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Rays prospects and minor leagues: McKay returns to mound for Charlotte

For the first time in over a month, Brendan McKay pitched for Charlotte.

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Moises Gomez did not enter the year as a top-30 prospect in the organization, and I don’t know if he’ll be one after this season. However, in Baseball America’s recent midseason update ($), he’s described as having “impact tools on both sides of the ball.” The 19-year-old outfielder is batting .289 with a .332 on-base percentage and .490 slugging percentage for Bowling Green.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (59-43)

Despite allowing two first-inning runs, Zach Lee was sharp in Durham’s 6-3 win over Toledo. After a two-out single scored the second run, Lee retired 18 in a row before catcher’s interference finally gave the Mud Hens another baserunner with two outs in the seventh. Lee struck out seven and walked none in 6 23 innings. The Bulls took the lead with a four-run fifth that included consecutive doubles from Rob Refsnyder, Jason Coats, and Andrew Velazquez.

DH Christian Arroyo: 0-for-3, 1 K, 1 HBP
2B Brandon Lowe: 0-for-4
RF Justin Williams: 0-for-4, 1 K
LF Jason Coats: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI
SS Andrew Velazquez: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB

RHP Zach Lee: 6 23 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
RHP Ian Gibaut: 1 13 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (19-15)

Genesis Cabrera had a career outing in Montgomery’s 1-0 win over Jacksonville. The lefty’s 87 game score was the highest of his career. In 7 23 innings, he struck out nine, walked none, and gave up just three singles. Thomas Milone’s RBI single with two outs in the seventh plated the decisive run.

LF Nick Solak: 0-for-3, 2 BB
1B Nate Lowe: 2-for-4
SS Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-4

LHP Genesis Cabrera: 7 23 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (17-14)

Brendan McKay was sharp in Charlotte’s 6-5 loss to St. Lucie. In his first start with the Stone Crabs since his stint on the disabled list, the star lefty struck out five and only gave up a hit in three scoreless innings. However, Josh Fleming and Riley O’Brien were charged with three runs each as St. Lucie erased an early 3-0 Charlotte lead.

SS Lucius Fox: 1-for-5, 3 K, 1 CS
DH Josh Lowe: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
1B Robbie Tenerowicz: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS, 1 HBP
2B Tristan Gray: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
CF Jake Fraley: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB

LHP Brendan McKay: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
RHP Riley O’Brien: 3 13 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (20-13)

Moises Gomez homered twice in Bowling Green’s come-from-behind, 9-8 win over Great Lakes. His first home run was a solo shot that cut the Loons’ lead to 7-1 in the fourth. In the seventh, his three-run homer capped a five-run inning and gave the Hot Rods their first lead of the game. Tommy Romero had a rough outing, allowing seven runs on 10 hits in 3 23 innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 1-for-3, 1 BB
DH Moises Gomez: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
RF Eleardo Cabrera: 3-for-4, 2 R

RHP Tommy Romero: 3 23 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (25-13)

Hudson Valley rallied for a 5-2 win over Lowell. Garrett Giovannelli’s bases-loaded walk tied the game in the ninth, and a passed ball on Michael Smith’s strikeout with the bases loaded allowed the go-ahead run to score. Tyler Frank then doubled in a pair of runs with two outs. Starter Nick Padilla was sharp, striking out six and allowing a run in six innings.

3B Tyler Frank: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
SS Ford Proctor: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

RHP Nick Padilla: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (22-12)

Princeton battled for a 10-8 win over Greeneville. After losing an early 3-0 lead, Princeton scored twice in the sixth to go back in front, 6-5. The four insurance runs in the eighth proved to be crucial. Tony Pena cleared the bases with a double and scored on Pedro Diaz’s single. Starter Miguel Lara struck out five and allowed four runs in four innings.

SS Wander Franco: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 BB
1B Carlos Vargas: 0-for-4, 1 BB
2B Connor Hollis: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB
CF Grant Witherspoon: 0-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP
DH Tony Pena: 4-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI

RHP Miguel Lara: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (17-14)

Kaleo Johnson tied for the league lead with his fifth home run in the GCL Rays’ 3-1 win over the GCL Twins. A half inning after the GCL Twins tied the game at one, Johnson led off the seventh with his homer, and Luis Arcendo doubled in an insurance run later in the inning. Matthew Liberatore turned in his best start as a pro yet, retiring the first four he faced and striking out four in four scoreless innings.

SS Jelfry Marte: 0-for-4, 2 K
DH Kaleo Johnson: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
C Michael Berglund: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 K
LF Yunior Martinez: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 CS

LHP Matthew Liberatore: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
RHP Angel Rodriguez: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K


Friday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham vs. Syracuse 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Brady Dragmire (1-5, 7.75)

Montgomery @ Jacksonville 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Brock Burke (1-0, 1.80) vs. Kolton Mahoney (3-5, 4.64)

Charlotte @ St. Lucie 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Blake Bivens (5-4, 3.22) vs. Blake Taylor (1-4, 4.58)

Bowling Green vs. Great Lakes 7:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)

Hudson Valley @ Williamsport 7:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)

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

GCL Rays @ GCL Orioles 10 a.m. DOUBLEHEADER

Both games will be seven innings.

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Syracuse Chiefs (Washington)
41-62 (6th in IL North)
Offense: 401 R (11th) .688 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 4.03 ERA (10th) 1.35 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Victor Robles (1), C Pedro Severino (14), 1B Jose Marmolejos (18), IF Drew Ward (19), RHP Jefry Rodriguez (24), RHP Austin Voth (26)

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Miami)
11-23 (5th in SL South)
Offense: 369 R (10th) .660 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.27 ERA (9th) 1.39 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Nick Neidert (5), OF Brian Miller (12), SS Joe Dunand (14), RHP Merandy Gonzalez (15), OF Braxton Lee (21), RHP Robert Dugger (23)

St. Lucie Mets
13-19 (T-4th in FSL South)
Offense: 311 R (12th) .638 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.77 ERA (8th) 1.31 WHIP (7th)
Top-30 prospects: LHP David Peterson (2), OF Desmond Lindsay (8), LHP Anthony Kay (14), RHP Jordan Humphreys (15), IF Luis Carpio (26), C Ali Sanchez (27)

Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers)
10-23 (8th in MWL East)
Offense: 374 R (16th) .677 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 4.14 ERA (12th) 1.39 WHIP (11th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Starling Heredia (17)

Williamsport Crosscutters (Philadelphia)
15-23 (T-4th in NYPL Pinckney)
Offense: 161 R (7th) .683 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.12 ERA (13th) 1.41 WHIP (12th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Jonathan Guzman (15), RHP Francisco Morales (16), 3B Alec Bohm

Bluefield Blue Jays
23-13 (T-1st in AL East)
Offense: 201 R (3rd) .778 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.75 ERA (6th) 1.36 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Eric Pardinho (6), C Hagen Danner (28)

GCL Orioles
8-23 (4th in GCL South)
Offense: 99 R (18th) .564 OPS (18th)
Pitching: 4.56 ERA (13th) 1.55 WHIP (16th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Lamar Sparks (25), RHP Grayson Rodriguez

Daily news and links wrote about Genesis Cabrera’s developing changeup.

ESPN subscribers can read Keith Law’s reaction to the Nathan Eovaldi and Matt Andriese trades.