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Rays down on the farm August 10: Entire Renegades roster named to All-Star Game

That's only a little bit of an exaggeration

FIrst a short-season All-Star Game, next Tropicana Field
FIrst a short-season All-Star Game, next Tropicana Field
Brian Blanco

Seven Renegades will represent Hudson Valley and the Rays in Brooklyn on August 19th in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game.  First rounder Casey Gillaspie, Jace Conrad and Coty Blanchard are among the infielders, Hunter Lockwood and Bralin Jackson are in the outfield, and Hunter Wood and Nolan Gannon are on the pitching staff.

Next time Grant Kay wants to make the NYPL All-Star Game, apparently he should make sure Louisville is eliminated from the postseason so he can sign his pro contract sooner.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (62-57)

Durham was postponed.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (22-26)

Montgomery was postponed.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (23-23)

Charlotte was able to erase a 3-0 deficit in their 4-3 win over Jupiter.  That Hammerheads lead only took one inning to evaporate in Charlotte's three run seventh.  Three straight two out singles broke up the shutout, and Josh Sale would single home two more to tie the game.  Two innings later, another two out rally gave the Stone Crabs a walkoff win.  Jake DePew walked to extend the ninth, and Sale doubled him home.  Sale had two of Charlotte's five hits.

Austin Pruitt wasn't as sharp as he's been over the past month, but he still earned the bare minimum quality start.  Five of the nine hits he allowed were for extra bases, and four of them between the third and fourth innings helped the Hammerheads jump out to a 3-0 lead.  Pruitt finished with the three runs allowed on nine hits in six innings with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (21-27)

After losing a 2-0 lead, Bowling Green immediately responded with a pair of two run innings in their 6-3 win over Dayton.  Julian Ridings' sixth inning sac fly tied the game again at three, and Oscar Hernandez followed him with a run scoring single.  An inning later, a two out Dragons error provided two Hot Rods insurance runs.  Alexander Simon had two hits, including a solo home run, and reached base three times.

Except for the three run hiccup in his last inning of work, Bruedlin Suero pitched well.  In his first five innings of work, he only allowed four batters to reach base, but an inning later, Dayton matched that to score their three runs.  He finished with those three runs allowed on seven hits and a walk in six innings with seven strikeouts.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (39-16)

Enderson Franco picked up a win against his old organization in Hudson Valley's 6-1 win over Tri-City.  Months after being taken by the Rays from Houston in the minor league phase of the rule 5 draft, he got his first start against an Astros affiliate.  While his three walks did double his total for the season, he allowed just an unearned run on two hits in six innings with three strikeouts.  Mike Franco later struck out four in two innings of relief.

It only took two batters for the Renegades to go up 1-0.  After Braxton Lee led off the game with a triple, the ValleyCats conceded the run on a Coty Blanchard groundout.  The bulk of their offense came in the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie.  Lee came up with another big hit, scoring Bralin Jackson and Alec Sole on a double right after a double steal.  Five batters had two hit games, including Casey Gillaspie and Hunter Lockwood.  Grant Kay had no hits.

Rookie Princeton Rays (27-20)

A three run third inning was enough in Princeton's game one 3-2 win over Bluefield.  After Thomas Milone tripled home Riley Unroe to break the scoreless tie, Patrick Grady hit a two run home run to make it a 3-0 game.  With the early run support, Brent Honeywell didn't have a hard time earning his first professional win, allowing both Bluefield runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk in five innings with four strikeouts.  Ruben Paredes followed him with four strikeouts in two innings of relief.  Milone and Manny Sanchez had two hit games.

Another two run home run was key in their game two 5-2 win.  This time, it was Taylor Hawkins, and his first inning dinger gave the Rays a 3-0 lead.  Blake Grant-Parks singled home Cristian Toribio later in the inning to give them a 4-0 lead before the defense even took the field.  After Hyrum Formo allowed two first inning runs of his own (one earned), he settled in to have a nice game with eight strikeouts in five innings.  Jose Paez had three hits and was a home run shy of the cycle.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (25-19)

Two first inning runs got the GCL Rays off to a quick start in their game one 3-2 win over the GCL Orioles.  Oscar Sanay and Zacrey Law led off the game with singles, and they eventually scored on balls put in play by Isias Alcantar and David Rodriguez.  Rodriguez's sixth inning sac fly proved to provide the winning run.  Sanay had three of the Rays' four hits.  Both Oriole runs were unearned, the first being charged to Jose Alvarado in four innings, and the second went to Spencer Moran in the last three.

Three runs was too little, too late in their game two 9-3 loss.  All three came in the seventh inning already down 9-0.  Rodriguez and Matt Reida each had RBI singles, and the Orioles conceded the last run on a Cade Gotta groundout.  Three Rays pitchers, Henry Centeno, Alberto Casanas and Tommy Lawrence were all charged with two earned runs.


Star of the day- Hudson Valley's seven All-Stars earned it.

Goat of the day- The GCL Rays melted down late in their game two loss.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Buffalo 4 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Nathan Karns (9-5, 4.68) v. TBA
TBA v. Raul Valdes (4-3, 3.54)

Both games will be seven innings

Montgomery v. Chattanooga 5:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Grayson Garvin (0-6, 3.95) v. Steve Smith (0-0, 5.73)
Victor Mateo (10-8, 3.60) v. Raydel Sanchez (2-6, 5.75)

Both games will be seven innings

Charlotte v. Jupiter 5 PM (Radio stream)
Blake Snell (4-5, 4.14) v. Matt Milroy (1-6, 8.02)

Bowling Green v. Dayton 3:05 PM (Radio stream)
Isaac Gil (0-1, 4.97) v. Jackson Stephens (2-4, 4.65)

Hudson Valley v. Tri-City 5:05 PM (Radio stream)
Nolan Gannon* (5-1, 2.79) v. Austin Chrismon (4-2, 3.17)

Princeton v. Pulaski 6:05 PM (Radio stream)
TBA v. Taylor Byrd* (0-1, 3.75)

GCL Rays are off

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Buffalo Bisons (Toronto)
63-56 (4th in IL North)
Offense: 487 R (12th) .715 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.56 ERA (3rd) 1.29 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Sean Nolin (10), C A.J. Jimenez (14), OF Kevin Pillar (20), RHP John Stilson (21)

Chattanooga Lookouts (Los Angeles)
21-25 (4th in SL North)
Offense: 492 R (7th) .716 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.29 ERA (9th) 1.48 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Corey Seager (2), LHP Chris Reed (8), OF Scott Schebler (17), IF Darnell Sweeney (25)

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
16-31 (6th in FSL South)
Offense: 458 R (9th) .675 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.30 ERA (10th) 1.38 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Avery Romero (9), RHP Trevor Williams (11), OF Jesus Solorzano (13), RHP Colby Suggs (17), RHP Austin Brice (27)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
24-24 (3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 494 R (11th) .668 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.46 ERA (5th) 1.27 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Phil Ervin (3), RHP Nick Travieso (8), LHP Amir Garrett (18), RHP Jackson Stephens (19), OF Jonathan Reynoso (20), RHP Sal Romano (25), 3B Tanner Rahier (27), RHP Dan Langfield (30), SS Alex Blandino

Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston)
36-19 (1st in Stedler)
Offense: 293 R (1st) .752 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.67 ERA (8th) 1.28 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Derek Fisher

Pulaski Mariners
26-20 (3rd in APP East)
Offense: 225 R (5th) .687 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.81 ERA (8th) 1.34 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Ugueth Urbina