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Here’s MLB Pipeline‘s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

A plethora of Blue Jays prospects showcased their skills across multiple  Deandre Hopkins Women’s Jersey levels as a trio of the organization’s top prospects led Triple-A Buffalo to a win and the top prospects in the system fared well for Double-A New Hampshire.

Here’s MLB Pipeline‘s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

A plethora of Blue Jays prospects showcased their skills across multiple levels as a trio of the organization’s top prospects led Triple-A Buffalo to a win and the top prospects in the system fared well for Double-A New Hampshire.

The Fisher Cats were unable to win the game, but No. 3 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays’ No. 1) and Bo Bichette (No. 13 overall, Blue Jays’ No. 2) once again showed why they are ranked so high. Bichette, 20, went 2-for-5 with a double and is batting .303 after going 4-for-10 over his past two games.

Guerrero registers second RBI

Guerrero, also experiencing the Double-A level for the first time, put together his second three-hit game of the season and drove in a trio of runs, including a game-tying sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Up at the Triple-A level, it was No. 47 overall prospect Anthony Alford (Blue Jay’s No. 3), Ryan Borucki (No. 8) and Reese McGuire (No. 14) leading the Bisons to a win over Durham.

Alford and McGuire combined to go 4-for-6 with three RBIs and McGuire hit his first homer of the season, a two-run blast in the fourth, in the process.

On the mound, Borucki spun his best start of the season, giving up one run on five hits over six innings. The lefty also threw 61 of his 90 pitches for strikes, walked one and struck out seven, a season high.

Other top prospect performances from Wednesday’s action:

• No. 10 overall prospect Michael Kopech (White Sox No. 2) put together another strong start for Triple-A Charlotte. Kopech, who has given up one earned run or fewer in three of his four starts, gave up one run on one hit in six innings. The right-hander walked two and also struck out eight, bringing his total to 29 through 21 innings this season.

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• No. 22 overall prospect Willy Adames (Rays’ No. 2) continued his hot stretch with Triple-A Durham. Adames, who hit for the cycle on Monday, extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 2-for-4 effort. The 22-year-old has increased his average from .212 to .355 during that span and has two or more hits in three of his past four games. Rays No. 4 prospect Jesus Sanchez (No. 57 overall) also had a good game for Class A Advanced Charlotte, going 2-for-4 with a double and his fifth homer of the season.

• No. 48 overall prospect Justus Sheffield (Yankees’ No. 3) continues to pile up the strikeouts with Double-A Trenton. The lefty gave up three runs (one earned) on four hits over six innings while striking out eight. Sheffield has spun 22 innings this season and collected 30 strikeouts.

• No. 50 overall prospect Adrian Morejon (Padres’ No. 6) was lights-out for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore. After giving up four runs in his last start, Morejon limited the damage this time around to one run on two hits. The lefty also struck out five in as many innings.

• No. 95 overall prospect Adam Haseley (Phillies’ No. 6) is heating up for Class A Advanced Clearwater. After going 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs, Haseley has two hits in four of his past five games and at least one hit in 12 of his last 13. He’s also increased his batting average from .200 to .280 in that span.

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Angels No. 11 prospect Jesus Castillo was nearly flawless for seven innings with Double-A Mobile. The 22-year-old right-hander didn’t surrender a hit and threw 51 of his 70 pitches for strikes in his first scoreless start of the season. Castillo struck out four and only allowed one baserunner via a hit batter.

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Braves No. 16 prospect Dustin Peterson put together his second straight three-hit day for Triple-A Gwinnett. Peterson, who went 3-for-5 with a double and a homer, is 6-for-10 with two homers and six RBIs over his past two games.

Indians No. 7 prospect Will Benson showed off some power with his third career two-homer game. Benson went 2-for-3 with a pair of solo home runs for Class A Lake County in Game 1 of a doubleheader, a game that also featured a no-hitter.

Orioles prospects Cedric Mullins (No. 7) and Keegan Akin (No. 9) led Double-A Bowie to a win over Richmond. Mullins extended his hitting streak to six games with a 2-for-4 performance that included a double and a solo homer. On the mound, Akin yielded just three hits and struck out five across six scoreless innings. The 23-year-old gave up seven runs over nine innings to start the season but has since allowed just one run in his past 12 frames.

Twins No. 14 prospect Travis Blankenhorn hit a pair of solo homers for Class A Advanced Fort Myers. Blankenhorn, who has four home runs this season, has gone deep three times over the past three games. The two-homer game also marked his f Men’s Nike Houston Texans DeAndre Hopkins Elite Vapor Untouchable Color Rush Navy Blue Jersey irst of the season and the second of his career.

White Sox No. 10 prospect Micker Adolfo went deep in both games of Class A Advanced Winston Salem’s doubleheader. The 21-year-old, who now has five homers this season, went 1-for-2 with a solo homer in the first game, then exploded for five RBIs – via an RBI double, sacrifice fly and three-run homer – in the second game.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

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BALTIMORE — The Rays’ potent offense continued to be seemingly unstoppable Wednesday. Everyone in the starting lineup got at least one hit, and Tampa Bay tied a season high with 14 as the Rays rolled to an 8-4 victory over the Orioles.

Tampa Bay (9-13) got five of those runs against former teammate Alex Cobb (0-3), four of which came in the fifth inning when Tampa Bay turned the game around and took a 5-3 lead. Ten of the team’s hits came against Cobb.

