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Rays prospects and minor leagues: GCL Rays stay hot

After another rough start to the season, the GCL Rays are creeping back up the standings

Juan Carlos Arias has hit well for the GCL Rays
Juan Carlos Arias has hit well for the GCL Rays
Jim Donten

All-Star Tuesday is always my favorite day on the minor league calendar. Most leagues are off, and if teams do play, it's usually early.

Wednesday night, you can check out the Triple-A All-Star Game on MLB Network. Dylan Floro won't pitch, but Austin Pruitt will represent Durham.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (40-52)

Durham is at its All-Star break.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (11-8)

Montgomery fell behind early and could not catch up in a 4-3 loss to Jackson. Futures Game outfielder Tyler O'Neill took Chris Kirsch deep for a two-run homer in the first inning and later added on just enough to remain in the lead. Casey Gillaspie doubled and scored in the fifth inning, and Tommy Coyle did the same an inning later. However, the Generals were due, and they scored in the following half inning in each instance. Kirsch allowed four runs -- three earned -- in 5 1/3 innings with five strikeouts.

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

Charlotte was off.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (9-9)

Bowling Green was off.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (12-13)

Hudson Valley's offense took the night off to watch the All-Star Game, and it resulted in a 1-0 loss to West Virginia. The Renegades managed to total seven hits, but they were all singles, and none came with a runner in scoring position. Renegades pitching combined to walk seven batters, including two by Garrett Fulenchek, who allowed the one run. Adrian Navas threw five scoreless innings.

Rookie Princeton Rays (10-8)

Princeton was off.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (7-9)

The GCL Rays continued their strong surge with a 9-2 win over the GCL Red Sox. In their sixth straight win, the team got off to a fast start, scoring two in the first inning and adding four more in the second, led by Jonathan Arrowood's two-run double. The bats went quiet for a while, but Juan Carlos Arias' three-run homer in the ninth added insurance. Starter Eduard Rosillo continued his nice start to the season with five strikeouts in five scoreless innings.

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Notable Performances

Double-A

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

LHP Chris Kirsch: 5 1/3 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 5 K

Short-season

OF Ryan Boldt: 1-for-4, 2 K
OF Jake Fraley: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K
OF Garrett Whitley: 0-for-4, 2 K

RHP Adrian Navas: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 0 K
RHP Garrett Fulenchek: 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
RHP Elias Torres: 1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Rookie (GCL Rays)

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
OF Jesus Sanchez: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI
1B Jonathan Arrowood: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
3B Joshua Lowe: 0-for-2, 1 R, 3 BB
3B Juan Carlos Arias: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K
OF Moises Gomez: 0-for-5, 2 K
SS Michael Brosseau: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB

RHP Eduard Rosillo: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K

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

Triple-A All-Star Game 7 PM (MLB Network)

Montgomery @ Jackson 8:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Taylor Guerrieri (8-4, 4.33) v. Ryan Yarbrough (7-3, 3.15)

Charlotte v. Lakeland 6:35 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Trent Szkutnik (0-2, 7.36)

Bowling Green v. Wisconsin 7:35 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Drake Owenby (3-1, 2.89)

Hudson Valley v. West Virginia 7:05 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Stephan Meyer (1-2, 6.35)

Princeton @ Bluefield 7:05 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. TBA

GCL Rays v. GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Jackson Generals (Seattle)
10-8, 3rd in SL North
Offense: 400 R (T-1st) .738 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.44 ERA (3rd) 1.29 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Tyler O’Neill (4), RHP Andrew Moore (8), LHP Ryan Yarbrough (14), RHP Dan Altavilla (24), OF Ian Miller (31)

Lakeland Flying Tigers
5-12, 5th in FSL North
Offense: 374 R (5th) .708 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 4.30 ERA (12th) 1.37 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Mike Gerber (3), OF Christin Stewart (4), LHP Kevin Ziomek (6), 3B Zac Shepherd (13), SS A.J. Simcox (14), LHP Jairo Labourt (16), RHP Gerson Montero (20), RHP 2B Joey Pankake (27), LHP Tyler Alexander (28)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Milwaukee)
10-9, T-2nd in MWL West
Offense: 366 R (8th) .690 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.26 ERA (2nd) 1.26 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Trent Clark (3), SS Isan Diaz (9), RHP Devin Williams (10), OF Monte Harrison (14), IF Jake Gatewood (16), RHP Trey Supak (20), RHP Miguel Diaz (25)

West Virginia Black Bears (Pittsburgh)
11-14, 4th in NYPL Pinckney
Offense: 101 R (4th) .680 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 4.02 ERA (12th) 1.34 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Will Craig

Bluefield Blue Jays
10-8, T-2nd in AL East
Offense: 96 R (5th) .731 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.59 ERA (6th) 1.36 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Reggie Pruitt (11), RHP Jose Espada (15), RHP Hansel Rodriguez (18), RHP Yennsy Diaz (19), OF Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

GCL Red Sox
7-9, T-3rd in GCL South
Offense: 53 R (14th) .601 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 3.50 ERA (9th) 1.31 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: None