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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Schultz fans 12

Richie Shaffer backs up his starter with his first two home runs of the season

Jaime Schultz has been more in control this season
Jaime Schultz has been more in control this season
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Including Sunday's outstanding start from Jaime Schultz, Durham's pitching staff has a strikeout rate of 27.1% this season. That's roughly Kerry Wood's career strikeout rate in the majors.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (10-8)

Richie Shaffer homered twice, and Jaime Schultz baffled Indianapolis in Durham's 6-1 win Sunday. Schultz struck out the leadoff batter and just kept going, recording nine of his first 10 outs via the punchout, with the lone exception being a pickoff. He finished with 12 Ks in five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a pair of walks. Shaffer's first homer of the season gave the Bulls a 3-0 lead in the fifth, and he went back-to-back with Kyle Roller in the seventh.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (10-7)

Taylor Guerrieri's early-season struggles continued, but the offense had his back in Montgomery's 9-7 win over Jacksonville. The Biscuits tallied three runs in both the second and third inning that included four stolen bases, but after an inefficient first three frames, Guerrieri finally allowed the Suns to cash in with a three-run fourth. He would finish with three runs allowed on eight hits and three walks in four innings with five strikeouts. Granden Goetzman stole four bases, one shy of a career high.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (9-9)

Charlotte was the victim of good pitching Sunday in its 2-0 loss to Fort Myers. After getting a double in each of the first three innings, the Stone Crabs bats generally went quietly for the remainder of the game, tallying only six hits total. Justin Marks was solid in his spot start, only allowing a run in five innings, and Benton Moss struck out five in three innings out of the bullpen.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (8-10)

A rough sixth inning cost Bowling Green in its 5-2 loss to Great Lakes. After starter Michael Velasquez struck out six in five one-run innings, the knuckleballer Taylor Hawkins entered and saw his struggles continue. He walked the leadoff batter, committed a throwing error, and after a sacrifice fly broke the 1-1 deadlock, four straight Loons collected hits on their way to a four-run inning. Brett Sullivan's ninth-inning sacrifice fly was not nearly enough.


Notable Performances

AAA OF Jaff Decker: 0-for-5, 3 K
AAA IF Daniel Robertson: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
AAA IF Richie Shaffer: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
AAA 1B Kyle Roller: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K

AAA RHP Jaime Schultz: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 K
AAA RHP Andrew Bellatti: two-thirds IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

AA OF Jake Bauers: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SB
AA SS Willy Adames: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K
AA C Mike Marjama: 3-for-5, 2 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI
AA 1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
AA OF Granden Goetzman: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 4 SB
AA IF Juniel Querecuto: 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB

AA RHP Taylor Guerrieri: 4 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
AA RHP Jeff Ames: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
AA LHP Steve Ascher: 1 1/3 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

A+ C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-4

A+ LHP Justin Marks: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
A+ RHP Benton Moss: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

A 1B Joe McCarthy: 1-for-4, 1 K
A 3B Kevin Padlo: 0-for-4

A LHP Michael Velasquez: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
A RHP Taylor Hawkins: 1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Today's probables (All probables courtesy

Durham v. Indianapolis 7:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (2-0, 1.89) v. Chad Kuhl (1-0, 1.86)

Montgomery v. Jacksonville 8:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
Ryne Stanek (0-2, 5.68) v. Ryan Newell (0-0, 9.39)

Charlotte is off

Bowling Green is off

Scouting the opposition

Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh)
8-7 (2nd in IL West)
Offense: 56 R (T-8th), .701 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 2.45 ERA (1st), 1.20 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Tyler Glasnow (1), 1B Josh Bell (3), RHP Jameson Tailion (4), 2B Alen Hansen (11), OF Willy Garcia (12), LHP Steven Brault (15), RHP Chad Kuhl (22), RHP Trevor Williams (23), 2B Max Moroff (25), SS Adam Frazier (27)

Jacksonville Suns (Miami)
8-10 (3rd in SL South)
Offense: 73 R (2nd), .662 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.83 ERA (7th), 1.28 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Jarlin Garcia (3), OF Austin Dean (7), RHP Jake Esch (13), RHP Austin Brice (14), LHP Tim Berry (16), SS J.T. Riddle (22), 2B Avery Romero (23)