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BALTIMORE — The Rays’ potent offense continued to be seemingly unstoppable Wednesday. Everyone in the starting lineup got at least one hit, and Tampa Bay tied a season high with 14 as the Rays rolled to an 8-4 victory over the Orioles.

Tampa Bay (9-13) got five of those runs against former teammate Alex Cobb (0-3), four of which came in the fifth inning when Tampa Bay turned the game around and took a 5-3 lead. Ten of the team’s hits came against Cobb.

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“Offensively, everyone contributed,” manager Kevin Cash said. “It looked like [Cobb] was kind of getting in a rhythm a little bit, but we stayed with it and got a couple big hits … and just pieced together a really good inning.”

Joey Wen Men’s DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans Nike Elite Away Liberty White Football Jersey dle led the way with three hits and two RBIs. C.J. Cron and Brad Miller also drove in two runs apiece. Cron’s two-run double tied the score in the fifth, and Miller later added a sacrifice fly.

Video: TB@BAL: Wendle belts an RBI single up the middle

Daniel Robertson doubled twice and now has hit in five straight games, going 9-for-19 during that stretch.

“It’s a lot of guys that believe in each other,” Robertson said. “We don’t care who we throw out there. It’s just fun to be a part of. Our clubhouse vibe right now is awesome.”

Andrew Kittredge (1-2) earned the win, getting the final two outs in the fifth in relief of starter Jake Faria.

Jonny Venters also pitched for the Rays in relief. The team had selected his contract earlier in the day, calling him up from Triple-A Durham.

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“I was nervous and excited and just excited to be here,” he said.

Venters had not pitched in the Major Leagues since 2012 and underwent two Tommy John surgeries and a half of another one before making it back. The left-hander retired the only batter he faced, Chris Davis, on a grounder.

The Orioles (6-18) have lost four in a row.

SOUND SMART
The Rays have scored at least eight runs in each of the past four games, setting a franchise record.

Video: TB@BAL: Ramos brings in Wendle with a hard-hit double

HE SAID IT
“It was a special thing that I’ll never forget the rest of my life. Dream come true, really.” — Venters, on his return to the Major Leagues

UP NEXT
The Rays will try to sweep their brief series with the Orioles on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. ET. They’ll be back again in Baltimore on May 1 Deandre Hopkins Jersey 1 for four games in three days. Chris Archer (1-1, 6.59) goes for the Rays on Thursday against Dylan Bundy (1-2, 1.42) for the Orioles.

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore.


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BALTIMORE — Jonny Venters came in quickly from the bullpen when Rays manager Kevin Cash called for him to start the bottom of the sixth inning. The left-hander sprinted almost all the way to the mound and was ready when Cash handed him the ball.

It is easy to understand why Venters raced in. After all, he’d been waiting for this moment for a long time.

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BALTIMORE — Jonny Venters came in quickly from the bullpen when Rays manager Kevin Cash called for him to start the bottom of the sixth inning. The left-hander sprinted almost all the way to the mound and was ready when Cash handed him the ball.

It is easy to understand why Venters raced in. After all, he’d been waiting for this moment for a long time.

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This was the first time the 33-year-old left-hander appeared in the Major Leagues since pitching for the Braves in the 2012 National League Wild Card Game. He went through Tommy John surgeries in 2013 and 2014, plus what he likes to call a “half” procedure in 2016. The 2011 All-Star also had the surgery in 2005.

Venters pitched to one batter Wednesday, getting Chris Davis to ground out after four pitches — three sliders and a fastball — in the Rays’ 8-4 win. The veteran pitcher admitted to feel Deandre Hopkins Clemson Jersey ing some emotion while running into the game.

“My nerves were flowing, and I was excited and nervous,” Venters said. “[My] heart was racing.”

Video: TB@BAL: Jonny Venters on long-awaited return to mound

Based on Jon Roegele’s oft-cited Tommy John surgery database, Venters became the first pitcher to come back from three Tommy John procedures to pitch in the Majors. Though Jose Rijo and Jason Isringhausen are often cited to have had three Tommy Johns apiece, Roegele does not recognize either pitcher as a three-time recipient of the surgery, because, for each guy, at least one of the surgeries addressed a flexor tendon tear, not a UCL tear. (You can read more about Venters’ “half-Tommy John” here.)

Venters knew he would have a game on Wednesday. He was just expecting to be pitching for Triple-A Durham and not the Tampa Bay Rays. Venters had a 10:30 a.m. ET game in Durham, N.C., and during a rai Men’s DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans Nike Elite Away Liberty White Football Jersey n delay, he got word that the Rays selected his contract, and he quickly flew to Baltimore. What made this night even better is that his family was able to fly in and saw his return to the Major Leagues.

“It was an amazing experience just to get out there,” Venters said. “It was a special thing that I’ll never forget the rest of my life. Dream come true, really.”

The experience also made others in the Tampa Bay clubhouse happy because the Rays know what he has been through and appreciate his kind personality.

“He’s just an awesome guy,” teammate Daniel Robertson said. “You can’t [be a] better person than that. His attitude, his look on life, how good of a person he is; he’s top-notch in  Women’s DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans Nike Elite Navy Blue Team Color Football Jersey the game. It’s really a feel-good story.”

Cash felt just as happy that Venters made it back and loved giving him the ball for that one batter.

“I thought it was perfect,” Cash said. “It worked out where he came in, got a big out at the time with a two-run lead for us. Pretty exciting to be able to put him in the game.”

