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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Seasons wind down

Both Florida affiliates are finished, and Durham joins them Monday

Benton Moss started Charlotte's final game Sunday
Benton Moss started Charlotte's final game Sunday
Jim Donten

With a win Sunday, Princeton forces a decisive Game 3 to determine who advances to the Appalachian League Championship. If it wins, its series will be against the Elizabethton Twins or Johnson City Cardinals.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (64-79)

Greg Harris had a tough spot start in Durham's 10-6 win over Norfolk. Promoted to finish out the season, Harris found himself down 2-0 just three batters into the game, and the Tides scored three total in the first inning. He was then baield out when J.P. Arencibia and Richie Shaffer hit back-to-back homers in the second in a five-run inning that also included three doubles. Harris would strike out six but finish with the three runs allowed on five hits and three walks in three innings.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (41-28)

A disastrous 10-run fourth inning cost Montgomery in its 12-4 loss to Tennessee. Jake Bauers' sacrifice fly and Justin O'Conner's home run actually gave the Biscuits a 2-0 lead after two innings before Chase Whitley melted down. The Smokies tied the game when the first six batters of the inning reached base, and they continued pouring it on. After two more hits, Yonny Chirinos replaced Whitley and added gas to the fire, even allowing a run to score on a balk. Justin Williams later homered.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (64-71)

Charlotte ended its season with a 3-1 loss at Palm Beach. The Stone Crabs loaded the bases twice in the first six innings but couldn't cash in, and they were down 2-0 before they finally scored in the seventh. Nick Ciuffo's single scored Thomas Milone with one out, but Palm Beach brought in veteran Daniel Bard to record the last two outs of the inning and put out the fire. Starter Benton Moss allowed two runs -- one earned -- in five innings with five strikeouts.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (46-23)

In his second game back with Bowling Green, Jake Cronenworth delivered a walkoff single in an 11-inning, 6-5 win over Fort Wayne. After struggling with Charlotte, the shortstop was assigned again to the Hot Rods to help them win a championship. David Olmedo-Barrera tied the game in the seventh with a two-run double, and after a few unproductive innings, Cronenworth's big hit scored Peter Maris. Starter Eduar Lopez struck out six and allowed a run in six innings, and Bryan Bonnell gave up four in an inning of work.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (47-26)

Hudson Valley quickly fell in a 5-0 hole and couldn't get out in its 5-2 loss to Aberdeen. Starter Eduard Rosillo's struggles continued with five runs -- four earned -- allowed on nine hits in four innings with five strikeouts. With a four-hit game, Garrett Whitley scored both Renegades runs.

Rookie Princeton Rays (38-29)

Princeton staged a late comeback to keep its season alive with a 6-4 Game 2 win over Burlington. An RBI single from Adrian Rondon and two-run double by Robbie Tenerowicz initially gave Princeton a 1-0 lead in the first, but Burlington went in front with a four-run second. The offenses were dormant until the seventh when Eleardo Cabrera tied the game with a two-out single. Cabrera later drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth when Burlington failed to turn a double play on his bases-loaded, one-out groundout.

Ethan Clark allowed Burlington's four second-inning runs and eventually struck out five in 5 1/3 innings. Sandy Brito threw two scoreless innings of relief, and the win went to Reimin Ramos, who struck out three in two scoreless innings himself.

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


Notable Performances


OF Johnny Field: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI
OF Mikie Mahtook: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
SS Daniel Robertson: 1-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
UT Taylor Motter: 0-for-4
C J.P. Arencibia: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K
3B Richie Shaffer: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
2B Jake Hager: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI

RHP Greg Harris: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K


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

RHP Chase Whitley: 3 1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
RHP Yonny Chirinos: 3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Class A-Advanced

SS Andrew Velazquez: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-5, 1 RBI
OF Thomas Milone: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 K

RHP Benton Moss: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 5 K


SS Jake Cronenworth: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
3B Kevin Padlo: 0-for-5, 2 K
2B Peter Maris: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB

RHP Eduar Lopez: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
RHP Bryan Bonnell: 1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Yoel Espinal: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K


OF Jake Fraley: 0-for-4
OF Garrett Whitley: 4-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B
C Chris Betts: 0-for-3, 1 BB

RHP Eduard Rosillo: 4 IP, 9 H, 5 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Jose Alonzo: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Rookie (Princeton)

OF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-4, 2 K
SS Adrian Rondon: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
OF Emilio Gustave: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 SB

RHP Ethan Clark: 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Reimin Ramos: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Today's games (All probables courtesy

Durham v. Norfolk 1:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (8-10, 3.69) v. Mike Wright (3-4, 3.15)

Montgomery v. Tennessee 1:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Chih-Wei Hu (7-8, 2.59) v. TBA

Charlotte's season is over

Bowling Green v. Fort Wayne 1:05 PM ET (radio stream)
Roel Ramirez (6-8, 4.88) v. Cal Quantrill (0-0, 6.00)

Hudson Valley @ Aberdeen 1:05 PM ET (radio stream)
TBA v. Cody Sedlock (0-1, 3.00)

Princeton v. Burlington 6 PM ET (radio stream)

Game three of a best-of-three series (Series tied, 1-1)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
Offense: 522 R (12th) .687 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.75 ERA (9th) 1.31 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Chance Sisco (3), 1B Trey Mancini (8), RHP Mike Wright (10), OF Dariel Alvarez (13), 1B/OF Christian Walker (14), RHP Parker Bridwell (22), OF Mike Yastrzemski (25)

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
Offense: 565 R (4th) .701 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 4.04 ERA (9th) 1.40 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Ian Happ (3), 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 Wayne TinCaps (San Diego)
Offense: 528 R (12th) .665 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.70 ERA (12th) 1.32 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Ruddy Giron (4), LHP Logan Allen (8), RHP Austin Smith (9), RHP Jacob Nix (11), OF Jose Carlos Urena (24), RHP Emmanuel Ramirez (30), 1B Brad Zunica (31), RHP Anderson Espinosa, RHP Chris Paddack, RHP Cal Quantrill, LHP Eric Lauer

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
Offense: 238 R (13th) .606 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.28 ERA (8th) 1.26 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Cody Sedlock, LHP Keegan Akin, RHP Matthias Dietz

Burlington Royals
42-26, won AL East
Offense: 373 R (T-2nd) .749 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.38 ERA (1st) 1.22 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: None, but they are managed by Scott Thorman