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Rays down on the farm July 29: Guerrieri promoted to Double-A

His debut wasn't particularly good, but he has made clear progress in 2015

The Biscuits wasted no time getting Taylor Guerrieri into the rotation
The Biscuits wasted no time getting Taylor Guerrieri into the rotation
Jim Donten

I'm still looking for information on Yonny Chirinos. It seems like no one can figure him out.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (51-53)

Matt Andriese had a night to forget in Durham's 9-3 loss to Gwinnett. After a run of impressive starts, Andriese got rocked for five runs in the first inning. He settled in for the rest of his start and finished with six runs -- four earned -- allowed on 11 hits in five innings with three strikeouts and no walks. Taylor Motter had four hits to raise his average to .311.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (18-12)

Taylor Guerrieri's Double-A debut wasn't great in Montgomery's 8-0 loss to Tennessee. He threw a 1-2-3 first and got out of trouble in the second before a four-run third. He allowed a two-run homer to former first-rounder Albert Almora and later allowed back-to-back RBI hits before finishing with four runs allowed on six hits and two walks in three innings with four strikeouts. The Smokies tacked on four more against Kyle McKenzie.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (14-17)

Brent Honeywell followed up his shutout with another strong start in Charlotte's 6-2 win over Dunedin in game one. Dunedin took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning, but after the two-out hit that scored its second run, Honeywell retired seven of eight and finished with two runs allowed on four hits and a walk in six innings with seven strikeouts. The Stone Crabs stormed back for four of their own in the fourth with a two-run double from Pat Blair and RBI hits by Maxx Tissenbaum and Armando Araiza.

After blowing a 3-0 lead, Charlotte stormed back with eight straight runs in its 11-5 win over Dunedin in game two. After the first four batters of Charlotte's fifth reached on walks, Granden Goetzman launched a grand slam to give the Stone Crabs an 8-4 lead. An inning later, Mike Marjama's two-run homer extended their lead to 11-4. Starter Greg Harris allowed four runs on three hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings with three strikeouts.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (17-15)

Yonny Chirinos cruised through another lineup in Bowling Green's 2-0 win over West Michigan. In his fourth start with Bowling Green, and second against the Whitecaps, Chirinos fired seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits with five strikeouts and no walks. Kyle Bird threw two scoreless innings to wrap up the shutout. Thomas Milone's RBI double in the third started the scoring, and Mac James drove in the second with a seventh-inning sacrifice fly.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (19-17)

Matt Dacey's sacrifice fly in the 10th lifted Hudson Valley to a 4-3 win over Brooklyn. Jake Cronenworth was hit by a pitch to start the inning and eventually moved to third before scoring the winning run. Back-to-back doubles in the second inning gave the Renegades a 2-0 lead, but they could not hold onto a 3-1 advantage. Brandon Koch was tagged with a blown save for allowing a run in two innings despite a strikeout, and starter Michael Velasquez struck out five and only allowed a run in five frames.

Rookie Princeton Rays (20-14)

A six-run seventh lifted Princeton to a lopsided 9-2 win over Bluefield in game one. Home runs from Blair Beck and Zacrey Law helped Princeton build a 3-2 lead, and it blew the game open with the big seventh that included a bases-clearing triple by Angel Perez. Starter Garrett Fulenchek walked six in 1 2/3 innings, and Noel Rodriguez added three free passes in 3 2/3 innings.

Bluefield turned the tables early in Princeton's 5-2 loss in game two. Junior Feliz allowed four runs in the first inning, and Princeton was down 5-1 after two. Feliz finished with five runs allowed on six hits and two walks in three innings.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (6-22)

The GCL Rays returned to the field with a 4-1 loss to the GCL Twins. Abrahan Rodriguez allowed back-to-back RBI doubles in the first, and the game was essentially over. Ty Nichols also allowed two runs. Daniel Robertson walked in his rehab appearance that I believe actually took place Monday prior to the suspension, and Joseph Astacio had two of their four hits.