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore.


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Long before Louis Eljaua rose to special assistant to the president and general manager of the Cubs, he was the young and energetic top international scout for the Marlins. Back then, his boss was Al Avila, now the general manager for the Tigers.

Eljaua vividly recalls a conversation with Avila in 1998 like it happened yesterday. Each time he tells the story of that famous call, he puts his right thumb to his ear and talks into his right pinkie like it’s the old hotel phone he used.

Long before Louis Eljaua rose to special assistant to the president and general manager of the Cubs, he was the young and energetic top international scout for the Marlins. Back then, his boss was Al Avila, now the general manager for the Tigers.

Eljaua vividly recalls a conversation with Avila in 1998 like it happened yesterday. Each time he tells the story of that famous call, he puts his right thumb to his ear and talks into his right pinkie like it’s the old hotel phone he used.

Top 30 International Prospects list

“I found the guy, Al! I found the guy our owner was looking for. He’s 15. Come to Venezuela,” Eljaua shrieked through the phone.

Avila, who was in Miami at the time, was not pleased to hear the news. The Marlins had never spent more than $30,000 on an international teen.

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“Are you crazy, Louis? [Owner] John Henry gives us money and you are going to spend it all on your first trip and the first kid you see? Are you trying to get us all f Deandre Hopkins Women’s Jersey ired? What is wrong with you?”

“I know, I know,” Eljaua answered. “Just come see the kid. He’s good. You won’t be sorry.”

That kid was Miguel Cabrera. And less than a year later, the teenager signed with the Marlins for $1.8 million to launch his future Hall of Fame career and forever set the standard for international teenage prospects.

The hunt Deandre Hopkins Jersey  for the next Cabrera continues, and each year an increasing number of prospects sign when the international signing period begins on July 2; hundreds more will join Major League organizations later this summer.

Led by catcher Diego Cartaya — who like Cabrera is from Maracay, Venezuela — the players on MLB Pipeline‘s 2018 Top 30 International Prospects list represent the greatest young talent from across the globe eligible to sign on July 2.

The ultimate goal is nabbing a baseball unicorn like Cabrera. But signing a horse like Cartaya, a hard-hitting catcher with advanced skills, or other emerging international prospects also offer teams options.

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Remember, the Cubs traded top teen Gleyber Torres of Venezuela to the Yankees as part of a deal for Aroldis Chapman in 2016, and the rest is World Series history. Last year, they traded the Dominican Republic’s Eloy Jimenez to the White Sox in a deal for Jose Quintana. Both are the top prospects in their organizations. Back in ’16, the Red Sox traded Yoan Moncada in a package to the White Sox for pitcher Chris Sale. The A’s acquired Franklin Barreto from the Blue Jays in a deal for third baseman Josh Donaldson in ’14.

“If you are not investing time and money and effort to sign international players, you are missing out on making your organization one of the best in the game,” Eljaua said. “Why would you ignore a market and just focus on one or two ways to acquire talent when these guys are going to play in your system, hopefully  Men’s Nike Houston Texans DeAndre Hopkins Elite Vapor Untouchable Color Rush Navy Blue Jersey in the big leagues, or be a part of a package that helps you fill a missing piece? And it’s not all about the money and paying the most money. It’s about scouting and working and finding out about makeup and helping your entire system.”

Who is signing whom
More than 950 prospects have signed during the international signing period that started July 2, 2017, and that number could increase during the 2018-19 period, because there are thousands who have registered to become eligible.

In addition to prospects from traditional baseball hot spots like the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil and the Bahamas, there are also prospects from places like Europe, the Caribbean islands and Asia who have also registered.

Video: Top International Prospects: Marco Luciano, OF

As far as the list is concerned, the Dodgers are the favorites to sign Cartaya. Marco Luciano, a power-hitting outfielder from the Dominican Republic, a close second behind Cartaya in the rankings, is linked to the Giants. Outfielder Misael Urbina of Venezuela, who is ranked No. 3, is an advanced hitter expected to have an above-average hit tool and plus speed. He is linked to the Twins. Rounding out the top five is Venezuelan right-handed pitcher Richard Gallardo, linked to the Cubs, and Orelvis Martinez, a power-hitting shortstop from the D.R. sometimes compared to a young Adrian Beltre. The Blue Jays are the favorite to sign Martinez.

Video: Richard Gallardo named top int’l pitching prospect

Breakdown
This year’s Top 30 International Prospects list includes 10 players from Venezuela, 16 from the Dominican Republic, three from Cuba and one from Colombia. The positions break down like this: 11 outfielders, eight infielders, seven pitchers and four catchers.

The best athletes at premium positions are the most appealing to international scouts. Three of the top 13 are catchers and three of the top 10 are pitchers. Shortstops and center fielders are also highly coveted in this year’s class.

International signing rules, spending
There are specific guidelines for signing prospects like Cartaya: An international player is eligible to sign with a Major League team between July 2 through June 15 of the next year if he is 17 or will turn 17 by the end of the first season of his contract.

Video: Cartaya tops MLB’s international prospects list

The rules for signing international prospects are these: Clubs that receive a Competitive Balance Pick in Round B of the Rule 4 Draft receive a pool of $6,025,400, while clubs that receive a Competitive Balance Pick in Round A of the Rule 4 Draft receive $5,504,500. All other clubs receive $4,983,500.

