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Rays down on the farm July 19: Snell, Honeywell highlight great day for pitching

The Rays' famous pitching depth is returning

Apparently no photos of Blake Snell at the Futures Game exist
Apparently no photos of Blake Snell at the Futures Game exist
Jim Donten

Every affiliate had a notable pitching performance, according to my stringent standards.

If you missed it Saturday, Chris Betts will undergo Tommy John surgery. That elbow injury is why it took so long for him to sign.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (48-45)

Matt Andriese received a tough loss despite pitching well in Durham's 5-1 loss to Pawtucket. Andriese retired the first eight batters he faced before Pawtucket went up 1-0 with a rally in the third. He finished with a run allowed on seven hits in six innings with seven strikeouts and no walks, and Everett Teaford allowed the game to get away from Durham in the seventh. Corey Brown led off the Bulls' half of the seventh with a double and later scored on Nick Franklin's sacrifice fly.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (12-9)

Blake Snell was impressive coming off his Futures Game performance in Montgomery's 2-1 win over Tennessee in 10 innings. He struck out seven in five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk. Johnny Field led off the 10th with a double and later scored the winning run on Tyler Goeddel's sacrifice fly.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (9-14)

Brent Honeywell turned in the best start of his career in Charlotte's 3-0 win over Tampa. In his first career shutout, Honeywell struck out nine, walked none and scattered just four hits over nine innings. The Stone Crabs scored all three of their runs in a first inning that included a double from the rehabbing Steven Souza. As Charlotte's DH, Souza finished 1-for-3 with a walk and strikeout.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (14-9)

Henry Centeno was sharp in Bowling Green's 7-2 win over Lake County. He yielded just two runs on five hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts and no walks, and Kyle Bird wrapped up the game with a pair of strikeouts in two scoreless innings. The Hot Rods went in front in the fourth inning when Thomas Milone drove in two with a single, and Hunter Lockwood's solo home run an inning later extended their edge to 3-0.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (15-12)

After blowing a pair of two-run leads, Hudson Valley went up for good in the 10th in its 6-4 win over Connecticut. With the bases loaded and one out in the 10th, Alex Schmidt's sacrifice fly provided the go-ahead run, and Angel Moreno followed with a run-scoring single for insurance. After losing the team's lead in the eighth, Reece Karalus allowed the potential tying run to reach base in the bottom of the 10th but got out of trouble to record the win. Angel Yepez started and allowed a run in five innings.

Rookie Princeton Rays (14-9)

Genesis Cabrera made his best start of the season in Princeton's 1-0 win over Pulaski. The 18-year-old, who skipped the Gulf Coast League and went right to the Appy League from the Dominican Summer League, struck out five, walked none and allowed just four hits in five innings. However, the win was credited to Ian Gibaut, who threw three scoreless innings of relief and was on the mound when the only run scored. In the seventh, Jamie Mitchell walked with one out and later scored on a passed ball.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (5-17)

The GCL Rays did not suddenly improve during their extended break, dropping game one to the GCL Orioles, 4-3. Garrett Whitley masterfully reached base on an error that allowed a run to score in the first, tied the game at three later with a sacrifice fly and got his first pro hit in the eighth. Starter Jose Disla allowed two runs -- one earned -- in four innings, but the loss went to Collin Chapman, who allowed a walkoff run in the eighth.

The GCL Rays' pitching staff limited the GCL Orioles to one hit in a 1-0 win. After that hit to lead off the third, three pitchers limited the GCL Orioles to two baserunners the rest of the way. With one out in hte seventh, the GCL Rays walked off on Cody Semler's fielder's choice. Starter Adrian Navas struck out two in three scoreless innings, and Sandy Brito and John Williams each tossed two scoreless innings in relief.


Notable performances

AA OF Joey Rickard: 2-for-3, 2 BB
AA OF Johnny Field: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB
A- OF Manny Sanchez: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
A- OF Angel Moreno: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
AAA RHP Matt Andriese: 6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
AA LHP Blake Snell: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K
A+ RHP Brent Honeywell: 9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K
A RHP Henry Centeno: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
A LHP Kyle Bird: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
A- RHP Angel Yepez: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
R+ LHP Genesis Cabrera: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
R RHP John Williams: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

AAA OF Mikie Mahtook: 0-for-4, 4 K
AAA 1B J.P. Arencibia: 0-for-4, 2 K
AA C Justin O'Conner: 0-for-5, 1 K
A- C Danny De La Calle: 0-for-5, 3 K
R+ C Jose Rojas: 0-for-3, 3 K
R OF Miguel Hernandez: 0-for-3, 3 K
AAA LHP Everett Teaford: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Pawtucket 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Dylan Floro (7-9, 4.85) v. Zeke Spruill (4-4, 5.30)

Montgomery v. Tennessee 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (5-5, 3.08) v. Ryan Williams (4-0, 1.98)

Charlotte v. St. Lucie 4 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Logan Taylor (3-7, 4.48)

Bowling Green @ Lake County 6:30 PM (radio stream)
Chris Pike (8-2, 3.18) v. Sean Brady (5-7, 3.91)

Hudson Valley @ Connecticut 4:05 PM (radio stream)

Princeton v. Pulaski 5 PM

GCL Rays are off

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Pawtucket Red Sox (updated through 7/14)
41-53 (5th in IL North)
Offense: 321 R (13th) .655 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.75 ERA (9th) 1.30 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Henry Owens (2), OF Rusney Castillo (3), RHP Matt Barnes (8), 3B Garin Cecchini (10), 2B Sean Coyle (17), LHP Edwin Escobar (18), OF Bryce Brentz (21), RHP Steven Wright (22), RHP Pat Light (30)

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) (updated through 7/13)
8-13 (3rd in SL North)
Offense: 393 R (3rd) .715 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.35 ERA (2nd) 1.27 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)

St. Lucie Mets (updated through 7/17)
12-11 (4th in FSL South)
Offense: 383 R (3rd) .671 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.23 ERA (7th) 1.24 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Amed Rosario (6), RHP Marcos Molina (9), 1B Dominic Smith (11), 3B Jhoan Urena (14), RHP Rob Whalen (20), RHP Casey Meisner (21), OF Champ Stuart (23)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland) (updated through 7/16)
7-15 (8th in MWL East)
Offense: 392 R (5th) .680 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.65 ERA (11th) 1.31 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Justus Sheffield (4), C Francisco Mejia (7), 1B Bobby Bradley (9), IF Yu-Cheng Chang (13)

Connecticut Tigers (updated through 7/16)
12-15 (T-3rd in Stedler)
Offense: 90 R (14th) .637 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.57 ERA (5th) 1.22 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: IF Steven Fuentes (15), RHP Sandy Baez (23), LHP Tyler Alexander

Pulaski Yankees (updated through 7/16)
15-10 (T-1st in APP East)
Offense: 109 R (2nd) .774 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.21 ERA (3rd) 1.29 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: None