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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Princeton set to kick off 2016

The Princeton Rays will look to reach the postseason for a second straight season

Close enough
Close enough
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How about Jake Hager? Since going 0-for-4 on June 11, he has hits in eight of his nine games. His average has gone from .158 to .315. It's a lot of singles and not many walks, but he seems to be hot right now.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (33-41)

Durham used three home runs for a come-from-behind, 6-4 win over Charlotte. Former Bull Jerry Sands went deep to give the Knights a 2-0 lead in the first, and it took until the fifth for the Bulls to answer. Jake Goebbert's sacrifice fly got Durham on the board, and Luke Maile's two-run homer in the sixth gave it its first lead. In the seventh, the Bulls added three more with home runs from Goebbert and Dayron Varona. Jaime Schultz struck out six and allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (34-36)

Montgomery was off.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (33-36)

Charlotte scored twice in the first and checked out in a 10-inning, 3-2 loss to Fort Myers. Justin Williams' double scored Andrew Velazquez and Alec Sole, and the Stone Crabs would only get two more hits over the final nine innings, and both came in the fourth inning. Starter Greg Harris allowed two runs on four hits and five walks in five innings, and Jeff Howell allowed the winning run.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (37-32)

Bowling Green was off.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (3-3)

Hudson Valley could not manage much offense in its 12-inning, 3-2 loss to Lowell. In his pro debut, Ryan Boldt singled and scored the first run in the second, but that was one of only four hits on the night for the Renegades. They scored their second run without the benefit of a hit. In the 12th, the Spinners scored an unearned run off Brandon Lawson that proved to be the game-winner. Starter Garrett Fulenchek allowed one run on 4 2/3 innings despite allowing five hits and five walks.


Notable Performances

AAA SS Jake Hager: 2-for-4, 1 K
AAA OF Jake Goebbert: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
AAA 3B Richie Shaffer: 0-for-3, 1 K
AAA OF Dayron Varona: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
AAA C J.P. Arencibia: 0-for-4, 2 K
AAA C Luke Maile: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
AAA 2B Juniel Querecuto: 0-for-4, 2 K

AAA RHP Jaime Schultz: 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
AAA LHP Dana Eveland: 1 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

A+ SS Andrew Velazquez: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
A+ OF Justin Williams: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
A+ C Armando Araiza: 1-for-2, 2 BB
A+ OF Thomas Milone: 0-for-4, 2 K
A+ IF Cristian Toribio: 0-for-4, 3 K

A+ RHP Greg Harris: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K
A+ RHP Jeff Howell: 2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

A- SS Joseph Astacio: 0-for-4, 2 K
A- OF Ryan Boldt: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
A- OF Oscar Rojas: 0-for-5, 3 K
A- OF Miguel Hernandez: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K

A- RHP Garrett Fulenchek: 4 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 2 K
A- RHP Tim Ingram: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Today's games (All probables courtesy

Durham v. Charlotte 7:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (5-4, 2.89) v. Scott Carroll (1-4, 4.93)

Montgomery @ Biloxi 8:10 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Chris Kirsch (4-2, 3.36) v. TBA

Charlotte @ Bradenton 6:30 PM ET (radio stream)
Chris Pike (2-6, 3.44) v. Jonathan Brubaker (0-1, 7.20)

Bowling Green v. Fort Wayne 7:35 PM ET (radio stream)
Jose Mujica (3-2, 4.62) v. TBA

Hudson Valley v. Lowell 7:05 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Josh Pennington (0-0, 8.10)

Princeton @ Burlington 7 PM ET (radio stream)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
35-39 (1st in IL South)
Offense: 314 R (1st) .737 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.55 ERA (14th) 1.40 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Jacob May (7), LHP Brian Clark (14), RHP Chris Beck (19), 1B Danny Hayes (29), 3B Matt Davidson (30), 1B Jerry Sands

Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee)
Offense: 249 R (T-10th) .660 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.79 ERA (7th) 1.29 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Brett Phillips (4), OF Tyrone Taylor (7), C Jacob Nottingham (11), RHP Adrian Houser (20), OF Victor Roache (24), LHP Hobbs Johnson (25), RHP Brandon Woodruff (31)

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
Offense: 296 R (3rd) .708 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 2.95 ERA (2nd) 1.23 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Cole Tucker (7), 3B Jordan Luplow (14), RHP Yeudy Garcia (16), LHP Stephen Tarpley (17), 2B Kevin Kramer (28)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego)
Offense: 289 R (7th) .655 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.49 ERA (8th) 1.27 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Rudy Giron (4), LHP Logan Allen (8), RHP Austin Smith (9), OF Michael Gettys (10), RHP Jacob Nix (11), RHP Enyel De Los Santos (15), RHP Phil Maton (26), RHP Emmanuel Ramirez (30), 1B Brad Zunica (31)

Lowell Spinners (Boston)
6-0 (1st in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 21 R (3rd) .680 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 1.95 ERA (3rd) 1.08 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Michael Kopech (5), OF Yoan Aybar (22), RHP Josh Pennington (29)

Burlington Royals
Offense: 0 R No OPS
Pitching: No ERA No WHIP
Top 30 Prospects: Rosters not yet available