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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Renegades win 8th straight

Hudson Valley has not lost since it hosted the All-Star Game

Jake Fraley has been doing more than stealing bases in August
Jake Fraley has been doing more than stealing bases in August
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There are a few factors that help account for Hudson Valley's 16-5 August record, and that includes a three-game losing streak in the first week. Jake Fraley, who got off to a poor start after signing, has been much better. In August, he's batting .299 with a .353 on-base percentage and 11 steals in 14 tries. Other 2016 picks like Nathaniel Lowe and Jim Haley have been hitting too.

On the mound, Travis Ott has obviously been good, but Spencer Moran and Wednesday's starter Noel Rodriguez have also been effective.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (57-75)

Ryne Stanek's Triple-A struggles continued in Durham's 6-5 loss to Charlotte. The Bulls had battled back from an early 3-1 hole, but Stanek got off to a poor start when he remained in the game to start the seventh. After a solo home run, former Bull Jason Bourgeois put the Knights ahead with a two-run hit. He has been charged with runs in six of his last seven outings. Jake Hager led off the game with a home run, but Justin Marks immediately gave up three first-inning runs.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (33-25)

Montgomery rallied late for a 6-3 win over Birmingham. To break a 3-3 tie, Jake DePew doubled in the seventh and then scored on Braxton Lee's double. An inning later, a throwing error allowed the Biscuits to score a pair of insurance runs on a wild pitch. Chih-Wei Hu pitched the bare-minimum quality start with five strikeouts, and Jeff Ames got the win with a scoreless inning of relief.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (29-28)

A late meltdown cost Charlotte in its 11-7 loss to St. Lucie. RBI singles from Thomas Milone and Nick Ciuffo and a sacrifice fly by Grant Kay extended the Stone Crabs' lead to 7-3, but it was all downhill from there. Johnny Wholestaff got the spot start for Charlotte, first in the form of Mike Franco, who was charged with three runs on two hits and four walks in 2 1/3 innings. Steve Ascher pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings, but Ian Gibaut and Diego Castillo each allowed four runs.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (39-20)

Bowling Green continued its march to the playoffs with a 7-2 win over Lake County. Still just 19, Genesis Cabrera earned his league-leading 11th win with another nice outing. He allowed just a solo home run in seven innings with five strikeouts. It was the third time this season he has pitched seven innings, and the second against the Captains. The big blow for the Hot Rods offense came on Brett Sullivan's two-run homer in the fourth.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (40-22)

Hudson Valley remained undefeated since the All-Star break with a 4-2 win over Connecticut. Jose Rojas' two-run homer in the fourth gave the Renegades a 2-0 lead, but the game was soon tied up. In the sixth, Rojas followed Nathaniel Lowe's leadoff single with a double, and a wild pitch and sacrifice fly allowed both to score. Noel Rodriguez allowed a couple runs in six innings, and J.D. Busfield struck out five in three scoreless innings of relief.

Rookie Princeton Rays (32-26)

Just one bad inning cost Princeton in its 4-2 loss to Kingsport. Peter Bayer had a pretty comfortable four innings as Princeton's starter, but Orlando Romero ran into trouble as soon as he entered in the fifth. He walked two of the first three batters, and he later allowed a bases-clearing double to put Kingsport ahead, 3-1. A two-out double added insurance. Princeton had the first two batters reach in the ninth, but it was unable to cash in on the opportunity. Robbie Tenerowicz hit his sixth home run of the season.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (25-28)

The GCL Rays finished with four unanswered runs in their 5-1 win over the GCL Red Sox. After the teams traded runs in the fourth, Moises Gomez led off the fifth with a triple and scored on Gilbert Marrero's groundout. In the eighth, Bralin Jackson doubled to start a two-out rally that resulted in two runs, and Gomez scored an insurance run in the ninth. Zack Trageton allowed just an unearned run in a career-high six innings and did not issue a walk in his sixth straight appearance.

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

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

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

Double-A

SS Willy Adames: 1-for-4, 1 R, 2 K
1B Jake Bauers: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K

RHP Chih Wei Hu: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Class A-Advanced

IF Andrew Velazquez: 2-for-5, 1 R
C Nick Ciuffo: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
2B Riley Unroe: 3-for-4, 1 R
OF Thomas Milone: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

RHP Mike Franco: 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 K
RHP Ian Gibaut: 1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Diego Castillo: 1 2/3 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Class-A

OF Zacrey Law: 0-for-5, 2 K
3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
OF David Olmedo-Barrera: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
SS Michael Russell: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
C Brett Sullivan: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
OF Landon Cray: 3-for-4, 1 R

LHP Genesis Cabrera: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Short-season

OF Jake Fraley: 0-for-4, 1 SB
C Jose Rojas: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI

RHP Noel Rodriguez: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
RHP J.D. Busfield: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Rookie (Princeton)

OF Jesus Sanchez: 0-for-4, 1 K
SS Adrian Rondon: 1-for-4, 2 K
3B Joshua Lowe: 0-for-4, 1 K
2B Robbie Tenerowicz: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

RHP Peter Bayer: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Orlando Romero: 2 2/3 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Rookie (GCL Rays)

OF Bralin Jackson: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B
OF Jose Tonton: 0-for-3, 1 R, 3 K
1B Jonathan Arrowood: 3-for-4, 2 RBI
OF Moises Gomez: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B

RHP Zack Trageton: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 4 K

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

Durham @ Charlotte 7:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jaime Schultz (5-5, 3.10) v. Terance Marin (6-6, 5.14)

Montgomery v. Birmingham 8:05 PM ET (radio stream)
Brent Honeywell (2-1, 2.14) v. James Dykstra
(4-8, 5.68)

Charlotte @ St. Lucie 6:30 PM ET (radio stream)
Chris Pike (4-10, 4.04) v. Chris Flexen (8-9, 3.85)

Bowling Green @ Lake County 7 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Trevor Foss (2-2, 2.88)

Hudson Valley v. Connecticut 7:05 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Gregory Soto (3-1, 2.57)

Princeton @ Kingsport 7 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Jake Simon (1-5, 5.61)

GCL Rays v. GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
60-72, 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)
18-40
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
31-26, 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)
26-33
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
35-29, 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
21-39
Offense: 255 R (7th) .683 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.74 ERA (9th) 1.47 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: None

GCL Red Sox
29-24, 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