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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Strotman has Tommy John surgery

Another young Rays arm required season-ending surgery.

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This was discussed in the comments Thursday, but I thought it was worth mentioning in a post to be sure more people saw it. Drew Strotman, who entered the season as the team’s No. 19 prospect, posted that he underwent Tommy John surgery on Twitter.

Strotman had a 3.52 ERA with a 22.8 percent strikeout rate and 9.5 percent walk rate in 46 innings for Bowling Green.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (36-28)

Early runs cost Durham in a 3-2 loss to Gwinnett. A two-run homer off Yonny Chirinos in the first gave the Stripers an early lead, and they went up 3-0 on a bases-loaded walk in the fourth. Chirinos allowed three runs in 4 23 innings. Nick Ciuffo and Kean Wong hit RBI singles in the fifth, but the Bulls couldn’t push the tying run across.

RF Justin Williams: 1-for-4, 1 K
2B Brandon Lowe: 1-for-4, 1 K, 1 CS
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-3, 1 RBI

RHP Yonny Chirinos: 4 23 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
RHP Jaime Schultz: two-thirds IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
LHP Colin Poche: 1 23 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (35-32)

Montgomery forced extra but fell to Tennessee by a 5-4 score in 10 innings. Peter Maris’ two-run homer in the ninth — his third home run in as many games — tied the game at three. In the 10th, Nick Solak’s RBI double gave the Biscuits their first lead, but the Smokies hit a walk-off home run off Cody Hall. Genesis Cabrera allowed three runs on five hits and four walks in five innings.

SS Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-4, 1 HBP
RF Ryan Boldt: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K
LF Nick Solak: 1-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
CF Nathan Lukes: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
2B Peter Maris: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB

LHP Genesis Cabrera: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
RHP Curtis Taylor: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (31-32)

Charlotte hit three home runs and entered the All-Star break with a 6-4 win over Dunedin. Zacrey Law hit his first homer since being promoted from Bowling Green, and Josh Lowe and Tristan Gray also went deep. Law’s solo shot cut the Stone Crabs’ deficit to 2-1 in the third, and Jermaine Palacios’ two-run double gave them the lead for good. Kenny Rosenberg and J.D. Busfield each pitched three innings.

SS Lucius Fox: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 CS
RF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 HBP
2B Jermaine Palacios: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
CF Josh Lowe: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
3B Tristan Gray: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
C Zacrey Law: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI

LHP Kenny Rosenberg: 3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (44-22)

Bowling Green rolled to a 7-2 win over Fort Wayne. Jim Haley’s RBI single gave the Hot Rods a 1-0 lead in the second, and run-scoring hits from Carl Chester and Devin Davis an inning later extended the lead to 4-0. The Hot Rods scored three more times in the sixth to go up 7-0. Riley O’Brien was sharp on the mound again, striking out eight in six scoreless innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 SB
SS Taylor Walls: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
CF Carl Chester: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
3B Jim Haley: 3-for-4, 1 RBI

RHP Riley O’Brien: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K
LHP Hunter Schryver: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K


Friday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham vs. Gwinnett 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Forrest Snow (3-4, 4.06) vs. Matt Wisler (2-3, 4.38)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 7 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Sam McWilliams (2-2, 4.95) vs. Duncan Robinson (3-1, 3.39)

Charlotte is at the All-Star break.

Bowling Green @ Lake County 7 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Juan Hillman (0-7, 6.27)

Hudson Valley @ Aberdeen 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Stripers (Atlanta)
29-35 (3rd in IL South)
Offense: 246 R (10th) .678 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.45 ERA (2nd) 1.26 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: 3B Austin Riley (6), LHP Kolby Allard (7), LHP Max Fried (8), RHP Patrick Weigel (16), OF Dustin Peterson (24), RHP Chase Whitley

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
35-32 (T-2nd in SL North)
Offense: 276 R (7th) .697 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.69 ERA (1st) 1.26 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Oscar De La Cruz (6), RHP Thomas Hatch (8), OF Charcer Burks (24), 3B Jason Vosler (25), RHP Michael Rucker (26), RHP Jake Stinnett (30)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
Offense: 284 R (11th) .709 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 4.46 ERA (15th) 1.38 WHIP (12th)
Top-30 prospects: 3B Nolan Jones (4), OF Will Benson (10), OF Oscar Gonzalez (20), IF Ernie Clement (24)

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
Offense: Will update next series
Pitching: Will update next series
Top-30 prospects: Will update next series

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