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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Pruitt owns Knights again

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For the second time this season, Austin Pruitt struck out 11 Charlotte batters

Will Austin Pruitt strike out 11 and walk none every start?
Will Austin Pruitt strike out 11 and walk none every start?
Jim Donten

Austin Pruitt is somewhat interesting. I don't know how much of a prospect he is as a 26-year-old only moving one level at a time, but he has always performed well and is clearly off to a great 2016.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (6-3)

For the second time already this season, Durham took advantage of Phillippe Amount's struggles in a 6-4 win over Charlotte. After the Bulls blew a three-run lead in the eighth, they answered immediately in the ninth. Aumont walked the first two batters he faced, and Patrick Leonard doubled in the go-ahead run. Later in the inning, Jake Goebbert scored on a wild pitch. Mikie Mahtook hit his first home run, and starter Austin Pruitt dominated again, striking out 11 and walking none in his second straight outing.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (4-4)

Montgomery fell into a 6-0 hole on its way to a 9-2 loss to Mississippi. Already trailing 1-0 in the fifth, the wheels came off for Ryne Stanek and the Biscuits. A triple with runners on the corners plated two runs, and a single following that knocked Stanek out of the game. He was charged with five runs in 4 1/3 innings despite eight strikeouts. Both Buddy Borden and Steve Ascher allowed a pair of runs in relief.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (4-5)

Stone Crabs starting pitching continued to dominate in their 4-0 win over Tampa. This time, it was Greg Harris on the mound for Charlotte. In six scoreless innings, he allowed just three hits and a walk and struck out five before Edwin Fierro and Brandon Koch finished the game. Riley Unroe walked to lead off the game and scored without the benefit of a hit, and Jace Conrad singled home a pair of insurance runs in the eighth.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (4-5)

A four-run third sunk Bowling Green in its 7-2 loss to Lansing. Brett Sullivan's two-out double in the first gave the Hot Rods a 1-0 lead, but the Lugnuts scored four two-out runs themselves in the third, aided by an error from infielder Michael Russell. Like Thursday night's game, the Hot Rods pitching staff was punching out Lansing all game, finishing with 16 more strikeouts. Michael Velasquez allowed four runs -- two earned -- in four innings with seven Ks.

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Notable Performances

AAA 1B Patrick Leonard: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
A+ IF Riley Unroe: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
A+ OF Justin Williams: 4-for-4, 1 RBI
AAA RHP Austin Pruitt: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K
A+ RHP Greg Harris: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

AAA UT Taylor Motter: 0-for-5
A+ C Mac James: 0-for-4, 2 K
A 1B Joe McCarthy: 0-for-4, 3 K
AA RHP Ryne Stanek: 4 1/3 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
A RHP Taylor Hawkins: 2 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 5 BB, 3 K

Today's probables (All probables courtesy milb.com)

Durham @ Charlotte 6:05 PM ET (milb.tv, radio stream)
Adam Wilk (0-0, 5.79) v. Jacob Turner (0-0, 2.25)

Montgomery v. Mississippi 7:35 PM ET (milb.tv, radio stream)
Chris Kirsch (1-0, 0.00) v. Brandon Barker (0-0, 1.50)

Charlotte v. Tampa 6:05 PM ET (radio stream)
Chris Pike (0-1, 1.50) v. James Kaprielian (1-0, 1.80)

Bowling Green v. Lansing 7:35 PM ET (radio stream)
Angel Yepez (0-0, 9.64) v. Angel Perdomo (0-0, 3.00)

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
2-6 (T-3rd in IL South)
Offense: 31 R (3rd),  .745 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 5.22 ERA (13th), 1.50 WHIP (12th)
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
2-7 (5th in SL South)
Offense: 14 R (10th), .552 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 2.89 ERA (6th), 1.36 WHIP (9th)
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)

Tampa Yankees
6-3 (1st in FSL North)
Offense: (Runs)(R Rank) (OPS)(OPS Rank)
Pitching: (ERA)(ERA Rank) (WHIP)(WHIP Rank)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Jorge Mateo (1), RHP James Kaprielian (4), 3B Miguel Andujar (12), LHP Jacob Lindgren (14), LHP Ian Clarkin (16), RHP Vicente Campos (20)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
4-2 (3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 26 R (11th), .755 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 2.83 ERA (2nd), .1.03 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Sean Reid-Foley (5), RHP Jon Harris (6), 3B Carl Wise (25), LHP Angel Perdomo (26)