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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Stone Crabs beat old friend

Greg Harris was sharp again, and Buddy Borden couldn't match him for Bradenton

The Rays acquired Buddy Borden for Sean Rodriguez, but he was released last month
The Rays acquired Buddy Borden for Sean Rodriguez, but he was released last month
Jim Donten

Enjoy your holiday, everyone.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (37-48)

Austin Pruitt proved why he was selected as an International League All-Star in Durham's 4-1 win over Norfolk. After allowing a two-out run in the first, he went on to retire the next 12 batters and finished with just the run allowed on four hits in 7 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and no walks. J.P. Arencibia and Mayo Acosta hit back-to-back RBI singles in the fourth to put the Bulls ahead, and Jaff Decker's solo homer an inning later added insurance.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (7-3)

Yonny Chirinos continued shutting down lineups in Montgomery's 7-1 win over Mobile. The only BayBear to reach base against Chirinos in the first five innings did so via error, and he didn't allow a hit until there were two outs in the sixth. He would finished charge with an earned run on three hits in 6 1/3 innings with four strikeouts and no walks. The Biscuits scored early and often starting with a three-run second inning capped by Jake DePew's RBI single. They added two in the third, and Tommy Coyle's solo shot in the sixth helped add insurance.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (6-4)

Buddy Borden took the loss, but that's now a good thing. Charlotte defeated Bradenton, 3-1. Borden returned to the team that drafted him two weeks after being released by the Rays, but he was outpitched by his former teammate, Greg Harris. A start after a seven-inning shutout against Palm Beach, Harris threw seven innings again, this time allowing a run on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts. An inning after the Marauders went up 1-0, Thomas Milone tied the game with a squeeze bunt, and Joe McCarthy gave the lead to the Stone Crabs with a sacrifice fly.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (5-6)

Bowling Green only had four hits, but two of them came at the right time in its 3-2 win over Great Lakes. With two outs in the ninth, Brandon Lowe doubled to extend the inning, and he would score on Michael Russell's single. Bryan Bonnell earned the win by retiring all six batters he faced. Starter Roel Ramirez allowed a run on five hits and three walks in six innings with three strikeouts.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (6-11)

Hudson Valley played a little too casual on the holiday weekend in a 10-0 loss to Tri-City. While the Renegades collected only four singles, the persistent Renegades offense hammered Hudson Valley pitching for eight extra-base hits, including three home runs. Spencer Moran allowed five runs -- four earned -- in 3 2/3 innings. Garrett Fulenchek fared the best on the staff, only allowing one run in three innings with four strikeouts.

Rookie Princeton Rays (5-6)

Princeton tied the game in the eighth, but it could not push ahead a go-ahead run in its 10-inning, 2-1 loss to Johnson City. Down 1-0 in the eighth, Eleardo Cabrera was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Emilio Gustave took advantage of that lack of control with an RBI walk to tie the game, but Bobby Melley and Adrian Rondon both made outs to end the threat. In the 10th, Reign Letkeman was not able to record an out, although he did strike a batter out. Starter Hector Lopez allowed a run in four innings, and Orlando Romero tossed three scoreless frames.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (1-6)

The GCL Rays were off.


Notable Performances


2B Jake Hager: 1-for-5, 1 2B
SS Daniel Robertson: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB
1B Jake Goebbert: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K
3B Richie Shaffer: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 K
OF Jaff Decker: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

RHP Austin Pruitt: 7 1/3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K


SS Willy Adames: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB
OF Jake Bauers: 2-for-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
UT Tommy Coyle: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB

RHP Yonny Chirinos: 6 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Class A-Advanced

OF Joe McCarthy: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
OF Justin Williams: 3-for-4
SS Andrew Velazquez: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
OF Thomas Milone: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB

RHP Greg Harris: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K


3B Kevin Padlo: 0-for-4, 1 K

RHP Roel Ramirez: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
RHP Bryan Bonnell: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K


OF Jake Fraley: 0-for-4, 2 K
OF Garrett Whitley: 0-for-4, 1 K

RHP Spencer Moran: 3 2/3 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Spencer Jones: 2 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Garrett Fulenchek: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Rookie (Princeton)

OF Eleardo Cabrera: 0-for-4, 2 K
SS Adrian Rondon: 0-for-4

RHP Hector Lopez: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Reign Letkeman: 4 BF, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Today's games (All probables courtesy

Durham v. Syracuse 6:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jaime Schultz (5-4, 3.43) v. Jaron Long (0-2, 4.18)

Montgomery @ Mississippi 8 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Taylor Guerrieri (7-4, 4.32) v. Jed Bradley (4-3, 4.68)

Charlotte v. Bradenton 12:35 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Jonathan Brubaker (0-2, 6.46)

Bowling Green v. Lake County 7:35 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Casey Shane (5-6, 4.26)

Hudson Valley @ Staten Island 7 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Simon De la Rosa (2-0, 4.63)

Princeton @ Johnson City 2 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Ian Oxnevad (1-0, 4.63)

GCL Rays @ GCL Twins 10 AM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Syracuse Chiefs (Washington)
37-46, 6th in IL North
Offense: 287 R (11th) .665 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.86 ERA (12th) 1.35 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)

Mississippi Braves
5-5, 1st in SL South
Offense: 283 R (10th) .655 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.22 ERA (1st) 1.28 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Sean Newcomb (1), SS Ozzie Albies (4), RHP Lucas Sims (11), RHP OF Dustin Peterson (20), RHP Jason Hursh (21), 2B Johan Camargo (25), RHP Andrew Thurman (28), RHP Rob Whalen (29), SS Dansby Swanson

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
3-7, 6th in FSL South
Offense: 332 R (4th) .698 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.04 ERA (3rd) 1.25 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Cole Tucker (7), 3B Jordan Luplow (14), RHP Yeudy Garcia (16), LHP Stephen Tarpley (17), 2B Kevin Kramer (28)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
6-5, 3rd in MWL East
Offense: 370 R (2nd) .710 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.82 ERA (13th) 1.26 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: IF Willi Castro (26)

Staten Island Yankees
13-4, 1st in NYPL McNamara
Offense: 86 R (T-1st) .646 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 2.64 ERA (2nd) 1.01 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: C Luis Torrens (17), RHP Drew Finley (24), 2B Nick Solak

Johnson City Cardinals
8-3, 1st in AL West
Offense: 57 R (5th) .710 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.86 ERA (2nd) 1.30 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Bryce Denton (18), SS Allen Cordoba (25)

GCL Twins
3-5, 3rd in GCL South
Offense: 14 R (16th) .530 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 2.87 ERA (4th) 1.16 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Huascar Ynoa (25), C Ben Rortvedt, SS Jose Miranda, OF Akil Baddoo