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Rays prospects and minor leagues: De Leon moves closer to return

Jose De Leon was good in his second rehab outing

Durham's deep rotation might get deeper soon
Durham's deep rotation might get deeper soon
Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

I'm not sure if I've just missed the Rays announcing further plans for Jose De Leon. He threw 69 pitches Tuesday, so I think he could probably handle moving up to Durham next turn. Durham's rotation got a little more crowded with the addition of Blake Snell though.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (23-14)

Durham's ninth-inning rally was too little, too late in its 5-3 loss to Charlotte. For most of the night, the Bulls could not generate anything against the Knights' pitchers, but four straight hits to start the ninth gave them a chance. Curt Casali's two-run double got them on the board, and Mike Marjama's single brought the tying run to the plate. Casali scored on Ryan Brett's groundout, but outs from Johnny Field and Willy Adames ended the game. Brent Honeywell allowed four runs -- two earned -- in six innings with seven strikeouts before being ejected.

SS Willy Adames: 0-for-5
OF Jake Bauers: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K

RHP Brent Honeywell: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 7 K
RHP Jeff Ames: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (21-17)

Jose Mujica was hammered in Montgomery's 7-1 loss to Tennessee. He allowed a three-run homer in the first inning and then two more dingers in a four-run second. He ended up pitching six innings. Grant Kay's solo home run accounted for the Biscuits' only run.

OF Joe McCarthy: 2-for-4, 1 BB, 2 K

RHP Jose Mujica: 6 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

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

Jose De Leon threw five no-hit innings in Charlotte's 6-1 win over Dunedin. In his second rehab outing, the righty struck out five in five innings with two walks. He threw 42 of his 69 pitches for strikes. Taylor Hawkins pitched the final four innings but lost the no-hitter with one out in the seventh. Brett Sullivan drove in three runs, and Jake Cronenworth reached base four times.

OF Jake Fraley: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 K
C David Rodriguez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
2B Brandon Lowe: 1-for-2, 2 R, 3 BB
SS Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB
OF David Olmedo-Barrera: 0-for-5, 2 K

RHP Jose De Leon: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (16-20)

Bowling Green couldn't hang onto a late lead in its 10-inning, 4-3 loss to West Michigan. The Hot Rods took a 3-2 lead in the fifth when Emilio Gustave hit a three-run homer, but they failed to add on when they had a chance. They loaded the bases with one out right after the homer and did not score again. In the ninth, the Whitecaps' two-out rally tied the game against Brian McAfee and won it off him in the 10th. Starter Brock Burke allowed two runs -- one earned -- in six innings.

SS Lucius Fox: 1-for-5
CF Josh Lowe: 1-for-4, 1 K
3B Adrian Rondon: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 K
IF Michael Brosseau: 0-for-4, 2 K
OF Emilio Gustave: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI

LHP Brock Burke: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Brian McAfee: 1 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 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 @ Charlotte 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Ryan Yarbrough (2-2, 3.51) v. Carson Fulmer (5-1, 2.72)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 11:30 AM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Tyler Brashears (0-0, 6.00) v. Zach Hedges (5-2, 2.59)

Charlotte @ Dunedin 6:30 PM (radio stream)
Eduar Lopez (3-3, 3.38) v. T.J. Zeuch (2-1, 2.57)

Bowling Green @ West Michigan 11 AM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Travis Ott* (3-2, 2.56) v. Alfred Gutierrez (3-1, 3.29)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
20-17 (3rd in IL South)
Offense: 154 R (3rd) .753 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.64 ERA (8th) 1.35 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: IF Yoan Moncada (1), RHP Lucas Giolito (2), RHP Reynaldo Lopez (3), RHP Zack Burdi (6), RHP Carson Fulmer (7), RHP Tyler Danish (18), OF Adam Engel (19), OF Jacob May (20)

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
23-16 (T-1st in SL North)
Offense: 147 R (3rd) .744 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.50 ERA (6th) 1.18 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Trevor Clifton (8), RHP Duane Underwood (15), OF Jacob Hannemann (23), 2B David Bote (26)

Dunedin Blue Jays
21-18 (T-2nd in FSL North)
Offense: 182 R (3rd) .729 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.36 ERA (5th) 1.37 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: IF Lourdes Gurriel (3), RHP T.J. Zeuch (8), C Max Pentecost (12), LHP Ryan Borucki (16), LHP Angel Perdomo (18), RHP Jordan Romano (24), 2B Cavan Biggio (25)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
26-12 (T-1st in MWL East)
Offense: 156 R (5th) .683 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.55 ERA (2nd) 1.11 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kyle Funkhouser (5), LHP Austin Sodders (16), RHP Bryan Garcia (22), RHP Zac Houston (23), OF Jacob Robson (25), LHP Gregory Soto (30)