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Rays down on the farm July 14: Great day for minor league baseball

One Rays affiliate plays today

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Today is my favorite day on the schedule for sure. I'd like for someone to try and find anything on Yonny Chirinos. As far as I can tell, Baseball America has never mentioned him.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (47-43)

Durham is at the All-Star break.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (8-9)

A former top-10 pick continued to dominate Montgomery pitching in the Biscuits' 6-2 loss to Pensacola. Justin O'Conner homered in the second to put Montgomery up 1-0, but Kyle Skipworth, once picked sixth by the Marlins, hit a home run for his third straight game in the fourth to put the Blue Wahoos ahead 3-1. Austin Pruitt struck out nine in six innings but allowed three runs.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (7-12)

Buddy Borden had trouble keeping the ball in the park in Charlotte's 3-2 loss to Brevard County. After the Stone Crabs scored an unearned run in the bottom of the third to go up 2-1, Borden allowed a pair of solo home runs in the fourth. He finished with three runs allowed on five hits and three walks in five innings with five strikeouts, but the offense was a bigger problem. Charlotte had just seven hits, none of which came with a runner in scoring position.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (10-9)

West Michigan added itself to the list of teams that can't figure out Yonny Chirinos in Bowling Green's 3-2 win over the Whitecaps. After throwing five scoreless innings in his Midwest League debut last time out, Chirinos upped his game and threw six Monday, striking out four and only allowing one hit and one walk. The Hot Rods went up 3-0 in the first inning when Bralin Jackson, Justin Williams and Nick Ciuffo all had RBI singles. Jackson singled home their fourth run in the third.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (12-11)

Hudson Valley allowed nine unanswered runs in its 9-2 loss to Batavia. Brandon Koch allowed a game-tying, two-run home run in the fourth, but the game fell apart in a seven-run sixth. He allowed a go-ahead home run to start the inning and finished with six runs allowed in 2 1/3 innings. Benton Moss made his first professional start and fared well, allowing just a run in three-plus innings while striking out six.

Rookie Princeton Rays (11-8)

Princeton was postponed.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (4-15)

Garrett Whitley made his professional debut in the GCL Rays' 5-3 loss to the GCL Twins. He went 0-for-3 playing center field and batting in the No. 2 hole, and unless someone says otherwise, I'm assuming it was planned that he would exit the game early. Down 5-0 in the eighth, the GCL Rays scored three times, capped by Adrian Rondon's second double of the game, but they could not get closer. Starter Abrahan Rodriguez allowed three runs -- two earned -- on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.


Notable performances

AA 1B Jake Bauers: 4-for-4, 1 RBI
A IF Riley Unroe: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B
A OF Bralin Jackson: 3-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
A- SS Michael Russell: 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
A- 3B Alex Schmidt: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI
R SS Adrian Rondon: 3-for-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
A RHP Yonny Chirinos: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
A- RHP Benton Moss: 3+ IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

A+ SS Willy Adames: 0-for-4, 2 K
AA RHP Kyle McPherson: one-third IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
A LHP Kyle Bird: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
A- RHP Brandon Koch: 2 1/3 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
A- LHP Michael Velasquez: 2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham is at the All-Star break

Montgomery is off

Charlotte is off

Bowling Green is off

Hudson Valley is off

Princeton is off

GCL Rays v. GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

GCL Twins (updated through 7/11)
11-8 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 66 R (12th) .598 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 2.30 ERA (4th) 1.13 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Lewin Diaz (18)