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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Olmedo-Barrera suspended 80 games

Charlotte outfielder David Olmedo-Barrera’s suspension for performance-enhancing drugs will stretch into 2019.

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David Olmedo-Barrera’s suspension was one of five announced by Major League Baseball Friday. In 40 games for Charlotte this season, he had a .282 on-base percentage and .668 OPS. He also hit a couple homers in big league spring training.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (55-42)

Durham erased a 4-0 deficit before falling to Buffalo by a 6-5 score. In the fifth, Nick Ciuffo doubled in a run, Willy Adames singled in another, and Brandon Lowe hit a three-run homer to give the Bulls a 5-4 lead. However, after striking out the first batter of the ninth, four straight batters reached against Ruben Alaniz, who eventually allowed a walk-off sacrifice fly. Zach Lee allowed four runs — five earned — in five innings.

SS Willy Adames: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
2B Brandon Lowe: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K
3B Christian Arroyo: 0-for-4, 1 K
RF Justin Williams: 0-for-4, 1 K
C Nick Ciuffo: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI

RHP Zach Lee: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (15-13)

A run on two hits wasn’t enough for Montgomery in a 4-1 loss to Mississippi. The Biscuits didn’t get a baserunner until one out in the fifth when Michael Brosseau doubled. Brett Sullivan drove him in with a single, and they couldn’t manage another run with four baserunners scattered over the final four innings. Benton Moss allowed two runs — one earned — in six innings.

2B Nick Solak: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Nate Lowe: 0-for-3, 1 BB
SS Jake Cronenworth: 0-for-3

RHP Benton Moss: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 4 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (16-13)

The top of the lineup led Charlotte to a 6-2 win over Jupiter. Lucius Fox, Josh Lowe, and Robbie Tenerowicz combined to reach base seven times and score five runs, and Fox hit his second home run of the season. Kenny Rosenberg struck out six and allowed two runs in five innings.

SS Lucius Fox: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
CF Josh Lowe: 2-for-4, 1 R
RF Jesus Sanchez: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
2B Jermaine Palacios: 1-for-2, 1 BB, 1 CS
1B Robbie Tenerowicz: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB

LHP Kenny Rosenberg: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (18-10)

A night after a game was shortened by rain, Bowling Green fell to Beloit, 4-3, in 10 innings. After the Hot Rods were unable to take advantage of their free baserunner in the top of the 10th, the Snappers got a two-out, walk-off single against Orlando Romero. He allowed a run in both the first and second innings, but Resly Linares had a good outing, striking out six and walking none in six innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 0-for-5, 1 K
SS Taylor Walls: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 0-for-3, 1 K, 1 HBP

LHP Resly Linares: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 6 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (21-12)

Tyler Frank hit a 10th-inning, walk-off single in Hudson Valley’s 4-3 win over Vermont. With the free runner on second base to start the inning, Frank wasted no time, leading off the inning with the clutch hit. After Nick Padilla allowed three runs in six innings, Simon Rosenblum-Larson was sharp in relief yet again, striking out five in 3 13 scoreless innings.

DH Tanner Dodson: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
SS Tyler Frank: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
C Erik Ostberg: 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI
1B Allen Smoot: 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K

RHP Nick Padilla: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
RHP Simon Rosenblum-Larson: 3 13 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (20-10)

Princeton rallied for a 5-3 win over Kingsport. Scoreless through its first seven at-bats, Princeton broke out for five in the eighth. Grant Witherspoon’s first pro home run tied the game at three, and after Osmy Gregorio tripled in a run, he scored himself on Pedro Diaz’s sacrifice fly. Starter Luis Moncada struck out five and allowed a run in five innings.

SS Wander Franco: 2-for-4, 1 BB
1B Carlos Vargas: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K
CF Grant Witherspoon: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI
C Roberto Alvarez: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB

LHP Luis Moncada: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (14-13)

Despite committing six errors, the GCL Rays earned a 6-4 win over the GCL Orioles. After falling behind 2-0 in the first, the GCL Rays tied the game in the second on RBI singles by Kevin Melendez and Yunior Martinez. In the fourth, they scored three more runs — including two on an Aldenis Sanchez single — to go ahead. Taj Bradley allowed two runs on five hits in 2 13 innings.

SS Jelfry Marte: 1-for-1, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 CS
1B Russ Olive: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
LF Yunior Martinez: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 SB, 1 CS

RHP Taj Bradley: 2 13 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K


Saturday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Buffalo 6:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Forrest Snow (5-5, 3.72) vs. Brandon Cumpton (2-0, 1.13)

Montgomery vs. Mississippi 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Ricardo Sanchez (1-3, 5.06)

Charlotte vs. Jupiter 6:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Josh Fleming (0-1, 4.50) vs. TBA

Bowling Green @ Wisconsin 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Bowden Francis (4-7, 5.10)

Hudson Valley vs. Vermont 6:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Jhenderson Hurtado (2-2, 3.03)

Princeton @ Elizabethton 6 p.m. ET (radio stream)

GCL Rays @ GCL Orioles 10 a.m.

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Buffalo Bisons (Toronto)
44-47 (3rd in IL North)
Offense: 387 R (9th) .696 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.76 ERA (7th) 1.30 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Anthony Alford (3), C Danny Jansen (7), SS Richard Urena (9), LHP Ryan Borucki (10), RHP Sean Reid-Foley (11), C Reese McGuire (15), 1B Rowdy Tellez (21)

Mississippi Braves
14-13 (3rd in SL South)
Offense: 373 R (9th) .667 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.65 ERA (2nd) 1.40 WHIP (10th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Kyle Wright (4), RHP Bryse Wilson (12), LHP Ricardo Sanchez (19), LHP Phil Pfiefer (29), SS Ray-Patrick Didder (31), RHP Enderson Franco

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
11-17 (T-4th in FSL South)
Offense: 359 R (10th) .646 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.37 ERA (1st) 1.23 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Jorge Guzman (2), 2B Riley Mahan (18), OF Corey Bird (31), RHP Ethan Clark

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Milwaukee)
12-14 (6th in MWL West)
Offense: 403 R (12th) .698 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.39 ERA (15th) 1.41 WHIP (13th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Tristen Lutz (11), C KJ Harrison (16), RHP Carlos Herrera (26), C Payton Henry (28)

Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland)
17-17 (T-3rd in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 144 R (5th) .630 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 3.96 ERA (12th) 1.28 WHIP (7th)
Top-30 prospects: 2B Marcos Brito (28), OF Jameson Hannah, SS Jeremy Eierman

Elizabethton Twins
17-10 (1st in AL West)
Offense: 188 R (2nd) .833 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.62 ERA (5th) 1.49 WHIP (5th)
Top-30 prospects: 2B Yunior Severino (14), OF Trevor Larnach, C Ryan Jeffers

GCL Orioles
8-19 (4th in GCL South)
Offense: 85 R (18th) .571 OPS (18th)
Pitching: 4.51 ERA (12th) 1.55 WHIP (18th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Lamar Sparks (25), RHP Grayson Rodriguez

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