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Rays prospects and minor leagues 8/30: Montgomery sweeps doubleheader

Willy Adames hit two RBI in the first game and a double in the second

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Jonathan Mayo of MLB Pipeline named Casey Gillaspie to his prospect “Team of the Week”, saying the following about the Rays’ first-base prospect:

Any time you begin a week with a four-hit, two-homer game, it's going to be a good week. That's exactly what the switch-hitting first baseman did, driving in four in that contest as well. Gillaspie finished the week with another long ball and three more RBIs. The 2014 first-rounder has hit well in Triple-A, especially in August, with a .299/.376/.505 line for the month.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (60-77)

Durham rallied back to overcome a one-run deficit in their 3-2 win over the Columbus Clippers. Justin Marks shut out the Clippers for six innings before giving up a two-run home run in the seventh, putting the Bulls behind by one. Otherwise, Marks was effective striking out nine batters over his seven innings. Taylor Motter tied up the game on a one-run single in the eighth, and Curt Casali hit a sacrifice fly for his second RBI of the game and the winning run. Adam Kolarek notched his second save with a scoreless ninth to finish off the game.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits

Montgomery made up their postponed game from Sunday in a doubleheader with the Mobile BayBears. The Biscuits cruised to a 7-0 win over the Baybears in Game One. Chase Whitley didn’t give Mobile any chance, shutting them out over six innings with just two hits and one walk allowed. Montgomery scored four unearned runs off of five Mobile errors. Willy Adames knocked in two runs while Jake Bauers hit his 71st RBI of the year, good for fourth place in the Southern League. Jake Depew hit a two-run home run, his eighth of the season.

Game Two took an extra inning, but Montgomery exploded in the eighth to complete the sweep with an 8-3 win. The Biscuits scored three runs in the fourth, but Taylor Guerrieri allowed back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the inning. Guerrieri handed the lead to Kyle Winkler in the sixth, but Winkler promptly gave up a solo home run as the game became tied. Montgomery was quiet in the seventh, but plated five runs in the eighth. RBI singles from Patrick Leonard and Justin Williams as well as a two-run home run from Granden Goetzman helped drive Montgomery to the extra-inning win.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs

Charlotte played a doubleheader with the St. Lucie Mets, completing their suspended game from June 30.

Charlotte picked up Game One today tied, but ended up losing the game 4-3 to the Mets. The two teams picked up where they left off with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, where Cristian Toribio promptly struck out with runners on second and third. The game was decided in the top of the ninth, when St. Lucie plated a run thanks to a throwing error by Charlotte catcher Mac James. The Stone Crabs didn’t manage a single hit after resuming the game.

The Stone Crabs fared much worse in the second game, making just two hits as they lost 3-0. Mike Franco gave up the deciding blow in the fourth, allowing three runs in the inning. Thomas Milone walked and Andrew Velazquez singled in the ninth to bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth. Instead, a fielder’s choice and double play ended any hope of a Charlotte rally.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (43-21)

A four-run third carried Bowling Green to a 5-2 win over the Dayton Dragons. A bases-loaded walk and hit-by-pitch got the Hot Rods two easy runs. Kewby Meyer notched a RBI single and another run scored on a double play before the inning was over. Eduar Lopez started the game off strong with three shutout innings before allowing a run in the fourth and fifth. Lopez took home his fifth win, and Yoel Espinal blanked the Dragons over three innings. Landon Cray hit a RBI single in the sixth, and Armando Bastardo sealed the game with a perfect ninth.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (44-23)

Hudson Valley’s winning streak finally came to an end as they lost 9-2 to the Lowell Spinners. Hudson Valley struck first on a RBI single from Nathaniel Lowe in the first, but Eduard Rosillo allowed three runs in the bottom of the frame. Jose Alonzo let the game get out of hand, giving up five runs in the fifth. Nathaniel Lowe hit a solo home run in the sixth, but by then the Renegades were buried. Garrett Whitley had his second four-hit game in a row, smacking two doubles in the process.

Rookie Princeton Rays (35-28)

Princeton’s pitching handed the Bristol Pirates a sizeable lead before the Rays ever scored as they fell to the Pirates, 4-2. Kenny Rosenberg gave up two runs before being pulled in the fourth, and Orlando Romero allowed two more over the next two innings. Three Bristol errors in the seventh lead to two Princeton runs on an Adrian Rondon groundout. Austin Sweet tossed 2.2 scoreless innings, but the Rays couldn’t put together any more runs.

Rookie GCL Rays (27-29)

The GCL Rays eked out an eventful 3-2 win over the GCL Twins Monday. The Rays got on the board first after a rehabbing Bralin Jackson and Michael Brosseau hit subsequent doubles in the fourth. Jesus Ortiz went four-no hit innings in his start, but Reece Karalus allowed two runs in the fifth. However, Karalus wound up with his second win on his rehab assignment when the Rays knocked in two in the seventh. Rays third-round pick Austin Franklin made his second appearance out of the bullpen since being drafted, earning the save with three shutout innings of relief.

