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Rays down on the farm July 7: Stanek promoted

The Rays' second pick in the 2013 draft will make his Charlotte debut tomorrow

Maybe Ryne Stanek can get Charlotte out of the 4-14 hole they've dug themselves
Maybe Ryne Stanek can get Charlotte out of the 4-14 hole they've dug themselves
Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Ryne Stanek's season with Bowling Green was solid.  In 44.2 innings, he posted a 24.7% strikeout rate, 7.0% walk rate, 3.02 FIP and 1.34 WHIP.  Nothing earth shattering, but he did what he was supposed to against competition roughly similar to what he dealt with in the SEC with Arkansas.

Most importantly, Stanek seems to be healthy, and that was my biggest question about him in the off-season when I only ranked him 12th in my top 30 prospect list.  He's certainly higher than that now since he's actually out on the mound, but I'm not sure how high to go.  Top five is probably not out of the question.

We hope to release new top 30 lists after the trade deadline, and I'll have thought about Stanek's placement much more by then.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (49-43)

Two home runs were key in Durham's 7-5 win over Norfolk.  After the Tides took a 2-0 lead in the third inning, Wilson Betemit responded with a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning to cut it to a one run game.  Norfolk added individual runs in the fourth and fifth innings, but the Bulls scored five runs in the same two inning span.  Jayson Nix doubled home a pair in a three run fourth inning, and Jeremy Moore's two run homer an inning later proved to provide the winning run.

Nathan Karns' struggles continued, and for the third straight start, he allowed a home run.  He threw two scoreless innings to start the game, but he stumbled through the next three before recording two outs in the sixth and being replaced by C.J. Riefenhauser.  Karns finished with four runs (three earned) allowed on six hits and two walks in 5.2 innings with six strikeouts.  Three relievers combined to strike out six in 3.1 innings of work.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (9-9)

Montgomery went down 6-0 and couldn't quite catch up in their 6-3 loss to Mississippi.  Grayson Garvin pitched a season high 4.2 innings, but he also allowed a season high four runs.  He first ran into trouble when he allowed four straight singles to score two runs with two outs in the third, and he would be charged with more two out runs in the fifth.  He left with two runners on base, and after Jim Patterson replaced Garvin, the Braves stole home to score another run to start what would become a four run inning.  Garvin was charged with four runs on eight hits and a walk in 4.2 innings with two strikeouts.

The Biscuits finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of runs scoring on two out singles by Taylor Motter and Cameron Seitzer.  Alejandro Segovia's solo home run in the eighth cut the deficit to three, and not long after that, they actually got the tying run to the plate.  Ryan Brett and Jake Hager's groundouts ended that inning though, and they went down 1-2-3 in the ninth.  Willie Argo reached base three times.

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

A five run inning doomed Charlotte in their 10-5 loss to Fort Myers.  Tommy Coyle led off the game with a home run, and Tyler Goeddel singled home run later in the first to give the Stone Crabs a quick 2-0 lead.  In the fourth holding a 2-1 lead, Reinaldo Lopez allowed a sac fly to tie the game, but the inning got much worse from there.  Max Kepler hit a bases clearing triple, and he was doubled home by Jorge Polanco.  Lopez would allow seven runs on seven hits and two walks in 4.1 innings with two strikeouts.

Maxx Tissenbaum responded with a two run single in the top of the fifth, and the teams traded runs an inning later.  In the eighth in a 7-5 game, Parker Markel allowed three more Miracle runs to put the game out of reach, and the Stone Crabs went 1-2-3 in the ninth to end the game.  Leonardo Reginatto and Patrick Leonard each had two hits.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (5-12)

A persistent Dayton offense sunk Bowling Green in their 8-3 loss to the Dragons.  German Marquez was activated after a short stint on the DL, and he allowed one big hit in his return.  He allowed a two run home run in the second inning, and he finished with those two runs allowed on two hits and a walk in 2.2 innings with two strikeouts.  Jorge Rodriguez would allow a third Dayton run with two outs in the third, and he allowed a run in the fourth and fifth innings too.  They added on three against Josh Kimborowicz late.

