Rays down on the farm July 8: Rays sign Adrian Rondon

This guy is a best case scenario for Adrian Rondon's career - Jonathan Daniel

Forced and tired reference to the Rocky franchise goes here

Adrian Rondon's bonus actually checks in just under $3 million, a little less than the reported $3.3 million last week.  It's interesting that the reported figure was wrong because the Rays couldn't even negotiate with him until he turned 16 yesterday, right? Right? Hey, where are you going?

It is interesting (to me) though.  It's been pretty well known that the Rays are going to sign Rondon for weeks now, if not longer.  The Rays traded relief prospect Matt Ramsey to the Marlins for some more international signing bonus money.  My understanding though is once you've used all of your allotted space, you can't get more to cover what you already spent.

How does MLB plan on enforcing that though?  I'm sure the Rays know all of this and waited to "officially" make the signing until after the Ramsey trade, but for all intents and purposes, this signing has actually been done for a while now, right?

Triple-A Durham Bulls (50-43)

After allowing a first inning run, Matt Andriese settled in and cruised in Durham's 2-1 win over NorfolkJulio Borbon led off the game with a double, moved up to third on a groundout and scored on a sac fly.  Only two more batters in his outing would reach scoring position, and a pair of double plays helped him get out of trouble.  He finished with just that run allowed on five hits and two walks in seven innings with four strikeouts, and Adam Liberatore struck out three i 1.1 innings of relief before Josh Lueke recorded the last two outs of the game.

It didn't take long for the Bulls to tie the game.  With two outs in the first, Mike Fontenot walked, and that was followed by singles from Mikie Mahtook and Jeremy Moore.  Moore would come up with another big hit three innings later with a solo home run that proved to be the game winner.  Moore reached base three times, and Jayson Nix had two hits including a double.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (10-9)

Montgomery's seven run inning set the tone for the game in their 9-0 win over Mississippi.  In retrospect, Taylor Motter's sac bunt as the third batter of the game with the score already 1-0 was a bit silly, but it didn't prevent them from sending 10 men to the plate.  The inning was capped off by a pair of two run dingers from Alejandro Segovia and Willie Argo.  Two innings later, Luke Maile's solo home run added to the lead, and Ryan Brett's RBI triple scored the ninth run.  Both Brett and Maile had three hits and were a home run and triple shy of the cycle respectively.

With the run support, Victor Mateo worked pretty efficiently and threw plenty of strikes.  He allowed three hits and two walks in six scoreless innings with two strikeouts, and the only time he got into a bit of trouble was when he allowed a leadoff double in his final inning of work.  Matt Lollis and Bryce Stowell threw the final three innings without incident.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (4-14)

Charlotte was off.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (5-12)

Bowling Green was off.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (17-6)

A late offensive barrage gave Hudson Valley the runs they needed in their game one 8-4 win over Brooklyn.  Down 4-1 in the sixth, Hunter Lockwood's solo home run capped off a two run inning, and RBI hits by Clayton Henning and Bralin Jackson's the next inning gave the Renegades their first lead since the first inning.  They tacked in three more runs the final two innings to add insurance.  Thanks to fortunate timing, Nolan Gannon was able to start his own suspended game.  He allowed a season high four runs in seven innings, but he also struck out a career high 10.  Brian Miller made his pro debut with two scoreless innings.

A three run inning sunk Hudson Valley in their game two 3-2 loss.  Up 2-0 in the fifth, the Cyclones finally got to Hunter Wood and cleared the bases with a double to take the lead.  After getting out of a first inning jam, Wood had generally cruised until that big inning, and he finished with three runs allowed on four hits and two walks in five innings with six strikeouts.  The Renegades only had five hits, and Coty Blanchard and Alec Sole drove in their runs.

Rookie Princeton Rays (10-8)

Two first inning runs proved to be enough in their 3-1 win over Danville.  Hec Montes doubled home Thomas Milone to get the scoring started, and he came home himself on a pair of wild pitches with Nic Wilson at the plate.  Their other run came in the fifth on a Riley Unroe sac fly.  Montes and Milone each had two hits, and Milone stole his sixth base.

Freddy Alvarez took the early run support and was solid.  The only run he allowed came in the fourth on a sac fly that followed two singles to start the inning.  He only had one 1-2-3 inning, but he finished with just the one run allowed on four hits and a walk in five innings with six strikeouts.  Alvarez has allowed 10 runs in four starts this season, and seven of them came in his second start.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (10-4)

The GCL Rays were postponed.

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Star of the day- Maile's big game led Montgomery in their easy win.

Goat of the day- That GCL rainout puts nine games on the schedule today, which I'm not a fan of.

Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)

Durham v. Norfolk 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Alex Colome (4-1, 3.09) v. Tyler Wilson (0-0, 1.50)

Montgomery v. Mississippi 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Mike Colla (4-9, 5.36) v. Mitch Atkins (3-0, 3.97)

Charlotte v. Jupiter 6:30 PM (Radio stream)
Ryne Stanek* (0-0, -.--) v. Austin Brice (5-6, 3.43)

Bowling Green v. West Michigan 8:05 PM (Radio stream)
Jake Faria (4-4, 3.69) v. Chad Green* (2-3, 3.66)

Hudson Valley @ Brooklyn 11:30 AM (Radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Enderson Franco (1-0, 3.66) v. TBA
TBA v. TBA

Both games will be seven innings

Princeton v. Danville 7:05 PM
Hyrum Formo (0-0, 5.68) v. Max Povse (0-0, 0.00)

GCL Rays v. GCL Red Sox 11 AM DOUBLEHEADER
TBA v. TBA
TBA v. TBA

Both games will be seven innings

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
36-56 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 418 R (3rd) .712 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.97 ERA (14th) 1.45 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: DH Henry Urrutia (7), RHP Mike Wright (8), LHP Chris Jones (27), RHP Josh Stinson (28)

Mississippi Braves
11-8 (2nd in SL South)
Offense: 390 R (4th) .714 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.58 ERA (3rd) 1.27 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP J.R. Graham (3), RHP Jason Hursh (4), 2B Jose Peraza (6), OF Kyle Wren (18), 3B Kyle Kubitza (22), OF Matt Lipka (24), OF Robby Hefflinger (29)

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
2-14 (6th in FSL South)
Offense: 318 R (10th) .658 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.31 ERA (11th) 1.38 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Colin Moran (2), RHP Trevor Williams (11), OF Jesus Solorzano (13), RHP Colby Suggs (17), RHP Austin Brice (27)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
11-6 (2nd in MWL East)
Offense: 368 R (12th) .682 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.10 ERA (2nd) 1.21 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jonathan Crawford (5), LHP Kevin Ziomek (10), SS Javier Betancourt (16), RHP Jeff Thompson (24), RHP Zac Reininger (25), SS Willy Adames (30), C Grayson Greiner

Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets)
13-10 (2nd in McNamara)
Offense: 88 R (11th) .634 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.00 ERA (3rd) 1.19 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Amed Rosario (7)

Danville Braves
11-7 (1st in APP East)
Offense: 115 R (1st) .810 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.15 ERA (6th) 1.29 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Carlos Salazar (17), C Tanner Murphy (21)

GCL Red Sox
9-5 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 64 R (8th) .641 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.77 ERA (6th) 1.17 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Rafael Devers (20), SS Javier Guerra (27), RHP Michael Kopech, RHP Jake Cosart

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