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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Princeton's relocation to Oakland goes south

Princeton has had a few postponements lately, but none quite like this one

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Triple-A Durham Bulls (57-74)

A 2-0 lead was not enough in Durham's 10-inning, 3-2 loss to Charlotte. The Bulls had eight hits, but there were only two that mattered: solo home runs from Taylor Motter and Jake Goebbert. Immediately after Goebbert's homer put Durham up by two, Jacob Faria ran into trouble. He was charged with a run in 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts, and the Knights tied it off Adam Kolarek. In the 10th, former Bull Jerry Sands hit a walkoff single against Neil Wagner.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (30-25)

Taylor Guerrieri was good in Montgomery's 4-0 win over Birmingham. Over six scoreless innings, he struck out four and allowed just three hits and two walks. However, he was stuck with the no-decision since the Biscuits did not score until the seventh, when Kean Wong drove in two with a double. An inning later, Patrick Leonard extended the lead with a two-run homer. Justin O'Conner was 0-for-4 in his return to Montgomery.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (29-27)

Jonah Heim hit his first home run in the organization in Charlotte's 3-2 win over St. Lucie. Heim, acquired from Baltimore for Steve Pearce, was off to a slow start with his new club, but his home run extends his hitting streak to five games. That solo shot came in the eighth, two innings after Joe McCarthy evened the score at two with a homer. Greg Harris allowed two first inning runs but limited the damage from there, striking out eight in six innings.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (38-20)

Eduar Lopez was a wild pitch away from a shutout in Bowling Green's 3-1 win over Lake County in Game 1 of their doubleheader. A pair of runners first advanced on a wild pitch that was swung at for the second out, and another allowed a runner to come home. Lopez then recorded his fourth strikeout to end the game. Kevin Padlo, named to the postseason Midwest League All-Star Team, scored two runs.

The Hot Rods rallied late for a 7-6 win over the Captains in Game 2. Going into the sixth, Bowling Green trailed 4-1, but it exploded for a five-run frame with only one hit thanks to five walks and a hit batter. Lake County tied the game in the bottom half of the inning, but Brett Sullivan's two-out double in the seventh provided the winning run. Yoel Espinal struck out seven in four-plus innings but was charged with three runs.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (39-22)

Hudson Valley got to former first-round pick Kyle Funkhouser in a 6-2 win over Connecticut. He held a 1-0 lead in the third inning, but he would not get out of it. Garrett Whitley and Miles Mastrobuoni walked and scored on Jim Haley's double, and Nathaniel Lowe's double plated a third run and knocked the former Louisville starter out of the game. After allowing a first inning run, Eduard Rosillo settled in, allowing just the run with six strikeouts in five innings, and for the third time this season, Garrett Fulenchek appeared and did not walk a batter.

Rookie Princeton Rays (32-25)

Princeton was postponed (venue).

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (24-28)

Vidal Brujan's four-hit game was not enough in the GCL Rays' 4-3 loss to the GCL Red Sox. He scored the tying run on Juan Carlos Arias' two-run single in the fifth, and his home run in the seventh, his first since coming to the U.S., was pivotal. However, Kenny Rosenberg allowed a two-run homer in the ninth, and the GCL Rays were unable to extend the game. Starter Austin Franklin allowed two runs -- one earned -- in four innings, and rehabbing outfielder Bralin Jackson was 0-for-4.

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


Notable Performances


2B Jake Hager: 0-for-5, 3 K
SS Daniel Robertson: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-4, 1 K
UT Taylor Motter: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
OF Johnny Field: 0-for-4, 3 K
OF Jake Goebbert: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K

RHP Jacob Faria: 5 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
LHP Adam Kolarek: two-thirds IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Ryan Garton: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K


C Justin O'Conner: 0-for-4, 3 K
SS Willy Adames: 2-for-4, 1 R
1B Jake Bauers: 0-for-4
3B Patrick Leonard: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
OF Cade Gotta: 2-for-2, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 BB, 1 SB

RHP Taylor Guerrieri: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K

Class A-Advanced

2B Andrew Velazquez: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
OF Joe McCarthy: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 K
OF Nathan Lukes: 0-for-4, 1 K
OF Thomas Milone: 0-for-3, 2 K
C Jonah Heim: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K

RHP Greg Harris: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
RHP Casey Coleman: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K


3B Kevin Padlo (1): 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 2B
3B Kevin Padlo (2): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
C Brett Sullivan (2): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Eduar Lopez (1): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
RHP Yoel Espinal (2): 4+ IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
RHP Bryan Bonnell (2): 2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K


OF Jake Fraley: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K
OF Garrett Whitley: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
2B Miles Mastrobuoni: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
3B Jim Haley: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
C Chris Betts: 0-for-2, 2 BB, 2 K

RHP Eduard Rosillo: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Rookie (GCL Rays)

2B Vidal Brujan: 4-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
OF Bralin Jackson: 0-for-4, 1 K

RHP Austin Franklin: 4 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K
LHP Kenny Rosenberg: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Today's games (All probables courtesy

Durham @ Charlotte 7:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. David Holmberg (1-2, 3.20)

Montgomery v. Birmingham 8:05 PM ET (radio stream)
Chih-Wei Hu (6-8, 2.66) v. Spencer Adams
(1-4, 4.79)

Charlotte @ St. Lucie 6:30 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Chris Flexen (8-9, 3.85)

Bowling Green @ Lake County 7 PM ET (radio stream)

Hudson Valley v. Connecticut 7:05 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Ryan Castellanos (7-4, 4.80)

Princeton @ Kingsport 7 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Sixto Torres (0-4, 2.70)

GCL Rays @ GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
59-72, 1st in IL South
Offense: 518 R (6th) .696 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.47 ERA (14th) 1.39 WHIP (13th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Carson Fulmer (2), OF Jacob May (7), RHP Tyler Danish (9), OF Adam Engel (10), OF Slade Heathcott (18), 2B Jake Peter (22), SS Eddy Alvarez (28), 1B Danny Hayes (29), RHP Zack Burdi

Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
Offense: 520 R (5th) .679 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 4.60 ERA (10th) 1.43 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Spencer Adams (4), 3B Trey Michalczewski (6), LHP Jordan Guerrero (11), OF Courtney Hawkins (12), LHP Brian Clark (14), RHP Brandon Brennan (25), C Alfredo Gonzalez (26), 1B Keon Barnum (31)

St. Lucie Mets
30-26, T-1st in FSL South
Offense: 521 R (7th) .692 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.37 ERA (4th) 1.30 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Wuilmer Becerra (10), 3B Jhoan Urena (11), SS Luis Guillorme (12), RHP Chris Flexen (26), OF John Mora (28)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
26-32, 6th in MWL West
Offense: 525 R (7th) .692 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.78 ERA (14th) 1.24 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Triston McKenzie (8), IF Willi Castro (26)

Connecticut Tigers
35-28, 2nd in NYPL Stedler
Offense: 250 R (6th) .633 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.03 ERA (4th) 1.24 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kyle Funkhouser

Kingsport Mets
Offense: 255 R (7th) .683 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.74 ERA (9th) 1.47 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: None

GCL Red Sox
29-23, T-1st in GCL South
Offense: 182 R (14th) .615 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 3.50 ERA (10th) 1.28 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Jason Groome, RHP Shaun Anderson