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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Guerrieri has forgettable outing

Taylor Guerrieri gave up a career high in home runs Tuesday

Going into Tuesday's start, Taylor Guerrieri had only allowed seven home runs in 216 1/3 innings
Going into Tuesday's start, Taylor Guerrieri had only allowed seven home runs in 216 1/3 innings
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Both Mikie Mahtook and Justin Williams did not play complete games Tuesday. As of writing this, I'm not aware why.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (7-6)

Durham's meager offense was too little, too late in its 7-2 loss to Gwinnett. The Bulls did not get a hit off Atlanta prospect Aaron Blair in seven innings, and Patrick Leonard's two-out double an inning later finally broke up the no-hitter. RBI singles from Carlos Corporan and Dayron Varona in the eighth provided Durham's two runs, but it was already down by seven. Jaime Schultz was charged with all seven runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (6-6)

Taylor Guerrieri was roughed up in Montgomery's 9-3 loss to Tennessee. For just the second time in his career, he allowed multiple home runs, this time serving up three longballs on his way to a line of seven runs -- five earned -- allowed in 4 2/3 innings. The Biscuits held a brief lead when Kean Wong and Casey Gillaspie hit back-to-back home runs in the second, but the Smokies scored seven out of the last eight runs in the game.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (7-6)

Nick Ciuffo's eighth-inning single lifted Charlotte to a 4-3 win over St. Lucie. In a 3-3 deadlock, Ciuffo delivered a one-out hit to plate Cade Gotta for the Stone Crabs' fourth unanswered run. Earlier, Charlotte erased a 3-0 deficit in the fifth when Alec Sole drove in two with a single and scored on Riley Unroe's double, all with two outs. Starter Benton Moss allowed all three St. Lucie runs in four innings, and Edwin Fierro picked up the win with four scoreless frames of relief.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (6-7)

Jose Mujica was solid, and Bowling Green battered South Bend pitching on its way to a 12-1 win Tuesday. The Hot Rods got started quickly with a run in the first, but they really blew the game open with a six-run fifth. Kevin Padlo's sacrifice fly made it a 6-0 game with two outs, and Bowling Green continued to add on with RBI hits from Angel Perez, Angel Moreno and Jake Cronenworth. Mujica tossed six scoreless innings, and Manny Sanchez hit his first home run.


Notable Performances

AAA OF Mikie Mahtook: 0-for-3, 2 K
AAA UT Taylor Motter: 0-for-4, 2 K
AAA IF Daniel Robertson: 1-for-4, 1 K
AAA IF Patrick Leonard: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K

AAA RHP Jaime Schultz: 5 2/3 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

AA SS Willy Adames: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K
AA OF Jake Bauers: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB
AA 1B Casey Gillaspie: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI

AA RHP Taylor Guerrieri: 4 2/3 IP, 6 H, 7 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 4 K

A+ IF Riley Unroe: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB
A+ OF Thomas Milone: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 2 K
A+ OF Justin Williams: 0-for-3, 1 K
A+ OF Bralin Jackson: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
A+ C Nick Ciuffo: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
A+ IF Pat Blair: 0-for-4, 2 K
A+ IF Alec Sole: 3-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB

A+ RHP Benton Moss: 4 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
A+ RHP Edwin Fierro: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
A+ RHP Brandon Koch: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

A IF Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
A 1B Joe McCarthy: 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 SB
A C Brett Sullivan: 3-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB
A 3B Kevin Padlo: 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 K
A IF Peter Maris: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K

A RHP Jose Mujica: 6 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Today's probables (All probables courtesy

Durham @ Gwinnett 7:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (1-0, 1.38) v. Tyrell Jenkins (1-0, 2.00)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 12:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
Ryne Stanek (0-2, 8.31) v. Tyler Skulina (1-1, 2.45)

Charlotte @ St. Lucie 6:30 PM ET (radio stream)
Greg Harris (1-1, 1.80) v. Chris Flexen (0-2, 4.26)

Bowling Green @ South Bend 7:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Cameron Varga (2-0, 3.09) v. Justin Steele (0-2, 12.71)

*TBA as listed on

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves
10-3 (1st in IL South)
Offense: 61 R (1st) .767 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 2.66 ERA (5th) 1.29 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Tyrell Jenkins (14), RHP John Gant (16), 3B Rio Ruiz (17), LHP Brady Feigl (23), RHP Aaron Blair

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
6-7 (3rd in SL North)
Offense: 32 R (4th), .655 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 2.95 ERA (3rd), 1.21 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Bill McKinney (7), 3B Jeimer Candelario (10), OF Mark Zagunis (11), RHP Paul Blackburn (19), RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (20), RHP Brad Markey (23), C Victor Caratini (24), OF Jacob Hannermann (26), RHP Andury Acevedo (29)

St. Lucie Mets
8-5 (T-1st in FSL South)
Offense: 38 R (8th), .629 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.18 ERA (7th), 1.17 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Amed Rosario (2), OF Wuilmer Becerra (10), 3B Jhoan Urena (11), SS Luis Guillorme (12), RHP Chris Flexin (26), OF John Mora (28)

South Bend Cubs
6-6 (T-4th in MWL East)
Offense: 39 R (12th) .685 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 5.34 ERA (16th) 1.55 WHIP (15th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Eloy Jimenez (9), LHP Justin Steele (14), OF Donnie Dewees (17), LHP Carson Sands (22), OF Eddy Julio Martinez (28)