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Rays down on the farm July 1: Whitley signed, Floro rocked, rehabs abound in Charlotte

Justin Williams goes 5-5 at the plate in Bowling Green.

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Triple-A Durham Bulls (41-37)

Dylan Floro was hit hard again in Durham's 10-3 loss to Toledo. With a trio of two-run innings, Floro allowed six runs on 10 hits in five innings, including a two-run home run in the fifth that helped the Mud Hens blow the game open. Nick Franklin homered in the eighth, but Jordan Norberto proceeded to allow a grand slam half an inning later.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (4-1)

Montgomery was off.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (1-4)

An 11-run inning was problematic in Charlotte's 12-2 loss to Clearwater. Aside from a solo home run in the third, Chris Kirsch started okay before the game blew up. With the bases loaded and nobody out, the Stone Crabs conceded a run to get an out, but six more batters would come to the plate before they could get another one. He finished with eight runs allowed in 3 1/3 innings after Andrew Bellatti tossed two scoreless frames to start his rehab assignment. John Jaso went 0-for-3, and James Loney was 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. Mike Marjama's two-out homer accounted for Charlotte's offense.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (2-3)

After allowing two first inning runs, Chris Pike settled in for a nice start in Bowling Green's 7-2 win over Fort Wayne. The TinCaps started the bottom of the first with back-to-back doubles, and a wild pitch helped set up another run. After a two-out single in the inning, Pike retired eight in a row and 13 out of 14 on his way to a six-inning, two-run outing. The Hot Rods closed the game with six unanswered runs and got five hits from Justin Williams.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (6-4)

Hudson Valley was unable to hold a pair of leads in its 6-4 loss to West Virginia. The Renegades used four walks in the first to take a 1-0 lead, but the Black Bears tied it up in their half of the inning. Down 3-1 in the sixth, Alex Schmidt's double pulled Hudson Valley within one, an error helped the Renegades tie, and Jose Paez's squeeze bunt put them ahead. However, Cristopher Crisostomo allowed the tying run in the seventh before Diego Castillo was charged with two unearned runs and a loss. Starter Angel Yepez struck out seven but allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Rookie Princeton Rays (4-3)

Princeton could not contain Greeneville's relentless offense in a 10-6 loss. David Rodriguez's home run in the first inning gave Princeton a 2-0 lead, but Greeneville scored the next six to go ahead for good. A grand slam keyed its five-run third, and starter Jose Alvarado allowed six runs on seven hits in three innings.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (1-7)

The GCL Rays scored as many runs as they have in their last three games combined, but it was not enough in their 7-3 loss to the GCL Twins. They held leads of 1-0 and 3-1, but both were brief, an they had just one hit after the fourth inning. In the eighth, Sam Triece entered in his pro debut and loaded the bases with just one out. Matt LeVert retired his first batter before allowing a grand slam that decided the game.


Notable performances

A OF Justin Williams: 5-for-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
A+ RHP Isaac Gil: 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
A RHP Chris Pike: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
R+ RHP Spencer Moran: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

AAA C J.P. Arencibia: 0-for-4, 3 K
R 1B Gilberto Marrero: 0-for-4, 2 K
AAA RHP Dylan Floro: 5 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
AAA LHP Jordan Norberto: 1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
A+ LHP Chris Kirsch: 3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 8 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
A+ RHP Eduar Quinonez: two-thirds IP, 3 H, 4 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 0 K
A- RHP Angel Yepez: 4 1/3 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
R+ LHP Jose Alvarado: 3 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
R+ RHP Bryan Bonnell: 1 1/3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
R RHP Sam Triece: one-third IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Toledo 12 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Scott Diamond (7-3, 3.61) v. Mike Belfiore (3-7, 5.82)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Ryne Stanek (3-1, 3.94) v. Pierce Johnson (1-0, 0.77)

Charlotte @ Bradenton 6:30 PM (radio stream)

Bowling Green @ Fort Wayne 12:05 PM (radio stream)
Enderson Franco (5-5, 3.19) v. TBA

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

Usually I'll look to fill in Rays TBAs, but I will now put as much effort into finding the Renegades' as they seem to be.

Princeton v. Greeneville 11 AM
Blake Bivens (0-0, 8.31) v. Albert Abreu (0-0, 0.00)

GCL Rays v. GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit) (updated through 6/28)
34-43 (4th in IL West)
Offense: 333 R (2nd) .709 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 4.93 ERA (14th) 1.44 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)

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) (updated through 6/29)
3-2 (T-2nd in SL North)
Offense: 344 R (3rd) .716 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.18 ERA (1st) 1.26 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Billy McKinney (6), OF Albert Almora (7), RHP Pierce Johnson (9), LHP Rob Zastryzny (14), RHP Corey Black (16), OF Jacob Hannemann (17), OF Bijan Rademacher (21), 1B Dan Vogelbach (25)

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh) (updated through 6/29)
(Record), (Place in division)
Offense: 315 R (3rd) .697 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.69 ERA (11th) 1.27 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Austin Meadows (3), C Reese McGuire (5), OF Harold Martinez (10), SS JaCoby Jones (13), 3B Wyatt Mathisen (22), OF Barrett Barnes (23), LHP Cody Dickson (24), LHP Jayson Aquino (25), RHP Luis Heredia (26)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego) (updated through 6/28)
3-2 (T-2nd in MWL East)
Offense: 298 R (12th) .682 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.02 ERA (13th) 1.39 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Michael Gettys (13), SS Franchy Cordero (19)

Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets) (updated through 6/29)
(Record) (Place in division)
Offense: 54 R (5th) .659 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.13 ERA (5th) 1.25 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Brandon Brosher (29)

Greeneville Astros (updated through 6/28)
4-3 (T-1st in APP West)
Offense: 17 R (10th) .559 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 1.26 ERA (1st) 1.19 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: None

GCL Twins (updated through 6/27)
5-3 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 20 R (10th) .613 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 2.53 ERA (6th) 1.09 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Lewin Diaz (18)