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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Faria hit by comebacker, exits early

Jacob Faria was hit in the leg by a line drive Saturday, but he finished the inning

Jacob Faria struck out seven in four innings Saturday
Jacob Faria struck out seven in four innings Saturday
Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

As I'm writing this Saturday night, there's no indication how serious the injury is, if at all. Jake Fraley also left his game Saturday after being hit by the pitch.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (29-17)

A comebacker knocked Jacob Faria out of the game early, and it ended in a 6-2 Durham loss to Pawtucket. Faria allowed a home run in the second but struck out seven in four innings. In the fourth, a single off his leg extended the inning, but he battled to strike out the final batter of the inning before leaving the game. Pawtucket really went to work in the fifth off Yoel Espinal and scored four runs to run away with the game. Chih-Wei Hu pitched two scoreless innings of relief.

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

RHP Jacob Faria: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
RHP Yoel Espinal: 1 IP, 1 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
RHP Chih-Wei Hu: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (26-23)

Jose Mujica turned in a nice start in Montgomery's 3-0 win over Chattanooga. After getting hammered for five home runs over his prior two starts, Mujica bounced back against the Lookouts, the team he threw eight strong innings against three turns ago. In his Saturday start, he struck out three in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Justin O'Conner drove in the only run the Biscuits needed in the second inning, and Grant Kay doubled in two insurance runs in the eighth.

1B Joe McCarthy: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
C Nick Ciuffo: 0-for-3

RHP Jose Mujica: 6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (22-25)

Charlotte scored early, and Roel Ramirez pitched well in the Stone Crabs' 4-2 win over Fort Myers. Brett Sullivan's RBI double in the first gave them a quick 1-0 lead, and Jake Fraley and Jake Cronenworth drove in runs in the second. In his first start of the season, Ramirez threw five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Fraley left the game in the sixth after being hit by a pitch.

C David Rodriguez: 0-for-3
OF Ryan Boldt: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B
OF Jake Fraley: 0-for-2, 1 RBI
1B Dalton Kelly: 4-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B

RHP Roel Ramirez: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
RHP Drew Smith: two-thirds IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (20-26)

Bowling Green's game was postponed.

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Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Pawtucket 1:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Brent Honeywell (3-4, 3.69) v. Henry Owens (3-3, 3.19)

Montgomery @ Chattanooga 6:15 PM (radio stream)
Tyler Brashears (1-0, 4.32) v. Felix Jorge (4-1, 4.03)

Charlotte v. Fort Myers 12:35 PM (radio stream)
Eduar Lopez (3-5, 4.73) v. David Fischer (3-2, 3.32)

Bowling Green v. Lake County 5:35 PM (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Brock Burke  (5-0, 1.22) v. Brady Aiken (1-7, 4.46)
TBA v. Justin Garza (1-1, 5.71)

Both games will be seven innings

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Pawtucket Red Sox
19-24 (5th in IL North)
Offense: 168 R (12th) .682 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.81 ERA (8th) 1.30 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Aneury Tavarez (17), RHP Kyle Martin (18), RHP Chandler Shepherd (23), RHP Jamie Callahan (28)

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota)
27-22 (2nd in SL North)
Offense: 179 R (5th) .686 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.51 ERA (4th) 1.34 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Nick Gordon (1), LHP Stephen Gonsalves (2), RHP Fernando Romero (4), RHP Kohl Stewart (7), RHP Felix Jorge (8), RHP Nick Burdi (15), OF LaMonte Wade (21), LHP Mason Melotakis (30), LHP Randy Rosario (31)

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
25-25 (T-3rd in FSL South)
Offense: 205 R (5th) .706 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.84 ERA (8th) 1.34 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Luis Arraez (12), LHP Lewis Thorpe (19)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
16-30 (7th in MWL East)
Offense: 163 R (15th) .640 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 3.94 ERA (9th) 1.35 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Brady Aiken (4), C Logan Ice (12), LHP Juan Hillman (14), RHP Aaron Civale (20), RHP Micah Miniard (28)