International amateur free agency & bonus pool money explained

Teams are allowed to trade as much of their international pool money as they would like, but can only acquire 75 percent of a team’s initial pool amount. Additionally, signing bonuses of $10,000 or less do not count toward a club’s bonus pool, and foreign professional players who are at least 25 years of age and have played in a foreign league for at least six seasons are also exempt.

In terms of spending, the Blue Jays, Brewers, D-backs, Mariners, Phillies, Rangers, Red Sox, Rockies, Tigers, Twins and Yankees are expected to be aggressive in the upcoming signing period. The Cubs, Dodgers, Giants and Royals — teams that will no longer be in the penalty for exceeding their past international bonus pool spending — are also expected to be very active.

The A’s, Astros, Braves, Cardinals, Nationals, Padres, Reds and White Sox are in the maximum penalty, so they cannot sign players for more than $300,000 during the upcoming period.

“We are all looking for the next Miguel Cabrera, but I think it’s unfair to compare anybody to him because he was just on another level,” Eljaua said. “But the reality is, my old team already paid me for that sign. I’m getting paid to find another one. That’s what the job is.”

Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.

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Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.

It was quite a night for Rays No. 2 prospect Willy Adames, who hit for the cycle in Triple-A Durham’s 8-1 victory over Buffalo. The No. 22 prospect in baseball doubled in the first inning, singled in the fifth, tripled in the sixth, and homered in the eighth.

Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.

It was quite a night for Rays No. 2 prospect Willy Adames, who hit for the cycle in Triple-A Durham’s 8-1 victory over Buffalo. The No. 22 prospect in baseball doubled in the first inning, singled in the fifth, tripled in the sixth, and homered in the eighth.

The 22-year-old shortstop accomplished the feat a day after hitting his first home run of the season, the first grand slam of his career, against Lehigh Valley. Adames is slashing .345/.441/.582 in 16 games this year after slashing .277/.360/.415 with 10 homers and 11 steals in 130 games for Durham in 2017.

Adames homers for cycle

“It’s my mom. She just got here for a visit and she brings me luck all the time,” the native of the Dominican Republic told MiLB.com. “She came with my sister a couple of days ago from Santiago Men’s Nike Houston Texans DeAndre Hopkins Elite Vapor Untouchable Color Rush Navy Blue Jersey , and whenever she’s here, I always hit good. Since I got drafted, she usually makes one trip a year for a week to see me play, but I think this time I’m gonna have to extend her stay. She’s my good-luck charm.”

Other top prospect performances from Monday’s games:

White Sox No. 1 prospect Eloy Jimenez (No. 4 prospect overall) belted his first two homers of 2018 after opening the season 0-for-10. He was sidelined with a mild left pectoral strain sustained while working out at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., this spring. The two homers came during Double-A Birmingham’s 9-5 victory over Pensacola and were Jimenez’s first two hits of the season.

Jimenez crushes second jack

Jimenez, 21, slashed .312/.379/.568 with 19 homers in 89 games between Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach (Cubs), Class A Advanced Winston-Salem (White Sox) and Double-A Birmingham last season.

• A pair of top Braves prospects in Ronald Acuna (No. 1, No. 2 overall) and Mike Soroka (No. 3, No. 31 overall) shined in Triple-A Gwinnett’s 1-0 win over Rochester. Acuna went 1-for-2 with a single and three stolen bases, scoring the game’s lone run, while Soroka tossed seven scoreless innings in his first career shutout, giving up three hits while walking three and striking out four. The right-hander lowered his season ERA to 1.99.

Acuna swipes second and third

Padres No. 5 prospect Michel Baez (No. 42 overall) tossed five hitless innings while giving up an unearned run in his debut for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore against San Jose. It was the first start of the year for the 22-year-old right-hander, who posted a 2.45 ERA in 10 starts for Class A Fort Wayne in 2017.

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Cardinals No. 14 prospect Austin Gomber struck out 16 batters in an eight-inning start for Triple-A Memphis against Iowa, throwing 85 of his 112 pitches for strikes in a 3-0 victory. The 16 strikeouts tied a franchise single-game record for the Redbirds. The 24-year-old southpaw did not allow a run over those eight frames, lowering his ERA from 3.57 to 2.45 on the season (four starts).

Gomber’s 16th strikeout

• A trio of Dodgers prospects had impressive performances, led by No. 2 prospect Alex Verdugo (No. 33 overall), who connected for his fourth homer of the season in Triple-A Oklahoma City’s 3-2 loss to New Orleans. The 21-year-old outfielder is slashing .297/.324/.531 in 16 games this season.

Verdugo lifts solo shot

Meanwhile, Dodgers No. 10 prospect Dennis Santana tossed four strong innings for Double-A Tulsa, giving up one unearned run while walking two and striking out three in a 6-5 Drillers loss to Arkansas. In the same game, Dodgers No. 3 prospect Keibert Ruiz (No. 52 overall) went 2-for-4 with a homer, his third of the season. The 19-year-old catcher is slashing .286/.333/.446 in 13 games this season, his first at Double-A.

D-backs No. 23 prospect Alex Young turned in six scoreless innings for Double-A Jackson against Chattanooga, surrendering just one hit while walking one and striking out eight. The 24-year-old left-hander lowered his season ERA to 3.43 in four starts (22 strikeouts, four walk Women’s DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans Nike Elite Navy Blue Team Color Football Jersey s over 21 innings).

