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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Mahtook moves closer to return

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Recent trades could have opened up a new opportunity for Mikie Mahtook

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Sorry for the delay in posting today. Comcast's internet went out here when I was finishing up the post overnight.

I would assume acquired players are being assigned to their affiliates and will start entering box scores soon. Also, Chris Betts was added to Hudson Valley's roster.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (51-60)

Durham's offense was dormant in a 2-1 loss to Norfolk. In the sixth, the Bulls scored their lone run when Johnny Field and Casey Gillaspie singled prior to a J.P. Arencibia sacrifice fly. Only one batter reached base over the final three innings. Starter Jaime Schultz struck out seven and walked four in 5 2/3 innings, and Ryne Stanek allowed the decisive run.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (21-17)

Montgomery's offense produced even less than Durham's in a 1-0 loss to Jackson. Generals starter Andrew Moore faced just two over the minimum in the shutout, leaving Brent Honeywell on the short end of the pitcher's duel. He allowed a run on six hits and three walks in seven innings with four strikeouts.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (19-17)

Charlotte was off.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (24-13)

Bowling Green beat up on the worst team in the Midwest League in its 9-3 win over Dayton. The Hot Rods got off to a fast start with RBI singles from Brett Sullivan and David Rodriguez in the first inning, and they already led 4-1 in the fifth when they broke out for four more runs. Sullivan scored on an error, Zacrey Law singled home a run, and Michael Russell drove in two with a double. Starter Michael Velasquez struck out five and allowed a run in five innings.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (25-18)

Landon Cray's home run was the only offense Hudson Valley could manage in a 2-1 loss to Batavia. His solo shot gave the Renegades the lead in the third inning, but the Muckdogs would score in both the fourth and fifth innings to take the lead. Adrian Navas struck out six in his five-inning start and allowed both runs -- one earned.

Rookie Princeton Rays (21-17)

After falling behind 5-1 early, Princeton battled back for a 12-6 win over Elizabethton. Princeton staged its comeback with a six-run fourth inning that started and ended with outs by Bobby Melley. Between those outs, Blake Grant-Parks doubled home a pair of runs, and Isaac Bernard, Eleardo Cabrera and Emilio Gustave each picked up RBIs. Melley later doubled in the last run of the game to cap a four-run eighth. Starter Jose Disla was charged with five runs in just two-plus innings, but Sam Long and Dalton Moats picked him up, combining for eight strikeouts in seven innings out of the bullpen.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (13-21)

You needed two hands to count the number of GCL Rays errors in their 6-1 loss to the GCL Twins. They committed six errors, all by different players, including the rehabbing Justin O'Conner. He was joined on his rehab assignment by outfielder Mikie Mahtook, who went 1-for-3 with a walk and strikeout as the team's DH. Starter Nicholas Padilla struck out three and allowed three unearned runs in 2 2/3 innings.

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

SS Jake Hager: 2-for-4, 1 R
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-4, 1 K
3B Richie Shaffer: 0-for-4, 3 K

RHP Jaime Schultz: 5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 1 R (0 ER), 4 BB, 7 K
RHP Ryne Stanek: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Double-A

SS Willy Adames: 1-for-3, 1 K
1B Jake Bauers: 1-for-3
OF Justin Williams: 0-for-3, 1 K

RHP Brent Honeywell: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Class-A

2B Brandon Lowe: 0-for-4, 3 K
3B Kevin Padlo: 2-for-4, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
C Brett Sullivan: 4-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 SB

LHP Michael Velasquez: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
RHP Bryan Bonnell: 3+ IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K

Short-season

OF Jake Fraley: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
OF Ryan Boldt: 0-for-4
OF Landron Cray: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K

RHP Adrian Navas: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 6 K

Rookie (Princeton)

OF Eleardo Cabrera: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
SS Adrian Rondon: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 K
2B Robbie Tenerowicz: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI
OF Isaac Bernard: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Jose Disla: 2+ IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
LHP Dalton Moats: 3 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Rookie (GCL Rays)

OF Mikie Mahtook: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
OF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-4, 2 K
C Justin O'Conner: 0-for-2
1B Jonathan Arrowood: 0-for-4, 2 K
SS Kevin Santiago: 0-for-3, 3 K

RHP Nicholas Padilla: 2 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K

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

Durham v. Norfolk 7:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (8-6, 2.99) v. TBA

Montgomery v. Jackson 8:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Chris Kirsch (5-4, 3.41) v. Ryan Yarbrough (10-4, 3.18)

Charlotte v. Palm Beach 6:35 PM ET (radio stream)
Chris Pike (3-8, 4.04) v. Johnny Walter (1-3, 4.56)

Bowling Green @ Lansing 7:05 PM ET (radio stream)
Blake Bivens (4-3, 2.91) v. Jordan Romano (2-1, 1.71)

Hudson Valley v. Brooklyn 7:05 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. TBA

Princeton is off

GCL Rays @ GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
45-65, 4th in IL South
Offense: 377 R (14th) .678 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.66 ERA (9th) 1.33 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Trey Mancini (8), RHP Mike Wright (10), OF Dariel Alvarez (13), 1B/OF Christian Walker (14), RHP Oliver Drake (21), LHP Ariel Miranda (23), OF Mike Yastrzemski (25)

Jackson Generals (Seattle)
22-15
Offense: 481 R (3rd) .734 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.45 ERA (3rd) 1.29 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Edwin Diaz (2), OF Tyler O’Neill (4), OF Guillermo Heredia (7), RHP Andrew Moore (8), 1B D.J. Peterson (10), LHP Ryan Yarbrough (14), RHP Paul Blackburn (19), RHP Dan Altavilla (24), OF Ian Miller (31)

Palm Beach Cardinals
11-27, 6th in FSL South
Offense: 358 R (11th) .613 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.60 ERA (9th) 1.32 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)

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
19-19, 3rd in MWL East
Offense: 448 R (9th) .668 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.67 ERA (12th) 1.31 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Max Pentecost (8), RHP Justin Maese (9), LHP Ryan Borucki (14), RHP Tom Robson (21), 3B Carl Wise (25), LHP Angel Perdomo (26)

Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets)
22-22, 3rd in NYPL McNamara
Offense: 155 R (11th) .595 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.18 ERA (7th) 1.20 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Ali Sanchez (15), RHP Justin Dunn, 1B Pete Alonso

GCL Twins
18-16, T-2nd in GCL South
Offense: 114 R (14th) .597 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 2.67 ERA (3rd) 1.14 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Huascar Ynoa (25), SS Jose Miranda, OF Akil Baddoo