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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Patrick Leonard drives in two in Montgomery's loss

Granden Goetzman picked up a RBI in his third rehab appearance with the GCL Rays

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Bowling Green was originally scheduled to play a doubleheader to make up the game that was postponed Wednesday night, but the second game of the doubleheader was also postponed due to rain. Instead, they played a lone nine-inning game with the second to be made up at a later date.

In Princeton's doubleheader, both starters put up strong performances.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (38-51)

The Bulls were dominated in a 9-1 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox. The Bulls didn't manage a hit until the eighth inning, and picked up their only run on a RBI single from Daniel Robertson. A double from Richie Shaffer put runners on second and third, but J.P. Arencibia struck out to keep the Bulls from chipping away at the lead any further. Starter Eddie Gamboa was the only Bulls pitcher who didn't give up a run, albeit he only pitched one inning before a reliever came in.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (8-6)

The Biscuits were doomed from the start in their 3-2 loss to the Mississippi Braves. Chris Kirsch allowed two runs through the first two innings to put Montgomery in an early hole. Patrick Leonard hit a two-run double in the sixth to briefly tie the game, but Brad Schreiber allowed another run in the seventh to ultimately bury the Biscuits.

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

The Stone Crabs were on the losing end of a pitcher's duel, falling 2-1 to the Palm Beach Cardinals. Cardinals pitcher Matt Pearce spun a gem, going the distance while allowing only one run on a solo home run by Grant Kay. Grayson Garvin made his first non-rehab start since 2014, giving up just one run on a home run while punching out three batters. Ian Gibaut allowed allowed another run in three innings of relief, but Mike Franco threw a hitless ninth inning for the Stone Crabs.

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

Bowling Green broke even in the second half with their seventh win, a 4-1 victory over the Lake County Captains. Michael Velasquez had a solid start despite getting a no-decision, in a five-inning, one-run effort. Yoel Espinal picked up his third win with the Hot Rods this year with two innings of no-hit relief. Tyler Brashears earned his second save of the year with another two innings of scoreless relief. David Olmedo-Barerra started the scoring early with his fourth home run of the year, a solo shot in the second. Brandon Lowe, Kevin Padlo, and Angel Moreno all picked up an RBI each in Bowling Green's win.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (9-11)

Hudson Valley was off.

Rookie Princeton Rays (7-8)

Princeton split a doubleheader with the Pulaski Yankees, dropping the first game by a 3-2 margin. Issac Bernard put the Rays ahead in the second inning with a two-run home run. Peter Bayer kept the Yankees off the board in his four innings while striking out eight batters, but the Yankees scored one run in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to pull out the victory. Kenny Rosenberg allowed two of those runs, and Reign Letkeman allowed the deciding run to earn his second loss of the year.

In the second half of the doubleheader, the Rays benefited from impressive pitching performances in a 2-0 win. Ethan Clark allowed only one hit in five innings, picking up six strikeouts while doing so. Brian McAfee threw two perfect innings to pick up his second save of the year. Blake Grant-Parks opened up the scoring with a RBI groundout in the second inning. Juan Rodirguez hit a solo home run - his first of the year - to pad Princeton's lead in the fifth.

Rookie GCL Rays (2-9)

The GCL Rays picked up their second win in impressive fashion, knocking 16 hits in a 7-1 win over the GCL Twins. Despite falling behind early, a four-run third inning, which included three Twins errors, gave the Rays a sizable lead to work with. Jonathon Arrowood knocked a solo home run in the fourth to expand their lead. A two-run single from Jose Tonton rounded out the Rays' offensive attack. Jesus Ortiz made his longest start so far for the Rays, allowing just one run over five innings while picking up his first win. Kevin Williams and Jayson McKinley each threw two hitless innings, with McKinley racking up three strikeouts. Granden Goetzman continued his rehab assignment and shows little signs of injury, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base.


