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Rays down on the farm August 12: Williams hitless in Charlotte debut

Acquired in the offseason for Jeremy Hellickson, Justin Williams batted .284/.308/.413 in 99 games with Bowling Green

This Justin Williams will soon be joining a new team as well
This Justin Williams will soon be joining a new team as well
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Combined with his prior experience with Arizona, Justin Williams played nearly one season's worth of games in the Midwest League. The promotion reunites him with Andrew Velazquez, also added from the Diamondbacks in exchange for Jeremy Hellickson.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (56-61)

Drew Smyly stumbled through another rehab outing in Durham's 3-1 loss to Norfolk. The first three batters of the game reached base in a two-run first inning, and the Tides tacked on an insurance run in the second on a sacrifice fly. He finished with three runs -- two earned -- allowed on four hits and two walks in four innings with five strikeouts, and 61 of his 94 pitches were strikes. Nick Franklin's home run in the ninth accounted for the Bulls' only run.

Friend of the site Steve Kinsella has more on Smyly's appearance.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (25-19)

It was Montgomery's turn to keep me from going to bed when I wanted to with its 5-4 win over Jacksonville in 14 innings. With two runners in scoring position and no outs, the Suns opted to intentionally walk Cameron Seitzer to load the bases and then unintentionally, presumably, walked Dayron Varona to end the game. Starter Jacob Faria allowed four runs -- three earned -- in five innings, and the win went to Jared Mortensen with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings of relief. Johnny Field and Justin O'Conner hit home runs.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (16-26)

For the second time in six days, Charlotte was shut down by Luke Weaver, this time in a 2-0 loss to Palm Beach. After throwing six scoreless innings against the Stone Crabs last week, the former FSU ace went seven innings with six strikeouts. Charlotte starter Hunter Wood struck out four and allowed two runs on four hits and no walks in four innings while Jordan Harrison and Josh Kimborowicz shut down Palm Beach over the final five innings. Desmond Jennings was 1-for-3 with a strikeout and walk.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (21-23)

Yonny Chirinos dominated again in Bowling Green's 1-0 win over Burlington. The previously unknown righty fired six more scoreless innings, striking out six and scattering six hits with no walks. He exited with the game still in a scoreless tie, and Damion Carroll picked up the win with four strikeouts in two perfect innings of relief. The lone run of the game scored in the eighth when Alec Sole led off with a single and came home on a pair of wild pitches.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (23-27)

After allowing a pair of solo home runs in the first, Travis Ott settled down in Hudson Valley's 4-3 win over Aberdeen. The Renegades' bats had his back and answered with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Ott never had a 1-2-3 inning, but he finished with just the two runs allowed on five hits in five innings with four strikeouts and no walks. Hudson Valley went up in the fifth when Angel Moreno tripled home Manny Sanchez and scored on Alex Schmidt's RBI single.

Rookie Princeton Rays (28-20)

Princeton fell behind 5-0 and eventually dropped the first game of its doubleheader against Danville by a 5-3 score. Starter Ethan Clark allowed a pair of homers on his way to a five-run, four-inning outing, but Porter Clayton's solid relief work gave the offense a chance to get back in the game. After pulling within two runs on a groundout, Princeton came up short when David Olmedo-Barrera struck out to end the game.

Spencer Moran was sharp in Princeton's 4-1 win in game two. This time, it was Princeton jumping out to a lead with runs in four straight innings, starting in the third. While the offense gradually gave him a cushion, Moran struck out four in five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits with no walks.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (9-33)

The GCL Rays scored more runs than they have in any game in August, but they allowed more in their 8-5 loss to the GCL Twins. Starter Junior Feliz struggled, and the GCL Twins were up 6-0 before the GCL Rays could even score. Feliz allowed all eight runs -- six earned -- on nine hits in four innings before Matt LeVert settled the game down, striking out seven in three scoreless innings of relief. Garrett Whitley and Devin Davis were among the players with two hits.


Notable performances

AA 1B Cameron Seitzer: 2-for-6, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
A- SS Michael Russell: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
A- 3B Alex Schmidt: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
R 2B Joseph Astacio: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB
R OF Garrett Whitley: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI
AAA LHP Scott Diamond: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
A+ LHP Jordan Harrison: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
A RHP Yonny Chirinos: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
A RHP Damion Carroll: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
R+ LHP Porter Clayton: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
R+ RHP Spencer Moran: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
R RHP Matt LeVert: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K

AAA UT Taylor Motter: 0-for-4, 2 K
A+ IF Pat Blair: 0-for-3, 3 K
R 3B Cody Semler: 0-for-4, 2 K
R+ RHP Ethan Clark: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
R RHP Junior Feliz: 4 IP, 9 H, 8 R (6 ER), 1 BB, 2 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Norfolk 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Moore (1-2, 3.31) v. TBA

Montgomery is off

Charlotte v. Palm Beach 7 PM (radio stream)
Buddy Borden (8-5, 2.68) v. Blake McKnight (1-0, 2.00)

Bowling Green v. Burlington 8:05 PM (radio stream)
Brad Wallace (2-3, 5.96) v. Austin Robichaux (8-6, 3.83)

Hudson Valley @ Mahoning Valley 7:05 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Casey Shane (1-3, 3.40)

Princeton v. Danville 7 PM
Alexis Tapia (2-2, 3.07) v. Trevor Belicek (3-0, 3.03)


Both games will be seven innings

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore) (updated through 8/8)
67-49 (1st in IL South)
Offense: 425 R (13th) .678 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 2.99 ERA (1st) 1.24 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Christian Walker (3), OF Dariel Alvarez (5), RHP Tyler Wilson (12), OF Henry Urrutia (14)

Palm Beach Cardinals (updated through 8/8)
31-13 (1st in FSL South)
Offense: 362 R (12th) .618 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 2.66 ERA (1st) 1.17 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Luke Weaver (12), C Carson Kelly (13), SS Juan Herrera (17), OF C.J. McElroy (28), RHP Nick Petree (31)

Burlington Bees (Angels) (updated through 8/9)
16-28 (7th in MWL West)
Offense: 454 R (9th) .679 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.60 ERA (9th) 1.30 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jake Jewell (19), OF Natanael Delgado (27), RHP Keynan Middleton (30), C Taylor Ward

Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Cleveland) (updated through 8/10)
22-27 (5th in Pinckney)
Offense: 217 R (7th) .695 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.93 ERA (11th) 1.43 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Casey Shane (25)

Danville Braves (updated through 8/8)
22-25 (T-3rd in APP East)
Offense: 169 R (10th) .670 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.70 ERA (4th) 1.33 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: None

GCL Twins (updated through 8/8)
23-19 (T-2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 144 R (14th) .647 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.67 ERA (4th) 1.16 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Lewin Diaz (18)