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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Charlotte swept to close 1st half

The Stone Crabs lost four games in two days heading into the All-Star break

Eduar Lopez wasn't bad Thursday, but it wasn't enough
Eduar Lopez wasn't bad Thursday, but it wasn't enough
Jim Donten

Charlotte and the Florida State League All-Stars will be in Lakeland Saturday.

If you're looking for when the short-season affiliates start, look no longer. Hudson Valley opens in Aberdeen Monday. Princeton starts at Pulaski Thursday, but you'll have to wait until June 26 for the GCL Rays.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (40-25)

Ryan Yarbrough had a tough time in Durham's 8-0 loss to Columbus. Chris Colabello's three-run homer in the first put the Clippers up 3-0 early, and Richie Shaffer homered off his old club in the five-run sixth. Yarbrough was charged six runs on five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Ryan Brett doubled twice.

SS Willy Adames: 1-for-3, 1 BB
OF Jake Bauers: 0-for-3, 1 BB
1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-3
2B Ryan Brett: 2-for-3, 2 2B

LHP Ryan Yarbrough: 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
RHP Chih-Wei Hu: two-thirds IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (35-32)

Greg Harris wasn't bad, but he did not get any support in Montgomery's 4-1 loss to Mississippi. He wound up getting saddled with the loss, but he only allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings, his longest outing since his second start of the season. Justin Williams' RBI triple in the ninth produced the Biscuits' only run.

1B Joe McCarthy: 0-for-3, 1 BB
OF Justin Williams: 1-for-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI
C Nick Ciuffo: 0-for-3, 2 K

RHP Greg Harris: 6 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (29-35)

Charlotte was outlasted by Fort Myers by a 3-2 score in nine innings in Game 1 of its doubleheader. Back-to-back RBI singles by Brett Sullivan and Dalton Kelly gave the Stone Crabs a 2-0 lead in the third, but they only had three hits the rest of the way. Starter Eduar Lopez struck out five and allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings. An error helped the Miracle win the game against Michael Velasquez.

The Stone Crabs didn't have much more like in a 3-1 loss in Game 2. Fort Myers scored in the first and led 3-0 when Charlotte got an unearned run in the seventh. Brock Burke allowed all three Miracle runs in four innings.

OF Ryan Boldt (1): 0-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB
OF Ryan Boldt (2): 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K
C Brett Sullivan (1): 3-for-4, 1 RBI
C David Rodriguez (2): 0-for-3, 1 K

RHP Eduar Lopez (1): 5 1/3 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
LHP Brock Burke (2): 4 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (30-35)

Bowling Green's game was canceled.

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 @ Toledo 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Blake Snell (4-0, 2.53) v. Drew VerHagen (4-4, 4.57)

Montgomery @ Mississippi 8 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Mike Franco (5-1, 2.90) v. Kolby Allard (4-4, 2.88)

Charlotte is at its All-Star break

Bowling Green v. Great Lakes 7:35 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Chris Mathewson (1-0, 2.45)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit)
28-36 (3rd in IL West)
Offense: 231 R (14th) .659 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.78 ERA (8th) 1.35 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: CF JaCoby Jones (6), OF Steven Moya (9), RHP Joe Jimenez (11)

Mississippi Braves
Offense: 253 R (5th) .665 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.76 ERA (8th) 1.28 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Kolby Allard (3), RHP Mike Soroka (4), OF Ronald Acuna (6), LHP Max Fried (10), 2B Travis Demeritte (19), LHP Luiz Gohara

Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers)
Offense: 281 R (10th) .664 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.53 ERA (5th) 1.30 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Gavin Lux (9), RHP Jordan Sheffield (12), RHP Dustin May (13), C Keibert Ruiz (20), IF Oneil Cruz (27), OF Mitch Hansen (28), OF Cody Thomas (29)