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 Daniel Robertson: 1-for-3, R, BB, K
1B Casey Gillaspie: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2B (10), BB, K
UT Taylor Motter: 2-for-4, RBI (43)
C Curt Casali: 1-for-3, 2 RBI (15), 2 K
CIF/OF Richie Shaffer: 1-for-4, 2B (25)

LHP Justin Marks: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K
LHP Adam Kolarek: S (2), 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Double-A

(1) 2B Kean Wong: 3-for-4, 3 R
(1) SS Willy Adames: 3-for-4, 2B (30), 2 RBI (54), K
(1) OF Granden Goeztman: 2-for-3, R
(1) C Jake Depew: 1-for-3, R, HR (8), 2 RBI (39), K

(2) OF Cade Gotta: 1-for-3, R, BB, K
(2) SS Willy Adames: 2-for-4, 2B (31)
(2) 1B/OF Jake Bauers: 1-for-3, 2 R, BB, K
(2) 1B/3B Patrick Leonard: 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI (45), K
(2) OF Justin Williams: 1-for-3, R, 2 RBI (27), BB, K
(2) OF Granden Goetzman: 2-for-4, 2 R, HR (5), 3 RBI (35)
(2) C Justin O’Conner: 1-for-4, RBI (1), K

(1) RHP Chase Whitley: W (2-0), 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
(1) RHP Jared Mortensen: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

(2) RHP Jaye Chapman: W (3-2), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
(2) RHP Jeff Ames: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Class-A Advanced

(1) SS Alec Sole: 1-for-1, 2 R, 2 BB
(1) 1B/OF Joe McCarthy: 0-for-2, 2 BB
(1) OF Bralin Jackson: 1-for-2, 2 RBI (16)
(1) OF Jace Conrad: 1-for-4, RBI (24)
(1) OF Thomas Milone: 2-for-3

(2) OF Thomas Milone: 0-for-1, 2 BB, K

(2) LHP Jose Alvarado: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Class-A

1B Kewby Meyer: 1-for-4, RBI (34)
C Samm Wiggins: 1-for-2, R
OF Landon Cray: 2-for-3, R, 2B (5), RBI (8), BB

RHP Yoel Espinal: H (4), 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Armando Bastardo: S (3), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Short-Season

OF Garrett Whitley: 4-for-4, R, 2 2B (11)
3B Jim Haley: 2-for-4, K
1B Nathaniel Lowe: 2-for-4, R, HR (3), 2 RBI (36), K
OF Angel Perez: 1-for-4, 2B (11)

RHP Deivy Mendez: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Rookie (Princeton)

C Rene Pinto: 2-for-4, R, 2B (7)
OF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-4, 2B (3), K

RHP Austin Sweet: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Rookie (GCL)

OF Bralin Jackson: 1-for-4, R, 2B (3), 2 K
1B Jonathan Arrowood: 1-for-4, R, 2B (9)
IF Michael Brosseau: 2-for-4, 2B (11), RBI (19), K, SB (7)
SS Kevin Santiago: 1-for-4, R, 2B (5), RBI (11), K
C Joey Roach: 1-for-3, RBI (7)

RHP Jesus Ortiz: 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Austin Franklin: S (1), 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

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

Durham v. Columbus 7:05 PM ET (milb.tv, radio stream)
Jaime Schultz (5-6, 3.48) v. TBA

Montgomery @ Mobile 7:35 PM ET (radio stream)
Chase Whitley (1-0, 2.00) v. Edgar Garcia (4-3, 2.77)

Charlotte v. St. Lucie 6:35 PM ET (radio stream)
Chris Pike (4-11, 4.55) v. Chris Flexen (9-9, 3.70)

Bowling Green is off

Hudson Valley @ Lowell 7:05 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Josh Pennington (4-3, 2.96)

Princeton v. Bluefield 5:00 PM ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
TBA v. TBA
TBA v. TBA

Completion of August 16 suspended game followed by a seven-inning game

GCL Rays v. GCL Twins 12:00 PM ET

Scouting the opposition

Columbus Clippers (Cleveland)
79-58, 1st in IL West
Offense: 597 R (2nd) .718 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.57 ERA (6th) 1.30 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)
31-31, 3rd in SL South
Offense: 539 R (5th) .702 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.67 ERA (6th) 1.35 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Gabriel Guerrero (11), IF Domingo Leyba (13), RHP Taylor Clarke (14), C The Oscar (22), RHP Adam Miller (23), 2B Jamie Westbrook (30)

St. Lucie Mets
36-28, T-1st in FSL South
Offense: 561 R (7th) .694 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.34 ERA (4th) 1.29 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)

Lowell Spinners (Boston)
43-26, 1st in NYPL Stedler
Offense: 334 R (2nd) .736 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.18 ERA (7th) 1.29 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Yoan Aybar (22), RHP Josh Pennington (29), SS C.J. Chatham

Bluefield Blue Jays
36-28, 2nd in AL East
Offense: 363 R (2nd) .752 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.17 ERA (6th) 1.36 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Reggie Pruitt (11), RHP Jose Espada (15), RHP Yennsy Diaz (19), 3B/OF Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

GCL Twins
30-27, 2nd in GCL South
Offense: 198 R (16th) .613 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 2.74 ERA (3rd) 1.13 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Huascar Ynoa (25), SS Jose Miranda, OF Akil Baddoo