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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Duffy, Brett rehab in Charlotte win

Matt Duffy started his road back to the majors Tuesday

Matt Duffy in a Rays uniform is something people haven't seen a lot of yet
Matt Duffy in a Rays uniform is something people haven't seen a lot of yet
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I believe Greg Harris will have to go on the 40-man roster this offseason. His two most recent starts prior to Tuesday were poor -- he allowed a combined 10 earned runs in 8 2/3 innings -- but has been really good otherwise. Those two starts included four home runs, which was unusual for a pitcher who tends to do a good job keeping the ball in the park.

For the season, his strikeout rate is 23.9 percent, and his walk rate is 6.7 percent.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (21-9)

Richie Shaffer's home run was the difference in Durham's 3-2 loss to Columbus. All the scoring in this game came early. Spot starter Kyle Winkler allowed a leadoff home run in the first inning, but the Bulls had his back with RBI hits from Jake Bauers and Patrick Leonard in the bottom half of the inning. In the second, Shaffer's seventh home run of the season gave the Clippers a 3-2 lead. Winkler pitched two innings, and Ryan Garton struck out four in two perfect innings of relief.

OF Jake Bauers: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-4, 1 2B
SS Willy Adames: 0-for-3, 1 K
OF Shane Peterson: 0-for-4, 2 K

RHP Kyle Winkler: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
RHP Ryne Stanek: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Ryan Garton: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (16-15)

A ninth-inning grand slam capped Montgomery's meltdown in a 6-5 loss to Chattanooga. Brad Schreiber opened the door to the Lookouts when he allowed a run in the eighth, and Yoel Espinal gave the game away. A hit batter with the bases loaded made it a 5-2 game, and after Espinal finally got the first out of the inning, Jonathan Rodriguez's grand slam put Chattanooga in front. It wasted Greg Harris' six-inning, five-strikeout performance, and Michael Russell and Granden Goetzman homered.

1B Joe McCarthy: 1-for-5, 1 R
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 3 K
IF Michael Russell: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
OF Granden Goetzman: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB
SS Andrew Velazquez: 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

RHP Greg Harris: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Yoel Espinal: 1 IP, 2 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (15-17)

The rehabbing Matt Duffy and Ryan Brett teamed up in Charlotte's middle infield for its 6-2 win over Clearwater. In his first game of the season, Duffy played short for four innings and went 1-for-3 with a strikeout. Brett led off the game with a home run to kickstart a four-run first inning that featured four consecutive walks and David Rodriguez's two-run single. Starter Alexis Tapia left the game after 2 2/3 innings due to an injury, according to friend of the site Steve Kinsella. Joe Serrapica was credited with the win after throwing 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

SS Matt Duffy: 1-for-3, 1 K
2B Ryan Brett: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
OF Ryan Boldt: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
OF Jake Fraley: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
C David Rodriguez: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 K

RHP Alexis Tapia: 2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
RHP Brandon Lawson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (14-16)

Bowling Green fell behind early and never quite caught up in a 7-2 loss to Quad Cities. Starter J.D. Busfield allowed a run in each of the first two innings, and after Nathaniel Lowe's RBI walk in the third got the Hot Rods on the board, the River Bandits scored again in the fourth. Busfield struck out six and allowed three runs -- two earned -- in five innings. Lucius Fox had his second three-hit game in three days.

SS Lucius Fox: 3-for-5, 1 K
OF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-5, 1 K
3B Adrian Rondon: 0-for-5, 2 K
CF Josh Lowe: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
1B Nathaniel Lowe: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB

RHP J.D. Busfield: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 5 K
LHP Porter Clayton: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

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


Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Columbus 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jacob Faria (4-0, 3.13) v. Travis Banwart (0-2, 12.00)

Montgomery v. Chattanooga 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Mike Franco (2-0, 1.53) v. TBA

Charlotte @ Clearwater 10:30 AM (radio stream)
Michael Velasquez (0-3, 5.18) v. Cole Irvin (3-2, 1.69)

Bowling Green v. Quad Cities 11:35 AM (radio stream)
Brock Burke (3-0, 1.04) v. TBA

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Columbus Clippers (Cleveland)
12-18 (3rd in IL West)
Offense: 105 R (11th) .733 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.45 ERA (12th) 1.38 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Bradley Zimmer (2), SS Erik Gonzalez (9), 3B Yandy Diaz (11), RHP Adam Plutko (16), Shawn Morimando (19), LHP Ryan Merritt (22), 1B Nellie Rodriguez (25), OF Richie Shaffer

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota)
18-14 (3rd in SL North)
Offense: 115 R (5th) .694 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.16 ERA (4th) 1.33 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Nick Gordon (1), RHP Fernando Romero (4), RHP Kohl Stewart (7), RHP Felix Jorge (8), RHP Nick Burdi (15), OF LaMonte Wade (21), SS Engelb Vielma (25), LHP Mason Melotakis (30), LHP Randy Rosario (31), OF Tanner English

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia)
20-13 (1st in FSL North)
Offense: 126 R (8th) .741 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 2.84 ERA (2nd) 1.24 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Franklyn Kilome (7), OF Cornelius Randolph (15), RHP Jose Taveras (21), RHP Alberto Tirado (26)

Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston)
16-14 (3rd in MWL West)
Offense: 165 R (1st) .789 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.74 ERA (8th) 1.24 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Forrest Whitley (6), OF Daz Cameron (14), OF Ronnie Dawson (15), C Jake Rogers (20)