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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Biscuits squander strong Harris start

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Another start, another great effort for Greg Harris

Greg Harris' stock looks ready to rise
Greg Harris' stock looks ready to rise
Jim Donten

Depending on the severity of the injuries to Jake Odorizzi and Taylor Guerrieri, there could be a bit of pitching shuffling in the upper levels. Chase Whitley was the fortunate one to be scheduled to start the same day as Odorizzi. If they're just going to be dealing with short-term injuries, I'm not sure if any of the significant names will be the ones on the move, but we'll see.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (7-3)

Willy Adames' first Triple-A home run was too little, too late in Durham's 8-6 loss to Gwinnett. The Bulls trailed by six entering the bottom of the ninth, and a run-scoring groundout from Granden Goetzman brought them a run closer before Adames' three-run shot made it a two-run game. However, Jake Bauers and Casey Gillaspie both struck out to end the game. With Chase Whitley's promotion to the majors, Andrew Kittredge got the emergency start and only allowed a run in 2 2/3 innings. Justin Marks was charged with five runs in Gwinnett's six-run fourth.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (5-4)

Montgomery could not hold on to a late lead in its 5-2 loss to Birmingham. It took until the sixth inning for the Biscuits to finally score, but Grant Kay's RBI hit that inning tied the game at one. An inning later, Joe McCarthy drove in Justin O'Conner to give them their first lead. Starter Greg Harris pitched well with nine strikeouts in seven, one-run innings, but the bullpen did not see the same success. The Barons scored four times in the eighth, aided by an Alec Sole error. Jordan Harrison and Diego Castillo were each charged with two runs, although only one was earned.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (2-8)

Charlotte watched Lakeland score nine unanswered runs in a 10-2 loss Saturday. David Olmedo-Barrera's RBI single in the third actually put the Stone Crabs up 2-1, but that lead was short lived. After two quick outs to begin the inning, starter Eduar Lopez allowed two more runs and couldn't complete the fourth, but the worse was yet to come. The Flying Tigers got two more off Reece Karalus, and Taylor Hawkins gave up five an inning later. Bryan Bonnell finished the game with five strikeouts in two scoreless innings.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (6-4)

After falling behind 11-0, Bowling Green at least made the final score a little more respectable in a 12-7 loss to Fort Wayne. Already up 2-0, the TinCaps got a bases-clearing double with two outs in the first, and starter Travis Ott would only last an inning. Deivy Mendez did not fare any better, allowing three home runs in a six-run third inning. Jesus Sanchez drove in two in the third to get the Hot Rods on the board, and Jonah Heim's two-run homer in the sixth aided the modest comeback attempt.

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 Willy Adames: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K
OF Jake Bauers: 0-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-5, 2 K
OF Granden Goetzman: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K

RHP Andrew Kittredge: 2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
LHP Justin Marks: 1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
RHP Jeff Ames: 2 1/3+ IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K

Double-A

OF Justin Williams: 0-for-4
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 K
1B Joe McCarthy: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
3B Grant Kay: 3-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
OF Nathan Lukes: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 K

RHP Greg Harris: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

Class A-Advanced

OF Jake Fraley: 1-for-5, 1 K
3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
C David Rodriguez: 1-for-4, 1 K
OF Ryan Boldt: 1-for-4, 3 K
1B David Olmedo-Barrera: 3-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K

RHP Eduar Lopez: 3 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 0 K
RHP Taylor Hawkins: 2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
RHP Bryan Bonnell: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Class-A

OF Jesus Sanchez: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K
3B Adrian Rondon: 1-for-5, 1 R
CF Joshua Lowe: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 3 K
SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-4, 2 K
C Jonah Heim: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI

LHP Travis Ott: 1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
RHP Deivy Mendez: 2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
RHP Elias Torres: 2 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

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

Durham v. Gwinnett 5:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jacob Faria (1-0, 3.86) v. Aaron Blair (1-1, 7.88)

Montgomery @ Birmingham 5 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Mike Franco (0-0, 1.93) v. Matt Cooper (0-0, 2.25)

Charlotte v. Lakeland 12:35 PM (radio stream)
Genesis Cabrera (0-2, 18.00) v. Beau Burrows (0-0, 1.74)

Bowling Green is off

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves
6-4 (2nd in IL South)
Offense: 46 R (2nd) .736 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.60 ERA (6th) 1.29 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Ozzie Albies (2), LHP Sean Newcomb (8), RHP Lucas Sims (14), 3B Rio Ruiz (20), RHP Luke Jackson (28), OF Adam Walker

Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
2-7 (5th in SL North)
Offense: 17 R (T-7th) .680 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 8.57 ERA (10th) 2.05 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Michael Kopech (5), RHP Spencer Adams (9), 3B Trey Michalczewski (13), 2B Jake Peter (16), RHP Connor Walsh (27), 1B Cameron Seitzer

Lakeland Flying Tigers
4-6 (T-5th in FSL North)
Offense: 16 R (12th) .620 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.15 ERA (7th) 1.03 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Beau Burrows (3), OF Jose Azocar (12), RHP Sandy Baez (13), RHP Mark Ecker (15), RHP Spencer Turnbull (19), RHP Drew Smith (24), C Arvicent Perez (27), LHP Matt Hall (28), LHP Jairo Labourt (29)