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Rays down on the farm June 5: Hot Rods send eight to All-Star Game

The All-Stars include the Rays' last two first-round picks

Casey Gillaspie leads the Midwest League with 10 home runs
Casey Gillaspie leads the Midwest League with 10 home runs
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Bowling Green will send an entire infield -- Nick Ciuffo, Casey Gillaspie, Jace Conrad, Grant Kay and Coty Blanchard, although he will not be playing because of his recent suspension. They will be joined by pitchers Brent Honeywell, Hunter Wood and Chris Pike.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (31-24)

Behind a solid start from Scott Diamond, Durham topped Charlotte by a 4-1 score. After cruising through five innings, Diamond did get into trouble in the sixth when the Knights scored their only run, but Diamond finished with just that run allowed on four hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings with a strikeout before three Bulls relievers finished the game. Curt Casali's two-run homer in the second got Durham on the board, and Richie Shaffer's RBI hit two innings later added an insurance run.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (24-29)

Blake Snell was roughed up in Montgomery's 5-1 loss to Jacksonville. After an outstanding start to the season, he has hit his first road block. He allowed a two-run home run in the second, and the Suns hit another solo home run in a two-run fourth. Snell finished with four runs allowed on seven hits and four walks in five innings with six strikeouts. The Biscuits did not score until grabbing an unearned run in the eighth.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (36-18)

Charlotte banged out 15 hits in its 7-1 win over Jupiter. The Stone Crabs went up 6-0 with a three-run sixth that included RBI hits from Maxx Tissenbaum, Carter Burgess and Dayron Varona. Buddy Borden fired seven scoreless innings before Kirby Yates made his first rehab appearance on his way back to the Rays. He allowed two runs in an inning, but one was unearned due to Burgess' error.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (30-24)

Casey Gillaspie's 10th home run keyed a four-run fourth in Bowling Green's 7-3 win over Kane County. His homer led off the inning, and Thomas Milone's two-out RBI hit capped the frame that put the Hot Rods in front. Errors helped them tack on an insurance run in each of the next two innings. After allowing two runs in a second inning that included a solo dinger, Enderson Franco settled in and limited the Cougars to those two runs on eight hits in five innings.


Notable performances

AAA 1B J.P. Arencibia: 3-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B
AAA C Curt Casali: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
A+ OF Dayron Varona: 4-for-5, 2 2B, 1 RBI
A+ OF Granden Goetzman: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
A+ C Maxx Tissenbaum: 4-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
A+ IF Carter Burgess: 2-for-3, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
A IF Riley Unroe: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
A 1B Casey Gillaspie: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
AAA LHP Scott Diamond: 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
A+ RHP Buddy Borden: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

AAA OF Eugenio Velez: 0-for-4, 3 K
A+ SS Willy Adames: 0-for-5, 1 RBI
A IF Jace Conrad: 0-for-5, 3 K
AA LHP Blake Snell: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Gwinnett 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Matt Andriese (1-0, 2.93) v. Sugar Ray Marimon (3-2, 3.58)

Montgomery @ Jacksonville 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Ryne Stanek (0-0, 4.05) v. Chipper Smith (2-1, 4.56)

Charlotte v. Jupiter 7 PM (radio stream)
Chris Kirsch (4-2, 2.44) v. Scott Lyman (7-1, 1.50)

Bowling Green @ Kane County 7:30 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Brent Honeywell (4-3, 2.81) v. Markus Solbach (4-2, 2.43)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves (updated through 6/3)
25-27 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 205 R (10th) .653 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.19 ERA (3rd) 1.32 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Jose Peraza (1), RHP Arodyz Vizcaino (11), SS Daniel Castro (25), IF Elmer Reyes (29), RHP Matt Wisler, LHP Manny Banuelos

Jacksonville Suns (Miami) (updated through 5/30)
22-31 (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)

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami) (updated through 6/2)
27-27 (T-2nd in FSL South)
Offense: 176 R (8th) .605 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.74 ERA (3rd) 1.29 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Avery Romero (5), 2B Brian Anderson (9), LHP Jarlin Garcia (10), OF Austin Dean (11), SS Justin Bohn (12), IF J.T. Riddle (17), 1B Felix Munoz (26), LHP Miguel Del Pozo (27)

Kane County Cougars (Arizona) (updated through 6/1)
26-28 (T-4th 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)