The GCL Rays continued swinging their Shelty Sticks in a game two 2-0 loss. This time, they only managed one hit, a double by Miguel Hernandez. Orlando Romero took the loss by allowing a run in 3 2/3 innings, and Garrett Whitley was again out of the lineup.


Notable performances

AAA UT Taylor Motter: 4-for-5, 1 R, 1 K
A+ OF Granden Goetzman: 2-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB
A+ 2B Kean Wong: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB
A+ C Mike Marjama: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB
A+ OF Granden Goetzman: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
R+ OF Zacrey Law: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
R+ OF Blair Beck: 3-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
R+ OF Angel Perez: 3-for-3, 1 3B, 1 RBI
R+ 1B Kewby Meyer: 1-for-1, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB
A+ RHP Brent Honeywell: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
A RHP Yonny Chirinos: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
A- LHP Michael Velasquez: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

A- OF Manny Sanchez: 0-for-4, 3 K
R+ 1B Kewby Meyer: 0-for-3, 2 K
R SS Adrian Rondon: 0-for-3, 3 K
AAA RHP Matt Andriese: 5 IP, 11 H, 6 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 3 K
AA RHP Taylor Guerrieri: 3 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
AA RHP Kyle McPherson: 2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
A+ RHP Greg Harris: 3 1/3 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
R+ RHP Garrett Fulenchek: 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 6 BB, 1 K
Anyone that voluntarily looks at GCL Rays box scores

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Gwinnett 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Blake Snell (0-1, 2.25) v. Mike Foltynewicz (1-6, 3.49)

Montgomery v. Tennessee 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Chris Kirsch (0-1, 4.24) v. Pierce Johnson (4-0, 1.73)

Charlotte v. Dunedin 7 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Jeremy Gabryszwski (7-5, 3.68)

Bowling Green v. West Michigan 8:05 PM (radio stream)
Hyrum Formo (4-4, 4.78) v. Artie Lewicki (1-3, 4.25)

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

Princeton @ Bluefield 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Ethan Clark (1-0, 5.40) v. Angel Perdomo (3-1, 2.12)

GCL Rays v. GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves (updated through 7/25)
53-50 (3rd in IL South)
Offense: 386 R (11th) .642 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.18 ERA (4th) 1.27 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Jose Peraza (1), C Christian Bethancourt (3), OF Mallex Smith (16), RHP Williams Perez (19),OF Todd Cunningham (23), IF Elmer Reyes (29), RHP Mike Foltynewicz, RHP Tyrell Jenkins

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) (updated through 7/26)
13-17 (3rd in SL North)
Offense: 431 R (3rd) .710 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.52 ERA (4th) 1.31 WHIP (4th)
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)

Dunedin Blue Jays (updated through 7/24)
11-20 (5th in FSL North)
Offense: 368 R (6th) .649 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.91 ERA (12th) 1.38 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Richard Urena (8), RHP Sean Reid-Foley (10), LHP Jairo Labourt (13), 3B Mitch Nay (16), OF Anthony Alford (18), RHP Alberto Tirado (22), 1B Rowdy Tellez (30)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit) (updated through 7/26)
18-13 (1st in MWL East)
Offense: 389 R (13th) .649 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.70 ERA (12th) 1.31 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Derek Hill (3), 3B Zac Shepherd (11), C Arvicent Perez (12), RHP Joe Jimenez (14), RHP Spencer Turnbull (18), OF Michael Gerber (19), 3B Joey Pankake (30)

Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets) (updated through 7/26)
19-17 (T-1st in McNamara)
Offense: 130 R (13th) .613 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 2.74 ERA (1st) 1.14 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: C Brandon Brosher (29)

Bluefield Blue Jays (updated through 7/25)
16-19 (5th in APP East)
Offense: 164 R (1st) .718 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.61 ERA (4th) 1.31 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Matt Smoral (11), LHP Nick Wells (28)

GCL Twins (updated through 7/25)
16-12 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 96 R (14th) .614 OPS 13th)
Pitching: 2.54 ERA (3rd) 1.14 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Lewin Diaz (18)