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BALTIMORE– The series opener between the Rays and Orioles was postponed about two hours before game time Tuesday night due to inclement weather and has been r Deandre Hopkins Clemson Jersey escheduled as part of a single-admission doubleheader on May 12.

The Rays will still start right-hander Jake Faria (1-1, 5.82) on Wednesday. Chris Archer (1-1, 6.59) was moved back to Thursday for the series finale.

BALTIMORE– The series opener between the Rays and Orioles was postponed about two hours before game time Tuesday night due to inclement weather and has been rescheduled as part of a single-admission doubleheader on May 12.

The Rays will still start right-hander Jake Fari Men’s DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans Nike Elite Away Liberty White Football Jersey a (1-1, 5.82) on Wednesday. Chris Archer (1-1, 6.59) was moved back to Thursday for the series finale.

Baltimore will give the ball to former Rays starter Alex Cobb (0-2, 15.43), which will mark the first time he’s pitched against his old team.

“He was a crucial part to this organization’s success,” Archer said of Cobb. “He’s a big-game pitcher. Alex was quiet; he went about his business. His stuff wasn’t as sexy as [oth Deandre Hopkins Jersey ers], but he got the job done.”

Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash agreed with the Orioles postponing the game early with the storms looming and the tarp already on the field by 5 p.m ET.

“I think they probably did the right thing in the fact that they know there’s a bunch of rain coming, [so] rather than keep us out here until all hours of the night, just go ahead [and postpone] the game,” Cash said.

Recovering Rays

Cash said Matt Duffy (right hamstring strain) will play four or five innings of a simulated game Wednesday in Port Charlotte and then hopefully a Minor League game later in the week with Triple-A Durham or Class A Charlotte. Pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (elbow bone spurs surgery) threw a bullpen session, and Cash said he’s doing well so far. Eovaldi also is coming back from Tommy John surgery.

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore.


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I can’t believe Kevin Kiermaier is injured again. The Rays need to tell him to dial it back a notch. I know he’s a great player, and he can do some amazing things. But how can he be any good if he’s on the disabled list?
— Steven H., St. Petersburg

Ki Men’s DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans Nike Elite Away Liberty White Football Jersey ermaier plays hard. And when you play hard, injuries are going to happen. The latest injury really was a freaky one, though. He slid headfirst into second and tore a ligament in his right thumb while trying to hang onto the bag. Bottom line, if Kiermaier doesn’t play all out, the Rays aren’t getting the player they value.

I can’t believe Kevin Kiermaier is injured again. The Rays need to tell him to dial it back a notch. I know he’s a great player, and he can do some amazing things. But how can he be any good if he’s on the disabled list?
— Steven H., St. Petersburg

Kiermaier plays hard. And when you play hard, injuries are going to happen. The latest injury really was a freaky one, though. He slid headfirst into second and tore a ligament in his right thumb while trying to hang onto the bag. Bottom line, if Kiermaier doesn’t play all out, the Rays aren’t getting the player they value.

Yonny Chirinos has been really good so far. Now that he’s been officially named a member of the starting rotation, will he remain there?
— Jim B., Memphis, Tenn.

Prior to Sunday’s game when talking to manager Kevin Cash about Nathan Eovaldi, I asked if Tampa Bay planned to go to a five-man rotation once Eovaldi returned. Cash said that wasn’t the plan. Having said that, a lot can happen between now and when Eovaldi returns — particularly injuries to other pitchers in the rotation. However, if Eovaldi returns and the rest of the rotation is in good shape, I would expect Chirinos to return to the bullpen.

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I didn’t know what to think about “bullpen days” when the season started. I thought the Rays were crazy. Now I kind of like the days when the bullpen takes over, and I’m not crazy about the days when the regular starters pitch. Your thoughts?
— Patrick H., Tampa, Fla.

In fairness to Patrick, I received this email prior to the recent run of nice starts by the starters. I agree — I like the “bullpen days,” and I believe there’s still some further evaluation to take place before judging its effectiveness. Of course, if the starters continue to go a little deeper into the games, I think the effectiveness of the bullpen start will be improved.

Watching Mallex Smith play the field makes me uncomfortable. But watching him on the offensive side is a delight. How do you see the Rays managing Smith going forward?
— Don P., Tampa, Fla.

Smith has struggled in the field at times, but he’s been pretty darn good on offense. If you’re Cash, you hope the offense Women’s DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans Nike Elite Navy Blue Team Color Football Jersey  continues to play, and the defense improves. Smith has the athleticism to become a better defender.

I went to several Spring Training games this season, driving from St. Petersburg to Port Charlotte. I can honestly say, I didn’t see this start coming. The Rays looked like they had a competitive squad in the games I saw. What happened?
— Jeff T., Tampa, Fla.

Yes, the Rays started slow, but they also ran into a buzz saw in the Red Sox, who they got to see home and away to start the season. I still believe that it’s too early to push the panic button on this year’s squad, particularly the way they’ve played in the past six games (won five of six). But I will agree that Tampa Bay did not get off to the start the club would have hoped for.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.


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ST. PETERSBURG — Carlos Gomez told his 9-year-old son, Yandel, he’d hit a homer for him on Sunday. Well, dad came through.

Gomez’s two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth gave the Rays an 8-6 win over the Twins at Tropicana Field.

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ST. PETERSBURG — Carlos Gomez told his 9-year-old son, Yandel, he’d hit a homer for him on Sunday. Well, dad came thr Teoscar Hernandez Jersey ough.

