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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Liberatore, McClanahan promoted to Princeton

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With the postseason approaching, Princeton added a couple big names to its pitching staff.

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The GCL Rays’ season ends Saturday, and Princeton is headed for the playoffs. By promoting their top two picks from June’s drafts, the Rays will get them some nice experience and extend their seasons by an outing or two.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (71-57)

Durham was shut out by Gwinnett, 5-0. Against his old club, Ryan Weber allowed five runs in five innings. All three Bulls hits were singles.

DH Austin Meadows: 0-for-4, 2 K
1B Nate Lowe: 0-for-3
CF Joe McCarthy: 0-for-3
C Nick Ciuffo: 0-for-3, 2 K

RHP Ryan Weber: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Jaime Schultz: 2 13 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
RHP Ian Gibaut: one-third IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (34-26)

Montgomery lost a 2-0 lead late in its 10-inning, 4-2 loss to Chattanooga. The Lookouts were down to their last out in the ninth when a single off Yoel Espinal tied the game. In the 10th, Mike Broadway allowed a two-run homer that proved to be the difference. In his first appearance for the Biscuits this season, Forrest Snow struck out four in five scoreless innings.

2B Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-5, 1 K
SS Lucius Fox: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 K
RF Jesus Sanchez: 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB
1B Dalton Kelly: 1-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K

RHP Forrest Snow: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
RHP Curtis Taylor: 1 23 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (35-23)

Charlotte held on for a 7-5 win over Bradenton. For the second straight game, the Stone Crabs hit three home runs. Carl Chester and Jake Fraley went back to back in the first inning, and Jermaine Palacios hit a two-run homer to give them a 5-1 lead in the fourth. They eventually led 7-1 before the Marauders scored four unanswered runs to end the game. Josh Fleming allowed four runs in 6 23 innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 1-for-5, 1 2B
1B Brendan McKay: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K
SS Jermaine Palacios: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
LF Carl Chester: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
CF Jake Fraley: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI

LHP Josh Fleming: 6 23 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (36-24)

Bowling Green scored five unanswered runs in its 7-3 win over Lansing. After erasing a 2-0 deficit, the Hot Rods immediately fell behind again, 3-2, in the fifth. In the bottom half of the inning, they tied the game on Moises Gomez’s RBI groundout and took the lead on Trey Hair’s second double of the game. Starter Mikey York allowed a run in 3 23 innings.

DH Taylor Walls: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
RF Moises Gomez: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
2B Trey Hair: 3-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
3B Justin Bridgman: 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB

RHP Mikey York: 3 23 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (37-27)

Hudson Valley fell to Tri-City by a 5-1 score. The Renegades stranded five runners on base over the first two innings, and the ValleyCats scored three in the third. Starter Miller Hogan allowed three runs in three innings.

SS Ford Proctor: 1-for-5, 1 K
CF Tanner Dodson: 1-for-4, 1 BB
2B Tyler Frank: 0-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K
C Chris Betts: 2-for-2, 2 BB

RHP Miller Hogan: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (39-21)

Shane Baz allowed three first-inning runs in Princeton’s 3-2 loss to Pulaski. In his second start in the organization, the righty did settle down in subsequent innings and struck out five in four frames. Roberto Alvarez led off the ninth with a single to get the tying run on base, but the following three batters made outs to end the game.

SS Wander Franco: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
1B Carlos Vargas: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K

RHP Shane Baz: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (31-23)

The GCL Rays were off.


Friday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Norfolk 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Austin Pruitt (2-0, 3.14) vs. TBA

Montgomery vs. Tennessee 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
J.D. Martin (7-10, 4.46) vs. TBA

Charlotte @ Clearwater 6:15 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Brandon Lawson (2-5, 4.78) vs. TBA

Bowling Green vs. Lake County 7:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)

Hudson Valley vs. Tri-City 7:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Austin Hansen (2-2, 1.40)

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

GCL Rays @ GCL Orioles 10 a.m. ET

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
67-62 (2nd in IL South)
Offense: 557 R (T-4th) .704 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.90 ERA (9th) 1.37 WHIP (12th)
Top-30 prospects: C Chance Sisco (3), OF DJ Stewart (16), RHP Jimmy Yacabonis (23), IF Steve Wilkerson (30), C Armando Araiza, OF Joey Rickard

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
28-30 (4th in SL North)
Offense: 529 R (7th) .686 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.85 ERA (4th) 1.28 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Oscar De La Cruz (6), RHP Thomas Hatch (8), RHP Keegan Thompson (14), LHP Justin Steele (18), OF Charcer Burks (24), RHP Michael Rucker (26), RHP Jake Stinnett (30)

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia)
38-21 (1st in FSL North)
Offense: 545 R (7th) .700 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.80 ERA (8th) 1.25 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Sixto Sanchez (2), RHP Adonis Medina (4), OF Mickey Moniak (9), SS Arquimedes Gamboa (19), 2B Daniel Brito (20), RHP JD Hammer (26), RHP Mauricio Llovera (30)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
25-34 (7th in MWL East)
Offense: 511 R (14th) .688 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.07 ERA (12th) 1.33 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Will Benson (10), OF Oscar Gonzalez (20), RHP Luis Oviedo (22), LHP Brady Aiken (28)

Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston)
37-27 (1st in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 279 R (5th) .708 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.28 ERA (3rd) 1.28 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: None

Danville Braves
Offense: 282 R (9th) .694 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.84 ERA (2nd) 1.38 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: None

GCL Orioles
Offense: 170 R (18th) .583 OPS (18th)
Pitching: 4.07 ERA (11th) 1.48 WHIP (16th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Lamar Sparks (25), RHP Grayson Rodriguez

Daily news and links provided some context for Vidal Brujan’s huge game Wednesday.

At CBS Sports, R.J. Anderson wrote a fun piece on the language of scouts.