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Rays down on the farm July 20: Snell promoted again

Can anything slow down Blake Snell?

The new regime seems to be more aggressive promoting prospects
The new regime seems to be more aggressive promoting prospects
Jim Donten

Elbow or shoulder surgery probably could, but hopefully that doesn't become an issue.

In 89 2/3 innings this season between Class A-Advanced Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery, Snell owns a 30.3% strikeout rate and 11.4% walk rate. Obviously that one has to come down, but it clearly hasn't prevented him from being very successful this season.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (49-45)

Dylan Floro dominated in Durham's 3-0 win over Pawtucket. After a stretch of five terrible starts, he now has two quality starts in a row. He struck out six in six scoreless innings, walked none and only scattered two hits. Jhan Marinez, Andrew Bellatti and Kirby Yates each tossed a scoreless frame to wrap up the shutout. Nick Franklin and J.P. Arencibia each hit solo home runs.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (13-9)

Montgomery blew the game open late in its 12-3 win over Tennessee. After the Smokies scored in the top of the fifth to pull within 4-3, Jake Bauers singled home a run in the bottom half of the inning. Just a couple innings later, Bauers socked a grand slam to add even more insurance, and Dayron Varona's two-run homer in the eighth turned the game into a laugher. Starter Austin Pruitt allowed three runs on eight hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings, and Ryan Garton was outstanding in relief, striking out four in 2 1/3 scoreless frames.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (9-15)

Steven Souza was 0-for-3 in Charlotte's 4-3 loss to St. Lucie. As the Stone Crabs' right fielder, he flew out, grounded out and lined out before making his exit after seven innings. Charlotte scored all three of its runs in the fourth when Willy Adames started a two-out rally with a double. He scored on Kean Wong's single, and Maxx Tissenbaum later drove in two with a single. Starter Buddy Borden allowed two runs in five innings, but the loss went to Jeff Ames, who was charged with two runs while only recording two outs.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (14-10)

Chris Pike had a rare bad outing in Bowling Green's 6-2 loss to Lake County. The Midwest League All-Star first allowed three runs in the second inning, and the Captains tacked on two more in the fourth on back-to-back home runs. Pike ended up pitching six innings, allowing five runs on nine hits. Hunter Lockwood's seventh-inning home run broke up the Captains' shutout bid, and the Hot Rods added another run in the eighth.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (16-12)

Benton Moss recorded his first win, and Brandon Koch got his first save in Hudson Valley's 3-2 win over Connecticut. Moss threw five scoreless innings, and Koch threw the final 2 2/3 frames to earn their pro baseball milestones. Nic Wilson's RBI double in the fifth opened the scoring, and Matt Dacey and Michael Russell added RBI hits over the next two innings to extend the Renegades' lead.

Rookie Princeton Rays (15-9)

Landon Cray's two-out single in the seventh lifted Princeton to a 5-4 win over Pulaski. After Zacrey Law singled, he stole second with two outs and came home on the winning hit. Princeton went up 4-1 in the second when David Rodriguez, David Olmedo-Barrera and Kewby Meyer all doubled to start the inning, and Peter Maris later hit a two-run home run. Starter Spencer Moran struggled, allowing three runs on four hits and four walks in four innings but did strike out six.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (5-17)

The GCL Rays were off.


Notable performances

AAA OF Boog Powell: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
AA C Justin O'Conner: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI
AA OF Dayron Varona: 5-for-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB
AA 1B Cameron Seitzer: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB
AA OF Johnny Field: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
AA 1B Jake Bauers: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 K
A+ C Maxx Tissenbaum: 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
A- 1B Nic Wilson: 3-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
R+ OF Landon Cray: 3-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
R+ 1B Kewby Meyer: 3-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI
AAA RHP Dylan Floro: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
AA RHP Ryan Garton: 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
A- RHP Benton Moss: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

A- IF Jake Cronenworth: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 3 K
R+ 3B Brett Sullivan: 0-for-4, 3 K
A+ RHP Jeff Ames: two-thirds IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
A RHP Chris Pike: 6 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
R+ RHP Spencer Moran: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Charlotte 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Scott Diamond (9-3, 3.28) v. Erik Johnson (7-5, 2.73)

Montgomery @ Chattanooga 7:15 PM (radio stream)
Jacob Faria (2-1, 1.88) v. TBA

Charlotte v. St. Lucie 4 PM (radio stream)
Taylor Guerrieri (1-2, 2.43) v. TBA

Bowling Green @ Lake County 7 PM (radio stream)
Yonny Chirinos (2-0, 0.00) v. Justus Sheffield (7-3, 4.35)

Hudson Valley @ Connecticut 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Cameron Varga (1-1, 2.25) v. Spenser Watkins (2-2, 1.80)

Princeton v. Pulaski 7 PM

GCL Rays v. GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox) (updated through 7/18)
54-42 (1st in IL South)
Offense: 426 R (1st) .729 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.54 ERA (7th) 1.27 WHIP (4th)
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)

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota) (updated through 7/18)
Offense: 444 R (1st) .758 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.22 ERA (9th) 1.36 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Max Kepler (12), C Stuart Turner (13), OF Adam Walker (17), RHP Jake Reed (19), RHP J.T. Chargois (21), 3B Niko Goodrum (29), OF Travis Harrison (30)

St. Lucie Mets (updated through 7/17)
13-11 (T-3rd 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)
8-15 (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)
12-16 (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)
15-11 (2nd in APP East)
Offense: 109 R (2nd) .774 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.21 ERA (3rd) 1.29 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: None

GCL Red Sox (updated through 7/18)
16-7 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 106 R (6th) .631 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.05 ERA (1st) 1.22 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Yoan Aybar (31)