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Rays down on the farm June 19: Hudson Valley kicks off 2015

Short-season affiliates are starting up

Man Getting Hit by Baseball works on so many levels
Man Getting Hit by Baseball works on so many levels
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Like they do seemingly every season, the Renegades will play a series at Aberdeen, a team that broadcasts on MiLB.TV.

The player in that photo, by the way, is Brandon Lowe, one of the Rays' Day 2 draft picks.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (39-29)

Durham was crushed in a rain-shortened 7-1 loss to Columbus. Dylan Floro allowed a two-run home run in the first inning and then four two-out runs in the second and finished with six runs allowed on nine hits in five innings. Taylor Motter's third-inning double provided the Bulls' only run.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (34-32)

Montgomery pulled ahead late in an 11-5 win over Biloxi. The teams traded four-run first innings and each scored in the second, but while the Biscuits' pitching staff buckled down, the Shuckers' staff did not. Johnny Field's three-run home run in the fourth broke the tie, and Justin O'Conner and Hector Guevara homered in the seventh to add insurance. Starter Jared Mortensen allowed five runs in six innings, and Mark Sappington and Ryan Garton combined to finish the last three innings.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (44-23)

A pitchers' duel opened up late in Charlotte's 7-3 loss to Lakeland. German Marquez held the Flying Tigers scoreless for the first six innings, but he could not get through the seventh. He struck out the first two batters, but the next two reached to end his night. He was charged with two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. After the Stone Crabs tied the game at three in the eighth, Kyle McKenzie allowed four runs in the ninth.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (37-30)

Brent Honeywell pitched a quality start, but he didn't get support in Bowling Green's 3-1 loss to Lansing. Nick Ciuffo's fourth-inning single tied the game at one, but Honeywell allowed a run in both the fifth and sixth innings. He finished with three runs allowed on eight hits and a walk in six innings with five strikeouts.


Notable performances

AA OF Boog Powell: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SB
AA C Justin O'Conner: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI
A+ 2B Kean Wong: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
A C Nick Ciuffo: 3-for-4, 1 RBI
A+ RHP German Marquez: 6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
A RHP Edgar Gomez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

A OF Thomas Milone: 0-for-4, 2 K
A 1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-4, 2 K
A IF Cristian Toribio: 0-for-4, 2 K
AAA RHP Dylan Floro: 5 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
AA RHP Jared Mortensen: 6 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
A+ RHP Kyle McKenzie: one-third IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Columbus 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Scott Diamond (7-2, 3.04) v. TBA

Montgomery @ Biloxi 8:10 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jared Mortensen (4-3, 2.75) v. Brooks Hall (7-3, 3.05)

Charlotte is at the All-Star break

Bowling Green @ Fort Wayne 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Greg Harris (3-4, 2.48) v. Michael Kelly (2-1, 6.00)

Hudson Valley @ Aberdeen 7:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Columbus Clippers (Cleveland) (updated through 6/16)
36-32 (2nd in IL West)
Offense: 253 R (8th) .694 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.21 ERA (4th) 1.28 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Tyler Naquin (6), RHP Cody Anderson (10), OF James Ramsey (12), OF Carlos Moncrief (16), RHP Austin Adams (17), 1B Jesus Aguilar (18), RHP Shawn Armstrong (23)

Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee) (updated through 6/15)
41-25 (SL South Champs)
Offense: 264 R (4th) .715 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.16 ERA (1st) 1.21 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Tyrone Taylor (1), SS Orlando Arcia (2), RHP Tyler Wagner (9), OF Michael Reed (14), RHP Jorge Lopez (15), LHP Hobbs Johnson (23), RHP Brooks Hall (25), LHP Mike Strong (29), RHP Damien Magnifico (30), OF Kyle Wren

Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego) (updated through 6/17)
Offense: 272 R (10th) .694 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.39 ERA (15th) 1.44 WHIP (15th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Michael Gettys (13), SS Franchy Cordero (19)

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore) (updated through 6/17)
Offense: 0 R No OPS
Pitching: No ERA No WHIP
Top 30 Prospects: Roster not yet known