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Brian Shaffer, acquired in the Matt Andriese trade, got promoted to the Florida State League and started for Charlotte Tuesday.

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Of course the Chris Archer and Wilson Ramos trades garnered most of the attention Tuesday, but the Rays made a smaller deal as well, sending minor league lefty Hunter Schryver to the White Sox for intentional bonus money. Between Class-A Bowling Green and Class A-Advanced Charlotte, the 23-year-old reliever had a 2.40 ERA, 29.5 percent strikeout rate, and 7.0 percent walk rate in 48 23 innings this season.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (60-46)

Durham’s game was postponed.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (21-17)

Nate Lowe homered twice in Montgomery’s 10-inning, 6-5 win over Jackson. In the third inning, his solo home run gave the Biscuits a 3-1 lead. After the Generals went ahead 5-4, another solo shot tied the game. Nathan Lukes hit a walk-off single in the 10th. Matt Krook made a spot start and struck out five and allowed a run in three innings.

2B Nick Solak: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
1B Nate Lowe: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS
SS Jake Cronenworth: 0-for-3, 1 RBI

LHP Matt Krook: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
RHP Yoel Espinal: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (21-14)

Charlotte earned a wild 5-4 win over Florida in Game 1 of their doubleheader. The game was tied at one entering the seventh, but the Fire Frogs scored three in the top half of the inning. With one out in the bottom half of the inning, six straight Stone Crabs reached base to even the score. With two outs, Josh Lowe’s single won the game. In his organizational debut, Brian Shaffer struck out five and allowed a run in five innings.

That momentum carried over in the Stone Crabs’ 6-3 win in Game 2. The first three batters of the game reached base, and they scored four runs, including three with two outs. Jermaine Palacios doubled in a pair, and he scored on Joey Roach’s single. Josh Fleming rebounded from his shortest outing of the season and allowed just a run in six innings.

SS Lucius Fox (1): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B
SS Lucius Fox (2): 0-for-0, 1 R, 2 BB (left game early)
DH Brendan McKay (1): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
RF Jesus Sanchez (1): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RF Jesus Sanchez (2): 0-for-3, 1 K
CF Josh Lowe (1): 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 K
CF Josh Lowe (2): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
3B Jermaine Palacios (1): 0-for-3, 1 K
2B Jermaine Palacios (2): 2-for-3, 1 R, 3 RBI

RHP Brian Shaffer (1): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
LHP Josh Fleming (2): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (22-16)

Bowling Green allowed six unanswered runs in a 7-4 loss to Fort Wayne. Taylor Walls’ two-run homer in the first gave the Hot Rods a 2-1 lead, and they scored two more in the second on RBI hits from Eleardo Cabrera and Vidal Brujan. However, they only had one hit over the final seven innings as the TinCaps took control of the game. Alex Valverde allowed three runs — one earned — in 4 23 innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 CS
SS Taylor Walls: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB

RHP Alex Valverde: 4 23 IP, 4 H, 3 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 6 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (28-15)

Hudson Valley was shut out by Lowell, 8-0. Michael Mercado allowed four runs in 4 13 innings.

SS Ford Proctor: 1-for-4, 1 CS
CF Tanner Dodson: 1-for-4, 1 K

RHP Michael Mercado: 4 13 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (25-13)

Princeton’s offense had a rare off night in a 5-1 loss to Danville. It had scored five-plus runs in nine straight games, but Danville limited it to a run on two hits Tuesday. Osmy Gregorio singled in the only run in the first inning. Joe Peguero allowed three runs in two innings.

SS Wander Franco: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB
1B Carlos Vargas: 0-for-3, 1 K

RHP Joe Peguero: 2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (20-16)

The GCL Rays rallied for a 3-2 win over the GCL Red Sox. After being held scoreless on six hits through the first seven innings, they only needed one hit to score three runs in the eighth. After walks loaded the bases, they got on the board on K.V. Edwards’ groundout. Luis Leon then hit a go-ahead double. Starter Edisson Gonzalez allowed an unearned run in 4 23 innings.

SS Jelfry Marte: 1-for-2, 1 HBP
DH Michael Berglund: 2-for-2, 2 BB

RHP Edisson Gonzalez: 4 23 IP, 5 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K


Wednesday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Gwinnett 5:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Zach Lee (3-2, 3.71) vs. TBA
Jake Faria* (rehab) vs. TBA

Both games will be seven innings.

Montgomery vs. Jackson 1:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)

Charlotte vs. Florida 6:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Tucker Davidson (6-8, 4.73)

Bowling Green @ Lake County 7 p.m. ET (radio stream)

Hudson Valley vs. Lowell 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. James MacArthur (1-0 1.38)

Princeton @ Danville 7 p.m. ET (radio stream)
J.D. Busfield (0-0, -.--) vs. Ben Sheckler (1-2, 3.53)

GCL Rays @ GCL Red Sox 12 p.m.

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Stripers (Atlanta)
50-57 (T-3rd in IL South)
Offense: 439 R (7th) .695 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.83 ERA (7th) 1.35 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: LHP Luiz Gohara (2), 3B Austin Riley (6), LHP Kolby Allard (7), C Alex Jackson (10), RHP Patrick Weigel (16), OF Dustin Peterson (24), RHP Chase Whitley

Jackson Generals (Arizona)
Offense: 514 R (2nd) .739 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.94 ERA (5th) 1.26 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: IF Domingo Leyba (11), RHP Yoan Lopez (17), RHP Tommy Eveld (25)

Florida Fire Frogs (Atlanta)
14-19 (6th in FSL North)
Offense: 360 R (11th) .653 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.78 ERA (7th) 1.39 WHIP (11th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Ian Anderson (5), OF Cristian Pache (9), LHP Joey Wentz (11), LHP Tucker Davidson (13), LHP Kyle Muller (20), OF Isranel Wilson (27), RHP Josh Graham (30)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
17-20 (T-5th in MWL East)
Offense: 431 R (12th) .686 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.06 ERA (12th) 1.31 WHIP (7th)
Top-30 prospects: 3B Nolan Jones (4), OF Will Benson (10), OF Oscar Gonzalez (20), RHP Nick Sandlin

Lowell Spinners (Boston)
22-22 (T-2nd in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 179 R (6th) .687 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.52 ERA (5th) 1.37 WHIP (11th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Cole Brannen (5), OF Tyler Esplin (28), 3B Triston Casas

Danville Braves
21-18 (3rd in AL East)
Offense: 188 R (8th) .713 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.25 ERA (1st) 1.34 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: None

GCL Red Sox
21-15 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 145 R (T-14th) .695 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 2.89 ERA (1st) 1.16 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: OF Nick Decker

Daily news and links

Hudson Valley infielder Tyler Frank was on’s prospect team of the week.