Durham Bulls (2-2) at Charlotte Knights (4-0, Chicago White Sox)
LHP Alex Torres vs. RHP Brandon Hynick
Montgomery Biscuits (1-3) host Birmingham Barons (3-1, Chicago White Sox)
RHP Nick Barnese vs. RHP Nevin Griffith
Charlotte Stone Crabs (2-2) at Palm Beach Cardinals (1-3, St. Louis Cardinals)
RHP Alex Koronis vs. RHP Eric Fornataro
Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-1) host Fort Wayne TinCaps (3-1, San Diego Padres)
LHP C.J. Riefenhauser vs. LHP Andrew Werner
Bowling Green SS Derek Dietrich was kept out of Sunday's game after leaving Saturday when he was hit by a pitch in the back of the head. He says he's feeling fine but there is no word on when he will return to the Hot Rods lineup. Dietrich is 4-12 (plus a walk) at the plate with 2 doubles and a homerun.
Catcher Luke Bailey made the biggest jump of any Rays prospect to start the season. The 2009 4th-rounder skipped from the GCL Rays last summer to the Hot Rods this season, bypassing both the Princeton Rays and Hudson Valley Renegades. Bailey has handled the transition to full-season ball well at the plate, going 7-14 with 2 walks, 2 doubles and a homerun through 4 games. The only concern is that in 3 games behind the plate he has allowed 9 stolen bases in 11 attempts, an 18% caught stealing percentage.
With Dietrich and Bailey leading the way the Hot Rods are averaging 8.0 runs per game, tops amongst Rays affiliates. Looking at the weather radar it appears tonight's home opener may be a little wet in Bowling Green.
One last note, we are happy to announce that a new writer will be joining us later this week. I'll let him introduce himself, but you should recognize his name from the comments here and from his previous work at another Rays blog. I'm confident he will be a great addition to RaysProspects.