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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Charlotte hosts more rehabbers

Kevin Kiermaier and Daniel Robertson were in Charlotte’s lineup Thursday

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Quite a few (perhaps rightly) soured on Ryan Boldt after his pro debut last season. The team’s second-round pick batted just .210 with a .273 on-base percentage and was even caught stealing more often than he was successful.

The 2017 season has been a different story. His average is .298, and his OBP is .370. He’s been particularly hot in July with a .418 OBP and .942 OPS. He hit his fourth homer of the season Thursday, and while the Rays would probably like to see a little more pop, he has a shot at 30-plus doubles this season with 21 to date.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (64-40)

Michael Roth had his best outing as a Bull in Durham’s 3-1 win over Buffalo. In six scoreless innings, he faced just two batters over the minimum and struck out two. Another recent addition, Chaz Roe, was effective in 1 23 innings before the Bisons got one off Ryan Garton in the ninth. Patrick Leonard’s eighth homer of the season accounted for all of Durham’s runs.

SS Willy Adames: 0-for-3
1B Jake Bauers: 1-for-4, 1 R
RF Patrick Leonard: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K

LHP Michael Roth: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Chaz Roe: 1 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (20-13)

Montgomery scored five in the first and held on for a 6-3 win over Tennessee. All but one of the runs scored with two outs. Justin O’Conner drove in two with a single, and Andrew Velazquez’s double plated two more. While Smokies starter Trevor Clifton only lasted an inning, Biscuits starter Logan Darnell pitched well, striking out eight in seven innings.

OF Joe McCarthy: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
SS Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
OF Cade Gotta: 0-for-5, 1 K
1B Dalton Kelly: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K

LHP Logan Darnell: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 8 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (18-15)

With the help of a couple big leaguers, Charlotte cruised to a 7-1 win over Dunedin. Although second baseman Daniel Robertson and Kevin Kiermaier combined to go just 1-for-4, the Rays will be happy two players are closer to returning. Ryan Boldt homered in the first, and Travis Ott was great again with nine strikeouts in five scoreless innings.

2B Daniel Robertson: 1-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 K
CF Kevin Kiermaier: 0-for-2
OF Ryan Boldt: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
3B Kevin Padlo: 0-for-5, 2 K
SS Lucius Fox: 1-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI
OF Angel Moreno: 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB

LHP Travis Ott: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K
RHP Reece Karalus: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (18-15)

Bowling Green fell behind early and couldn’t find enough offense in its Game 1, 2-1 loss to Great Lakes. The Loons scored in each of the first two innings, and the Hot Rods could only manage a run on Jonah Heim’s sacrifice fly in the fourth. Starter J.D. Busfield allowed two runs — one earned — in a six-inning complete game.

That Hot Rods offense didn’t fare well in its 1-0 loss in Game 2. Bowling Green was hitless with runners in scoring position and left six runners on base. Angel Yepez allowed a solo home run in two innings of work.

CF Josh Lowe (1): 2-for-3
CF Josh Lowe (2): 1-for-3, 2 K
OF Garrett Whitley (1): 0-for-3, 1 K
OF Garrett Whitley (2): 0-for-3, 1 K
OF Jesus Sanchez (1): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
3B Adrian Rondon (1): 0-for-3, 1 K

RHP J.D. Busfield (1): 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K
RHP Angel Yepez (2): 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Spencer Moran (2): 3 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (16-20)

Resly Linares was sharp in Hudson Valley’s 2-0 win over Aberdeen in Game 1 of their doubleheader. The 19-year-old lefty struck out six and walked none in six two-hit innings. Brendan McKay’s bases-loaded walk provided the opening run, and Taylor Walls doubled in an insurance run.

The IronBirds turned the tables in Hudson Valley’s 3-0 loss in Game 2. The Renegades had more errors (four) than hits (two). All three Aberdeen runs were unearned.

2B Vidal Brujan (1): 1-for-4, 1 R, 2 SB
2B Vidal Brujan (2): 0-for-2, 1 K
SS Taylor Walls (1): 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
SS Taylor Walls (2): 1-for-2, 1 BB, 1 SB
1B Brendan McKay (1): 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
1B Brendan McKay (2): 0-for-3, 1 K
OF Carl Chester (1): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K

LHP Resly Linares (1): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
RHP Hector Lopez (2): 3 IP, 1 H, 2 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 0 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (15-19)

Princeton’s game was postponed.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (10-17)

The GCL Rays were postponed.

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Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Lehigh Valley 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Brent Honeywell* (9-7, 4.23) v. Ben Lively (7-1, 2.39)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 7 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jose Mujica (8-7, 3.57) v. Adbert Alzolay (0-1, 1.69)

Charlotte v. Dunedin 6:35 PM (radio stream)
Brandon Lawson (3-3, 4.42) v. TBA

Bowling Green @ Great Lakes 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)

Hudson Valley @ Aberdeen 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)

Princeton v. Elizabethton 5 PM (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
TBA v. Bryan Sammons (1-0, 1.83)

Both games will be seven innings

GCL Rays v. GCL Orioles 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia)
64-41 (2nd in IL North)
Offense: 495 R (3rd) .750 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.66 ERA (5th) 1.28 WHIP (4th)
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 Ricardo Pinto (24), RHP Tom Eshelman (25), OF Andrew Pullin (31)

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
17-16 (T-3rd 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
18-16 (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)

Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers)
15-18 (T-5th in MWL East)
Offense: 418 R (11th) .665 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 3.72 ERA (6th) 1.32 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Gavin Lux (9), RHP Jordan Sheffield (12), RHP Dustin May (13), IF Oneil Cruz (27), OF Mitch Hansen (28), OF Cody Thomas (29)

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
20-16 (2nd in NYPL McNamara)
Offense: 161 R (4th) .689 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.32 ERA (4th) 1.19 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Michael Baumann, pitching coach Mark Hendrickson

Elizabethton Twins
20-14 (1st in AL West)
Offense: 222 R (1st) .832 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.32 ERA (2nd) 1.38 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Wander Javier (13), OF Akil Baddoo (16), SS Jose Miranda (24)

GCL Orioles
15-13 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 125 R (6th) .658 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 4.56 ERA (15th) 1.35 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP DL Hall, SS Adam Hall