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Rays down on the farm August 5: Snell strikes out seven

Blake Snell has 20 strikeouts in 14 innings with Durham

I ranked Blake Snell as the team's top prospect, but there is room for disagreement
I ranked Blake Snell as the team's top prospect, but there is room for disagreement
Jim Donten

If you missed it Tuesday, I did a midseason top-30 prospect list. There should be more on the way this week.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (53-57)

Blake Snell got little support in Durham's 5-1 loss to Indianapolis. He allowed a two-out run in the first, and his own error contributed to a pair of unearned runs in the third. He finished with those runs allowed on four hits and a walk in five innings with seven strikeouts. Durham's only run was unearned, and Desmond Jennings was 1-for-3 with a double.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (21-16)

Montgomery's offense checked out early in its 7-6 loss to Mississippi in 11 innings. After the teams traded two-run innings in the first, the Biscuits went up 6-2 in the second. Tommy Coyle and Cameron Seitzer each had RBI singles, and Johnny Field drove in two with a triple. However, the Biscuits only had five hits the rest of the way. Starter Chris Kirsch allowed five runs -- three earned -- in five innings, and Mark Sappington took the loss.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (16-19)

Brent Honeywell was just okay in Charlotte's 5-4 loss to Palm Beach in 10 innings. Having allowed two runs through the first five innings, the Stone Crabs tried getting him through a sixth, but he was pulled after allowing back-to-back doubles to start the inning. He finished with three runs allowed on six hits in five-plus innings with four strikeouts in a walk. Steve Ascher was charged with an unearned run in the 10th and his first loss of the season.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (19-19)

Yonny Chirinos' quality start was not nearly enough in Bowling Green's 3-0 loss to Quad Cities. He allowed three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings with three strikeouts. Nick Ciuffo had two of the Hot Rods' four hits.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (20-23)

Hudson Valley's offense was quieted in its 1-0 loss to Tri-City. The Renegades, who had just four hits, wasted a fine effort from starter Roel Ramirez, who struck out five and scattered just tow hits and a walk in six scoreless innings. The ValleyCats got the only run of the game off Luis Urena in the ninth.

Rookie Princeton Rays (24-16)

Eduar Lopez's Rays debut was a solid one in Princeton's 4-3 win over Danville. After pitching in the Pioneer League, Lopez will probably enjoy being in a friendlier environment for pitchers. He earned a win after allowing two runs on five hits and two walks in five innings with four strikeouts. Zacrey Law's fifth home run of the season gave Princeton a 1-0 lead in the first, and he scored what proved to be the decisive run in the eighth.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (8-28)

The GCL Rays were crushed again in their 10-2 loss to the GCL Red Sox in game one. After Sam Triece and Jim Patterson each tossed a scoreless inning, Jose Disla allowed seven runs -- six earned -- in 3 2/3 innings. Garrett Whitley and Adrian Rondon each had hits, and Devin Davis hit his first pro home run.

Game two was slightly different but had the same result. A wild pitch and error helped the GCL Rays scored first, but the GCL Red Sox later scored two and won 2-1. Junior Feliz allowed both runs in four innings.


Notable performances

AA OF Johnny Field: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
AA 3B Patrick Leonard: 2-for-6, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
AA 1B Cameron Seitzer: 4-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
AA OF Tyler Goeddel: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B
A+ SS Willy Adames: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
A- IF Jake Cronenworth: 0-for-1, 3 BB, 3 SB
R OF Oscar Rojas: 3-for-3, 1 2B
AA RHP Jeff Ames: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
A- RHP Roel Ramirez: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

AA OF Dayron Varona: 0-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
AA 1B Jake Bauers: 0-for-5
A C Mac James: 0-for-4, 2 K
R+ DH David Olmedo-Barrera: 0-for-4, 2 K
R OF Ryan Caldwell: 0-for-4, 2 K
R 1B Gilberto Romero: 0-for-4, 2 K
AA LHP Chris Kirsch: 5 IP, 5 H, 5 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 3 K
R RHP Jose Disla: 3 2/3 IP, 8 H, 7 R (6 ER), 2 BB, 3 K
R RHP Francisco Mena: 2 1/3 IP 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Indianapolis 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Dylan Floro (9-10, 4.71) v. Chris Volstad (8-4, 3.15)

Montgomery @ Mississippi 8 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jacob Faria (3-2, 2.61) v. John Gant (1-0, 1.59)

Charlotte @ Palm Beach 6:35 PM (radio stream)
Chih-Wei Hu (5-3, 2.44) v. Luke Weaver (4-5, 2.12)

Bowling Green @ Quad Cities 8 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Hyrum Formo (4-4, 4.66) v. Dean Deetz (0-0, 7.71)

Hudson Valley v. Tri-City 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Travis Ott (3-3, 4.18) v. TBA

Princeton @ Danville 7 PM (radio stream)
Ethan Clark (1-1, 7.56) v. Ryan Clark (3-0, 3.75)

GCL Rays/GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh) (updated through 8/1)
64-47 (1st in IL West)
Offense: 426 R (7th) .687 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.17 ERA (5th) 1.26 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Tyler Glasnow (1), 1B Josh Bell (4), RHP Nick Kingham (6), IF Alen Hanson (7), C Elias Diaz (11), OF Willy Garcia (12), RHP John Holdzkom (16), RHP Casey Sadler (17)

Mississippi Braves (updated through 7/31)
21-17 (3rd in SL South)
Offense: 367 R (9th) .642 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.54 ERA (5th) 1.37 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Lucas Sims (2), RHP Jason Hursh (6), 3B Rio Ruiz (10), RHP Mauricio Cabrera (14), RHP Zack Bird, OF KD Kang

Palm Beach Cardinals (updated through 8/2)
25-12 (1st in FSL South)
Offense: 342 R (12th) .614 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 2.60 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)

Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston) (updated through 8/2)
Offense: 498 R (2nd) .732 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 2.60 ERA (1st) 1.16 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: None

Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston) (updated through 8/1)
25-19 (1st in Stedler)
Offense: 190 R (2nd) .684 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.87 ERA (10th) 1.35 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: None

Danville Braves (updated through 8/2)
18-21 (4th in APP East)
Offense: 155 R (10th) .670 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.71 ERA (4th) 1.34 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: None

GCL Red Sox (updated through 8/1)
23-12 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 154 R (3rd) .645 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 2.35 ERA (1st) 1.27 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Yoan Aybar (31)