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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Hernandez homers twice

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The Rays’ top catching prospect has hits in seven of his last eight games.

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That’s an interesting addition. I don’t know much about Osmy Gregorio. He was a player to be named later in the trade that sent Ryan Garton and Mike Marjama to Seattle. The 20-year-old infielder had a .741 OPS with Princeton entering Thursday’s games.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (60-46)

Durham’s doubleheader was postponed.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (22-18)

Jake Cronenworth homered, but it wasn’t enough in Montgomery’s 5-4 loss to Pensacola. His three-run home run gave the Biscuits a 3-0 lead in the third, but the Blue Wahoos scored the next five runs. Brock Burke allowed all five runs in six innings with nine strikeouts. Dalton Kelly doubled and scored in the ninth, but they couldn’t push the tying run across the plate.

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

LHP Brock Burke: 6 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
RHP Curtis Taylor: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (24-14)

Charlotte earned a rain-shortened 3-0 win over Florida. Lucius Fox’s RBI single in the third was the only run the Stone Crabs needed, but they added two for insurance on a Brendan McKay single and a wild pitch in the fifth. Riley O’Brien struck out five in six scoreless innings.

SS Lucius Fox: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI
DH Brendan McKay: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 K
CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB

RHP Riley O’Brien: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (24-16)

Ronaldo Hernandez homered twice in Bowling Green’s 8-1 win over Lake County. After going 10 straight games without a home run, the catcher now has three in his last five games. His first followed a two-run home run from Jim Haley in the first inning, and his second, a two-run shot, capped a four-run fifth inning. Resly Linares struck out eight and allowed a run in six innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB
DH Ronaldo Hernandez: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K
LF Jim Haley: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
CF Carl Chester: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
1B Devin Davis: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI

LHP Resly Linares: 6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
RHP Simon Rosenblum-Larson: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (28-17)

Jeremy Eierman’s home run sunk Hudson Valley in its 5-4 loss to Vermont. In the seventh, Eierman — whose brother, Johnny, was a Rays draft pick — hit his fifth pro home run and gave the Lake Monsters a 5-3 lead. The Renegades scored in the eighth and got the tying run in scoring position in the ninth, but they couldn’t score the tying run. Starter Blake Pflughaupt was charged with four runs — three earned — in 4 13 innings.

2B Tyler Frank: 0-for-4, 1 RBI
SS Ford Proctor: 0-for-4, 1 BB
1B Jacson McGowan: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
DH Erik Ostberg: 3-for-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI
RF Jake Stone: 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K

LHP Blake Pflughaupt: 4 13 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 4 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (26-14)

Princeton fell, 4-3, in eight innings against Danville in Game 1 of their doubleheader. Princeton went ahead in the top of the seventh on a wild pitch, but Danville tied the game in the bottom half of the inning. In the eighth, a one-out single off Michael Costanzo won the game for Danville. Starter Wanderson Linares allowed two runs in four innings.

Jordan Qsar homered twice in Princeton’s Game 2, 9-0 win. The outfielder is now second in the league with 10 home runs. He also walked and scored in the five-run seventh that blew the game open. Starter Miguel Lara struck out eight in six innings.

SS Wander Franco (1): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 SB
SS Wander Franco (2): 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
1B Carlos Vargas (1): 0-for-0 (entered as defensive replacement)
1B Carlos Vargas (2): 2-for-4, 2 R
RF Jordan Qsar (2): 2-for-3, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB
CF Beau Brundage (2): 2-for-2, 1 RBI

RHP Wanderson Linares (1): 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
RHP Miguel Lara (2): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (20-17)

The GCL Rays were off.


Friday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Charlotte 7:04 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Zach Lee (3-2, 3.71) vs. TBA

Montgomery @ Pensacola 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)

Charlotte @ Dunedin 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Kenny Rosenberg (9-1, 4.45) vs. TBA

Bowling Green @ Lake County 7 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Tobias Myers (9-5, 4.04) vs. TBA

Hudson Valley @ Vermont 7:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Gus Varland (0-1, 1.32)

Princeton @ Burlington 7 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Malcolm Van Buren (0-3, 6.05)

GCL Rays vs. GCL Orioles 12 p.m.

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
50-57 (T-3rd in IL South)
Offense: 400 R (13th) .688 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 4.07 ERA (12th) 1.38 WHIP (12th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Eloy Jimenez (1), RHP Michael Kopech (2), RHP Zack Burdi (11), RHP Spencer Adams (12), RHP Carson Fulmer (13), RHP Jordan Stephens (16), RHP Ian Hamilton (23), LHP Jordan Guerrero (25), IF Jake Elmore, 1B Casey Gillaspie, 3B Patrick Leonard

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati)
28-12 (1st in SL South)
Offense: 457 R (8th) .698 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.73 ERA (3rd) 1.24 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Tony Santillan (6), OF Jose Siri (7), 2B Shed Long (8), RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (9), OF Aristides Aquino (14), OF TJ Friedl (17), 1B Gavin LaValley (21), IF Taylor Featherston

Dunedin Blue Jays
26-14 (1st in FSL North)
Offense: 461 R (6th) .699 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.55 ERA (2nd) 1.26 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Nate Pearson (4), SS Logan Warmoth (8), C Riley Adams (21), IF Kevin Smith (26), RHP Yennsy Diaz (30)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
17-22 (6th 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

Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland)
22-24 (4th in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 190 R (8th) .616 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.60 ERA (9th) 1.31 WHIP (10th)
Top-30 prospects: 2B Marcos Brito (28), OF Jameson Hannah, SS Jeremy Eierman

Burlington Royals
13-28 (5th in AL East)
Offense: 175 R (10th) .665 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 5.46 ERA (7th) 1.54 WHIP (7th)
Top-30 prospects: None

GCL Orioles
10-27 (4th in GCL South)
Offense: 127 R (17th) .581 OPS (18th)
Pitching: 4.35 ERA (11th) 1.50 WHIP (16th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Lamar Sparks (25), RHP Grayson Rodriguez

Daily news and links

Baseball America, FanGraphs, and ranked all the prospects traded at the deadline.

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