The Hot Rods scored individual runs in the second, third and fifth innings, but they could never catch up.  Juniel Querecuto's bases loaded walk got Bowling Green's scoring started, and Ty Young's RBI single in the third added another run.  After they scored their last run in the fifth, only four runners would reach base, and they couldn't take advantage of the few opportunities they had.  Johnny Field reached base four times with three hits including a triple, and he also stole two bases.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (16-5)

Hudson Valley eventually came out on top in a back and forth 7-6 win over Staten Island.  Down 2-0 in the fifth, Casey Gillaspie's two run single topped off a three run inning to take the league.  The Yankees would take two more leads, but the Renegades would immediately erase both the following half inning.  Hunter Lockwood's ninth inning sac fly proved to be the winning run.  Conrad and Gillaspie both reached base three times, and Conrad stole two more bases.

It wasn't the best day for the Hudson Valley pitching staff though.  Chris Pike started and allowed the first two Yankee runs on four hits and two walks in four innings with four strikeouts, and although he got the win, Darren Fischer certainly didn't fare any better.  He allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks in 3.1 innings with three strikeouts.  Every Renegade hitter got at least one hit.

Rookie Princeton Rays (9-8)

Princeton's offense broke out late in their 6-4 win over Danville.  Down 4-0 with no signs of getting anything going, the Rays would suddenly bat around.  After Carter Burgess led off with a single, Manny Sanchez tripled him home, and he scored on a Braves error.  Angel Moreno tied the game with a bases loaded single that scored two, and it looked like Nick Ciuffo's strikeout ended the inning.  However, he reached base on a passed ball, paving the way for a two run single by Burgess to give Princeton their first lead.  Moreno, Burgess and Sanchez all had two hits, and Sanchez also walked.

After only allowing two runs his first three starts of the season, Jose Alonzo struggled Sunday.  His own error led to Danville's first run of the game in the first inning, and he allowed a solo home run in the fourth.  Three straight singles opened the fifth, and after getting two outs that led to just one run, Alonzo was pulled and finished with a line of three runs (two earned) allowed on eight hits and a walk in 4.2 innings with two strikeouts.  Three Princeton relievers combined for 3.1 innings and only allowed one run.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (10-4)

The GCL Rays were off.


Star of the day- Batting left handed, Betemit sports a .842 OPS for Durham.

Goat of the day- Before the season, I was probably higher on Garvin than most.  I may need to re-evaluate that.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Norfolk 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Andriese (8-4, 3.56) v. Mike Wright (1-7, 6.47)

Montgomery v. Mississippi 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Victor Mateo (8-3, 3.73) v. Williams Perez (3-4, 2.52)

Charlotte is off

Bowling Green is off

Hudson Valley @ Brooklyn 7 PM (Radio stream)
Enderson Franco* (1-0, 3.66) v. Alberto Baldonado (0-2, 9.53)

Princeton v. Danville 7:05 PM
Freddy Alvarez (1-1, 5.93) v. Daniel Cordero* (1-1, 4.20)

GCL Rays v. GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
36-55 (T-3rd in IL South)
Offense: 417 R (2nd) .715 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 5.00 ERA (14th) 1.45 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: DH Henry Urrutia (7), RHP Mike Wright (8), LHP Chris Jones (27), RHP Josh Stinson (28)

Mississippi Braves
11-7 (2nd in SL South)
Offense: 390 R (4th) .718 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.57 ERA (3rd) 1.26 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)

Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets)
12-9 (2nd in McNamara)
Offense: 81 R (12th) .643 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 2.97 ERA (3rd) 1.18 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Amed Rosario (7)

Danville Braves
11-6 (1st in APP East)
Offense: 114 R (1st) .823 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.95 ERA (6th) 1.31 WHIP (5th)
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