If you are having trouble recognizing the individual above…That is Rocco Baldelli. The beard is now officially lumberjacktastic. Rocco…He is a Lumberjack, and he is OK.
Durham 2, Syracuse 1. Mitch Talbot struck out 8 in 6 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks…Chris Mason pitched 1 scoreless inning of relief…Scott Dohmann picked up his 12th save…Josh Johnson, the Rays roving minor league catcher drove in both runs with a double in the 7th…Reid Brignac went 1-3 with a walk…John Jaso DH’d and finished 1-4 with a strikeout.
Birmingham 3, Montgomery 1. Rocco Baldelli provided all the offense with a solo home run in the first inning. He struck out twice and finished 1-4…Jeremy Hellickson turned in his best double-A performance to date. He struck out 5 and walked 1 in 7 innings. He allowed 3 unearned runs. One batter after a throwing error by shortstop John Raburn that would have ended the inning Hellickson allowed a 3-run home run.
Dunedin 8, Vero Beach 4. Ryan Royster hit his 7th home run and Matt Fields added his 16th.
Princeton 4, Danville 2. Tim Beckham did not play.
NOTES FROM DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Baseball Prospectus is reporting that the Rays are close to deals with their second and fourth round draft picks. [Baseball Prospectus]
Fresh off of one of the quicker No. 1 overall pick signings in recent memory, the Rays will continue to build their farm system as well with some big bonuses. Sources indicate that second-round pick Kyle Lobstein will sign with Tampa for $1 million, and that fourth-round selection Ty Morrision [sic], a toolsy outfielder with plus speed and power projection, will also sign for a ‘slightly’ over-slot bonus.