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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Whitley continues nice stretch

The Rays' 2015 first-round pick is showing signs of life

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I talked about Garrett Whitley a bit in my midseason top-30 prospect list posted Friday. I appreciate all feedback if you're interested in reading.

In his last nine games, Whitley is batting 11-for-34 (.324) with three doubles. In that time, his walk rate is 7.7 percent, and his strikeout rate is 20.5 percent, down significantly from the start of the season. Obviously a small stretch of games, but maybe it's something to build on.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (52-62)

Durham was shut out for the third time this week, this time falling to Gwinnett by a 4-0 score. The Bulls had just four hits and failed to support Jacob Faria, who allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (22-19)

Chase Whitley and Taylor Guerrieri each threw four nice innings in Montgomery's 3-1 win over Tennessee. After allowing a second-inning run, the rehabbing Whitley settled in and struck out five. Guerrieri piggybacked him and struck out a pair and allowed just one hit. In the eighth, Granden Goetzman singled in the go-ahead run, and Braxton Lee added an insurance run on a wild pitch.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (20-19)

Charlotte fell behind early and stayed behind in a 5-1 loss to Fort Myers. Tanner English, a former Rays draft pick, led the game off with a triple and scored the first of two first-inning runs. The Miracle scored three more in the third, all against starter Benton Moss, who ended up pitching five innings. Matt Duffy had two hits and drove in the Stone Crabs' only run, and Mikie Mahtook also had a pair of hits.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (27-13)

Tyler Brashears was impressive in his second professional start in Bowling Green's 4-1 win over Lansing. With some injuries piling up, the reliever stepped into the rotation on July 30 and more than held his own in his second chance. He lasted seven innings and allowed just one run and struck out six. The Lugnuts actually led through the fifth inning, but the Hot Rods changed that with three runs in the sixth. Brett Sullivan gave them the lead with a two-run double, and Kewby Meyer also drove in a run.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (26-20)

Noel Rodriguez tossed six scoreless innings in Hudson Valley's 4-2 win over Brooklyn. His fourth start of the season was also his best to date, as he faced the minimum 18 batters with three strikeouts. After the Cyclones lifted Mets first-rounder Justin Dunn after three innings, the Renegades got on the board on Jonathan Popadics' RBI single. They scored three more runs the next inning which started with a Jake Fraley triple and Garrett Whitley double.

Rookie Princeton Rays (21-17)

Princeton was postponed, again.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (13-23)

The GCL Rays' losing streak hit nine with a 5-4 setback against the GCL Orioles. Jesus Sanchez and Michael Brosseau drove in runs in the third, and Alexander Alvarez's home run in the eighth gave the team a 4-2 lead. The GCL Orioles pulled within one a half inning later, and in the ninth, Joe Graziano was called on to record the last out of the game. Instead, he allowed three straight singles that gave the GCL Orioles a walkoff win. Henry Centeno struck out two in three scoreless innings in a rehab appearance, and Zack Trageton allowed two runs and struck out four in four frames.

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 Taylor Motter: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
C Curt Casali: 0-for-4

RHP Jacob Faria: 5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Double-A

OF Granden Goetzman: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
SS Willy Adames: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
1B Jake Bauers: 0-for-4
OF Justin Williams: 0-for-4, 2 K

RHP Chase Whitley: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
RHP Taylor Guerrieri: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Class A-Advanced

OF Mikie Mahtook: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 K
SS Matt Duffy: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI
C Nick Ciuffo: 0-for-2, 2 BB
OF Nathan Lukes: 0-for-4
2B Andrew Velazquez: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
C Jonah Heim: 0-for-4, 1 K
OF Thomas Milone: 2-for-4, 1 K, 1 SB

RHP Benton Moss: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Class-A

3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB

RHP Tyler Brashears: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Short-season

OF Jake Fraley: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 SB
OF Garrett Whitley: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
OF Ryan Boldt: 1-for-4, 1 K

RHP Noel Rodriguez: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Rookie (GCL Rays)

C Justin O'Conner: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
OF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 3 K
1B Jonathan Arrowood: 2-for-3, 1 3B, 2 BB

RHP Henry Centeno: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Joe Graziano: 3 BF, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

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

Durham v. Gwinnet 6:35 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Justin Marks (4-10, 3.92) v. TBA

Montgomery @ Tennessee 7:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Jen-Ho Tseng (5-4, 3.06)

Charlotte v. Fort Myers 6:05 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Fernando Romero (3-1, 2.31)

Bowling Green v. West Michigan 7:35 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Kyle Dowdy (8-2, 2.51)

Hudson Valley v. Mahoning Valley 7:05 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Aaron Civale (0-1, 0.95)

Princeton @ Pulaski 5 PM ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
TBA v. TBA
TBA v. TBA

Both games will be seven innings

GCL Rays v. GCL Orioles 10 AM

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves
51-62, 2nd in IL South
Offense: 427 R (9th) .681 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.86 ERA (12th) 1.44 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Aaron Blair (2), RHP Chris Ellis (13), 3B Rio Ruiz (17), RHP Jason Hursh (21), RHP Steve Janas (30), SS Daniel Castro (31), RHP Victor Mateo, IF Reid Brignac

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
18-22, 4th in SL North
Offense: 427 R (6th) .693 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.99 ERA (8th) 1.39 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Ian Happ (3), RHP Duane Underwood (4), RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (20), RHP Brad Markey (23), C Victor Caratini (24), OF Jacob Hannemann (26), RHP Andury Acevedo (29), RHP David Berg (30)

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
22-19, 3rd in FSL South
Offense: 424 R (8th) .660 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.28 ERA (3rd) 1.30 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Nick Gordon (4),  LHP Randy Rosario (22), RHP Yorman Landa (23)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
20-19, 3rd in MWL East
Offense: 467 R (6th) .677 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.41 ERA (6th) 1.30 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Beau Burrows (2), OF Derek Hill (10), OF Jose Azocar (15), RHP Drew Smith (19), RHP Sandy Baez (26)

Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Cleveland)
22-24, 3rd in NYPL Pinckney
Offense: 183 R (6th) .654 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.13 ERA (6th) 1.30 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Juan Hillman (11), SS Luke Wakamatsu (27), C Logan Ice, RHP Aaron Civale

Pulaski Yankees
17-21, 5th in AL East
Offense: 183 R (8th) .733 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.42 ERA (7th) 1.37 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Wilkerman Garcia (9), LHP Jeff Degano (23), SS Dermis Garcia (31), OF Blake Rutherford

GCL Orioles
20-17, 2nd in GCL South
Offense: 165 R (4th) .644 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.71 ERA (3rd) 1.17 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: None