Gomez’s two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth gave the Rays an 8-6 win over the Twins at Tropicana Field.

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Yandel “had a really good game yesterday playing soccer,” Gomez said. “And they won the game because of the goal he scored. I told him today, ‘It’s my turn, I’m going to try and hit a homer for you.’ And I did, and I know he’s going to be really happy.”

Video: MIN@TB: Gomez discusses his walk-off homer vs. Twins

Count the Rays in on that happiness. Gomez’s blast helped them earn a sweep of their weekend series and they have now won four games in a row and five of their last six.

C.J. Cron singled to lead off the ninth to bring Gomez to the plate. Based on Gomez’s recent track record, he appeared to be a better walk-back-to-the-dugout candidate than walk-off h Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 57 Jaime Garcia Toronto Blue Jays Scarlet Canada Day Jersey Red ero when he stepped to the plate.

Gomez had gone 0-for-4 with three strikeouts to that point of the game. One of the strikeouts frustrated him enough to prompt him to snap his bat in half over his knee. But the veteran stayed in the game mentally. So when Cron led off the inning, Gomez thought of possible scenarios. If Cron doubled, Gomez planned to bunt him to third. After Cron singled and Rob Refsnyder was inserted as a pinch-runner, Gomez looked to the dugout. Rays manager Kevin Cash told him to hit away. And he did.

Video: MIN@TB: Gomez snaps bat in two after a strikeout

Gomez swung at the first pitch he saw, a 90.7-mph fastball from Addison Reed, and he deposited the ball a projected 402 feet away, per Statcast™, into the left-field stands for his first career walk-off homer.

“Gomez had an interesting series, but he finished it on a really good note,” said Cash of Gomez, who entered the game in the midst of a 2-for-34 slump. “Good for him. Veteran player, young player. Any time you do something like that it’s pretty special.”

Cron hit a two-run homer in the first, his fifth homer of the season and his third in the last two games, and Adeiny Hechavarria‘s three-run homer in the sixth off Alan Busenitz powered a four-run inning that put the Rays up 6-3, but the Rays’ bullpen couldn’t hold the lead.

Video: MIN@TB: Cron opens the scoring with a two-run homer

Miguel Sano singled off Chaz Roe in the seventh to drive home a run, and Brian Dozier added a two-run single off Sergio Romo in the eighth to tie the game at 6.

Alex Colome stopped the bullpen bleeding by striking out the side in the ninth to set up Gomez’s feel-good moment in the bottom half of the inning.

“I know that I’ve been struggling at the plate,” Gomez said. “But I always kept my confidence and belief in my ability to have a good at-bat. … A lot of strikeouts right now. But one at-bat can get you going.”

Video: MIN@TB: Colome strikes out the side in the 9th

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Hechavarria’s prowess in the field is extraordinary. Sund Curtis Granderson Jersey ay he extended his club-record errorless Danny Barnes Jersey  streak to 70 games. So his three-run homer off Busenitz felt like found money, putting the Rays up 6-3. Gomez’s homer ended the game, but Hechavarria’s put the Rays in position to win in the bottom of the ninth.

Video: MIN@TB: Hechavarria lifts three-run homer in the 6th

SOUND SMART
While Gomez’s home run was the first walk-off homer of his career, it was also the first walk-off plate appearance and hit of his career, coming in his 1,329th game, 4,808th plate appearan Toronto Blue Jays Canada Jersey ce and 4,359th at-bat.

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HE SAID IT
“We got off to a rough start, and nobody really hung their heads. They were frustrated. It seems like we’re kind of righting the ship here. And you can only build off wins like this. And series wins. And then today with a last-minute home run to win a ballgame. That adds even more.” — Cash, on the Rays

EARTH DAY
Doing their part for Major League Baseball’s Earth Day celebration on Sunday, the Rays increased the number of recycle bins located at Tropicana Field.

Major League Baseball was the first professional sports league to have all of its teams as members of the Green Sports Alliance, which promotes healthy, sustainable communities in sports. In fact, MLB clubs diverted more than 20,000 tons of recycled or composted waste during the 2017 season.

UP NEXT
The Rays will be off on Monday before embarking on a nine-game, three-stop road trip to Baltimore, Boston and Detroit. Jake Faria will start the opening game of the Baltimore series. He is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA in four appearances in his career against the Orioles. Tuesday’s game begins at 7:05 p.m. ET. Alex Cobb will start for the Orioles.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com.


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Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

It was a perfect end to the week for Brendan Rodgers, as the Rockies’ No. 1 prospect hit a two-run homer and a double while going 5-for-5 in Double-A Hartford’s 11-9 win over Harrisburg.

Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

It was a perfect end to the week for Brendan Rodgers, as the Rockies’ No. 1 prospect hit a two-run homer and a double while going 5-for-5 in Double-A Hartford’s 11-9 win over Harrisburg.

Rodgers, MLB Pipeline’s No. 14 overall prospect, singled in his first two at-bats before connecting on  Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 57 Jaime Garcia Toronto Blue Jays Scarlet Canada Day Jersey Red a home run to left field, his third homer this season, in the bottom of the fourth inning. He added his third single of the contest in his next at-bat and then capped his big game with an RBI double as part of Hartford’s four-run eighth inning.

