earned -- with five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings, and Edwin Fierro picked up the win with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings of relief.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (16-14)

Bowling Green was off.


Notable Performances

AAA UT Taylor Motter: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
AAA IF Nick Franklin: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
AAA IF Daniel Robertson: 1-for-5, 1 2B, 1 BB
AAA OF Jake Goebbert: 2-for-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
AAA IF/OF Patrick Leonard: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K
AAA C Carlos Corporan: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K

AAA LHP Adam Wilk: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K
AAA RHP Mayo Acosta: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

AA OF Johnny Field: 0-for-5, 1 K
AA OF Jake Bauers: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 ejection
AA SS Willy Adames: 0-for-5, 2 K
AA 1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K
AA C Jake DePew: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K

AA LHP Chris Kirsch: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 5 K
AA RHP Brett Marshall: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

A+ OF Bralin Jackson: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
A+ IF Grant Kay: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SB
A+ OF Thomas Milone: 0-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
A+ IF/OF Jace Conrad: 4-for-6, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 K

A+ RHP Chris Pike: 6 2/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 5 K
A+ RHP Edwin Fierro: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Today's probables (All probables courtesy

Durham v. Buffalo 7:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Justin Marks (0-2, 3.38) v. Arnold Leon (0-0, 3.86)

Montgomery v. Tennessee 8:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Chih-Wei Hu (1-0, 0.44) v. Rob Zastryzny (2-1, 5.29)

Charlotte @ Palm Beach 6:30 PM ET (radio stream)
Brent Honeywell (3-0, 0.98) v. Blake McKnight (0-3, 5.24)

Bowling Green v. Lansing 7:35 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Conor Fisk (2-1, 3.32)

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Scouting the opposition

Buffalo Bisons (Toronto)
14-17 (6th in IL North)
Offense: 106 R (11th) .632 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.57 ERA (8th) 1.33 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Arnold Leon (20), 1B Casey Kotchman

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
15-15 (3rd in SL North)
Offense: 130 R (5th) .707 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.27 ERA (3rd) 1.33 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Bill McKinney (7), RHP Duane Underwood (4), 3B Jeimer Candelario (10), OF Mark Zagunis (11), RHP Paul Blackburn (19), RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (20), RHP Brad Markey (23), C Victor Caratini (24), OF Jacob Hannemann (26), RHP Andury Acevedo (29)

Palm Beach Cardinals
14-17 (6th in FSL South)
Offense: 96 R (8th) .597 OPS (T-11th)
Pitching: 3.20 ERA (5th) 1.28 WHIP (T-8th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jack Flaherty (3), LHP Austin Gomber (14), SS Oscar Mercado (26)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
16-11 (3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 104 R (10th) .642 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.85 ERA (3rd) 1.17 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Sean Reid-Foley (5), RHP Jon Harris (6), 3B Carl Wise (25), LHP Angel Perdomo (26)