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Rays down on the farm August 30: Dog bites man

The GCL Rays season ended with a loss

Who knows how many wins they would have had if Adrian Rondon did not sit out the last two weeks?
Who knows how many wins they would have had if Adrian Rondon did not sit out the last two weeks?
Jim Donten

The GCL Rays finish with a .267 winning percentage, making them the worst short-season affiliate in Rays history. The previous record holders were the 2002 Princeton Devil Rays, who were just 19-49 (.279). That team produced four big leaguers: Jason Hammel, Elliot Johnson, Jason Pridie and Wes Bankston.

With one season mercifully finished, here are the end dates for everyone else.

Durham: Sept. 7 (7.5 GB of division leader, 9.5 GB of wild card)
Montgomery: Sept. 7 (1st in division)
Charlotte: Sept. 6 (in playoffs)
Bowling Green: Sept. 7 (7 GB of playoff spot)
Hudson Valley: Sept. 7 (T-1st in division, 1.5 GB of wild card)
Princeton: Sept. 1 (in playoffs)

Triple-A Durham Bulls (67-68)

After Ryan Brett homered in the first, it was all downhill for Durham iin its 9-3 loss to Charlotte. Brett's homer two batters into the game gave the Bulls a 1-0 lead, but with their playoff hopes quickly flatlining, they quickly fell behind. Everett Teaford allowed four in the third and finished with six runs -- three earned -- allowed in five innings. Corey Brown's ninth-inning home run was too little, too late.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (39-23)

Montgomery scored five unanswered runs in its 8-2 win over Mobile. After the BayBears scored two in the sixth to pull within 3-2, Cameron Seitzer's two-out hit in the seventh extended the Biscuits lead by one, and Justin O'Conner and Leonardo Reginatto had RBI singles in the eighth. Seitzer's solo home run started the scoring in a two-run ninth. Starter Jaime Schultz continued his solid run, punching out 12 and allowing two runs on three hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (21-38)

Charlotte's offense did not support Greg Harris in the Stone Crabs' 3-1 loss to Jupiter. Armando Araiza singled in the game's first run in the fifth, and Harris exited after six scoreless innings, striking out four and scattering just three hits and a walk. As soon as he left, the Hammerheads went to work. Kyle McKenzie recorded just one out and left two runners on base, and Steve Ascher allowed both to score in addition to a run of his own.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (29-31)

Bowling Green's four-run fifth lifted the Hot Rods to a 7-5 win over Dayton. Trailing 2-1 after Hunter Lockwood homered in the fourth, Mac James led off with a double, and a wild pitch on a strikeout proved costly. Thomas Milone laid down a bunt single to score James, Alec Sole singled home a pair, and Coty Blanchard's sacrifice fly capped the scoring. Grant Kay and Cristian Toribio added key insurance runs an inning later.  Starter Hyrum Formo allowed three runs in six innings.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (34-32)

Hudson Valley battled for a key 6-5 win over Staten Island. The Renegades tied Staten Island for first in the division by closing the game with three unanswered runs. A half inning after falling behind 5-3, Hudson Valley took advantage of mistakes in a two-run eighth. With two runners in scoring position, the Renegades scored consecutive runs on a wild pitch and passed ball. In the ninth, Michael Russell's walkoff single scored Oscar Sanay. Starter Travis Ott allowed three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits in five innings with six strikeouts and a walk.

Rookie Princeton Rays (36-29)

Princeton clinched a playoff berth with its 11-7 win over Johnson City. When Kewby Meyer's two-run homer capped a five-run first inning, it looked like the win would not be in doubt, but Johnson City was able to make it a one-run game with four in the eighth. Princeton, though, tacked on four more in a ninth inning that included a David Olmedo-Barrera two-run homer. David Rodriguez homered earlier in the game, and starter Eduar Lopez allowed two runs in five innings.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (16-44)

The GCL Rays allowed four unanswered runs in their season-ending 4-1 loss to the GCL Orioles. Cody Semler crossed home plate on a fielder's choice in the third, but the GCL Rays would squander all of their chance over the final six innings. Ernesto Frieri tossed a scoreless innings, Sandy Brito struck out three in two innings, and Reign Letkeman allowed three runs late.


Notable performances

AA OF Tyler Goeddel: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 BB
AA SS Daniel Robertson: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 K
A OF Hunter Lockwood: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB
A C Mac James: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B
A- SS Michael Russell: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI
A- IF Alex Schmidt: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B
R+ DH David Olmedo-Barrera: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
R+ C David Rodriguez: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI
R+ OF Angel Perez: 1-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K
R OF Ryan Caldwell: 3-for-5, 1 K, 1 SB
R OF Jaime Ayende: 2-for-3, 1 BB
AA RHP Jaime Schultz: 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 12 K
A+ RHP Greg Harris: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
R+ RHP Noel Rodriguez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
R RHP Sandy Brito: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

A+ IF Jace Conrad: 0-for-4, 2 K
A+ 1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-4, 2 K
R 1B Blake Grant-Parks: 0-for-4, 3 K
AAA LHP Everett Teaford: 5 IP, 5 H, 6 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K
A LHP Ryan Pennell: two-thirds IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
R+ LHP Porter Clayton: one-third IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
R RHP Reign Letkeman: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Charlotte 5:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Blake Snell (4-2, 1.57) v. Erik Johnson (11-8, 2.37)

Montgomery @ Mobile 6:05 PM (radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (10-5, 2.72) v. Zack Godley (1-1, 5.12)

Charlotte @ St. Lucie 1 PM (radio stream)

Bowling Green v. South Bend 6:05 PM (radio stream)
Yonny Chirinos (3-4, 2.09) v. Erick Leal (9-8, 4.24)

Hudson Valley @ Lowell 5:05 PM (radio stream)

Princeton @ Greeneville 6 PM (radio stream)
Ethan Clark (1-5, 7.33) v. Andrew Thome (1-1, 1.04)

GCL Rays season is over

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox) (updated through 8/25)
71-64 (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)
31-29 (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

St. Lucie Mets (updated through 8/28)
Offense: 529 R (3rd) .673 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.38 ERA (8th) 1.29 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Amed Rosario (6), RHP Marcos Molina (9), 1B Dominic Smith (11), 3B Jhoan Urena (14), OF Champ Stuart (23)

South Bend Cubs (updated through 8/28)
30-30 (4th in MWL East)
Offense: 549 R (6th) .693 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.56 ERA (9th) 1.31 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Gleyber Torres (8), RHP Jake Stinnett (12), RHP Trevor Clifton (23), RHP James Norwood (29), OF Ian Happ

Lowell Spinners (Boston) (updated through 8/28)
34-33 (2nd in Stedler)
Offense: 290 R (5th) .651 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.43 ERA (7th) 1.34 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: None

Greeneville Astros (updated through 8/28)
32-32 (2nd in APP West)
Offense: 294 R (4th) .690 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.32 ERA (2nd) 1.25 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Kyle Tucker, OF Daz Cameron