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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Rehabbers help Florida affiliates

It was a busy day for Rays and Bulls pitchers working their way back

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Jose De Leon made his second appearance for the GCL Rays Monday
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Not only were Burch Smith, Jonny Venters, Jaime Schultz and Jose De Leon on the mound Monday, Rene Pinto was back in action for the GCL Rays. Bowling Green’s catcher had been out of action since June 11.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (62-39)

Durham scored five times in the first and rolled to a 12-3 win over Buffalo. Kean Wong led off the game with a double and scored on Jake Bauers’ hit. Patrick Leonard then drove in two with a single. In the third, Mike Marjama’s two-run homer broke the game open further. With the early run support, Yonny Chirinos had no trouble turning in another good outing with seven strikeouts and three runs allowed in 6 23 innings.

SS Willy Adames: 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 BB, 1 K
OF Jake Bauers: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
1B Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
LF Patrick Leonard: 3-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
C Mike Marjama: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI

RHP Yonny Chirinos: 6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
RHP Ryan Garton: 1 13 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (17-13)

Montgomery was off.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (15-15)

Charlotte threw three rehabbers at Palm Beach, but what it really needed was some offense in its 3-0 loss Monday. Burch Smith started and threw five scoreless innings, and he was followed by Jonny Venters, who threw a quick 1-2-3 sixth. Jaime Schultz followed with a scoreless seventh, but he was charged with two runs in the eighth. Ryan Boldt and Nathaniel Lowe combined for five of the Stone Crabs’ eight hits, all singles.

OF Ryan Boldt: 3-for-4, 1 SB
3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-4

RHP Burch Smith: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
LHP Jonny Venters: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Jaime Schultz: 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (18-13)

Bowling Green collapsed late in its 7-4 loss to Peoria. Home runs from Miles Mastrobuoni and Jesus Sanchez helped the Hot Rods to a 4-1 lead, but the bullpen couldn’t finish what Willy Ortiz started. After Ortiz departed having allowed a run in six innings, the Chiefs scored three in each of the final two innings against Jayson McKinley and Orlando Romero.

SS Lucius Fox: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 K
CF Josh Lowe: 1-for-4, 1 K
OF Garrett Whitley: 0-for-4, 1 K
OF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
3B Adrian Rondon: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 SB
IF Miles Mastrobuoni: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI

RHP Willy Ortiz: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Jayson McKinley: 1 1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
RHP Orlando Romero: 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (15-18)

Mikey York struck out eight over six scoreless innings in Hudson Valley’s 5-3 win over Connecticut. York has been good all season, and it was his third straight scoreless outing with no walks. The Renegades scored all five of their runs in the fifth with two-RBI hits from both Vidal Brujan and Taylor Walls.

2B Vidal Brujan: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
SS Taylor Walls: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
1B Brendan McKay: 0-for-3, 1 BB

RHP Mikey York: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (15-17)

Princeton bullied another Appy League staff in its 10-4 win over Greeneville. Greeneville got off to a quick 4-0 lead and still led by two entering the seventh when Princeton exploded for eight runs. Carl Chester walked twice and scored twice, and Bryce Brown and Kevin Santiago each drove in two runs. Starter Dylan Thompson only recorded two outs, but Kyle Goodbrand picked up his teammate with nice long relief work, striking out four in three hitless innings.

C Ronaldo Hernandez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
OF Carl Chester: 2-for-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB
IF Justin Bridgman: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Dylan Thompson: two-thirds IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
RHP Kyle Goodbrand: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (9-16)

Jose De Leon was sharp in his rehab appearance in the GCL Rays’ 9-1 win over the GCL Red Sox. For four innings, De Leon dominated his young opponents, striking out eight in four scoreless innings. In piggyback duty, Miguel Lara was just as good with eight strikeouts of his own in 3 13 frames. The outstanding pitching performance was aided by home runs from Rene Pinto and Pedro Diaz.

C Rene Pinto: 2-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
3B Carlos Vargas: 1-for-4, 1 R
OF Michael Smith: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
1B Vincent Byrd: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
OF Pedro Diaz: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
C Roberto Alvarez: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K

RHP Jose De Leon: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K
RHP Miguel Lara: 3 13 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 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 @ Buffalo 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (0-1, 2.55) v. Luis Santos (3-8, 3.76)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 7 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Genesis Cabrera (3-1, 2.61) v. Duane Underwood Jr. (9-4, 5.01)

Charlotte v. Dunedin 6:35 PM (radio stream)
Eduar Lopez (6-7, 4.44) v. TBA

Bowling Green is off

Hudson Valley v. Connecticut 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Drew Strotman (1-2, 1.96) v. Jose Vasquez (1-1, 2.00)

Princeton @ Greeneville 7 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Felipe Tejada (0-1, 4.91)

GCL Rays @ GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Buffalo Bisons (Toronto)
43-59 (5th in IL North)
Offense: 395 R (12th) .681 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.79 ERA (6th) 1.35 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Rowdy Tellez (7), LHP Matt Darmody (29), IF Jake Elmore

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
17-13 (T-2nd in SL North)
Offense: 404 R (4th) .701 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.65 ERA (4th) 1.29 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Trevor Clifton (8), RHP Duane Underwood Jr. (15), 2B David Bote (26)

Dunedin Blue Jays
18-13 (2nd in FSL North)
Offense: 421 R (2nd) .677 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.39 ERA (7th) 1.32 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (1), SS Bo Bichette (9), RHP T.J. Zeuch (8), C Max Pentecost (12), LHP Angel Perdomo (18), RHP Zach Jackson (21), RHP Jordan Romano (24), 2B Cavan Biggio (25)

Connecticut Tigers
15-16 (2nd in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 118 R (12th) .642 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.13 ERA (4th) 1.29 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Matt Manning (1), OF Reynaldo Rivera, C Joey Morgan

Greeneville Astros
16-14 (2nd in AL West)
Offense: 173 R (5th) .739 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.86 ERA (6th) 1.48 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Gilberto Celestino (19)

GCL Red Sox
13-12 (T-2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 107 R (9th) .672 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.55 ERA (6th) 1.32 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Cole Brannen