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Rays down on the farm June 25: Moving day for prospects

Rays affiliates look significantly different today

This photo of Casey Gillaspie is back due to popular demand
This photo of Casey Gillaspie is back due to popular demand
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It was announced that Jake Bauers and Jacob Faria would be headed for Montgomery, but Charlotte would need players to fill those vacancies. Enter Casey Gillaspie, Brent Honeywell and Jace Conrad.

I predicted Gillaspie would be bumped up after the All-Star Game (this was not difficult; he was performing well and that is what a lot of teams do this time of the season), but I did not expect Bauers to head up too. Not that he isn't deserving, but I thought one of three things might happen, in order of likelihood:

1. Gillaspie and Bauers split time between first base and DH for Charlotte.
2. Gillaspie goes straight to Montgomery.
3. Bauers is promoted to Montgomery.

I wonder if the new regime has some different thoughts on handling prospects.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (40-33)

Dylan Floro was rocked again in Durham's 7-5 loss to Toledo. Floro did not make it out of the third inning, allowing all seven Mud Hens runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings, and over his last three starts, he has allowed 19 earned runs in 12 2/3 innings. The Bulls were trailing by six in the ninth before Richie Shaffer brought them a little closer with a two-run home run. Eugenio Velez's two-run triple brought the tying run to the plate, but Corey Brown struck out to end the game.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (0-0)

Montgomery is at the All-Star break.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (0-0)

German Marquez was not at his best in Charlotte's 6-3 loss to Bradenton. A starter after striking out a season-high eight batters, he retired the first 10 batters of the game before his own two errors in the fourth led to a pair of Marauders runs. He finished having allowed five runs -- three earned -- on nine hits and two walks in six innings. Grady Sizemore hit a pair of doubles as the Stone Crabs' leadoff hitter.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (0-0)

Bowling Green is at the All-Star break.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (4-2)

Hudson Valley fell in a big hole early on its way to a 10-1 loss to Lowell. Already up 1-0, the Spinners sent nine to the plate in a six-run second inning. Starter Greg Maisto was charged with six runs -- five earned -- in 1 2/3 innings, but reliever Cristopher Crisostomo did not fare much better, allowing four runs -- three earned -- in 3 1/3 innings. Jake Cronenworth's triple in the fifth accounted for the Renegades' only run, and Diego Castillo struck out five in four innings of relief.

Rookie Princeton Rays (1-1)

Princeton was on the right side of a wild slugfest in its 10-9 win over Burlington. Down 4-0 entering the bottom of the second, Princeton broke out with an eight-run inning. It got two of those runs on bases-loaded walks, two more on wild pitches, and Jamie Mitchell capped the scoring with a two-run double. Burlington took the lead with a five-run sixth, but Princeton tied it in its half of the inning and then went ahead again on a wild pitch in the eighth. Starter Jose Alvarado allowed four runs in three innings.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (0-3)

The GCL Rays were shut out again in their 3-0 loss to the GCL Red Sox. All five Rays hits were singles, including one off the bat of Adrian Rondon. Andrew Woeck was one of three Rays pitchers to allow a run, but Ian Kendall threw a scoreless inning.


Notable performances

AAA OF Eugenio Velez: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K
A- IF Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI
R+ 1B Kewby Meyer: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB
R+ DH Jamie Mitchell: 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
A- RHP Diego Castillo: 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

A- C Taylor Hawkins: 0-for-4, 2 K
AAA RHP Dylan Floro: 2 2/3 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
A+ RHP German Marquez: 6 IP, 9 H, 5 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 3 K
A- LHP Greg Maisto: 1 2/3 IP, 4 H, 6 R (5 ER), 3 BB, 0 K
A- LHP Cristopher Crisostomo: 3 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K
R+ LHP Jose Alvarado: 3 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
R+ LHP Genesis Cabrera: 2+ IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Toledo 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Scott Diamond (7-3, 3.14) v. Mike Belfiore (3-7, 5.90)

Montgomery v. Chattanooga 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)

Charlotte v. Fort Myers 7 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Aaron Slegers (4-4, 3.60)

Bowling Green v. Dayton 8:05 PM (radio stream)
Enderson Franco (5-5, 3.36) v. TBA

Hudson Valley v. Vermont 7:05 PM (radio stream)

Princeton v. Burlington 7 PM
Blake Bivens (0-0, -.--) v. Enmanuel Camacho (0-0, -.--)

GCL Rays @ GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit) (updated through 6/21)
31-42 (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)

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota) (updated through 6/23)
Offense: 360 R (1st) .776 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.97 ERA (9th) 1.31 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Miguel Sano (2), RHP Jose Berrios (3), RHP Nick Burdi (7), IF Jorge Polanco (8), OF Max Kepler (12), C Stuart Turner (13), OF Adam Walker (17), RHP Jake Reed (19), RHP J.T. Chargois (21), RHP Zach Jones (25), OF Travis Harrison (30)

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota) (updated through 6/23)
Offense: 259 R (7th) .640 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 2.73 ERA (2nd) 1.22 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kohl Stewart (4), LHP Stephen Golsalves (14), SS Engelb Vielma (22)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati) (updated through 6/23)
Offense: 301 R (6th) .685 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.00 ERA (1st) 1.26 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Aristides Aquino (9), 3B Gavin LaValley (17), RHP Wyatt Strahan (23), RHP Tyler Mahle (26), RHP Jeremy Kivel (29)

Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland) (updated through 6/23)
1-5 (4th in Stedler)
Offense: 27 R (6th) .703 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 6.40 ERA (12th) 1.49 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jordan Schwartz (29), SS Trace Loehr (30), OF Skye Bolt

Burlington Royals (updated through 6/21)
1-1 (T-2nd 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)
3-0 (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