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Rays down on the farm April 22: Borden gets revenge on Pittsburgh

Buddy Borden took advantage of an opportunity against his old organization

The Rays traded Sean Rodriguez for Buddy Borden in the offseason
The Rays traded Sean Rodriguez for Buddy Borden in the offseason
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It looked like Durham was going to have too many infielders and not enough at-bats, but the injuries are depleting the depth.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (6-7)

Alex Colome had an uneven rehab appearance in Durham's 4-2 win over Charlotte. He struck out six in 3 1/3 innings, but he allowed a solo home run among his four hits and three walks. 47 of his 77 pitches were strikes. The Bulls got a solo home run from Eugenio Velez, and newcomer J.P. Arencibia delivered two RBIs with two hits.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (6-6)

Montgomery pitchers continued to baffle Mobile in the Biscuits 5-1 win over the BayBears. He was not as good as Jaime Schultz was on Monday, but Austin Pruitt was sharp, allowing just one run on five hits and two walks in seven innings with five strikeouts. Mobile conceded the first run of the game in the first inning, and Richie Shaffer and Tommy Coyle later added solo home runs.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (9-4)

Buddy Borden picked up the win against his old organization in Charlotte's 8-3 win over Bradenton. He allowed a run in three innings with three strikeouts in relief of a pedestrian Ryne Stanek, who allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in five innings with a strikeout. The Stone Crabs turned a close game into a comfortable win with a four-run ninth inning.  Maxx Tissenbaum and Marty Gantt drew bases loaded walks, and Yoel Araujo drove in two with a single.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (5-7)

Bowling Green was postponed.


Notable performances

AAA OF Joey Butler: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K
AA 3B Richie Shaffer: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
AA 2B Tommy Coyle: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
A+ OF Braxton Lee: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB
A+ OF Marty Gantt: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB
AA RHP Austin Pruitt: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

A+ SS Willy Adames: 1-for-5, 4 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Charlotte 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Buschmann (1-1, 2.84) v. Scott Carroll (1-1, 3.00)

Montgomery v. Mobile 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jared Mortensen (1-0, 0.75) v. Braden Shipley (1-0, 0.77)

Charlotte @ Bradenton 6:30 PM (radio stream)
Chris Kirsch (1-0, 1.69) v. Steven Brault (0-0, 5.40)

Bowling Green v. Dayton 6 PM (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Brent Honeywell (0-1, 1.80) v. Jake Paulson (0-1, 4.05)
Greg Harris (0-2, 3.27) v. Wyatt Strahan (2-0, 1.54)

Both games will be seven innings

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox) (updated through 4/18)
7-5 (2nd in IL South)
Offense: 54 R (2nd) .774 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.45 ERA (13th) 1.30 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Chris Beck (11), 3B Matt Davidson (14), C Kevan Smith (15), OF Trayce Thompson (18), IF Tyler Saladino (19)

Mobile BayBears (Arizona) (updated through 4/18)
6-6 (4th in SL South)
Offense: 36 R (4th) .687 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 2.50 ERA (3rd) 1.29 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Braden Shipley (2), RHP Aaron Blair (3), 3B Brandon Drury (7), RHP Jimmy Sherfy (16), OF Socrates Brito (19), OF Mitch Haniger (22), RHP Enrique Burgos (29), OF Todd Glaesmann

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh) (updated through 4/18)
5-8 (T-4th in FSL South)
Offense: 51 R (2nd) .827 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.17 ERA (12th) 1.33 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Austin Meadows (3), C Reese McGuire (5), SS JaCoby Jones (13), LHP Steven Brault (18), 3B Wyatt Mathisen (22), LHP Cody Dickson (24)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati) (updated through 4/19)
6-6 (T-3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 44 R (7th) .648 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 2.84 ERA (9th) 1.29 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Aristides Aquino (9), 3B Gavin LaValley (17), RHP Wyatt Strahan (23), RHP Tyler Mahle (26), RHP Jeremy Kivel (29)