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Sounds Bounce Back to Even Series in Durham

Corey Ray’s Grand Slam, Willy Adames’ Homer Propels Nashville Past Bulls
June 3, 2022

Corey Ray hit a second inning grand slam, giving the Nashville Sounds the jolt they needed to take aa 8-4 win over the Durham Bulls on Friday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Rays' Adames heading to Majors for debut

No. 2 prospect joining Tampa Bay with Wendle on paternity list
May 22, 2018

Willy Adames is coming to Tropicana Field for his first taste of The Show.The Rays are calling up their No. 2 prospect from Triple-A Durham to make his Major League debut, the club announced. Adames is slated to start at shortstop and bat fifth in the Tampa Bay lineup against

Prospect Roundup: Games of May 21

Astros' Alcala adds up K's in short stint; Rays' Adames goes deep
May 22, 2018

Theme of the dayBrought to you by the letter K: Angels' No. 11 prospect Jose Suarez set the tone for the day when he struck out 11 in five innings for Double-A Mobile, moving into the Minor League lead with 69 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings. But he wasn't the only

Prospect Roundup: Games of April 25

Rays' Adames keeps hits coming; Jays' Alford starting to fly
April 26, 2018

Theme of the nightHow much longer?No. 10 overall prospectMichael Kopech turned in another gem for Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday. The 21-year-old right-hander struck out eight and allowed one earned run on one hit and two walks over six frames against Louisville. He now has a 2.14 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, .189

Adames' grand slam sparks Bulls' rampage

No. 22 overall prospect has plated seven runs in two-game span
April 22, 2018

Willy Adames may not be the biggest power threat in any given lineup, but the second-ranked Rays prospect looked like a Grade A slugger while knocking a ball off Durham's Snorting Bull and doing the maximum possible damage with one swing on Sunday.The grand slam was the first of his

Rays Prospect Primer: Two for 'The Show'

Adames, Bauers knocking on door; McKay stays on two-way path
April 2, 2018

Some players are on the verge of stardom, others are entering a crucial phase of their development and still others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. With the 2018 season approaching, takes a look at the most intriguing prospects from each MLB organization.Major League-ready: Willy Adames, SSAdames

Adames, Arroyo, Bauers among Rays cuts

Trio of Tampa Bay Top-100 prospects sent to Minor League camp
March 11, 2018

The Durham Bulls won their first Triple-A championship in eight years last September, and it looks like they'll be starting 2018 with even more talent than a year ago.Tampa Bay sent seven players to Minor League camp on Sunday, including's No. 22 overall prospect, shortstop Willy Adames , 64th-ranked Jake

Honeywell, Adames worthy anchors for Rays

Top two prospects helped Durham win Triple-A championship
December 13, 2017

This offseason, is taking a look at the most outstanding campaigns by players in each system across Minor League Baseball and honoring the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization.Life as a small-market club isn't easy. While teams with

Toolshed: Bulls' title a season-long process

Rays' patience with prospects results in Triple-A ring for Durham
September 20, 2017

MOOSIC, Pa. -- Tuesday's Triple-A National Championship was a tale of two roster constructions.Memphis, a club that survived a bevy of Major League promotions and big trades by the Cardinals to win a level-best 91 games and a Pacific Coast League title, started three players last night who were with

International League Finals preview

RailRiders back to defend Governors' Cup against Bulls
September 12, 2017

A year later, the RailRiders are back in a familiar position.The Yankees' top affiliate claimed the International League's North Division again this summer before advancing Sunday to the Governors' Cup Finals, where they'll meet the Durham Bulls. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is not only the defending IL champs -- it's also the reigning

Balanced Bulls win Game 1 in IL playoffs

Rays prospects Adames, Bauers combine for four hits, four runs
September 6, 2017

Durham's Game 1 win over Indianapolis in the International League semifinals served as a microcosm for its regular season. Rays No. 2 prospectWilly Adames and No. 5 prospect Jake Bauers led a balanced attack, while No. 23 prospect Ryan Yarbrough turned in a quality start as the Bulls defeated the Indians,

Bulls' Adames finishing strong in August

Rays No. 2 prospect homers, drives in four runs on two-hit night
August 30, 2017

While wrapping up an impressive August, Willy Adames continued to show how far he's come this year.The Rays' second-ranked prospect drove in four runs with a homer and a double on Wednesday, helping Triple-A Durham defeat Charlotte, 10-6, at BB&T Ballpark.

