Rays Prospects

The Undercards: Dylan Floro’s Solid Start Not Enough

By Drew Jenkins

Dylan Floro has had an roller coast season, struggling at the beginning, then dominating, and then struggling again recently. Lucky for the Tampa Bay Rays, it seems that Floro is getting back on track.

Double-A Southern League: Tennessee Smokies (CHC) 7, Montgomery Biscuits 1

The Biscuits got a great start from Dylan Floro, who went 7.0 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) while striking out 3 and walking none. Floro has pitched well in his last two starts, allowing just 2 earned runs in 15.0 innings. Before those two starts Floro had allowed 4 or more runs in 5 of 6 starts, so the turnaround is a welcome sight. Andrew Bellatti struggled mightily in relief, allowing 4 runs while only getting one out. Parker Markel then finished things off by giving up a run in his 1.2 innings of work.

The offense managed a decent 8 hits, however they went 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position and thus did not put up a fight. Taylor Motter was 2 for 4, but no other Biscuit hitter had multiple hits. Alejandro Segovia‘s solo home run accounted for all the scoring on the day.

High-A Florida State League: Charlotte Stone Crabs 6, St. Lucie Mets 3

Jared Mortensen gave the Stone Crabs a chance to win, throwing 5.2 innings and letting up 3 runs as the starter. The bullpen did a great job, with Marcus Jensen throwing 1.1 scoreless innings and Zach Cooper following with 2.0 shutout innings of his own. Cooper’s 4.87 ERA on the year leaves more to be desired, but in his last 10 games he has flashed the potential to be better by throwing to a 1.46 ERA.

The offense was a team effort, with 7 of 9 starters managing at least 1 hit. Maxx Tissenbaum had a solid day, going 2 for 4 with a 2-run home run. Tissenbaum is continuing a nice season that has seen him hit .298/.333/.420 with just 31 strikeouts in 79 games. Best of all is that Tissenbaum is finding some much-needed power, as his .420 slugging is a career-high. Juniel Querecuto also had a nice day, going 2 for 3 with a triple and an RBI.

Low-A Midwest League: Bowling Green Hot Rods 4, Lake County Captains 3

Chris Kirsch didn’t provide much length, lasting just 4.1 innings. But, he did a decent job nonetheless, giving up 2 runs and striking out 7. Andrew Hanse had a great relief outing, throwing 3.1 innings and giving up no runs. William Gabay then allowed 1 run in 3.1 innings of work.

The top 4 hitters got the job done for the Hot Rods’ offense, going a combined 9 for 19. Kean Wong had a great day, going 2 for 3 with 2 walks, 3 RBIs, and a run scored. Wong has been hot as of late, hitting .357 in his last 10 games. Alexander Simon was also solid, going 3 for 6. Oscar Hernandez and Pat Blair also put up good performances, each going 2 for 5 with a double.