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Rays prospects and minor leagues 7/19: Pearce, Boxberger, and Whitley rehab in Charlotte

Taylor Motter hit a grand slam in Durham's extra-inning win

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Steve Pearce went 1-for-3 in Charlotte's first game rehabbing, while Brad Boxberger allowed a solo home run in his inning for the Stone Crabs in their second game. Chase Whitley pitched his first professional inning since May 14 after Tommy John surgery, hurling a scoreless inning while starting the second game of Charlotte's doubleheader.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (43-54)

Durham broke the game open in extra innings as they won a 9-5 ten-inning game over the Rochester Red Wings. An error and back-to-back RBI doubles from Casey Gillaspie and Dayron Varona gave the Bulls an early 3-0 lead. Austin Pruitt allowed a run in the second, but Durham added another run on a Gillaspie groundout in the third. Tyler Sturdevant gave up a run and Ryan Garton allowed two more to let Rochester tie the game in the waning innings. Durahm exploded in the tenth with a Jake Hager RBI single and subsequent grand slam from Taylor Motter giving the Bulls a five-run lead. Neil Wagner allowed a solo home run in the bottom of the inning, but it went for naught in the end.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (14-11)

Montgomery blew the lead late in a 4-2 loss to the Tennessee Smokies. Mike Marjama scored on a passed ball and Jake Depew hit a RBI single for a two-run Montgomery lead. Yonny Chirinos kept the Smokies off the board through seven one-hit innings. However, two runs were attributed to Chirinos in the eighth, erasing the Biscuits' lead. Adam Kolarek allowed two unearned runs in the ninth, which proved to be the deciding factor in the game.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (13-10)

The Stone Crabs lost both ends of their doubleheader with the Dunedin Blue Jays Monday night. Game One, which was continued from Sunday, was a 4-3 walk-off Dunedin win. Starter Chris Pike allowed two runs over 5.1 innings, but the Stone Crabs took a 3-2 lead in the sixth with a Alec Sole RBI single and him later scoring on an error. However, Nick Sawyer allowed the Blue Jays to tie the game up in the ninth, and Mike Franco allowed the winning run in the bottom of the tenth after the game was resumed.

Game Two wasn't close as the Stone Crabs lost 4-1. Chase Whitley pitched a scoreless inning of rehab, but Brad Boxberger allowed a solo home run in his inning of work. Benton Moss, Charlotte's "starter" in this game, was charged with his seventh loss of the year after allowing three more runs in his four innings. Brad Schreiber hurled two scoreless innings to end the game. Charlotte's lone run came on a throwing error in the fifth.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (15-9)

Bowling Green followed up their comeback win from Sunday night with a 5-1 win over the Beloit Snappers Monday afternoon. Eduar Lopez allowed a lone unearned run in the fourth, but otherwise Beloit was kept off the board. Kewby Meyer and Zacrey Law hit back-to-back RBI singles in the bottom of the inning to put the Hot Rods ahead. Manny Sanchez hit a two-run home run and Kevin Padlo drove in a run on a groundout to build on Bowling Green's lead in the seventh.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (17-14)

A four-run inning doomed the Renegades in a 6-3 loss to the Brooklyn Cyclones. Danny De La Calle drove in a run on a fielder's choice to give Hudson Valley a brief lead, but Porter Clayton allowed four runs in the subsequent inning, taking his first loss of the year. Garrett Fulenchek allowed two more runs, but Deivy Mendez hurled two hitless innings of relief. Garrett Whitley hit a RBI single and De La Calle added a sacrifice fly to chip away at Brooklyn's lead, although the Renegades ultimately couldn't overcome it.

Rookie Princeton Rays (14-9)

Princeton racked up 17 hits in a 16-9 slugfest with the Elizabethton Twins. Robbie Tenerowicz drove in five runs, including his grand slam in the seventh inning. Emilio Gustave and Oscar Rojas both had three RBIs, with Rojas hitting a solo home run in the fourth. Bobby Melley drove in two, and Adrian Rondon and Isaac Bernard each chipped in an RBI. However, Princeton's pitch was also roughed up in the affair. Willy Ortiz managed his fourth win despite allowing eleven hits and four runs. Brian McAfee allowed two unearned runs in three innings in his second save of the year.

Rookie GCL Rays (10-11)

The GCL Rays blew the game open early in a 5-2 win over the GCL Twins. Vidal Brujan tripled to start off the Rays' offense and scored on a wild pitch the next at-bat. Jesus Sanchez hit a RBI triple and Joshua Lowe drove in another run on a single to give the Rays a three-run lead in the bottom of the first. Zack Trageton allowed one run in his 3.2 innings of work, but Matt Vogel earned his second win with 2.1 hitless innings of relief. Kevin Williams allowed another run to bring the Twins within one in the seventh inning. However, Sanchez hit another triple and Lowe drove him in on another RBI single. Ryan Caldwell scored Lowe on a groundout after Lowe advanced on a passed ball and wild pitch to give the Rays some added insurance. Tyler House added his second save of the year, finishing off the last 2.1 innings of the game.