The five-hit game was the third in Rodgers’ career. The 21-year-old shortstop previously accomplished the feat with Class A Advanced Lancaster (June 9, 2017) and Rookie-level Grand Junction (July 12, 2015). It also extended Rodgers’ hitting streak to six games, during which he’s lifted his batting average from .143 to .300.

Rodgers homers on five-hit day

Fellow Rockies prospects Garrett Hampson (No. 7) and Yonathan Daza (No. 20) also collected multiple hits and plated a run in the Yard Goats’ victory, while Brain Mundell (No. 18) connected on his first home run in a 2-for-5 performance.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Sunday

No. 2 overall prospect Ronald Acuna (Braves’ No. 1) extended his hitting streak to five games with a 3-for-6 effort for Triple-A Gwinnett. The three hits were a season high for the 20-year-old phenom, who has lifted his average from .139 to .217, while also scoring five runs, during his current streak.

Video: Top Prospects: Ronald Acuna, OF, Braves

No. 22 overall prospect Willy Adames‘ (Rays’ No. 2) first home run of the season was a big one, as the 22-year-old shortstop connected on a second-inning grand slam in Triple-A Durham’s rout of Lehigh Valley. It was the fourth straight game in which Adames tallied at least one hit and one RBI.

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No. 26 overall prospect Sixto Sanchez (Phillies’ No. 1) was a tough-luck loser for Class A Advanced Clearwater despite tossing six innings of two-run ball. The 19-year-old right-hander, making his second start this season, scattered six hits, walked one and struck out five in the performance, throwing 63 of his 83 pitches for strikes.

No. 36 overall prospect Luis Urias (Padres’ No. 3) filled out the stat sheet, tallying two hits, three runs, two RBIs and two walks in Triple-A El Paso’s win over Las Vegas. The 20-year-old second baseman began his day with a two-run home run, his second this season, and went on to reach base three more times to finish 2-for-3. It was the second straight two-hit game for Urias.

Video: Top Prospects: Luis Urias, 2B, Padres

No. 68 overall prospect Fernando Romero (Twins’ No. 2) was dominant for Triple-A Rochester, tossing 6 2/3 innings of one-run, two-hit ball with 10 strikeouts in a loss against Columbus. A 23-year-old right-hander, Romero is still in search of his first 2018 win but owns a 1.69 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 16 innings across his three starts.

Romero fans his 10th batter

Dodgers No. 15 prospect Connor Wong capped his week just as he did the last one — by hitting a pair of home runs for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. The 2017 third-rounder connected on a two-run shot in the first inning and added a solo shot in the sixth, giving Wong eight home runs (as well as eight multi-hit performances) in his first 12 games. He also had an RBI single in the ninth for a total of four RBIs on the day.

Mets No. 14 prospect Anthony Kay — a first-round Draft pick in 2016 who mis Danny Barnes Jersey sed all of ’17 while recovering from Tommy John surgery — picked up his first professional win behind six scoreless innings for Class A Columbia. The 23-year-old lefty threw 59 of his 92 pitches for strikes, as he allowed three hits, walked one and struck out five to lead the Fireflies past Hickory, 5-0. Kay has pitched well to begin the season, logging a 1.69 ERA across his first 16 innings (three starts) as a pro.

Kay picks up his fifth strikeout

Nationals No. 9 prospect Daniel Johnson enjoyed his best offensive performance of the season, going 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three runs as Double-A Harrisburg fell to Hartford, 11-9. The home run, a solo shot in the second inning, was the first this season for the Senators’ leadoff man. In 2017, Johnson, 22, was one of 10 Minor Leaguers to finish with at least 20 homers and 20 stolen bases, tallying 22 in each category.

Video: Top Prospects: Daniel Johnson, OF, Nationals

Orioles No. 17 prospect Zac Lowther recorded double-digit strikeouts for the second time in three starts for Class A Delmarva. After striking out 13 and seven batters in his first two starts, respectively, the 21-year-old lefty fanned 11 batters in five innings Sunday while allowing one earned run on two hits and one walk. All together, Lowther has punched out 31 batters and allowed just five hits in 16 innings this season.

Reds No. 6 prospect Tony Sant Luke Maile Jersey illan allowed his first earned run of the season in his fourth start for Class A Advanced Daytona, a 5-1 win against Dunedin. Working 6 2/3 frames, the 21-year-old right-hander yielded six hits and a walk while striking out six. He also induced eight ground-ball outs in the outing while throwing 57 of 87 pitches for strikes. He’s 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA and a 24-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 22 2/3 innings on the season.

Red Sox No. 12 prospect Bobby Dalbec belted a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning that powered Class A Advanced Salem to a 6-4 win over Winston-Salem. The home run, Dalbec’s fifth this season, capped a two-hit, four-RBI game for the 22-year-old third baseman, who had doubled earlier in the contest. He’s produced a .923 OPS with 10 extra-base hits and 16 RBIs in 17 games.

Dalbec’s extra-inning homer

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

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Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.

Kyle Wright had shown flashes of excellence early in his first Double-A campaign before putting it all together Saturday night in his finest performance as a pro.

Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.

Kyle Wright had shown flashes of excellence early in his first Double-A campaign before putting it all together Saturday night in his finest performance as a pro.

Wright, Atlanta’s No. 2 prospect (No. 30 overall), turned in a career-long outing, tossing six-plus scor Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 1 Aledmys Diaz Toronto Blue Jays Scarlet Canada Day Jersey Red eless innings of one-hit ball to lead Double-A Mississippi past Mobile, 3-1. He issued two walks and struck out four, throwing 52 of his 84 pitches for strikes.

