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Rays down on the farm June 24: Morrison finally makes return

After missing just about all of 2013 and all of 2014 due to elbow surgery, the Rays' former top-15 prospect is back

Ty Morrison is known for his speed and defense
Ty Morrison is known for his speed and defense
Jim Donten

I was beginning to wonder what happened to Ty Morrison.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (40-32)

Durham's bullpen was very good in its 5-4 win over Toledo in 11 innings. After the Bulls tied the game at four in the bottom of the sixth, Jose Dominguez allowed a two-out double in the seventh. He struck out the next batter to end the inning before Jim Miller tossed three perfect frames. Jhan Martinez followed and allowed a single in the 11th but stranded that runner. In the Bulls' half of the 11th, Richie Shaffer doubled and scored on Hak-Ju Lee's walkoff single. Starter Everett Teaford allowed four runs in six innings.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (34-34)

With Montgomery hosting, the Biscuits and their fellow North Division All-Stars crushed the South by a 9-0 score. Blake Snell got the ball to start and struck out a batter in one inning, and The Vogelbach's three-run home run in the second keyed a four-run inning to put the North on top. Tyler Goeddel capped the scoring with a bases-clearing triple in the eighth. Johnny Field was 1-for-5 with an RBI and pair of strikeouts. Jared Mortensen pitched a scoreless innings, and Jaime Schultz recorded two outs.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (45-24)

Jeff Ames got in major two-out trouble in the 10th in Charlotte's 7-3 loss to Bradenton. A leadoff single and one-out walk put two runners on with two outs before Ames allowed three straight run-scoring hits to get knocked out of the game. The Stone Crabs were then retired in order to end the game. Buddy Borden struck out eight and allowed two runs -- one earned -- in six innings, Tim Beckham was 1-for-2 in his rehab assignment, and Grady Sizemore was 1-for-4 with a walk.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (37-33)

A handful of Rays contributed in the Midwest League East All-Stars' 5-0 win over the West. Jace Conrad doubled, Nick Ciuffo singled and scored, and Grant Kay drove in a run. Brent Honeywell struck out a batter in two-thirds of an inning, and Chris Pike recorded the last out of the game.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (4-1)

Hudson Valley scored three first-inning runs on its way to a 6-3 win over Lowell. The Spinners retired the first two batters of the game before the inning quickly turned south. Jose Paez's bases-loaded single plated two runs, and Nic Wilson drove in a run with a single himself. Starter Angel Yepez allowed three runs on four hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings, but Brad Wallace provided great relief work with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 perfect innings.

Rookie Princeton Rays (0-1)

Princeton wasted a strong outing from Jose Mujica in its season-opening 4-2 loss to Burlington. Mujica, who was ranked as the top pitching prospect in the 2012 international market, struck out five and scattered two hits in five innings with no walks, but Burlington was able to score four runs over the final two innings against Junior Feliz to go in front. Down 4-1 in the ninth, Kewby Meyer hit his first professional home run, but Peter Maris made the last out of the game representing the tying run.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (0-2)

The GCL Rays struggled again in their 8-0 loss to the GCL Red Sox. They had as many errors as hits with four, but one of those hits belonged to Ty Morrison, who has not played since April 23, 2013 due to Tommy John surgery. The athletic outfielder went 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts and a stolen base. Out of the bullpen, Jose Disla and Herminio Germoso each walked five batters, and Bryan Bonnell was charged with four runs -- two earned.

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Notable performances

AAA 2B Ryan Brett: 0-for-1, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K
AAA UT Taylor Motter: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
A- OF Jose Paez: 3-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
R+ 1B Kewby Meyer: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
AAA RHP Jim Miller: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
A- RHP Brad Wallace: 3 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
R+ RHP Jose Mujica: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

AAA OF Corey Brown: 0-for-5, 1 K
AAA OF Mikie Mahtook: 0-for-5, 1 K, 1 SB
AAA 1B J.P. Arencibia: 0-for-5, 1 K
A+ RHP Jeff Ames: 2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
R+ RHP Junior Feliz: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K
R RHP Jose Disla: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 5 BB, 1 K
R RHP Herminio Germoso: 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 5 BB, 2 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)

Durham v. Toledo 1:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Dylan Floro (7-3, 3.93) v. Thad Weber (4-3, 3.77)

Montgomery is off

Charlotte v. Bradenton 7 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. TBA

Bowling Green is off

Hudson Valley v. Lowell 6:35 PM (radio stream)
Yonny Chirinos* (1-0, 0.00) v. Luis Ramos (0-0, 20.25)

Princeton v. Burlington 7 PM
Jose Alvarado (0-0, -.--) v. TBA

GCL Rays v. GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit) (updated through 6/21)
31-41 (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)
31-38
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)
4-1 (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)
1-0 (T-1st in APP East)
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

GCL Red Sox (updated through 6/20)
2-0 (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