Notable Performances


2B/SS Daniel Robertson: 1-for-4, RBI (30), K
1B/OF Richie Shaffer: 1-for-4, 2B (17), K
IF Juniel Querecuto: 1-for-2, R, 2B (7), BB, K

RHP Eddie Gamboa: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K


OF Braxton Lee: 1-for-4, 2B (7)
3B Patrick Leonard: 2-for-3, 2B (12), 2 RBI (21)

RHP Kyle Winkler: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Class-A Advanced

1B Grant Kay: 1-for-3, R, HR (7), RBI (27)

LHP Grayson Garvin: L (0-1), 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
RHP Mike Franco: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K


1B Michael Russell: 1-for-4, R, 2B (18), K
2B Brandon Lowe: 1-for-4, RBI (24)
OF David Olmedo-Barerra: 1-for-4, R, HR (4), RBI (17)
OF Zacrey Law: 1-for-2, R, BB
SS Peter Maris: 2-for-3, R

LHP Michael Velasquez: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
RHP Yoel Espinal: W (3-0), 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Tyler Brashears: S (2), 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Rookie (Princeton)

Game 1

OF Trek Stemp: 1-for-3, 2B (2)
OF Emilio Gustave: 2-for-2, R, BB
OF Issaac Bernard: 2-for-3, R, 2B (2), HR (1), 2 RBI (5)

RHP Peter Bayer: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K

Game 2

C Jean Ramirez: 1-for-2, R, K
3B Juan Rodriguez: 1-for-2, R, HR (1), RBI (1)

RHP Ethan Clark: W (2-1), 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
RHP Brian McAfee: S (1), 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Rookie (GCL)

OF Jesus Sanchez: 2-for-4, K
OF Granden Goetzman: 3-for-4, R, RBI (1), K
OF Moises Gomez: 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI (2), 2 K
3B Juan Carlos Arias: 2-for-4, R, 2 K
OF Jose Tonton: 2-for-3, 2 RBI (2), BB, K
1B Jonathon Arrowood: 2-for-4, R, HR (1), RBI (4)
SS Deion Tansel: 2-for-4, R

RHP Jesus Ortiz: W (1-1), 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
LHP Kevin Williams: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Jayson McKinley: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Today's probables (All probables courtesy

Durham v. Pawtucket 7:05 PM ET (
Austin Pruitt (7-5, 2.99) v. Eduardo Rodriguez (0-3, 2.83)

Montgomery @ Mississippi 8:00 PM ET (
TBA v. Sean Newcomb (4-5, 4.14)

Charlotte @ Daytona 7:05 PM ET
Greg Harris (6-5, 3.10) v. TBA

Bowling Green @ South Bend 7:35 PM ET (
Blake Bivens (3-2, 3.62) v. Kyle Miller (4-1, 1.24)

Hudson Valley @ Brooklyn 7:00 PM ET

Princeton v. Pulanski 7:00 PM ET

GCL Rays @ GCL Orioles 12:00 PM ET

Scouting the opposition

Pawtucket Red Sox
45-42, 5th in IL North
Offense: 337 R (8th) .694 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.35 ERA (4th) 1.26 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Brian Johnson (6), 1B Sam Travis (7), SS Deven Marrero (8), RHP Pat Light (11), RHP Noe Ramirez (26)

Mississippi Braves
7-6, 1st in SL South
Offense: 286 R (10th) .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

Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati)
8-3, 1st in FSL South
Offense: 335 R (6th) .694 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.37 ERA (7th) 1.25 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Keury Mella (8), RHP Tyler Mahle (10), 3B Taylor Sparks (14), RHP Wyatt Strahan (16), OF Aristides Aquino (18), SS Blake Trahan (19), 3B Gavin LaValley (24) RHP Jon Moscot (25), RHP Tejay Antone (27), RHP Nick Howard (30)

South Bend Cubs
10-4, 1st in MWL East
Offense: 389 R (2nd) .716 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.20 ERA (2nd) 1.20 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Eloy Jimenez (9), LHP Justin Steele (14), OF Donnie Dewees (17), LHP Carson Sands (22), OF Eddy Julio Martinez (28)

Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets)
9-11, 2nd in NYPL McNamara
Offense: 84 R (T-6th) .589 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.76 ERA (12th) 1.21 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Ali Sanchez (15)

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 Orioles
8-3, 1st in GCL South
Offense: 44 R (9th) .599 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 1.42 ERA (1st) 0.89 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Parker Bridwell (22)

*Stats and records as of July 7*