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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Burke, Fleming debut at higher levels

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A pair of lefty starters debuted Tuesday after recent promotions.

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The Steven Souza Jr. trade wasn’t the Rays’ only recent deal with Arizona. Over the offseason, they also sent Brad Boxberger to the Diamondbacks for right-handed pitcher Curtis Taylor. After starting the season with Charlotte, he’s been pitching great since a promotion to Double-A Montgomery. In 35 23 innings, the 22-year-old has a 1.96 ERA with a 32.6 percent strikeout rate and 9.9 percent walk rate.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (51-37)

Durham is at the All-Star break.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (11-8)

Brock Burke was solid in his Double-A debut, a 4-3, 11-inning win for Montgomery over Tennessee. In five-plus innings, he struck out six and was charged with two runs on four hits and two walks. The Biscuits tied the game at three in the seventh, and in the 11th, Michael Brosseau singled in the winning run.

SS Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-4, 1 R, 2 SB
LF Dalton Kelly: 1-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 SB
CF Thomas Milone: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 SB, 1 CS

LHP Brock Burke: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
RHP Curtis Taylor: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (9-10)

Josh Fleming pitched well in his Charlotte debut, but it wasn’t enough in a 5-1 loss to St. Lucie. After dominating the Midwest League in 10 starts, the Rays promoted the lefty up to the Stone Crabs. He held his own, allowing two runs in six innings. Jermaine Palacios’ RBI single in the seventh accounted for Charlotte’s only run. Christian Arroyo was 0-for-4 as the team’s DH.

DH Christian Arroyo: 0-for-4, 1 K
CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
RF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-4
SS Jermaine Palacios: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

LHP Josh Fleming: 6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (13-6)

Bowling Green was off.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (15-9)

Hudson Valley was off.

Rookie Princeton Rays (13-8)

Princeton staged another comeback, this time earning a 6-4 win over Bluefield. After falling behind 4-0 through half an inning, Princeton got on the board on Jordan Qsar’s solo homer in the bottom of the first. Jonathan Aranda’s two-run homer a couple innings later got Princeton closer, and it went ahead for the first time on Wander Franco’s run-scoring double play. Starter Joe Peguero allowed all four runs and lasted just two-thirds of an inning.

SS Wander Franco: 1-for-4, 1 RBI
1B Carlos Vargas: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 K
DH Connor Hollis: 3-for-4, 1 R
RF Jordan Qsar: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
2B Jonathan Aranda: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K

RHP Joe Peguero: two-thirds IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (9-10)

The GCL Rays couldn’t keep the GCL Twins off the bases in a 6-5 loss. The GCL Twins had 12 hits, including a pair of home runs, and drew five walks. Starter Bryan Herrera allowed three runs on three hits and four walks in three innings. Trailing by one in the eighth, the GCL Rays loaded the bases with no outs, but they couldn’t get one more key hit to tie or go ahead.

RF Nick Schnell: 1-for-4, 1 K
DH Michael Berglund: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

RHP Bryan Herrera: 4 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

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Wednesday’s games (probables courtesy of milb.com)

International League All-Stars vs. Pacific Coast League All-Stars 7 p.m.

Montgomery @ Tennessee 7 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Genesis Cabrera (6-4, 4.14) vs. Michael Rucker (6-4, 3.75)

Charlotte vs. St. Lucie 6:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Riley O’Brien (1-1, 4.09) vs. David Peterson (2-2, 5.32)

Bowling Green vs. Kane County 7:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Austin Franklin (5-4, 3.59) vs. TBA

Hudson Valley vs. West Virginia 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

Princeton vs. Bluefield 7 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

GCL Rays @ GCL Twins 12 p.m.

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
12-7 (1st in SL North)
Offense: 391 R (4th) .714 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.96 ERA (6th) 1.30 WHIP (4th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Oscar De La Cruz (6), RHP Thomas Hatch (8), RHP Keegan Thompson (14), OF Charcer Burks (24), RHP Michael Rucker (26), RHP Jake Stinnett (30)

St. Lucie Mets
7-11 (5th in FSL South)
Offense: 256 R (12th) .624 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.72 ERA (7th) 1.30 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Andres Gimenez (1), LHP David Peterson (2), OF Desmond Lindsay (8), LHP Anthony Kay (14), RHP Jordan Humphreys (15), IF Luis Carpio (26), C Ali Sanchez (27)

Kane County Cougars (Arizona)
9-10 (6th in MWL West)
Offense: 395 R (6th) .707 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.69 ERA (4th) 1.33 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Jazz Chisholm (4), OF Eduardo Diaz (7), OF Gabriel Maciel (15), RHP Jhoan Duran (21)

West Virginia Black Bears (Pittsburgh)
10-14 (T-4th in NYPL Pinckney)
Offense: 111 R (6th) .704 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 5.00 ERA (14th) 1.50 WHIP (14th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Travis Swaggerty, SS Connor Kaiser

Bluefield Blue Jays
16-5 (1st in AL East)
Offense: 132 R (1st) .823 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 4.30 ERA (4th) 1.26 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Eric Pardinho (6), C Hagen Danner (28)

GCL Twins
12-7 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 94 R (5th) .732 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 2.94 ERA (1st) 1.20 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Landon Leach (13)

Daily news and links

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It’s been a long road to the majors for Giants reliever Ray Black.

Some Rays picks were among the top high school players who did not sign professional contracts before last week’s deadline.