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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Faria begins rehab assignment with Charlotte

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A key Rays arm moved closer to his return Saturday.

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On July 5, Ryan Boldt went on the DL for Montgomery. Hopefully it’s not serious because he’s having a nice season for the Biscuits. He’s batting .274 with a .348 on-base percentage and .461 slugging percentage. His power is way up compared to his prior seasons in pro ball, and he has 12 steals in 14 attempts.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (50-37)

For the second straight game, Durham was shut out, this time in a 5-0 loss to Norfolk. Zach Lee struck out six and allowed three runs in six innings.

2B Brandon Lowe: 0-for-4, 1 K
RF Justin Williams: 1-for-2, 1 BB
C Nick Ciuffo: 0-for-3, 2 K

RHP Zach Lee: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
LHP Colin Poche: 1 13 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (9-7)

Montgomery was edged by Pensacola, 3-2. Sam McWilliams allowed all three Blue Wahoos runs, but he struck out eight in 6 23 innings. The Biscuits had the potential tying run reach base with two outs in the ninth, but Dalton Kelly grounded out to end the game.

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

RHP Sam McWilliams: 6 23 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (8-8)

Charlotte hit three home runs on its way to an 8-3 win over Clearwater. The Stone Crabs already led 4-2 in the seventh when Josh Lowe and Robbie Tenerowicz hit back-to-back solo home runs, and an inning later, Tristan Gray hit a two-run shot to add even more insurance. In his rehab outing, Jake Faria allowed a solo home run in two innings, and Willy Ortiz’s piggyback appearance was good, striking out six and giving up two runs in six innings.

SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-5, 2 K
CF Josh Lowe: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
RF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB
3B Jermaine Palacios: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB
1B Robbie Tenerowicz: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
LF Miles Mastrobuoni: 1-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB
2B Tristan Gray: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB

RHP Jake Faria: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
RHP Willy Ortiz: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (11-6)

Bowling Green edged Fort Wayne by a 5-4 score. Resly Linares wasn’t at his best, getting charged with four runs in four-plus innings, but Tyler Zombro and Jose Disla were good in relief, combining to keep the TinCaps off the board the rest of the game. In the eighth, the Hot Rods broke the 4-4 tie when Alexander Alvarez laid down a bunt single that scored Carl Chester.

SS Taylor Walls: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
DH Ronaldo Hernandez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
1B Devin Davis: 3-for-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K

LHP Resly Linares: 4+ IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Tyler Zombro: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (14-8)

Simon Rosenblum-Larson had another great relief appearance in Hudson Valley’s 3-1 win over Lowell. After Blake Pflughaupt struck out six and allowed a run in 4 23 innings, Rosenblum-Larson was again sharp out of the bullpen, striking out 6 in 3 13 scoreless frames. He now has 23 strikeouts, three walks, and no earned runs allowed in 14 13 innings this season. Jake Stone’s home run tied the game in the third, and the Renegadesscored two in the eighth to go ahead.

DH Tanner Dodson: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 CS
SS Tyler Frank: 0-for-4
CF Jake Stone: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

LHP Blake Pflughaupt: 4 23 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
RHP Simon Rosenblum-Larson: 3 13 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (11-7)

Princeton could not contain Bristol in a 15-9 slugfest loss. Bristol went up early with three runs in both the first and second innings, and it continued adding on, scoring in seven of its eight at-bats, including five in the eighth inning after Princeton had scored six straight runs to get back into the game. Starter Cristopher Sanchez was charged with seven runs in two-plus innings, and catcher Jean Ramirez had to finish the game on the mound.

1B Carlos Vargas: 0-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
CF Grant Witherspoon: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
LF Pedro Diaz: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K

LHP Cristopher Sanchez: 2+ IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Jean Ramirez: 1 IP, 4 H, 5 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 1 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (8-9)

GCL Rays pitching struck out 17 in an 8-3 win over the GCL Orioles. After starter Jose Lopez struck out nine and allowed a run in 4 13 innings, the bullpen also pitched well, particularly Taj Bradley and Stanly Sabino, who combined to strike out seven in a combined 3 23 innings. Luis Leon singled and scored in the third and homered in his next trip to the plate.

CF Nick Schnell: 0-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K
RF Aldenis Sanchez: 3-for-6, 1 R, 1 RBI
SS Luis Leon: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
3B Kaleo Johnson: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP
2B K.V. Edwards: 0-for-1, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SB, 2 HBP

LHP Jose Lopez: 4 13 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
RHP Taj Bradley: 1 23 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 4 K

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

Durham vs. Norfolk 5:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Jimmy Yacabonis (3-2, 2.91)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 5:30 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Benton Moss (1-3, 4.91) vs. Duncan Robinson (5-1, 3.10)

Charlotte @ Clearwater 1 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Blake Bivens (5-1, 1.75) vs. Ramon Rosso (1-0, 0.00)

Bowling Green @ Fort Wayne 3:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Tobias Myers (9-4, 4.15) vs. TBA

Hudson Valley @ Lowell 5:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

Princeton @ Bristol 6 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

The GCL Rays are off.

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
46-40 (2nd in IL South)
Offense: 391 R (2nd) .718 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.02 ERA (10th) 1.37 WHIP (10th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Cedric Mullins (9), LHP Chris Lee (10), OF DJ Stewart (16), C Austin Wynns (29)

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
11-5 (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)

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia)
9-6 (2nd in FSL North)
Offense: 377 R (2nd) .728 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.10 ERA (10th) 1.28 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Sixto Sanchez (2), RHP Adonis Medina (4), OF Adam Haseley (5), OF Mickey Moniak (9), SS Arquimedes Gamboa (19), RHP JD Hammer (26), RHP Mauricio Llovera (30)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego)
11-6 (T-1st in MWL East)
Offense: 368 R (7th) .671 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 3.70 ERA (4th) 1.32 WHIP (4th)
Top-30 prospects: LHP MacKenzie Gore (2), SS Gabriel Arias (10), 2B Esteury Ruiz (15), RHP Andres Munoz (19), C Luis Campusano (20), OF Jeisson Rosario (22), IF Luis Almanzar (24), RHP Mason Thompson (25), OF Tirso Ornelas (31)

Lowell Spinners (Boston)
9-13 (4th in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 81 R (10th) .650 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.74 ERA (8th) 1.31 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Cole Brannen (5), OF Tyler Esplin (28), RHP Durbin Feltman

Bristol Pirates
9-8 (3rd in AL West)
Offense: 92 R (5th) .769 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 5.25 ERA (7th) 1.60 WHIP (7th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Shane Baz (3), RHP Steven Jennings (11), OF Conner Uselton (15), 1B Mason Martin (18)

Daily news and links

The Biscuits Blog had a couple posts recently: first, on Nick Solak joining the Rays. Peyton Wesner also discussed Nate Lowe’s selection to the Futures Game.