Strikeout-happy Bulls clinch IL South Division

Rays affiliate sets Minor League single-season punchout record
August 24, 2017

Triple-A Durham clinched its division, perhaps appropriately, with a strikeout.The top Rays affiliate wrapped up the International League South Division with a 3-2 comeback victory over Gwinnett on Thursday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The title was the Bulls' first since 2014 and 13th in 20 seasons as a Triple-A

Bauers comes up big in Bulls clincher

Rays No. 5 prospect homers and doubles
August 23, 2017

Rays No. 2 prospect Willy Adames handed the Bulls an early 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first. Patrick Leonard padded the early lead with a two-run jack two batters later. It was the 11th longball of the season for the 24-year-old third baseman.Adames has made 118 appearances

Bulls' Adames plates career-high five runs

Rays No. 2 prospect puts together second straight three-hit game
August 18, 2017

The way Triple-A Durham hitting coach Ozzie Timmons sees it, a new hero seems to emerge every night for his team. On Friday, it was Willy Adames.The Rays' second-ranked prospect drove in a career-high five runs, going 3-for-4 with a double and a walk, as the Bulls topped Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 10-6,

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 25

Soroka goes seven strong; Adames continues push in Triple-A
July 26, 2017

Rays SS Willy Adames, Triple-A Durham: 3-for-5, 2B, RBI, R -- After a mid-month mini-slump, the Rays' No. 2 prospect has turned it on again. Adames is 9-for-22 (.409) with four doubles and seven walks in his last six games for Durham, raising his season average from .263 to .272. It's

Moncada, Adames lead IL All-Star roster

Six top-100 prospects honored; Phils' Hoskins, Cozens make cut
June 29, 2017

The International League is headed west to Tacoma for the 2017 Triple-A All-Star Game on July 12, and it's sending a caravan of talent.Top White Sox prospectYoán Moncada and No. 1 Rays prospectWilly Adames headline the IL All-Star roster, which was announced Thursday.

IL notes: Adames smiling more for the Bulls

Rays top prospect putting struggles behind him with torrid June
June 26, 2017

Willy Adames is just a step away from the Major Leagues as he serves as Durham's everyday shortstop. But knowing that did not serve the top prospect in the Rays system very well at the start of the season.After collecting two hits on Opening Day, Adames struggled at the plate. He

Prospect Roundup: Games of June 8

Rays' Adames stays hot at Triple-A; Gohara impresses at Double-A
June 9, 2017

Rays SS Willy Adames, Triple-A Durham: 4-for-5, RBI -- This was Adames' first four-hit game in nearly a year -- his last came with Double-A Montgomery on June 9, 2016 -- underlining just how better the Rays' top prospect has been of late. The 21-year-old shortstop's average was as low

Prospect Roundup: Games of May 15

White dominates over seven innings; Mountcastle collects four hits
May 16, 2017

Rays SS Willy Adames, Triple-A Durham: 3-for-4, 2 R, K -- To quote Monday's Roundup about Jake Bauers, "Patience has been key for the Rays No. 4 prospect -- who entered Triple-A at just 21 years old." The same can be said for Adames, who won't turn 22 until Sept. 2.

Ninth Inning Rally Falls Short for Bulls

Durham drops consecutive games for first time this season
April 15, 2017

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Sixth Inning Miscues Sink Bulls in 6-4 Loss

Gwinnett scores five runs in the sixth thanks to three Durham errors
April 14, 2017

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Rays Prospect Primer: De Leon joins arms race

New acquisition brings Major League stuff to pitching-rich system
March 30, 2017

Some players are on the verge of stardom, others are entering a crucial phase of their development and still others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. With the 2017 season approaching, takes a look at the most intriguing prospects from each MLB organization.Major League-ready: José De León,

Rays reassign Adames, De Leon

Top prospects move to Minors camp; Indians' send Mejia to Double-A
March 15, 2017

After an extended look at Spring Training, Rays top prospect Willy Adames has been optioned to the Minor Leagues. The 21-year-old shortstop headlines a list of seven players, including highly touted right-hander Jose De Leon, who were reassigned Wednesday.

Farm System Rankings: Overall (10-1)

Swanson, Braves capture top spot; Moncada leads White Sox rebuild
March 15, 2017

With Spring Training underway and the 2017 season almost upon us, has been looking at the state of all 30 farm systems and ranking them according to certain changing criterion with each edition. Our final series focuses on the overall quality and quantity of top talent in each system