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Ryan Yarbrough has a career outing in Durham’s win Friday

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays-Media Day Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Without looking at stats for every minor league pitcher, I feel comfortable saying Ryan Yarbrough has been one of the best pitching prospects over the past month. Over his last six starts, he’s thrown 36 1/3 innings and allowed just six runs on 26 hits and eight walks with 45 strikeouts.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (60-38)

Ryan Yarbrough dazzled in Durham’s 5-3 win over Lehigh Valley. Against a talented lineup, the lefty shattered a career high with 13 strikeouts. In six innings, he allowed just two runs on four hits with no walks. Casey Gillaspie and Kean Wong each went deep in the third to open the scoring. Hunter Wood made his first minor league relief appearance of the season and allowed a run in two innings.

1B Rickie Weeks Jr.: 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Jake Bauers: 0-for-1
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
IF Jake Hager: 0-for-4, 2 K
IF Taylor Featherston: 0-for-4, 3 K
IF Kean Wong: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K

LHP Ryan Yarbrough: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 13 K
RHP Hunter Wood: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (16-12)

Montgomery rode an eight-run sixth to a 14-3 rout of Pensacola. The 2-2 tie was suddenly broken open when the Biscuits sent 11 batters to the plate. Nathan Lukes doubled in two runs, but the biggest blow came off the bat of Justin Williams, whose sixth home run of the season made it a 10-2 game. Starter Jose Mujica allowed two runs in five innings.

1B Joe McCarthy: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
OF Justin Williams: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
OF Nathan Lukes: 2-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
IF Grant Kay: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB
1B Dalton Kelly: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
C Mac James: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K

RHP Jose Mujica: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
RHP Drew Smith: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (13-13)

Several hours after the game ended, the box score still listed it as a 2-2 tie, but this article claims Palm Beach beat Charlotte by a 3-2 score. I’m not sure how correct any of the stats are. Jaime Schultz and Jonny Venters each pitched in relief.

OF Ryan Boldt: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
3B Kevin Padlo: 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

LHP Travis Ott: 4 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
RHP Jaime Schultz: 1 23 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
LHP Jonny Venters: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Michael Santos: 1 23 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (17-11)

Bowling Green held on for a 9-7 win over Burlington. The Hot Rods hammered out 11 hits, and perhaps the biggest one came off the bat of Jesus Sanchez in the eighth inning, when he drove in two insurance runs with a single that proved to be vital. With two outs in the ninth, the Bees put the tying run on base, but Spencer Moran struck out the final batter of the game. Starter Kenny Rosenberg struck out seven and allowed three runs — one earned — in 3 2/3 innings.

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

LHP Kenny Rosenberg: 3 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 7 K
RHP Reimin Ramos: 2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (13-17)

A first-inning home run was all Staten Island needed in Hudson Valley’s 5-2 loss Friday. With one out, Timmy Robinson’s three-run dinger, his first of two home runs in the game, gave Staten Island a quick 3-0 lead. Matt Eureste got one back in the top of the second with an RBI double, but the Renegades would get no closer than 3-2. Starter Resly Linares allowed four runs in five innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 1-for-4, 1 K
SS Taylor Walls: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K

LHP Resly Linares: 5 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (12-17)

A slugfest did not go Princeton’s way in an 8-6 loss to Kingsport. Princeton was down 6-1 in the sixth, but Ronaldo Hernandez and Joey Roach each went deep in the five-run inning to tie the game. However, just a half inning later, Phoenix Sanders inherited two runners with no outs and allowed both to score. Starter Easton McGee allowed three solo home runs in five innings.

C Ronaldo Hernandez: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
OF Carl Chester: 2-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Zach Rutherford: 0-for-5, 2 K
C Joey Roach: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
3B Seaver Whalen: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Easton McGee: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Juan Carlos Arias: 1+ IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (8-15)

The GCL Rays were not competitive in a 9-0 loss to the GCL Orioles. Already trailing 2-0, the game collapsed in the fourth when the GCL Orioles sent nine to the plate and scored five more times. Starter Justin Marsden was charged with two runs in 2 23 innings.

IF Carlos Vargas: 0-for-3, 1 K

RHP Justin Marsden: 2 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
LHP Francisco Sanchez: 1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 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 v. Lehigh Valley 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Michael Roth (0-2, 6.55) v. Brandon Leibrandt (3-0, 2.05)

Montgomery v. Pensacola 7:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Genesis Cabrera (3-1, 2.42) v. Jose Lopez (4-1, 3.19)

Charlotte @ Palm Beach 5:30 PM (radio stream)

Bowling Green v. Peoria 7:35 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Anthony Shew (0-0, 4.05)

Hudson Valley @ Staten Island 7 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)

Princeton v. Kingsport 7 PM (radio stream)
Cristopher Sanchez (0-2, 11.12) v. Ezequiel Zabaleta (1-1, 5.40)

GCL Rays v. GCL Orioles 10 AM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia)
61-38 (2nd in IL North)
Offense: 464 R (3rd) .753 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.71 ERA (5th) 1.29 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS J.P. Crawford (1), C Jorge Alfaro (3), 1B Rhys Hoskins (6), OF Roman Quinn (8), 2B Scott Kingery (9), OF Dylan Cozens (10), RHP Ben Lively (18), RHP Mark Appel (20), RHP Tom Eshelman (25), OF Andrew Pullin (31)

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati)
Offense: 325 R (9th) .650 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 2.91 ERA (1st) 1.19 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Nick Senzel (1), OF Aristides Aquino (9), 1B Nick Longhi (14), 2B Shed Long (16), RHP Keury Mella (19), RHP Zack Weiss (27), SS Blake Trahan (28), OF Tyler Goeddel

Palm Beach Cardinals
Offense: 361 R (7th) .666 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.35 ERA (5th) 1.31 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jake Woodford (17), RHP Connor Jones (18), RHP Junior Fernandez (21)

Peoria Chiefs (St. Louis)
16-12 (2nd in MWL West)
Offense: 383 R (12th) .708 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.00 ERA (9th) 1.33 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Dylan Carlson (18), OF Nick Plummer (24), RHP Ronnie Williams (25)

Staten Island Yankees
21-10 (1st in NYPL McNamara)
Offense: 118 R (9th) .649 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 2.83 ERA (2nd) 1.13 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Jorge Guzman (26), SS Wilkerman Garcia (29), RHP Trevor Stephan

Kingsport Mets
12-15 (3rd in AL West)
Offense: 175 R (3rd) .789 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 4.46 ERA (4th) 1.44 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: None

GCL Orioles
11-12 (3rd in GCL South)
Offense: 92 R (11th) .636 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 5.22 ERA (16th) 1.44 WHIP (15th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP DL Hall, SS Adam Hall