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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Venters begins another comeback

After tearing his UCL for a fourth time last season, Jonny Venters decided to give it another go in 2017

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If you missed the big news Tuesday, the Rays signed No. 4 overall pick Brendan McKay. They still have three of their first five picks to sign.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (48-29)

Yonny Chirinos was sharp, and he was backed by the bats in Durham's 8-0 win over Indianapolis. After allowing a combined 17 earned runs over his last three outings, Chirinos settled back in and pitched how he has his professional career. In 7 1/3 scoreless innings, he struck out eight and only allowed two hits. The Bulls went up 4-0 in the third. Curt Casali doubled twice and drove in two runs.

SS Willy Adames: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 K
OF Jake Bauers: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K
C Mike Marjama: 0-for-5, 3 K
C Curt Casali: 3-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI

RHP Yonny Chirinos: 7 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K
RHP Ryne Stanek: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (3-2)

Montgomery was off.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (3-2)

Charlotte was outclassed in an 8-4 loss to Tampa. While three runs on three hits in the fourth gave the Stone Crabs a 3-2 lead, a solo homer a half inning later started a three-run Tampa fifth that put Charlotte behind for good. Only three Stone Crabs reached base over the final five innings. Brad Boxberger allowed a run in a one-inning rehab appearance, and Eduar Lopez was charged with six runs -- four earned -- in 4 1/3 innings of piggyback work.

OF Ryan Boldt: 1-for-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
C David Rodriguez: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
OF Thomas Milone: 0-for-4, 3 K

RHP Brad Boxberger: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Eduar Lopez: 4 1/3 IP, 6 H, 6 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 2 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (1-5)

Bowling Green fell behind early and couldn't catch up in a 4-2 loss to Lansing. The Lugnuts scored all the runs they needed in the three-run second, and after the Hot Rods got on the board in the fourth, immediately responded by getting that run back in the bottom half of the inning. Navas allowed all four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits in five innings. Jonah Heim hit his seventh home run.

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

RHP Adrian Navas: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (5-2)

Hudson Valley was off.

Rookie Princeton Rays (1-5)

Princeton earned its first win of the season with a 6-4 victory over Danville. Zach Rutherford tripled in a run in the first and then scored on a double, but Princeton found itself down 4-3 after three innings. In the fifth, Devin Davis' RBI single tied the game, and he came home to score the go-ahead run on a groundout. Starter Joel Peguero allowed all four Danville runs in four innings, but Josh Fleming and Reynier Montero combined for five scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

OF Carl Chester: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B
1B Devin Davis: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
2B Justin Bridgman: 0-for-4, 2 K
3B Kevin Santiago: 0-for-4, 2 K

RHP Joel Peguero: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (0-1)

The GCL Rays' game was suspended, but not before Jonny Venters pitched an inning and struck out a batter.

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 1:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Hunter Wood (1-0, 6.75) v. TBA

Montgomery @ Pensacola 7:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Greg Harris (3-7, 4.68) v. Keury Mella
(2-5, 4.70)

Charlotte v. Tampa 6:35 PM (radio stream)
Brock Burke (0-2, 7.43) v. Brody Koerner (3-1, 3.10)

Bowling Green @ Lansing 7:05 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Denis Diaz (0-4, 6.61)

Hudson Valley v. Lowell 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Jhonleider Salinas (0-0, 2.25) v. Dakota Smith (0-1, 0.00)

Princeton v. Bristol 7 PM (radio stream)


Resumption of suspended game followed by seven-inning game

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh)
42-35 (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)

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati)
Offense: 252 R (9th) .648 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.86 ERA (1st) 1.19 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Nick Senzel (1), OF Aristides Aquino (9), 2B Shed Long (16), RHP Keury Mella (19), SS Blake Trahan (28), LHP Ismael Guillon (29), OF Tyler Goeddel

Tampa Yankees
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)
2-4 (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)

Lowell Spinners (Boston)
2-6 (4th in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 28 R (11th) .650 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.42 ERA (6th) 1.29 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Jay Groome (3), OF Aneury Tavarez (17), OF Yoan Aybar (19), RHP Tanner Houck

Bristol Pirates
1-5 (5th in AL West)
Offense: 20 R (9th) .838 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.79 ERA (7th) 1.45 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Travis MacGregor (22), LHP Braeden Ogle (25)

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