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Tampa Bay Rays prospects and minor leagues: Benton Moss strikes out ten, but loses, in solid start

Taylor Guerrieri struggles, walks six in loss

Moss deals earlier in the 2016 season
Moss deals earlier in the 2016 season
Jim Donten

Juniel Querecuto made his Triple-A debut Monday night, filling in as Taylor Motter was promoted to the majors.

Class-A Bowling Green will stream on tonight, so we will be able to see many of the young Rays prospects we don't normally get to see live.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (16-23)

Durham was in it for most of the game but eventually fell 4-1 to the Gwinnett Braves. Jaime Schultz started the game, going 5.1 innings and allowing one run on six hits and two walks. The loss fell on Danny Farqhuar, who gave up three runs to the Braves in the bottom of the seventh to break the 1-1 tie. Carlos Corporan had a solo home run in the top of the fifth to give the Bulls their only run. Dayron Varona hit a leadoff triple to start the game but was stranded as the Bulls couldn't get him home. Juniel Querecuto hit a double in his Triple-A debut.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (21-16)

Mongtomery managed more hits than the Jacksonville Suns, yet still lost in a 4-1 affair. Taylor Guerrieri had a rough day on the mound, walking six batters in five innings and allowing three runs. Jared Mortensen struck out seven in three innings of relief, but also walked two and allowed another run to score. The team was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, only converting on a triple by Braxton Lee, who scored on a fielder's choice. The below double by Jake Hager in the top of the first went for naught as he was left there the rest of the inning.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (20-19)

Despite a late rally, the Stone Crabs could never overcome an early 2-0 deficit and were defeated by the Daytona Tortugas, 3-2. Benton Moss had a solid start, striking out 10 over seven innings while allowing two runs. However, the loss fell to him, his third of the year. Charlotte had the bases loaded with only one out in the bottom of the ninth, but was only able to produce one run. Cade Gotta scored on a bases-loaded walk, but Riley Unroe flew out to end the game. Gotta also had an RBI single earlier in the game to bring the Stone Crabs within one.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (21-16)

The Hot Rods were off on Monday.


Notable Performances


OF Dayron Varona: 1-for-4, 3B (1), K
IF Juniel Querecuto: 1-for-4, 2B (1), 2 K
C Carlos Corporan: 1-for-3, R, HR (2), RBI (8), K

LHP Adam Kolarek: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K


IF Jake Hager: 2-for-4, 2B (7), K
2B Kean Wong: 2-for-4
OF Braxton Lee: 1-for-4, R, 3B (1), K

Class-A Advanced

C Mac James: 2-for-4, R, K
OF Cade Gotta: 3-for-4, R, RBI (11)
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-3, BB, K
OF Jace Conrad: 1-for-3, BB
OF Thomas Milone: 1-for-3, RBI (7), BB

RHP Benton Moss: L (2-3), 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K

Today's Probables (courtesy

Durham @ Gwinnett 7:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (2-2, 2.70) v. Kanekoa Texeira (1-2, 2.70)

Montgomery @ Jacksonville 7:05 PM ET (, radio stream)
Ryne Stanek (1-4, 3.58) v. Patrick Johnson (1-1, 5.75)

Charlotte v. Daytona 6:35 PM ET (radio stream)

Bowling Green @ West Michigan 6:35 PM ET (, radio stream)
TBA v. Sandy Baez (0-4, 4.76)

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves
18-20, 2nd in IL South
Offense: 148 R (5th), .677 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.85 ERA (12th), 1.42 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Aaron Blair (2), SS Ozzie Albies (4), OF Mallex Smith (8), RHP Lucas Sims (11), RHP Tyrell Jenkins (14), RHP John Gant (16), 3B Rio Ruiz (17)

Jacksonville Suns (Miami)
15-22, 5th (Last) in SL South
Offense: 167 R (2nd), .673 OPS (T-6th)
Pitching: 4.63 ERA (9th), 1.37 WHIP (T-4th)
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)

Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati)
14-23, 5th in FSL North
Offense: 133 R (9th), .630 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.89 ERA (10th), 1.32 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Keury Mella (8), RHP Tyler Mahle (10), 3B Taylor Sparks (14),RHP Wyatt Strahan (16), OF Aristides Aquino (18), SS Blake Trahan (19),RHP Jon Moscot (25), RHP Tejay Antone (27), RHP Nick Howard (30)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
18-16, T-4th in MWL East
Offense: 141 R (8th), .641 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.13 ERA (6th), 1.24 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Beau Burrows (2), OF Derek Hill (10), OF Jose Azocar (15), RHP Drew Smith (19), RHP Gerson Moreno (20), RHP Sandy Baez (26)