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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Hudson Valley loses first-half finale

The Renegades will host the New York-Penn League All-Star Game on Tuesday

What the New York-Penn League All-Star Game logo might look like if Miami was hosting it
What the New York-Penn League All-Star Game logo might look like if Miami was hosting it
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Casey Gillaspie had a nice start after his promotion to Durham. In his first 11 games, he batted .286 with a .388 on-base percentage and .816 OPS. He didn't have a single mult-hit game in his next 13, though, but he still managed a .358 OBP because he had 10 walks in 53 plate appearances. Hopefully Sunday's three-hit game gets him going again.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (54-68)

Durham was outlasted in a 13-inning, 4-3 loss to Charlotte. Down 3-1, Casey Gillaspie's RBI single pulled the Bulls within one in the sixth, and Jake Goebbert's home run an inning later tied the game. However, only two Bulls would reach base over the final six innings and never had a great chance to pull ahead. Ryne Stanek was hit with the loss after the winning run scored on a wild pitch. Starter Austin Pruitt allowed three runs over seven innings.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (28-21)

Montgomery was not able to complete a late comeback in its 8-7 loss to Mobile. Jake DePew's home run helped the Biscuits get out to an early 2-0 lead, but the BayBears responded with eight straight runs. Willy Adames led off the eighth with a solo home run, Cade Gotta's triple scored two more, and Pat Blair and Kean Wong each hit RBI singles, but they could not push the tying run across. Starter Chris Kirsch allowed four runs -- two earned -- in five innings, and Jared Mortensen allowed four in 2 1/3 frames.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (25-23)

Charlotte came up short in an 11-inning, 4-3 loss to Palm Beach. The Stone Crabs were silent through the first seven innings, but they were able to tie the game at two in the eighth with RBI singles from Joe McCarthy and Grant Kay. Palm Beach went ahead again a half inning later, but a wild pitch with two outs in the ninth sent the game to extras. Charlotte did not threaten in the two extra frames, and Brad Schreiber allowed the winning run in the 11th. Starter Chris Pike allowed two runs in six innings.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (32-16)

Michael Velasquez had another good start in Bowling Green's 2-1 win over Fort Wayne. He struck out six in 5 2/3 innings and only allowed five hits and a walk. It was the seventh time in his last eight starts he has allowed two or fewer earned runs. Michael Russell singled in the Hot Rods' first run in the second, and David Olmedo-Barrera followed with an RBI groundout.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (32-22)

Hudson Valley stumbled into its brief All-Star break with an 8-2 loss to Connecticut. Joe Olsen's sacrifice fly in the second actually gave the Renegades a 1-0 lead, but they wouldn't score again until the ninth when they were down 8-1. Starter Brock Burke struck out six and allowed three runs in six innings, but Connecticut made it a rout against Garrett Fulenchek in relief. He was charged with five runs in one-third of an inning.

Rookie Princeton Rays (25-24)

Princeton scored six in the first and held on for a 9-8 win over Johnson City. That six-run inning was driven by a pair of home runs -- first, a three-run shot from Robbie Tenerowicz, and then Jean Ramirez socked a two-run dinger later in the inning. A pair of RBI groundouts in the third gave Princeton an 8-0 lead before Johnson City gradually chipped away. After starting the game with three scoreless innings, Willy Ortiz could just go 4 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on nine hits. Reimin Ramos struck out the last batter of the game to strand the potential tying and go-ahead runs.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (20-23)

The GCL Rays were off.

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Notable Performances


2B Daniel Robertson: 1-for-6, 1 R, 3 K
SS Taylor Motter: 2-for-6
1B Casey Gillaspie: 3-for-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
3B Richie Shaffer: 1-for-6, 3 K
OF Jake Goebbert: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI

RHP Austin Pruitt: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
RHP Steve Geltz: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K


SS Willy Adames: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
1B Jake Bauers: 0-for-2, 1 R, 3 BB
OF Justin Williams: 1-for-4, 1 K
C Jake DePew: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K

LHP Chris Kirsch: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K
RHP Jared Mortensen: 2 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Class A-Advanced

SS Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-6, 4 K
OF Joe McCarthy: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
OF Nathan Lukes: 1-for-5
OF Thomas Milone: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K
C Jonah Heim: 1-for-5, 2 R

RHP Chris Pike: 6 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K


2B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-4, 1 K

LHP Michael Velasquez: 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K


OF Jake Fraley: 0-for-5, 1 K
OF Garrett Whitley: 0-for-4, 1 K
C Chris Betts: 0-for-1, 2 BB

LHP Brock Burke: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
RHP Garrett Fulenchek: one-third IP, 2 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

Rookie (Princeton)

OF Oscar Rojas: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
3B Joshua Lowe: 0-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 K
2B Robbie Tenerowicz: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI
C Jean Ramirez: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI

RHP Willy Ortiz: 4 1/3 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Today's games (All probables courtesy

Durham @ Columbus 7:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Eddie Gamboa (5-3, 2.49) v. Adam Plutko (4-4, 4.14)

Montgomery v. Mobile 8:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Yonny Chirinos (4-3, 4.73) v. Vicente Campos (1-1, 1.64)

Charlotte @ Palm Beach 6:30 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Junior Fernandez (1-2, 11.78)

Bowling Green v. South Bend 7:35 PM ET (radio stream)

Hudson Valley is at its All-Star break

Princeton v. Johnson City 7 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Daniel Castano (0-4, 5.91)


Both games will be seven innings

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Columbus Clippers (Cleveland)
69-54, 1st in IL West
Offense: 537 R (2nd) .723 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.62 ERA (9th) 1.29 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Bradley Zimmer (1), SS Erik Gonzalez (12), RHP Adam Plutko (14), 3B Yandy Diaz (15), LHP Shawn Morimando (17), RHP Shawn Armstrong (21), LHP Ryan Merritt (22)

Mobile BayBears (Arizona)
25-23, 2nd in SL South
Offense: 470 R (5th) .693 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.53 ERA (4th) 1.35 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Gabriel Guerrero (11), IF Domingo Leyba (13), RHP Taylor Clarke (14), RHP Adam Miller (23), 2B Jamie Westbrook (30), RHP Vicente Campos

Palm Beach Cardinals
17-32, 6th in FSL South
Offense: 393 R (11th) .619 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.62 ERA (8th) 1.33 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jack Flaherty (3), SS Edmundo Sosa (7), RHP Junior Fernandez (9), RHP Sandy Alcantara (19), SS Oscar Mercado (26), RHP Derion Gonzalez (27)

South Bend Cubs
Offense: 547 R (3rd) .711 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.33 ERA (4th) 1.21 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Oscar De La Cruz (8), OF Eloy Jimenez (9), LHP Justin Steele (14), LHP Carson Sands (22), OF Eddy Julio Martinez (28)

Johnson City Cardinals
29-22, 1st in AL West
Offense: 258 R (4th) .730 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.87 ERA (4th) 1.37 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Bryce Denton (18), SS Allen Cordoba (25)

GCL Twins
24-19, 1st in GCL South
Offense: 150 R (15th) .611 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 2.46 ERA (1st) 1.11 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Huascar Ynoa (25), SS Jose Miranda, OF Akil Baddoo