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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Gillaspie gets revenge on Bulls

Casey Gillaspie homered against his old organization Thursday

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Garrett Whitley wrapped up a solid month of August. Since the Midwest League All-Star break, he’s batting .246 with a .381 on-base percentage and .473 slugging percentage. In those 59 games, he’s hit 10 home runs, 12 doubles and stolen 11 bases.

I think I’ll wait until the end of the minor league season and do an August/September player of the month poll, if you’re looking for that before the weekend.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (83-54)

Casey Gillaspie homered in Durham’s 4-1 loss to Charlotte. After going hitless against his old club in the previous three games, Gillaspie delivered a two-run homer in the seventh off Chase Whitley to add insurance for the Knights. Bulls starter Yonny Chirinos struck out five and allowed just an unearned run in five innings.

2B Willy Adames: 3-for-4, 1 K, 1 SB
1B Jake Bauers: 1-for-4, 2 K

RHP Yonny Chirinos: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K
RHP Chase Whitley: 1 1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Jaime Schultz: two-thirds IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (39-27)

Montgomery get one get away from it in an 11-2 loss to Chattanooga. After the Biscuits went up 2-1 in the third, the Lookouts went ahead in the fifth and blew the game open in the later innings. Starter Edwin Fierro allowed three runs in five innings, and the rest of the damage came against Mike Franco and Jordan Harrison.

OF Joe McCarthy: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
OF Justin Williams: 1-for-4
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 K
OF Cade Gotta: 0-for-4, 2 K

RHP Edwin Fierro: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Mike Franco: 1 2/3 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
LHP Jordan Harrison: 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (38-26)

Charlotte closed the game with eight unanswered runs in an 8-2 win over Bradenton. In the fourth, Thomas Milone’s RBI hit tied the game, and Angel Moreno singled to give the Stone Crabs the lead. David Olmedo-Barrera doubled in a pair of runs in the fifth, and Jonah Heim cleared the bases with a double in the eighth. Michael Velasquez allowed two solo home runs in seven innings.

SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 K
IF Peter Maris: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

LHP Michael Velasquez: 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (37-29)

Mikey York continued his strong season in Bowling Green’s 6-0 win over Dayton. In his second consecutive start against the Dragons, York tied a career high with eight strikeouts over six scoreless innings. Garrett Whitley led off the fourth with a triple and scored the first run of the game, and he singled in two runs in the fifth.

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

RHP Mikey York: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K
RHP Reimin Ramos: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (40-29)

Hudson Valley was shut down in a 2-0 loss to Vermont. The Renegades had just two hits and wasted a fine effort from Tobias Myers, who struck out seven in five scoreless innings. In the seventh, the Lake Monsters broke the scoreless deadlock with a pair of runs off Andrew Gist.

2B Vidal Brujan: 0-for-3, 1 BB
1B Brendan McKay: 0-for-3, 1 K
OF Carl Chester: 0-for-4, 2 K

RHP Tobias Myers: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (31-36)

Princeton closed its season with an 11-0 rout over Greeneville. RBI hits from Devin Davis and Trey Hair got Princeton off to a fast start in the first, and Davis drove another run in two innings later. In the fourth, Princeton blew the game open with four more runs, capped by a two-run double from Ronaldo Hernandez. Phoenix Sanders and Joel Peguero each pitched three scoreless innings.

C Ronaldo Hernandez: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI
OF Michael Smith: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K
SS Zach Rutherford: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 K
2B Trey Hair: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
3B Seaver Whalen: 0-for-3, 1 R, 3 K

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

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (26-31)

Jake Fraley homered in a GCL Rays 8-2 loss to the GCL Twins. The rehabbing outfielder got the GCL Rays on the board in the fourth, and he singled and scored in the sixth. Starter Wilson Garcia allowed three runs in four innings.

OF Jake Fraley: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
SS Carlos Vargas: 2-for-3, 1 BB
OF Yerson Santana: 0-for-4, 2 K

RHP Wilson Garcia: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Ronal Hernandez: 2 2/3 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 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 @ Gwinnett 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Burch Smith (1-1, 2.53) v. TBA

Montgomery @ Chattanooga 8:05 PM (radio stream)
Genesis Cabrera (5-4, 3.77) v. TBA

Charlotte v. Bradenton 6:35 PM (radio stream)
Michael Santos (4-2, 4.43) v. James Marvel (0-0, 2.00)

Bowling Green @ Dayton 7 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Tony Santillan (9-7, 3.25)

Hudson Valley v. Vermont 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Jean Ruiz (1-0, 1.33)

Princeton’s season is over


Both games will be seven innings

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves
Offense: 613 R (4th) .724 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.04 ERA (9th) 1.35 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Ronald Acuna (6), LHP Sean Newcomb (8), RHP Patrick Weigel (9), OF Dustin Peterson (16), LHP A.J. Minter (18), 3B Rio Ruiz (20), 2B Micah Johnson (23), LHP Luiz Gohara

Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota)
Offense: 634 R (2nd) .723 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.17 ERA (2nd) 1.27 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Nick Gordon (1), RHP Fernando Romero (4), RHP Kohl Stewart (7), RHP Nick Burdi (15), OF LaMonte Wade (21), LHP Randy Rosario (31), RHP Zack Littell

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
Offense: 568 R (2nd) .721 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.63 ERA (7th) 1.25 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (6), 3B Will Craig (9), RHP Gage Hinsz (12), LHP Taylor Hearn (20), SS Stephen Alemais (29)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
Offense: 614 R (6th) .700 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.13 ERA (12th) 1.25 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Taylor Trammell (5), C Tyler Stephenson (10), RHP Tony Santillan (11), OF Michael Beltre (23), OF Jose Siri (31)

Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland)
39-30 (1st in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 293 R (4th) .657 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.09 ERA (4th) 1.21 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Oscar Tovar (25), LHP Jesus Luzardo, SS Kevin Merrell, OF Greg Deichmann

GCL Orioles
Offense: 269 R (5th) .702 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 4.47 ERA (15th) 1.39 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP DL Hall, SS Adam Hall