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Rays down on the farm June 28: Trio of prospects debut at new levels

The suddenly aggressive Rays have players settling in with new affiliates

Juniel Querecuto, Jacob Faria and Jake Bauers are all at new levels
Juniel Querecuto, Jacob Faria and Jake Bauers are all at new levels
Jim Donten

Jacob Faria's was better than Brent Honeywell's, but Honeywell had some moments of his own.

Boog Powell was 1-for-3 in his Durham debut.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (40-35)

Matt Moore's results still weren't great in Durham's 3-1 loss to Columbus. The Clippers had two runners in scoring position before he could record an out, but he struck out a pair before Jerry Sands drove in two with a single. Another leadoff walk in the fifth eventually led to an unearned run, and he finished with three runs -- two earned -- allowed on five hits and three walks in five innings with eight strikeouts. Ryan Brett's solo home run accounted for the Bulls' only run.

Durham's second game was postponed.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (3-0)

Jacob Faria's Montgomery debut was solid in the Biscuits' 7-3 win over Chattanooga. Cameron Seitzer provided Montgomery a 3-0 lead through three innings with an RBI single and two-run home run, but a Patrick Leonard error cost Faria a run in the fourth. In the sixth, he had two outs before the Southern League's home run leader, Adam Walker, took him deep to tie the game. Faria finished with three runs -- two earned -- allowed on five hits and two walks in six innings with eight strikeouts. The Biscuits closed the game with four unanswered runs.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (0-3)

Brent Honeywell had some ups and downs in Charlotte's 8-2 loss to Clearwater. After a 1-2-3 first, he allowed a pair of runs in the second, and the game got out of hand when the Threshers scored four runs on five hits. Honeywell finished with six runs allowed on eight hits and a walk in six innings with five strikeouts. John Jaso started his rehab appearance and batted 2-for-3 with a walk as Charlotte's designated hitter.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (1-2)

Hyrum Formo exited early in Bowling Green's 6-2 loss to Dayton. The struggling starter lasted just 2 2/3 innings, getting charged with four runs -- three earned -- on six hits. The Hot Rods scored an unearned run in the second, and they needed a wild pitch to get their second in the eighth.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (4-4)

Hudson Valley was postponed.

Rookie Princeton Rays (3-1)

Princeton was postponed.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (1-5)

The GCL Rays' offense was punchless again in their 4-0 loss to the GCL Orioles. They finished with just four hits, but one of them was a triple off the bat of Adrian Rondon. Sandy Brito and Ian Kendall each threw two scoreless innings before Orlando Romero allowed three runs in 3 2/3 frames.


Notable performances

AA OF Joey Rickard: 2-for-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 SB
AA 1B Cameron Seitzer: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB
AA IF Leonardo Reginatto: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB
A+ OF Granden Goetzman: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB
R RHP Sandy Brito: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

AAA OF Corey Brown: 0-for-3, 3 K
AA 1B Jake Bauers: 0-for-4, 2 K
A+ RHP Andrew Woeck: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
A RHP Hyrum Formo: 2 2/3 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 3 K
R RHP Orlando Romero: 3 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Columbus 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Robert Zarata (0-0, 1.13) v. Jarrett Grube (2-0, 2.70)
Everett Teaford (4-5, 5.66) v. Michael Roth (6-3, 3.56)

Both games will be seven innings

Montgomery v. Chattanooga 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jaime Schultz (5-3, 3.55) v. Jose Berrios (7-3, 3.23)

Charlotte v. Clearwater 1 PM (radio stream)
Taylor Guerrieri (1-0, 3.22) v. Matt Imhof (2-2, 3.26)

Bowling Green v. Dayton 3:05 PM (radio stream)
Hunter Wood (0-2, 1.44) v. Junior Morillo (1-1, 4.09)

Hudson Valley @ West Virginia 4:05 PM (radio stream)
Travis Ott* (0-0, 0.00) v. TBA

Princeton @ Bristol 5 PM (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Deivy Mendez (0-0, -.--) v. TBA
Jose Mujica (0-0, 0.00) v. TBA

Both games will be seven innings

GCL Rays are off

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Columbus Clippers (Cleveland) (updated through 6/24)
40-35 (2nd in IL West)
Offense: 292 R (7th) .703 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.20 ERA (4th) 1.29 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)

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota) (updated through 6/23)
0-3 (5th in SL North)
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)

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia) (updated through 6/25)
3-0 (1st in FSL North)
Offense: 293 R (4th) .668 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.35 ERA (8th) 1.20 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Matt Imhof (8), LHP Yoel Mecias (12), IF Jesmuel Valentin (13), RHP Victor Arano (14), C Andrew Knapp (17), OF Dylan Cozens (18), RHP Ricardo Pinto (19), CF Carlos Tocci (20), OF Aaron Brown (22), 3B Zach Green (25), OF Andrew Pullin (28)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati) (updated through 6/23)
2-1 (T-2nd in MWL East)
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)

West Virginia Black Bears (Pittsburgh) (updated through 6/26)
4-4 (3rd in Pinckney)
Offense: 41 R (6th) .625 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.16 ERA (9th) 1.35 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Kevin Newman, 1B David Andriese

Bristol Pirates (updated through 6/24)
1-3 (5th in APP West)
Offense: 10 R (T-6th) .645 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.79 ERA (5th) 1.26 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: Will not be updated until next series