The two-out hit Wright allowed in the first inning was the only real blemish in his performance. He proceeded to retire 15 of the next 16 batters before departing the game in the seventh inning, after he had issued a leadoff walk to Matt Thaiss (Angels’ No. 9). A pair of M-Braves relievers handled the final three innings to help secure Wright’s first win at the Double-A level.

Wright retires 15 of 16 batters

The 2017 first-rounder (No. 5 overall pick) scuffled in his previous turn, allowing four earned runs in just one inning after posting 7 2/3 scoreless frame Curtis Granderson Jersey s across his first two M-Braves starts. Overall, Wright, 22, owns a 2.45 ERA on the season, with 14 strikeouts and nine walks in 14 2/3 innings.

Austin Riley (Braves’ No. 8, No. 97 overall) did his part to support Wright’s cause by going 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. The 21-year-old third baseman is already up to eight doubles this season in 16 games, during which he’s hitting .386/.435/.754 with 11 runs scored and 14 RBIs.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Saturday

No. 15 overall prospect Mitch Keller (Pirates’ No. 1) completed a season-high seven innings to pick up his second win for Double-A Altoona. The 22-year-old right-hander wasn’t at his sharpest, allowing three earned runs on six hits and three walks, though he still struck out seven and generated another eight outs on the ground. Jason Martin (No. 22) delivered his first home run, a two-run shot in the second inning, and later added a double to finish the game 3-for-4 with three runs.

No. 20 overall prospect Royce Lewis (Twins’ No. 1) lifted his average from .222 to .323 for Class A Cedar Rapids behind a perfect 4-for-4 performance. The four hits, all singles, matched the 2017 No. 1 overall Draft pick’s career-high mark. He also scored two runs and swiped his second base as the Kernels fell to Kane County, 9-2.

Lewis notches fourth hit

No. 25 overall prospect Brendan McKay (Rays’ No. 3) fired four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks with seven strikeouts in a no-decision for Class A Bowling Green. He threw 84.4 percent of his pitches (38 of 45) for strikes in the dominant performance and now owns a 2.00 ERA with 15 strikeouts and four hits allowed in nine innings (three starts) this season. At the plate, meanwhile, the two-way star is hitting .346/.546/.385 with 10 RBIs and an absurd 13-to-3 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

• There’s no stopping No. 29 overall prospect Juan Soto. The Nationals’ No. 2 prospect belted his fifth home run, a three-run shot, as well as his third triple as he recorded multiple hits for the fourth time in five games for Class A Hagerstown. Through 15 games, the 19-year-old outfielder is slashing .389/.507/.870 with 13 extra-base hits, 24 RBIs and more walks (15) than strikeouts (11).

Soto crushes three-run homer

No. 74 overall prospect Jon Duplantier (D-backs’ No. 1) worked five strong innings as he picked up the win for Jackson in his season debut. It also marked the Double-A debut for the 23-year-old righty, who allowed two earned runs on four hits and one walk while striking out six. The 2017 MLB Pipeline Pitcher of the Year had opened the season on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

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No. 96 overall prospect Brandon Woodruff (Brewers’ No. 3) allowed just one earned run while completing at least five innings for a third straight start for Triple-A Colorado Springs. The 25-year-old righty tallied a season-high seven strikeouts while scattering three hits with one walk in five innings. He’s pitched to a 1.65 ERA in 16 1/3 innings since being demoted to Triple-A on April 7.

• After giving up a combined 19 hits in his previous two starts, Marlins No. 13 prospect Zac Gallen allowed just four hits in seven scoreless innings Saturday as Triple-A New Orleans defeated Oklahoma City, 2-0. The 22-year-old righty compiled five strikeouts against three walks in the outing while finding the strike zone with 58 of his 91 pitches. Gallen has completed at least six innings in three of his four starts this season.

Gallen strikes out five

Padres No. 11 prospect Esteury Ruiz and Tirso Ornelas (No. 14) both connected on their second home run of 2018 and collected three hits as Class A Fort Wayne defeated Dayton, 8-2. Ruiz, 19, hit a two-run shot in the sixth inning before finishing 3-for-5, while the 18-year-old Ornelas finished 3-for-4 after hitting a three-run homer in his first at-bat. Leadoff man Jeisson Rosario (No. 18) paced the TinCaps with three runs as he improved his average to .310 with his second multi-hit game in as many days.

Pirates No. 16 prospect Calvin Mitchell boosted his average to .371 with his fourth straight multi-hit game for Class A West Virginia. The 2017 second-rounder tallied his third triple this season before finishing with four hits and four RBIs, both matching his career bests. Braeden Ogle (No. 28) paced the Power on the mound, tossing six inning Danny Barnes Jersey s of one-run ball with eight strikeouts in the 13-8 victory. He allowed six hits and walked three, throwing 54 of his 87 pitches for strikes in the outing.

Red Sox No. 15 prospect Jalen Beeks piled up 10 strikeouts in six scoreless innings as Triple-A Pawtucket blanked Gwinnett, 6-0. The 24-year-old left-hander allowed two hits, two walks and hit one batter while throwing 59 of his 98 pitches for strikes. Beeks has dominated early this season, posting a 0.64 ERA with 26 strikeouts and five walks in 14 innings (three starts).

Beeks strikes out 10

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.