Notable Performances


IF Jake Hager: 3-for-5, 3 R, 2 2B (11), RBI (9), BB, K
UTIL Taylor Motter: 1-for-6, R, HR (6), 4 RBI (18), 2 K
C/1B: J.P. Arencibia: 2-for-6, R, 2B (11), 2 K
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-4, R, 2B (1), 2 RBI (2), BB, K
OF Dayron Varona: 2-for-5, R, 2B (22), RBI (44), K
2B/SS Daniel Robertson: 0-for-2, R, 2 BB, K


C Mike Marjama: 1-for-3, R, 2B (26), BB, K
C Jake Depew: 1-for-4, RBI (26), K

RHP Yonny Chirinos: 7.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
RHP Jaye Chapman: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Class-A Advanced

Game 1

2B Riley Unroe: 2-for-4, RBI (26)
SS Alec Sole: 1-for-4, R, RBI (35), K
OF Thomas Milone: 1-for-4, R, 2B (9), K

RHP Ian Gibaut: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Game 2

OF Joe McCarthy: 2-for-5, 2B (3), K
IF Grant Kay: 1-for-3, BB
3B Cristian Toribio: 1-for-3, R, BB
OF Thomas Milone: 0-for-2, 2 BB

RHP Chase Whitley: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Brad Schreiber: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K


3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-3, RBI (48), BB, K
1B Kewby Meyer: 3-for-3, R, RBI (17), BB
OF Zacrey Law: 2-for-4, RBI (32), 2 K
OF Manny Sanchez: 1-for-3, R, HR (8), 2 RBI (21), BB, 2 K

RHP Eduar Lopez: W (1-0), 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
RHP Elias Torres: H (1), 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K
RHP Tyler Brashears: S (4), 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K


OF Garrett Whitley: 2-for-4, 3B (3), RBI (10)
1B Nathaniel Lowe: 2-for-4, 2B (9), K
OF Angel Perez: 2-for-4, 2 R, K
C Daniel De La Calle: 1-for-3, 2 RBI (5), K, SF

RHP Adrian Navas: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
RHP Deivy Mendez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Rookie (Princeton)

3B Blake Butera: 3-for-5, 3 R, BB, K
OF Eleardo Cabrera: 3-for-5, 3 R, BB
OF Oscar Rojas: 4-for-5, 4 R, 2B (4), HR (1), 3 RBI (7), BB
1B Bobby Melley: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B (7), 2 RBI (14)
OF Emilio Gustave: 2-for-5, R, 2B (5), 3 RBI (15), BB, 2 K
2B Robbie Tenerowicz: 1-for-5, R, HR (2), 5 RBI (18), 3 K
C Blake Grant-Parks: 1-for-4, R, 2B (2)
OF Isaac Bernard: 1-for-3, RBI (6), 2 BB, K

Rookie (GCL)

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-3, R, 2 3B (2), BB
OF Jesus Sanchez: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 3B (7), RBI (15), K
3B Joshua Lowe: 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI (7), K

RHP Matt Vogel: W (2-1), 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
LHP Tyler House: S (2), 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Today's probables (All probables courtesy

Durham @ Rochester 7:05 PM ET (
Eddie Gamboa (4-2, 2.20) v. TBA

Montgomery is off

Charlotte @ Dunedin 11:00 AM ET
Jeff Howell (1-4, 2.68) v. Sean Reid-Foley (4-0, 2.19)

Bowling Green is off

Hudson Valley v. Brooklyn 7:05 PM ET

Princeton v. Burlington 7:00 PM ET
TBA v. Ofreidy Gomez (1-1, 4.00)

GCL Rays @ GCL Twins 12:00 PM ET

Scouting the opposition

Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota)
56-41, 3rd in IL North
Offense: 405 R (5th) .715 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.40 ERA (5th) 1.26 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jose Berrios (2), 2B Jorge Polanco (6), 1B Byung Ho Park (7), RHP Alex Meyer (12), OF Adam Brett Walker (17)

Dunedin Blue Jays
17-8, 1st in FSL North
Offense: 424 R (1st) .716 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.99 ERA (11th) 1.40 WHIP (12th-Last)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Anthony Alford (1), RHP Connor Greene (2), SS Richard Urena (4), RHP Sean-Reid Foley (5), OF D.J. Davis (10), LHP Ryan Borucki (14), RHP Tom Robson (21), C Danny Jansen (22)

Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets)
14-17, 4th (Last) in NYPL McNamara
Offense: 118 R (7th) .586 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.44 ERA (10th) 1.20 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Ali Sanchez (15), RHP Justin Dunn (1st Round Pick), SS Cody Woodmansee (5th Round Pick)

Burlington Royals
15-9, 1st in AL East
Offense: 116 R (5th) .720 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.52 ERA (1st) 1.17 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Nicky Lopez (5th Round Pick)

GCL Twins
10-11, T-2nd (Last) in GCL South
Offense: 56 R (17th-Last) .544 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 2.87 ERA (5th) 1.20 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Huascar Ynoa (25), C Ben Rortvedt, SS Jose Miranda, OF Akil Baddoo