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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Stanek sharp in Bulls debut

Ryne Stanek was good, but Bowling Green's Jose Mujica might have been the best player in the organization Tuesday

Ryne Stanek photo without that mustache
Ryne Stanek photo without that mustache
Jim Donten

Triple-A Durham Bulls (37-50)

Ryne Stanek settled the game down in his Triple-A debut, but it was too late in Durham's 6-4 loss to Syracuse. Not-Rays prospect Trea Turner led the game off with a home run, but Taylor Motter responded with one of his own in the bottom half of the inning. It was 2-2 after two before the Chiefs tallied four in the third off Justin Marks, who allowed six runs -- two earned -- in 5 2/3 innings. Stanek relieved him and struck out the first two batters he faced on his way to a four-punchout, 2 1/3-inning outing. J.P. Arencibia also homered for the Bulls.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (8-4)

A seven-run inning was not enough in Montgomery's 8-7 loss to Mississippi. Due to a poor start from Steve Ascher, the Biscuits trailed 6-0 heading into their big third inning. Pat Blair led off the inning with a walk, and Jake DePew's home run got them on the board. With the bases loaded, Casey Gillaspie socked a grand slam to tie the game, and Patrick Leonard later scored on a wild pitch to give Montgomery the lead. Unfortunately, Jared Mortensen gave the lead right back to Mississippi a half inning later.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (7-5)

Brent Honeywell had a rough start in Charlotte's 11-5 loss to Bradenton. Honeywell had only allowed 10 runs this season entering Tuesday's games, but he exited after allowing six more in 4 1/3 innings. It could have been worse, but the recently outrighted Andrew Bellatti stranded the bases loaded. The Marauders ran up the score against Jose Alvarado, and Grant Kay was forced to record the last out of the game. Joe McCarthy and Justin Williams homered for the Stone Crabs.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (6-7)

Jose Mujica pitched the best start of his career in Bowling Green's 3-0 win over Lake County. The former bonus baby has dealt with injuries in his inconsistent career to date, but he pitched the way the Rays thought he would when they signed him for $1 million in 2012. He threw a career-high seven scoreless innings with six strikeouts and only allowed two hits and a walk in 86 pitches (65 strikes). The Hot Rods only had four hits, but two of them were Peter Maris solo home runs.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (8-11)

Hudson Valley held off Staten Island for a 4-2 win Tuesday. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when Bill Pujols hit his first home run of the season to give the Renegades a 1-0 lead, and they added valuable insurance in the eighth. Pujols led off with a single and scored on Garrett Whitley's triple, and he would score on Jim Haley's single. After Adrian Navas tossed six, one-hit, scoreless innings, J.D. Busfield threw two, and Tim Ingram was able to strand the potential tying runs on base in the ninth.

Rookie Princeton Rays (6-7)

A three-run first was too much to overcome in Princeton's 3-2 loss to Bluefield. Princeton actually led 1-0 after Trek Stemp led the game off with a double and scored on a throwing error, but that lead was short-lived. Despite striking out three in the first, wild pitches and errors allowed Bluefield to score three times against Resly Linares. He finished with three runs -- one earned -- allowed in five innings with five strikeouts. Blake Butera's home run accounted for Princeton's other run.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (1-8)

The GCL Rays almost won but didn't in a 4-3 loss to the GCL Twins. They had just three hits, but they generally made them count. They scored their third run when Juan Carlos Arias led off the fourth with a double and scored on Jonathan Arrowood's two-out single. Angel Rodriguez allowed three runs in the eighth. Starter Austin Franklin allowed a run in 3 2/3 innings.


Notable Performances


2B Taylor Motter: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
SS Daniel Robertson: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 K
3B Richie Shaffer: 0-for-3, 1 BB

LHP Justin Marks: 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 6 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 7 K
RHP Ryne Stanek: 2 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K


C Mike Marjama: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
SS Willy Adames: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
OF Jake Bauers: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 K
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K
2B Kean Wong: 0-for-4, 2 K
C Jake DePew: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K

LHP Steve Ascher: 2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Jeff Ames: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K

Class A-Advanced

SS Andrew Velazquez: 1-for-3, 2 K
1B Joe McCarthy: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
IF Alec Sole: 0-for-4, 2 K
OF Justin Williams: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
OF Thomas Milone: 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 K

RHP Brent Honeywell: 4 1/3 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
RHP Andrew Bellatti: 1 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
LHP Jose Alvarado: 2 2/3 IP, 3 H, 5 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 2 K
RHP Grant Kay: 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K


3B Kevin Padlo: 0-for-4, 2 K
2B Peter Maris: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI

RHP Jose Mujica: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
RHP Diego Castillo: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K


OF Ryan Boldt: 0-for-4
OF Garrett Whitley: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI
1B Nathaniel Lowe: 0-for-4, 2 K
SS Bill Pujols: 3-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB

RHP Adrian Navas: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Tim Ingram: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Rookie (Princeton)

3B Blake Butera: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB
OF Eleardo Cabrera: 0-for-4, 3 K
1B Bobby Melley: 0-for-4, 2 K
SS Adrian Rondon: 1-for-3, 1 K

LHP Resly Linares: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 5 K
LHP Dalton Moats: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Rookie (GCL Rays)

C Chris Betts: 0-for-2, 2 RBI, 1 K
OF Jose Tonton: 0-for-4, 2 K
3B Juan Carlos Arias: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
3B Joshua Lowe: 0-for-4, 1 K
OF Yerson Santana: 0-for-4, 3 K

RHP Austin Franklin: 3 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
RHP Angel Rodriguez: 1 2/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K

Today's games (All probables courtesy

Durham v. Syracuse 7:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jacob Faria (0-0, 0.00) v. A.J. Cole (6-4, 4.31)

Montgomery @ Mississippi 8 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Chih-Wei Hu (2-5, 2.26) v. Rob Whalen (6-5, 2.34)

Charlotte v. Bradenton 6:35 PM ET (radio stream)
Alex Cobb v. Stephen Tarpley (3-2, 3.91)

Bowling Green v. Lake County 7:35 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Brock Hartson (5-3, 2.70)

Hudson Valley @ Staten Island 11 AM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)

Princeton v. Pulaski 7 PM ET (radio stream)

GCL Rays @ GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Syracuse Chiefs (Washington)
39-46, 6th in IL North
Offense: 298 R (11th) .665 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.85 ERA (12th) 1.34 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
6-6, T-1st in SL South
Offense: 286 R (10th-Last) .653 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.27 ERA (1st) 1.29 WHIP (4th)
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)
4-8, 6th in FSL South
Offense: 336 R (4th) .698 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.07 ERA (4th) 1.25 WHIP (4th)
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)
7-6, 3rd in MWL East
Offense: 373 R (3rd) .708 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.77 ERA (13th) 1.26 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: IF Willi Castro (26)

Staten Island Yankees
13-6, 1st in NYPL McNamara
Offense: 90 R (3rd) .629 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 2.53 ERA (2nd) 1.02 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: C Luis Torrens (17), RHP Drew Finley (24), 2B Nick Solak

Pulaski Yankees
8-5 (T-1st in AL East)
Offense: 83 R (1st) .848 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.95 ERA (8th) 1.47 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Wilkerman Garcia (9), LHP Jeff Degano (23), SS Dermis Garcia (31)

GCL Twins
5-5, 3rd in GCL South
Offense: 18 R (17th) .541 OPS (17th)
Pitching: 2.81 ERA (4th) 1.21 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Huascar Ynoa (25), C Ben Rortvedt, SS Jose Miranda, OF Akil Baddoo