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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Rays well-represented in Omaha

The College World Series starts Saturday, and Rays fans can see a glimpse of the team's future

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The first three college players the Rays took in this week's draft are still alive in the College World Series -- first baseman/left-handed pitcher Brendan McKay of Louisville, Oregon State righty Drew Rasmussen, and Florida State infielder Taylor Walls. Florida hitter JJ Schwarz was taken later in the draft.

Rasmussen and the Beavers start the action at 3 PM Saturday, while Walls' Seminoles play the nightcap at 8 PM. On Sunday, McKay leads the Cardinals against Texas A&M at 2 PM, and Schwarz and the Gators take on TCU at 7 PM.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (41-25)

Big games from Willy Adames and Johnny Field helped Durham to a 5-3 win over Toledo. Field hit his sixth home run, and his RBI double in the eighth put the Bulls ahead for good. Later in that inning, Adames hit his second RBI double of the game. Starter Blake Snell pitched the bare-minimum quality start, allowing all three Mud Hens runs in six innings with nine strikeouts. Wilson Ramos continued swinging a hot bat with two more hits and caught seven innings.

C Wilson Ramos: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B
SS Willy Adames: 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI
OF Jake Bauers: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
OF Johnny Field: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
3B Patrick Leonard: 0-for-4, 2 K
C Michael McKenry: 0-for-4, 2 K

LHP Blake Snell: 6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (36-32)

Montgomery took advantage of a rain-shortened game and earned a 1-0 win over Mississippi in five innings. With one out in the fourth, Grant Kay tripled and scored the game's only run on Justin O'Conner's single. Mike Franco struck out four in three innings, and Fernando Baez completed the abbreviated shutout with two innings of relief.

OF Justin Williams: 1-for-3
C Nick Ciuffo: 0-for-2, 1 K
IF Grant Kay: 2-for-2, 1 R, 1 3B

RHP Mike Franco: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

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

Charlotte is at its All-Star break.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (31-35)

Bowling Green exploded for an eight-run fifth inning in a 12-5 win over Great Lakes. Trailing 4-2, the Hot Rods sent 12 to the plate, including Garrett Whitley who made two outs in the inning. Adrian Rondon and Eleardo Cabrera each reached base twice during the inning and each had one of the team's five extra-base hits in the rally. J.D. Busfield allowed all five Loons runs -- four of which were earned -- in six innings with six strikeouts.

SS Lucius Fox: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI
CF Josh Lowe: 1-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
3B Adrian Rondon: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
OF Garrett Whitley: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 K
1B Nathaniel Lowe: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K

RHP J.D. Busfield: 6 IP, 9 H, 5 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 6 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 @ Toledo 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Matt Boyd (1-0, 3.65)

Montgomery @ Mississippi 7 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jose Mujica (5-4, 2.96) v. Max Fried (2-9, 5.66)

Florida State League All-Star Game 7 PM

Bowling Green v. Great Lakes 7:35 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Leo Crawford (3-4, 4.47)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit)
28-37 (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)