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Rays down on the farm August 28: Adames out for season

Charlotte gets Casey Gillaspie back but loses the Florida State League's most exciting player

Willy Adames finished his first full season with the Rays with a .721 OPS in 106 games with Charlotte
Willy Adames finished his first full season with the Rays with a .721 OPS in 106 games with Charlotte
Jim Donten

If you missed the news, Willy Adames will miss the remainder of the season with an elbow injury. It does not require surgery and does not sound very serious.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (67-66)

A three-run seventh lifted Durham to a 5-4 win over Charlotte. The Knights scored three to erase Durham's 2-1 lead, but Kyle Drabek fell apart after the sixth inning. Richie Shaffer's walk and Jake Elmore and Corey Brown singled to lower the bases, and Shaffer came home on a wild pitch. Luke Maile then singled home a pair to put Durham in front. Starter Scott Diamond allowed four runs -- two earned -- on nine hits and three walks in five innings.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (37-23)

Montgomery was blown out in an 11-3 loss to Jackson. Tyler Goeddel led off the game with a single and scored on Patrick Leonard's double, but Chris Kirsch allowed eight runs -- six earned -- on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings, and Jared Mortensen did not fare well either, allowing three runs on five hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (20-37)

Brent Honeywell turned in another very good start in Charlotte's 6-1 win over Jupiter. After allowing the Hammerheads' only run in the fifth, he completed his outing by retiring seven batters in a row and finished with six strikeouts and just four hits and no walks in seven innings. The Stone Crabs chased former top prospect Jarred Cosart in the sixth before he could record an out. Braxton Lee singled, and Pat Blair walked before Hector Guevara's triple started the scoring in a four-run inning.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (28-30)

A three-run lead was not enough in Bowling Green's 6-4 loss to Dayton. Grant Kay's RBI single in the fourth put the Hot Rods up 3-1, and they scored another run an inning later before closing up shop for the night. Chris Pike was unable to get through seven innings, charged with four runs -- three earned --  on seven hits in 6 1/3 frames, and the Dragons tacked on two more against Edgar Gomez to take the lead.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (32-32)

Hudson Valley left a lot of runs on the bases in its 4-2 loss to Staten Island. Despite outhitting Staten Island 10-8, the Renegades were just 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base. Starter Roel Ramirez allowed four runs -- three earned -- on six hits in six innings with six strikeouts and no walks. Joe McCarthy doubled in the second run in the ninth, but Michael Russell and Matt Dacey made outs to end the game. Garrett Whitley was 0-for-1 with a walk and strikeout.

Rookie Princeton Rays (34-29)

Jose Rojas' first-inning grand slam jumpstarted Princeton in its 7-4 win over Johnson City. The first three batters of the game reached base, and after Brett Sullivan struck out, Rojas hit his third home run of the season for a quick 4-0 edge. Over its first six at-bats, Johnson City pulled within one, but an unearned run and Bill Pujols RBI double in the eighth added insurance. Starter Blake Bivens allowed three runs -- one earned -- on six hits in five innings.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (16-42)

The GCL Rays stayed hot with their 7-3 win over the GCL Twins. Even without first-rounder Garrett Whitley, the offense was able to produce early, going ahead 2-0 in the second inning. In the fifth, they opened up a five-run lead when a run scored on an error and two more did so with two outs, and they added insurance late. Starter Jose Disla threw five perfect innings


Notable performances

AA OF Tyler Goeddel: 3-for-4, 1 R
A+ IF Hector Guevara: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K
A+ 1B Mike Marjama: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
A OF Bralin Jackson: 0-for-1, 1 R, 3 BB
A- OF Joe McCarthy: 3-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB
A- IF Matt Dacey: 2-for-5, 2 2B
A- 2B Oscar Sanay: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB
R OF Oscar Rojas: 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
AA RHP Kyle McPherson: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
A+ RHP Brent Honeywell: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
R RHP Jose Disla: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

AAA IF Nick Franklin: 0-for-4, 2 K
A+ OF Granden Goetzman: 0-for-4, 2 K
A+ C Armando Araiza: 0-for-4, 3 K
A- SS Michael Russell: 0-for-5, 2 K
A- 3B Alex Schmidt: 0-for-4, 2 K
A- C Taylor Hawkins: 0-for-4, 2 K
R OF Miguel Hernandez: 0-for-5, 3 K
AAA LHP Scott Diamond: 5 IP, 9 H, 4 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 4 K
AA LHP Chris Kirsch: 3 1/3 IP, 8 H, 8 R (6 ER), 1 BB, 4 K
AA RHP Jared Mortensen: 3 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 K
A RHP Edgar Gomez: two-thirds IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Charlotte 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Moore (2-2, 3.71) v. Scott Carroll (6-4, 3.56)

Montgomery @ Mobile 8:05 PM (radio stream)

Charlotte @ Jupiter 6:35 PM (radio stream)
German Marquez (6-12, 3.37) v. Luis Castillo (1-3, 4.28)

Bowling Green @ Dayton 7 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jose Mujica (1-3, 4.91) v. Jake Paulson (6-5, 2.81)

Hudson Valley @ Staten Island 7 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Angel Yepez (4-2, 3.20) v. James Kaprielian (0-0, 0.00)

Princeton @ Johnson City 7 PM (radio stream)
Brock Burke (3-2, 3.40) v. Juan Bautista (2-1, 4.75)

GCL Rays v. GCL Orioles 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox) (updated through 8/25)
69-64 (3rd in IL South)
Offense: 562 R (2nd) .720 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.76 ERA (9th) 1.31 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Micah Johnson (4), RHP Chris Beck (11), 3B Matt Davidson (14), C Kevan Smith (15), LHP Onelki Garcia (27)

Mobile BayBears (Arizona) (updated through 8/26)
31-27 (T-3rd in SL South)
Offense: 512 R (5th) .694 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.58 ERA (3rd) 1.32 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Braden Shipley (2), RHP Jake Barrett (12), RHP Jimmy Sherfy (16), OF Socrates Brito (19), RHP Enrique Burgos (29), OF Gabby Guerrero, SS Jack Reinheimer

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami) (updated through 8/25)
Offense: 452 R (9th) .607 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.03 ERA (4th) 1.30 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Avery Romero (5), 2B Brian Anderson (9), OF Austin Dean (11), SS Justin Bohn (12), 1B Felix Munoz (26), LHP Miguel Del Pozo (27), RHP Jeff Brigham

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati) (updated through 8/25)
27-31 (6th in MWL East)
Offense: 501 R (12th) .671 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.37 ERA (6th) 1.32 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Aristides Aquino (9), 3B Gavin LaValley (17), RHP Wyatt Strahan (23), RHP Tyler Mahle (26), RHP Jeremy Kivel (29)

Staten Island Yankees (updated through 8/25)
34-30 (1st in McNamara)
Offense: 276 R (6th) .669 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.32 ERA (6th) 1.26 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Thairo Estrada (21), RHP James Kaprielian, SS Kyle Holder

Johnson City Cardinals (updated through 8/25)
27-33 (5th in APP West)
Offense: 274 R (7th) .747 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.38 ERA (8th) 1.43 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Magneuris Sierra (10), SS Edmundo Sosa (14), RHP Ronnie Williams (16)

GCL Orioles (updated through 8/26)
32-25 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 234 R (9th) .657 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.72 ERA (3rd) 1.17 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Ofelky Peralta (29), SS Ryan Mountcastle