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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Myers dominates old organization

Tobias Myers has pitched great since joining Hudson Valley

MLB: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Do you think the Rays view Jake Bauers as a first baseman or outfielder? I know he’s played on the grass a lot the last couple seasons, but it seems like late in the year, his development as an outfielder isn’t a high priority.

In 2016, once Casey Gillaspie left Montgomery and Justin Williams was moved up to Montgomery in the middle of July, Bauers stayed in the outfield for about a week but closed the season with only two games in the outfield out of the last 21.

This season, after Gillaspie’s last game in the organization on July 25, Bauers has only played first base.

Maybe I’m reading something into this when there’s really nothing there.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (77-48)

Durham rallied for six in the eighth to earn an 8-4 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Bulls used an error, a couple hits and a couple wild pitches to tie the game, and Jake Hager’s RBI single gave them the lead. With two outs, Kean Wong socked a three-run homer to extend the lead. Brent Honeywell allowed all four RailRiders runs in six innings but struck out seven and didn’t walk anyone.

SS Willy Adames: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
1B Jake Bauers: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
IF Kean Wong: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
C Justin O’Conner: 0-for-4, 2 K

RHP Brent Honeywell: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (32-22)

Jake Cronenworth led off the game with his first Double-A home run, and Montgomery ended up with a 3-1 win over Birmingham. After Cronenworth went deep, Dalton Kelly walked and eventually scored a second run in the first inning. With the early run support, Logan Darnell pitched a very good outing, allowing just a run in 7 23 innings.

OF Justin Williams: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-4, 1 K
SS Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K

LHP Logan Darnell: 7 2/3 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (31-24)

Charlotte gave up four unanswered runs in a 6-3 loss to Clearwater. With two outs in the seventh, Reece Karalus allowed a pair of inherited runners to score to squander the lead, and a two-run homer off him in the ninth added insurance. Starter Brandon Lawson allowed two runs in six innings with five strikeouts and no walks.

SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB
3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-4
C David Rodriguez: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 K
IF Riley Unroe: 0-for-4, 3 K

RHP Brandon Lawson: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
RHP Reece Karalus: 1 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (36-19)

Adrian Navas continued his string of nice outings in Bowling Green’s 3-1 win over West Michigan. With his six-inning, one-run start, Navas has only allowed more than two earned runs once in eight starts since the start of July. Robbie Tenerowicz’s RBI double in the fourth tied the game, and he reached on an error and scored an insurance run in the sixth.

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

RHP Adrian Navas: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (31-25)

Tobias Myers got a chance to pitch against his old organization, and he took advantage of it in Hudson Valley’s 2-1 win over Aberdeen. In his third start since being acquired by the Rays, he had his first shot at an Orioles affiliate. He allowed just a run in 5 2/3 innings and struck out eight more batters. Taylor Walls singled in the go-ahead run in the fifth.

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

RHP Tobias Myers: 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (21-34)

Zach Rutherford’s walkoff grand slam gave Princeton a 9-5 win over Burlington. Princeton took a 5-0 lead in the first inning, but Burlington gradually chipped away at that advantage. To set up the slam, Michael Smith singled, and Jose Tonton and Andrew Miller drew walks, all with one out. Phoenix Sanders started and struck out seven in three scoreless innings.

IF Justin Bridgman: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 SB
SS Zach Rutherford: 2-for-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K
2B Trey Hair: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Devin Davis: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
OF Michael Smith: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

RHP Phoenix Sanders: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (21-27)

Blake Bivens, Yoel Espinal and Wanderson Linares combined to shut down the GCL Orioles in a 3-0 GCL Rays win. In his second rehab outing, Bivens struck out three in four scoreless innings. Espinal pitched the fifth, and Linares struck out five over the final four innings. Yerson Santana hit a two-run homer in the third.

OF Granden Goetzman: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Carlos Vargas: 0-for-4, 2 K
OF Yerson Santana: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

RHP Blake Bivens: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Yoel Espinal: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Wanderson Linares: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

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Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Domingo German (4-2, 3.26)

Montgomery @ Birmingham 4 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jose Mujica (11-8, 3.20) v. Spencer Adams (7-13, 4.37)

Charlotte v. Clearwater 12:35 PM (radio stream)
Brock Burke (4-5, 4.80) v. TBA

Bowling Green v. West Michigan 5:05 PM (radio stream)

Hudson Valley v. Aberdeen 5:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)

Princeton @ Danville 4 PM (radio stream)

The GCL Rays are off

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees)
78-47 (1st in IL North)
Offense: 587 R (1st) .772 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.32 ERA (2nd) 1.17 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Gleyber Torres (1), RHP Chance Adams (8), 3B Miguel Andujar (12), 1B Tyler Austin (16), RHP Giovanny Gallegos (25), RHP Ronald Herrera (27), RHP Jonathan Holder (28), LHP Caleb Smith (31)

Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
23-30 (5th in SL North)
Offense: 391 R (10th) .646 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.14 ERA (10th) 1.39 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Michael Kopech (5), RHP Spencer Adams (9), RHP Jordan Stephens (12), 3B Trey Michalczewski (13), RHP Connor Walsh (27), 1B Cameron Seitzer

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia)
25-31 (4th in FSL North)
Offense: 450 R (8th) .693 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.13 ERA (4th) 1.26 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Sixto Sanchez (5), OF Cornelius Randolph (15)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
Offense: 577 R (5th) .714 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 2.82 ERA (1st) 1.12 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Matt Manning (1), OF Derek Hill (10), RHP Wladimir Pinto (21), OF Jacob Robson (25), SS Isaac Paredes

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
33-24 (2nd in NYPL McNamara)
Offense: 261 R (2nd) .701 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.08 ERA (3rd) 1.19 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Zach Muckenhirn (28), LHP Zac Lowther, RHP Michael Baumann, pitching coach Mark Hendrickson

Danville Braves
28-28 (3rd in AL East)
Offense: 266 R (7th) .726 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.85 ERA (1st) 1.35 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Kevin Maitan (7), LHP Kyle Muller (17), SS Derian Cruz (22), RHP Huascar Ynoa