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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Cobb, Whitley make rehab starts

Chase Whitley may be ready for a big league return

The Rays' pitching staff could be getting some reinforcements soon
The Rays' pitching staff could be getting some reinforcements soon
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If you missed it Tuesday, I wrote a bit about New York-Penn League All-Star starter Travis Ott. The Renegades get back to the playoff chase after a brief break Wednesday.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (54-70)

Jaff Decker's three-run home run was not enough in Durham's 4-3 loss to Columbus. The Bulls were down 3-0 when he hit his 11th home run of the season, but after Jake Hager followed with a double, Johnny Field struck out to strand the potential go-ahead in scoring position. In the ninth, Eury Perez, representing the tying run, was thrown out at home. In his second start with Durham, Alex Cobb pitched four-plus innings, allowing three runs -- one earned -- on two hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (28-22)

Montgomery was off.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (26-24)

Chase Whitley pitched Charlotte to a 1-0 win over Jupiter Tuesday. In his sixth rehab appearance, he returned to the Stone Crabs and threw a season-high six innings, and his 91 pitches were a significant increase over his last time out. He struck out six, walked none and allowed just four hits before Steve Ascher and Ian Gibaut combined to hold the Hammerheads scoreless over the final three innings. Cristian Toribio led off the seventh with a double and scored the only run of the game on Andrew Velazquez's two-out single.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (32-18)

Bowling Green couldn't climb out of a 3-0 hole in its 3-2 loss to South Bend. Starter Eduar Lopez allowed all three runs in the second inning but was decent otherwise, finishing with three runs -- two earned -- allowed on four hits and three walks in five innings. Peter Maris got one of those runs back with a double in the second, and Brett Sullivan brought the Hot Rods within 3-2 with a two-out single in the seventh. They got the potential tying run into scoring position in each of the last two innings but could not cash in.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (32-22)

Hudson Valley fans were treated to a surprising amount of offense in the 9-5 win for the South All-Stars over the Renegades' North team. After Travis Ott pitched a 1-2-3 top of the first inning, Lowell's Tyler Hill homered on the first pitch the North saw. Unfortunately, it wasn't all good for the Renegades contingent. Joe Serrapica, who has not allowed a run all season, was hammered for four runs in his inning of work. Adrian Navas pitched two scoreless innings. Jim Haley was 0-for-2, Nathaniel Lowe walked and picked up an RBI, Miles Mastrobuoni had a hit, and Angel Perez was 0-for-1.

Rookie Princeton Rays (26-24)

Princeton's game was suspended.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (20-23)

The GCL Rays were postponed.

The preceding stories were not generated by the Associated Press computer using data from and in cooperation with MLBAM.

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Notable Performances

Triple-A

C Curt Casali: 1-for-2, 3 BB
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-4, 1 BB
OF Jake Goebbert: 0-for-5, 1 K
3B Richie Shaffer: 0-for-5, 2 K
OF Jaff Decker: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB
2B Jake Hager: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB

RHP Alex Cobb: 4+ IP, 2 H, 3 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 5 K
LHP Adam Kolarek: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Class A-Advanced

2B Andrew Velazquez: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
OF Oswaldo Arcia: 0-for-4, 1 K
OF Joe McCarthy: 0-for-4, 2 K
C Jonah Heim: 1-for-3, 1 K
OF Thomas Milone: 1-for-3, 2 K

RHP Chase Whitley: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

Class-A

OF Zacrey Law: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
2B Brandon Lowe: 0-for-5, 1 K
3B Kevin Padlo: 0-for-3, 2 BB, 1 K
SS Michael Russell: 0-for-4, 2 K, 1 SB

RHP Eduar Lopez: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 3 K
RHP Elias Torres: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Short-season

3B Jim Haley: 0-for-2
1B Nathaniel Lowe: 0-for-1, 1 RBI, 1 BB
2B Miles Mastrobuoni: 1-for-2
OF Angel Perez: 0-for-1, 1 K

LHP Travis Ott: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Joe Serrapica: 1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
RHP Adrian Navas: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Today's games (All probables courtesy milb.com)

Durham @ Columbus 12:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jacob Faria (3-3, 4.30) v. Ryan Merritt (9-7, 3.71)

Montgomery @ Chattanooga 7:15 PM ET (radio stream)
Taylor Guerrieri (12-5, 3.92) v. TBA

Charlotte v. Jupiter 6:35 PM ET (radio stream)
Greg Harris (9-6, 3.42) v. Luis Castillo (8-3, 2.09)

Bowling Green v. South Bend 7:35 PM ET (radio stream)
Genesis Cabrera (9-4, 3.77) v. Oscar De La Cruz (1-0, 0.61)

Hudson Valley v. Auburn 7:05 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Luis Reyes (0-1, 1.13)

Princeton is off

GCL Rays v. GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Columbus Clippers (Cleveland)
71-54, 1st in IL West 
Offense: 545 R (2nd) .723 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.67 ERA (9th) 1.30 WHIP (9th)
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)

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota)
26-24, 3rd in SL North
Offense: 544 R (3rd) .701 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.67 ERA (6th) 1.32 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Tyler Jay (5), RHP Kohl Stewart (8), LHP Stephen Gonsalves (9), RHP Nick Burdi (10), C Stuart Turner (16), SS Engelb Vielma (18), RHP Felix Jorge (24), RHP Trevor Hildenberger (27), LHP Mason Melotakis (28), RHP Ryan Eades (31)

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
29-23, 1st in FSL South
Offense: 443 R (9th) .639 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.44 ERA (5th) 1.24 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Avery Romero (23), RHP Jose Adames (30)

South Bend Cubs
34-17, 1st in MWL East
Offense: 555 R (2nd) .710 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)

Auburn Doubledays (Washington)
22-32, 5th in NYPL Pinckney
Offense: 185 R (12th) .605 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3,87 ERA (11th) 1.31 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Blake Perkins (12), RHP Dane Dunning, 3B Sheldon Neuse

GCL Twins
26-19, 1st in GCL South
Offense: 165 R (12th) .622 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.44 ERA (1st) 1.10 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Huascar Ynoa (25), SS Jose Miranda, OF Akil Baddoo