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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Bivens starts rehab assignment with GCL Rays

Blake Bivens returned to the mound Monday following a three-month absence

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Prior to going on the DL with arm fatigue, Blake Bivens had been pretty effective for Charlotte, posting a 3.72 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 48 13 innings. In May, he struck out 20 and walked seven in 22 1/3 innings.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (73-47)

Durham was off.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (31-19)

Montgomery held on for a 5-3 win over Jackson. Jose Mujica pitched five nice innings, allowing just a run while striking out four. Jonny Venters was among five Biscuits relievers, and he struck out a batter in a scoreless innings. Already up 2-1, the Biscuits scored three on RBI singles from Grant Kay and Justin WIlliams in the eighth, and those insurance runs proved to be crucial.

1B Joe McCarthy: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
OF Justin Williams: 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
C Nick Ciuffo: 0-for-5, 1 K
SS Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-2, 3 R, 3 BB
OF Cade Gotta: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 SB
2B Brandon Lowe: 3-for-4, 1 2B, 1 K

LHP Jonny Venters: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Jose Mujica: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (27-22)

Michael Brosseau had four hits and drove in three runs in Charlotte’s 10-8 win over Jupiter. His RBI single in the third got the Stone Crabs on the board, and his two-run double capped the five-run sixth that gave them the lead. He scored in Charlotte’s four-run eighth. Starter Brandon Lawson was charged with five runs — four earned — in five-plus innings.

SS Lucius Fox: 1-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K
3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K
C David Rodriguez: 1-for-5, 2 R
IF Michael Brosseau: 4-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
OF David Olmedo-Barrera: 0-for-5, 1 K
1B Nathaniel Lowe: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K

RHP Brandon Lawson: 5+ IP, 8 H, 5 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 0 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (31-19)

Willy Ortiz was at it again in Bowling Green’s 7-2 win over Lake County. Ortiz, who has been one of the organization’s best pitchers as of late, pitched his seventh straight start allowing two or fewer earned runs. He was charged with just a run in 5 2/3 innings. The Hot Rods were already leading 2-0 when RBI hits by Josh Lowe, Jesus Sanchez and Rene Pinto extended the lead to five in the fifth.

SS Luis Rengifo: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B
CF Josh Lowe: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
OF Garrett Whitley: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
OF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
3B Adrian Rondon: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
C Rene Pinto: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI

RHP Willy Ortiz: 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (28-25)

Hudson Valley is at its All-Star break.

Rookie Princeton Rays (19-32)

Princeton erased a four-run deficit but couldn’t get over the hump in a 6-5 loss to Bluefield. After a three-run third brought Princeton within one, Justin Bridgman tied the game with an RBI single in the fourth. Princeton loaded the bases with one out that inning, but it could not go ahead. Bluefield went ahead again off Tyler Day in the sixth. Starter Riley O’Brien allowed five runs in 1 23 innings.

C Ronaldo Hernandez: 1-for-5, 1 R
OF Jose Tonton: 0-for-4, 1 R, 3 K

RHP Riley O’Brien: 1 2/3 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (18-25)

The GCL Rays broke out late in a 10-2 rout of the GCL Twins. After the GCL Twins went up 2-1 after an inning, the GCL Rays closed the game with nine unanswered runs, including seven over the final three innings. In the three-run eighth, Granden Goetzman drove in two on a double. The rehabbing Blake Bivens struck out four and allowed two runs — one earned — in three innings.

OF Granden Goetzman: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
3B Carlos Vargas: 0-for-5, 2 K
OF Jake Stone: 3-for-4, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB
SS Luis Leon: 3-for-5, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
2B Jonathan Aranda: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB

RHP Blake Bivens: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K
RHP Wanderson Linares: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 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 @ Syracuse 6:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Jaron Long (3-4, 3.84)

Montgomery is off

Charlotte @ Jupiter 6:30 PM (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Burch Smith (2-1, 2.90) v. Cody Poteet (3-5, 3.78)

Completion of a suspended game followed by another game

Bowling Green v. Lake County 7:35 PM (radio stream)

New York-Penn League All-Star Gmae 7 PM

Princeton v. Bluefield 7 PM (radio stream)

GCL Rays v. GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Syracuse Chiefs (Washington)
Offense: 482 R (11th) .690 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 5.22 ERA (14th) 1.52 WHIP (14th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Erick Fedde (2), OF Rafael Bautista (11), OF Joey Butler, RHP Kevin Jepsen

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
27-23 (T-3rd in FSL South)
Offense: 410 R (11th) .642 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.86 ERA (1st) 1.17 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Stone Garrett (9), RHP Cody Poteet (14), RHP Jeff Brigham (19), C Roy Morales (20), 2B Justin Twine (28), RHP Pablo Lopez (31), RHP Merandy Gonzalez

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
22-28 (5th in MWL East)
Offense: 491 R (12th) .694 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.67 ERA (15th) 1.44 WHIP (15th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Brady Aiken (4), C Logan Ice (12), LHP Juan Hillman (14), RHP Micah Miniard (28)

Bluefield Blue Jays
35-17 (1st in AL East)
Offense: 279 R (2nd) .758 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.92 ERA (3rd) 1.32 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: None

GCL Twins
24-19 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 218 R (2nd) .722 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.00 ERA (10th) 1.40 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Blayne Enlow, RHP Landon Leach