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Rays down on the farm June 23: Rondon impressive in Rays debut

The Rays' highly touted infielder came as advertised through one game

With a great signing bonus comes great responsibility
With a great signing bonus comes great responsibility
Jim Donten

Short slate of games due to All-Star breaks. Princeton starts its season tonight, so for the next two months, there will be seven U.S.-based affiliates in action.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (39-32)

Durham was off.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (34-34)

Montgomery is at the All-Star break.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (45-23)

Neither team felt like waiting out a rain delay, and Charlotte emerged as a 2-0 winner in a 4 1/2 inning game. Willy Adames tripled home Tim Beckham for the first run in the fourth, and he soon scored himself on Jake Bauers' single. Taylor Guerrieri struck out two and allowed just a hit and a walk in four innings before Kyle McKenzie finished the game. Grady Sizemore went 0-for-2.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (37-33)

Bowling Green is at the All-Star break.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (3-1)

Hudson Valley's bullpen collapsed late in its 6-1 loss to Lowell. Tim Ingram allowed the first two batters he faced in the seventh to reach base, and the Spinners went ahead on a passed ball and run-scoring groundout. Reece Karalus allowed a run in the eighth, and Brandon Koch was hit for three in the ninth. In his Rays debut, Travis Ott scattered four hits and a walk in five scoreless innings with four strikeouts, and Lowell conceded the Renegades' only run on Alex Schmidt's groundout following Hec Montes' leadoff triple.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (0-1)

The GCL Rays' opener was pretty forgettable with a 10-4 loss to the GCL Red Sox. Sandy Brito started and allowed two runs -- one earned -- without allowing a hit in one inning, and Ian Kendall was hit for two runs -- one earned -- himself in one-third of an inning. Orlando Romero later allowed four runs -- three earned -- in four innings. Adrian Rondon had an impressive debut, reaching base four times including a double.


Notable performances

A RHP Taylor Guerrieri: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
A- LHP Travis Ott: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
R OF Oscar Rojas: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
R SS Adrian Rondon: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB

A- RHP Brandon Koch: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K
R RHP Sandy Brito: 1 IP, 0 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K
R RHP Orlando Romero: 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 3 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Toledo 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Everett Teaford v. Buck Farmer (6-2, 3.56)

Southern League All-Star Game 8:20 PM (MiLB.TV)
Blake Snell apparently starting

Charlotte v. Bradenton 7 PM (radio stream)
Buddy Borden (7-3, 2.25) v. TBA

Midwest League All-Star Game 8 PM (MiLB.TV)

Hudson Valley v. Lowell 6:35 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Dioscar Romero (0-0, -.--)

Princeton v. Burlington 7 PM
Jose Mujica (0-0, -.--) v. Julio Pinto (0-0, -.--)

GCL Rays @ GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit) (updated through 6/21)
31-40 (4th in IL West)
Offense: 304 R (3rd) .698 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 4.92 ERA (14th) 1.45 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Steven Moya (1), RHP Buck Farmer (2), OF Tyler Collins (7), RHP Bruce Rondon (9), SS Dixon Machado (10), RHP Jose Valdez (17), RHP Angel Nesbitt (21), OF Daniel Fields (26), RHP Melvin Mercedes (27)

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh) (updated through 6/20)
Offense: 282 R (3rd) .691 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.71 ERA (11th) 1.28 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)

Lowell Spinners (Boston) (updated through 6/20)
4-0 (1st in Stedler)
Offense: 25 R (2nd) .729 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 2.33 ERA (4th) 1.22 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: Will not be updated until next series

Burlington Royals (updated through 6/21)
Haven't played yet
Offense: Haven't played yet
Pitching: Haven't played yet
Top 30 Prospects: Will not be updated until next series

GCL Red Sox (updated through 6/20)
1-0 (T-1st in GCL South)
Offense: Will not be updated until next series
Pitching: Will not be updated until next series
Top 30 Prospects: Will not be updated until next series