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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Pruitt participates in All-Star Game

This time, a Rays pitcher actually got in the game

Jim Donten

Right now, all seven Rays domestic affiliates are in the hunt for the playoffs.

Durham is just two games out of first in the International League's worst division
Montgomery is a game out in the SL North
Charlotte is two games out in the FSL South
Bowling Green is 1 1/2 games up for a MWL East playoff berth
Hudson Valley is four games out in its division but just two behind the NYPL wild card
Princeton holds a one-game lead for playoff position in the AL East
The GCL Rays are only two games back in the GCL South

Triple-A Durham Bulls (40-52)

Austin Pruitt got the win in the International League's 4-2 win over the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Pruitt pitched the fourth inning and walked a batter.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (11-9)

Yonny Chirinos struck out a career-high nine batters, but he allowed four runs in Montgomery's 4-3 loss to Jackson. Patrick Leonard handed him a 2-0 lead in the first with a two-run double, but the Generals scored the next four runs of the game. Chirinos would eventually settle in, allowing those runs on seven hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in seven innings. Cade Gotta homered to pull the Biscuits within one, but they couldn't push across the tying run.

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

Charlotte was postponed.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (10-9)

Jake Cronenworth's walkoff home run sent the home fans happy in Bowling Green's 3-2 win over Wisconsin. After eight innings of no offense, the Hot Rods finally rallied when they were down to their last two outs. Brandon Lowe and Manny Sanchez singled, and Cronenworth's second home run of the season erased the 2-0 deficit.  Michael Velasquez struck out six in five scoreless innings, and Bryan Bonnell allowed both Timber Rattlers runs in relief.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (13-13)

Hudson Valley ran off nine straight runs in a 10-3 win over West Virginia. Down 2-1 in the fifth, Garrett Whitley drove in two with a triple and came home on a sacrifice fly. In the seventh, the Renegades sent 10 batters to the plate and blew the game open with six runs. In that inning, Miles Mastrobuoni also hit a two-run triple. Starter Eduar Lopez was solid, allowing two runs in five innings with three strikeouts.

Rookie Princeton Rays (11-8)

The top four hitters in Princeton's lineup provided the production in an 8-3 win over Bluefield. Of Princeton's 10 hits, nine belonged to the top of the lineup -- Blake Butera, Eleardo Cabrera, Emilio Gustave and Bobby Melley. The bottom five hitters combined to reach base just five times. Cabrera, Gustave and Melley each drove in two runs. Starter Peter Bayer, who entered the game with 17 strikeouts and no walks in nine innings, struck out four and walked one in four one-run innings.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (8-9)

The GCL Rays extended their winning streak to seven with a 6-4 triumph over the GCL Red Sox. The offense could not get anything going until the eighth. Down 1-0, Vidal Brujan opened the inning with a double and scored on Jesus Sanchez's triple. Michael Brosseau singled home Sanchez to give the GCL Rays the lead, and Ryan Caldwell and Deion Tansel later followed with RBI hits. Starter Jesus Ortiz struck out three in six scoreless innings, but they barely held on when Bryce Zak was charged with three runs in the ninth.


Notable Performances


RHP Austin Pruitt: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K


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

RHP Yonny Chirinos: 7 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 9 K


SS Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
3B Kevin Padlo: 0-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K

LHP Michael Velasquez: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
RHP Bryan Bonnell: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K


OF Jake Fraley: 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 K
OF Ryan Boldt: 0-for-2
OF Garrett Whitley: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
1B Nathaniel Lowe: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Eduar Lopez: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Rookie (Princeton)

OF Eleardo Cabrera: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI
OF Emilio Gustave: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K
1B Bobby Melley: 2-for-3, 2 RBI
SS Adrian Rondon: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K
2B Robbie Tenerowicz: 0-for-4, 3 K

RHP Peter Bayer: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Rookie (GCL Rays)

2B Vidal Brujan: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B
OF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI
1B Jonathan Arrowood: 0-for-4, 3 K
SS Deion Tansel: 3-for-4, 1 RBI

RHP Jesus Ortiz: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
RHP Bryce Zak: one-third IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Today's games (All probables courtesy

Durham @ Syracuse 7:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jacob Faria (1-0, 0.60) v. TBA

Montgomery v. Tennessee 8:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Chih-Wei Hu (2-6, 2.51) v. Brad Markey (6-4, 2.59)

Charlotte v. Lakeland 5:05 PM ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
TBA v. Trent Szkutnik (0-2, 7.36)
TBA v. Tyler Alexander (6-6, 2.24)

Both games will be seven innings

Bowling Green v. Wisconsin 7:35 PM ET (radio stream)
Blake Bivens (3-2, 3.76) v. Jordan Yamamoto (4-4, 3.55)

Hudson Valley @ Staten Island 7 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)

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

GCL Rays @ GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Syracuse Chiefs (Washington)
42-48, 6th in IL North
Offense: 325 R (11th) .667 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.87 ERA (12th) 1.36 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS/CF Trea Turner (2), RHP Reynaldo Lopez (5), RHP A.J. Cole (7), RHP Austin Voth (9), C Pedro Severino (11), 2B Chris Bostick (25), RHP Koda Glover (30), OF Brian Goodwin (31)

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
9-10, 4th in SL North
Offense: 350 R (8th) .701 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.77 ERA (6th) 1.37 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Ian Happ (3), OF Billy McKinney (7), RHP Duane Underwood (4), RHP Paul Blackburn (19), RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (20), RHP Brad Markey (23), C Victor Caratini (24), OF Jacob Hannemann (26), RHP Andury Acevedo (29), RHP David Berg (30)

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)
10-10, 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)

Staten Island Yankees
17-9, 1st in NYPL McNamara
Offense: 107 R (3rd) .622 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 2.33 ERA (2nd) 1.08 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Drew Finley (24), 2B Nick Solak

Bluefield Blue Jays
10-9, 3rd 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
7-10, 4th in GCL South
Offense: 53 R (14th) .601 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 3.50 ERA (9th) 1.31 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: None