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Rays down on the farm June 3: Montgomery makes debut for Seattle

At the time I wrote this and scheduled it to post, Mike Montgomery's line was incomplete, so you can go look for it elsewhere

Mike Montgomery is stepping into a depleted Seattle rotation
Mike Montgomery is stepping into a depleted Seattle rotation
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Mike Montgomery, of course, was acquired in the James Shields trade, stunk one season, got off to a good start in 2014 before collapsing and was traded to Seattle at the end of spring training for Erasmo Ramirez.

In current Rays news, Bowling Green utility player Coty Blanchard was suspended 50 games, and Tuesday was Ryan Brett's second career game in center field.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (30-23)

Dylan Floro and Enny Romero combined to shut down Charlotte in Durham's 2-1 win over the Knights. Floro allowed Charlotte to score first, but he finished with seven strikeouts on six hits and no walks in six innings. In relief, Romero earned his first career save with four strikeouts and only two hits and a walk allowed in three innings. The Knights' lead did not last long. Just three batters into Durham's half of the fourth, Eugenio Velez singled home Ryan Brett, and he scored himself on J.P. Arencibia's single.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (24-27)

Jacksonville broke open a pitchers' duel late in Montgomery's 4-1 loss to the Suns. After Jared Mortensen struck out seven and scattered five hits over six scoreless innings, the Suns scored a pair against both Bradin Hagens and Bryce Stowell. The Biscuits got their only run of the game on Justin O'Conner's double in the ninth, but Joey Rickard grounded out to end the game as the potential tying run.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (34-17)

Charlotte was postponed.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (28-24)

Bowling Green was off.


Notable performances

AAA RHP Dylan Floro: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
AAA LHP Enny Romero: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
AA RHP Jared Mortensen: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Charlotte 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Matt Buschmann (5-3, 2.77) v. Chris Beck (3-2, 3.30)

Montgomery @ Jacksonville 1:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jaime Schultz (4-3, 3.33) v. Austin Brice (2-4, 7.71)

Charlotte v. Fort Myers 5 PM (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Matt Moore* v. Jared Wilson (0-0, -.--)
Taylor Guerrieri (0-0, 1.04) v. Kohl Stewart (1-3, 3.49)

Both games will be seven innings

Bowling Green @ Kane County 7:30 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Chris Pike (5-1, 2.81) v. Ethan Elias (5-1, 1.99)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox) (updated through 5/31)
29-22 (T-1st in IL South)
Offense: 230 R (1st) .737 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.93 ERA (12th) 1.36 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Micah Johnson (4), RHP Chris Beck (11), 3B Matt Davidson (14), C Kevan Smith (15), OF Trayce Thompson (18), IF Tyler Saladino (19), LHP Onelki Garcia (27)

Jacksonville Suns (Miami) (updated through 5/30)
20-31 (5th in SL South)
Offense: 161 R (10th) .648 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.85 ERA (6th) 1.27 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Trevor Williams (8), RHP Kendry Flores (17), RHP Brian Ellington (22), 1B Viosergy Rosa (23), RHP Austin Brice (29), RHP Jake Esch (31)

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota) (updated through 5/31)
24-27 (T-4th in FSL South)
Offense: 179 R (8th) .620 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 2.71 ERA (2nd) 1.22 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kohl Stewart (4), RHP J.T. Chargois (21), SS Engelb Vielma (22), IF Niko Goodrum (29)

Kane County Cougars (Arizona) (updated through 6/1)
26-26 (T-3rd in MWL West)
Offense: 217 R (8th) .664 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.25 ERA (5th) 1.30 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Touki Toussaint (5), C Stryker Trahan (21), OF Victor Reyes (22), RHP Brent Jones (25)