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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Faria, Wood continue to dominate

Another turn in the rotation, another great start for a pair of Rays righties

Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

As was discussed in the comments Wednesday, when Snell gets the call to the majors, Jacob Faria is a good bet to replace him in Durham's rotation. Taylor Guerrieri should get there at some point, but Faria has him beat in Double-A innings by 40 or so.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (4-3)

Durham fell behind early and could not catch up in its 6-2 loss to Gwinnett. Matt Andriese allowed a solo home run two batters in, and a pair of balks and an error led to a run in both the second and third. He finished with three runs -- two earned -- allowed in 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts. The Bulls were already down 5-0 when Dayron Varona and Nick Franklin drove in runs in the eighth.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (3-3)

Braxton Lee's walkoff walk lifted Montgomery to a 3-2 win over Mississippi. After Granden Goetzman and Juniel Querecuto singled to put runners on the corners, Mississippi opted to put Tommy Coyle on to load the bases, but Mauricio Cabrera could not find the strike zone with Lee batting. Jacob Faria had the edge in the pitcher's duel, striking out seven and only allowing a run in seven frames.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (3-4)

Alec Sole's two-out double in the 10th finally broke the ice in Charlotte's 1-0 win over Clearwater. After nine scoreless innings that saw the teams combine for just eight hits, Grant Kay led off the 10th with a single, and he came around to score on Sole's double after a sacrifice bunt and strikeout. The Threshers responded by getting their leadoff hitter on, but a strike-him-out, throw-him-out double play nixed a potential rally. Starter Hunter Wood struck out five in six scoreless innings, and Kyle Bird and Brian Miller combined to strike out five in the final four frames.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-4)

A five-run fourth sunk Bowling Green in its 6-5 loss to South Bend. Zacrey Law's two-run single in the second gave the Hot Rods a 2-0 lead, but South Bend tallied the next six runs. In the fourth, it scored four of its runs with two outs, including one on a strikeout when David Rodriguez threw the ball away trying to get the out at first. Starter Jose Mujica was charged with all six runs in 3 2/3 innings.


Notable performances

A+ OF Thomas Milone: 2-for-3, 1 BB, 1 SB
AA RHP Jacob Faria: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
A+ RHP Hunter Wood: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
A+ LHP Kyle Bird: 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
A RHP Henry Centeno: 4 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

AAA OF Jaff Decker: 0-for-4, 3 K
AA 1B Jake Bauers: 0-for-4, 2 K
A+ IF Riley Unroe: 0-for-5, 2 K
A+ IF Cristian Toribio: 0-for-4, 2 K
A 2B Brandon Lowe: 0-for-5, 2 K
A RHP Jose Mujica: 3 2/3 IP, 8 H, 6 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 3 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Charlotte 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jaime Schultz (0-0, 4.15) v. Erik Johnson (0-0, 7.20)

Montgomery v. Mississippi 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Taylor Guerrieri (0-0, 3.60) v. Sean Newcomb (0-0, 1.80)

Charlotte @ Clearwater 7 PM (radio stream)
Benton Moss (0-1, 5.40) v. Matt Imhof (0-1, 7.94)

Bowling Green v. Lansing 7:35 PM (radio stream)
Cameron Varga (1-0, 4.76) v. Jon Harris (0-0, 40.50)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
2-4 (T-3rd in IL South)
Offense: 23 R (5th) .705 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 6.15 ERA (14th) 1.66 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Tim Anderson (1), OF Jacob May (7), RHP Chris Beck (19), OF Jason Coats (20), 1B Danny Hayes (29), 3B Matt Davidson (30)

Mississippi Braves
1-6 (5th in SL South)
Offense: 10 R (10th) .559 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 2.94 ERA (6th) 1.27 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Sean Newcomb (1), SS Ozzie Albies (4), RHP Lucas Sims (11), RHP Chris Ellis (13), OF Dustin Peterson (20), RHP Jason Hursh (21), SS Johan Camargo (25), RHP Mauricio Cabrera (27), RHP Andrew Thurman (28), RHP Rob Whalen (29)

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia)
3-4 (T-2nd in FSL North)
Offense: 21 R (3rd) .833 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.11 ERA (5th) 1.20 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: CF Carlos Tocci (10), SS Malquin Canelo (12), 2B Scott Kingery (14), LHP Elniery Garcia (22), 1B Kyle Martin, RHP Tom Eshelman

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
3-1 (1st in MWL East)
Offense: 15 R (15th) .711 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.12 ERA (7th) 1.08 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Sean Reid-Foley (5), RHP Jon Harris (6), 3B Carl Wise (25), LHP Angel Perdomo (26)