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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Burch Smith resurfaces in Gulf Coast League

Burch Smith, acquired long ago in the Steven Souza trade, made his Rays debut Monday

Burch Smith is in fact still in the organization
Burch Smith is in fact still in the organization
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There were a couple other debuts Monday. Mike Franco made his first start for Durham, but the bigger one is Genesis Cabrera making his first Double-A debut with Montgomery. The lefty became the third youngest pitcher to appear in the Southern League this season at just 20 years old.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (47-29)

Michael McKenry was the hero against his old organization in Durham's 1-0 win over Indianapolis. Kean Wong led off the ninth with a bunt single and moved to third on Jake Bauers' one-out hit. McKenry then followed Bauers with a hit to plate the only run of the game. In his Triple-A debut, starter Mike Franco walked six in 4 1/3 innings but managed to get out of trouble. Adam Kolarek, Diego Castillo and Andrew Kittredge helped keep Indianapolis off the scoreboard.

SS Willy Adames: 0-for-4, 3 K
OF Jake Bauers: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
1B Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-4, 1 K
OF Johnny Field: 0-for-4, 3 K
3B Patrick Leonard: 0-for-4, 2 K

RHP Mike Franco: 4 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 6 BB, 4 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (3-2)

Genesis Cabrera made an impact in his Double-A debut, a 2-1 win for Montgomery over Birmingham. The lefty proved he belonged immediately, striking out the first batter he faced and not allowing a hit until an RBI singled scored an unearned run in the fourth inning. When he was done, Cabrera allowed just the unearned run on two hits and two walks over seven innings with eight strikeouts. Riley Unroe doubled and scored the eventual winning run in the seventh.

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

LHP Genesis Cabrera: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 8 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (3-1)

Charlotte was off.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (1-4)

Josh Lowe's three-run homer was not enough in Bowling Green's 4-3 loss to Lansing. For the first seven innings, the Hot Rods' bats accomplished very little. With one out in the eighth, Lowe's fourth home run of the season tied the game. However, Deivy Mendez allowed a bases-loaded single with two outs in the ninth to give the Lugnuts a walk-off win. Starter Chris Pike struck out three in the bare-minimum quality start of three runs in six innings.

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

RHP Chris Pike: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (5-2)

A six-run eighth lifted Hudson Valley to an 8-3 win over Brooklyn. Already leading 2-1, the Renegades sent 11 to the plate in the big inning and blew the game open. Oscar Rojas made two of the three outs, but to his credit, one of them was a sacrifice fly that capped the scoring. Matt Dacey tripled in two runs, and three consecutive hit batters helped earn another run. Austin Franklin walked six in 4 1/3 innings but only allowed one Cyclones run.

OF Emilio Gustave: 0-for-4, 1 R, 2 K
C Zacrey Law: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI
1B Bobby Melley: 0-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
3B Matt Dacey: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 K

RHP Austin Franklin: 4 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 4 K
RHP Eduard Rosillo: 2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 2 R (0 ER), 4 BB, 1 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (0-5)

Princeton dropped its fifth straight game to open the season in a 6-3 decision to Danville. The game was tied at one until it all unraveled in the fourth. After getting a groundout to start the frame, starter Cristopher Sanchez got into trouble and couldn't get out of it without incurring major damage. Danville scored five runs in the inning, capped by a bases-clearing triple with two outs. He allowed six runs on nine hits in four innings. Princeton got a pair of unearned runs back in the seventh.

2B Trey Hair: 0-for-4, 2 K
1B Mac Seibert: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 K

LHP Cristopher Sanchez: 4 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
RHP Riley O'Brien: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (0-1)

For the fourth straight season, the GCL Rays dropped their season opener, this time by a 3-2 margin against the GCL Red Sox. A surprising face took the mound -- Burch Smith making his Rays debut after injuries totally derailed his career. He was greeted by consecutive doubles to start the game, both of which came around to score. He allowed two runs and struck out four in three innings. Vincent Byrd walked three times in his pro debut.

3B Carlos Vargas: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
OF Jake Stone: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Luis Leon: 0-for-5
1B Vincent Byrd: 0-for-1, 3 BB, 1 K
OF Yerson Santana: 0-for-4, 4 K

RHP Burch Smith: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 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 @ Indianapolis 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Yonny Chirinos (5-3, 4.07) v. Nick Kingham (3-3, 4.70)

Montgomery is off

Charlotte v. Tampa 6:35 PM (radio stream)
Eduar Lopez (6-5, 3.84) v. Dillon Tate (1-0, 0.00)

Bowling Green @ Lansing 7:05 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Yennsy Diaz (0-0, 2.31)

Princeton @ Danville 7 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Dilmer Mejia (0-0, 0.00)

GCL Rays @ GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh)
42-34 (1st in IL West)
Offense: 341 R (4th) .731 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.66 ERA (4th) 1.35 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Austin Meadows (1), RHP Tyler Glasnow (3), LHP Steven Brault (7), RHP RHP Nick Kingham (11), RHP Clay Holmes (19), RHP Tyler Eppler (20), RHP Dovydas Neverauskas (24)

Tampa Yankees
3-1 (T-1st in FSL North)
Offense: 273 R (10th) .668 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.78 ERA (1st) 1.12 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Jorge Mateo (4), RHP Albert Abreu (9), RHP Dillon Tate (15), 2B Nick Solak (19), RHP Zack Littell (24), catching coach Michel Hernandez

Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto)
1-4 (T-5th in MWL East)
Offense: 376 R (2nd) .766 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 5.07 ERA (16th) 1.54 WHIP (16th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (1), SS Bo Bichette (9), RHP Justin Maese (11), OF J.B. Woodman (15), OF Josh Palacios (19), RHP Patrick Murphy (20), RHP Osman Gutierrez (26), SS Yeltsin Gudino (27), RHP Yennsy Diaz (28)

Danville Braves
3-2 (3rd in AL East)
Offense: 22 R (7th) .861 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 5.52 ERA (8th) 1.61 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Kyle Muller (17), SS Derian Cruz (22)

GCL Red Sox
1-0 (T-1st in GCL South)
Offense: Will update next series
Pitching: Will update next series
Top 30 Prospects: Roster not yet available