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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Rasmussen, Beavers survive and advance

The No. 1 seeded Beavers staged a comeback to survive a test from Cal State Fullerton Saturday

Drew Rasmussen secured Oregon State's CWS-opening win Saturday
Drew Rasmussen secured Oregon State's CWS-opening win Saturday
Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Rasmussen was impressive in an inning of work Saturday, striking out two batters and wrapping up Oregon State's 22nd straight win. For Rays fans, the main course comes at 2 PM Sunday when Brendan McKay starts for No. 7 Louisville against Texas A&M.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (41-26)

It only took one bad inning to sink Durham in its 5-2 loss to Toledo. Curt Casali's home run in the fifth tied the game at one, and Yonny Chirinos was pitching very effectively until the game fell apart in the sixth. Veteran Matt den Dekker led off with a double to start a stretch of three straight hits that scored two runs, and the Mud Hens strung together two more hits with two outs to go up 5-1. Chirinos allowed all five Toledo runs on eight hits in six innings with five strikeouts. Wilson Ramos went 0-for-3, and Brad Boxberger struck out two and allowed a hit in an inning.

C Wilson Ramos: 0-for-3
SS Willy Adames: 2-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
OF Jake Bauers: 0-for-4
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 K
C Curt Casali: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K

RHP Brad Boxberger: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Yonny Chirinos: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
RHP Chih-Wei Hu: two-thirds IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (37-32)

Jose Mujica and Nathan Lukes combined to lead Montgomery to an 11-0 thrashing of Mississippi. Mississippi hung with the Biscuits through three innings before Montgomery piled up eight runs in the fourth through sixth frames. Mac James singled in the first run in the fourth, and Lukes' three-run homer, his first of the season, capped a five-run sixth. Mujica tied a season high in game score (77) with his seven scoreless innings.

1B Joe McCarthy: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
OF Justin Williams: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
C Nick Ciuffo: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
IF Grant Kay: 1-for-3, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
IF Riley Unroe: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
OF Nathan Lukes: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI
SS Andrew Velazquez: 0-for-4, 2 K

RHP Jose Mujica: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

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

FSL South All-Stars lost, 5-2

SS Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 K
C Brett Sullivan: 0-for-1, 1 BB, 1 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (31-36)

Bowling Green was hammered for seven runs in the seventh in a 9-3 loss to Great Lakes. A pair of Hot Rods relieved combined to walk the first four batters of that inning, and it all unraveled from there. After a sacrifice fly, four of the next five Loons picked up hits, and they scored four runs with two outs. Most of that damage was charged to the line of Orlando Romero. Starter Chris Pike allowed two runs in four innings.

SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-4, 3 K
CF Josh Lowe: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 K
OF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-4, 1 RBI
3B Adrian Rondon: 0-for-2, 2 RBI, 1 K
OF Garrett Whitley: 0-for-3
C Jonah Heim: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B

RHP Chris Pike: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
RHP Peter Bayer: 2+ IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
RHP Orlando Romero: two-thirds IP, 4 H, 5 R (4 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 @ Toledo 6:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Hunter Wood (0-0, -.--) v. Matt Crouse (1-2, 6.19)

Montgomery @ Mississippi 2 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Luis Gohara (0-1, 3.45)

Florida State League All-Star Game 7 PM

Bowling Green v. Great Lakes 2:05 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. A.J. Alexy (1-2, 2.68)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit)
29-37 (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)