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Rays prospects and minor leagues: No one played

But I will offer some brief previews for the three affiliates still in the playoffs

Fans check out Tuesday's minor league action
Fans check out Tuesday's minor league action
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I believe Tuesday was the first day since before the season started that no Rays affiliate played. If there was another day, it would've been around minor league and major league All-Star season in June or July when weather could've wiped out a limited slate of games.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (76-64)

Montgomery won the second-half division title to reach the postseason for the second straight season. The Biscuits have their work cut out for them against the Generals, who finished the overall season eight games ahead of the Biscuits and drubbed them in the season series, 16-4.

Jackson's offense finished last in home runs, but Southern League MVP Tyler O'Neill was second in the league with 24, and his .882 OPS led the league by 80 points. D.J. Peterson, who is not even on the club anymore, is the only other General with double-digit homers. The Generals led the league in on-base percentage, and their base-stealing proficiency (78.8 percent) could pose problems for Montgomery's staff. Outfielder Ian Miller stole 49 in 52 attempts.

Lefty Ryan Yarbrough was named the league's Pitcher of the Year with a 2.95 ERA in 128 1/3 innings. He's backed in the rotation by Andrew Moore (3.16 ERA) and Paul Blackburn (3.27 ERA), acquired from the Cubs in the Dan Vogelbach deal. Minor league veteran Ryne Harper struck out 95 in 68 innings of relief.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (84-55)

Both Bowling Green and Great Lakes enter the postseason on a roll. The Hot Rods set a franchise records for wins to reach the playoffs for the fourth time in team history since they relocated from Columbus in 2009, but they're still looking for their first win in the playoffs. Bowling Green won the season series, 8-6.

The Loons don't have much in terms of well-known prospects. They finished tied for second in home runs, but no one on the active roster reached double digits. First baseman Ibandel Isabel, who hit seven in 24 games, was just put on the disabled list. Outfielder Saige Jenco reached base at a .370 clip and stole 17 bases without being thrown out. As a team, Great Lakes had just a .310 OBP.

However, Great Lakes does boast one of the league's better pitching staffs, and it comes with some recent additions in the form of former Vanderbilt stars Walker Buehler and Jordan Sheffield. Buehler is very limited returning from elbow surgery, and Sheffield was just drafted in June. Another high-priced talent, Cuban Yadier Alvarez, excelled in a small amount of innings for the Loons with 55 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings. Reliever Shea Spitzbarth struck out 43 in 28 1/3 innings.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (47-27)

After a bit of a slow start, Hudson Valley caught fire and rolled to a division win to make the playoffs for the second time in three years. Lowell, an affiliate of the rival Red Sox, also won 47 games and won its division by a comfortable margin. The Spinners took five of six from the Renegades in the regular season.

Lowell had one of the New York-Penn League's best offenses in 2016, led by Arizona's College World Series star Bobby Dalbec. He was impressive on the mound in Omaha, but the fourth-round pick would rather hit, which he has in his pro debut. He bashed seven dingers in just 34 games and owned a 1.101 OPS. Tyler Hill, a former 19th-round pick, was second among qualified hitters in the league with an .887 OPS and led the league with a .332 average.

Statistically, the Spinners pitching staff was mediocre as a whole. However, they do have a few interesting arms to throw at Hudson Valley, including first-rounder Jason Groome, who could've gone first overall in June's draft. How much impact he'll have is questionable, since he only made one appearance for Lowell at the end of the season. Another 2016 pick, Maryland's Mike Shawaryn, had 22 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings and could be a future big leaguer.

Rookie Princeton Rays (38-29)

Princeton's season is over.

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


Today's games (All probables courtesy

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

Game 1 of a best-of-five series (Series tied, 0-0)

Bowling Green @ Great Lakes 7:05 PM ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Yadier Alvarez (3-2, 2.29)

Game 1 of a best-of-three series (Series tied, 0-0)

Hudson Valley @ Lowell 7:05 PM ET (radio stream)

Game 1 of a best-of-three series (Series tied, 0-0)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Jackson Generals (Seattle)
Offense: 625 R (3rd) .717 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.49 ERA (3rd) 1.28 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Tyler O'Neill (4), RHP Andrew Moore (8), LHP Ryan Yarbrough (14), OF Dario Pizzano (26), OF Ian Miller (31), RHP Paul Blackburn

Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers)
Offense: 537 R (10th) .659 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.30 ERA (4th) 1.20 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Walker Buehler (11), 2B Omar Estevez (10), IF Brendon Davis (25), RHP Jordan Sheffield

Lowell Spinners (Boston)
Offense: 370 R (2nd) .732 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.29 ERA (8th) 1.30 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Yoan Aybar (22), RHP Josh Pennington (29), LHP Jason Groome, SS C.J. Chatham