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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Meadows debuts, Sanchez joins Montgomery

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Friday was a big day for Rays outfielders.

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Jesus Sanchez was promoted to Double A Friday and made his debut for Montgomery. He played well for Charlotte, and a new level will be a good test for him. We’ll see if he’ll have to refine his plate approach against tougher pitching.

Right-handed pitcher Blake Bivens is also on the move up to Montgomery.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (61-46)

Durham hit four home runs in a 6-4 win over Charlotte. Andrew Velazquez’s two-run homer in the first opened the scoring, and Micah Johnson’s solo shot in the fifth broke a 2-2 tie. Nick Ciuffo hit a two-run home run in the sixth, and Johnson went deep again to lead off the seventh. Ryan Weber allowed two runs in four-plus innings.

2B Brandon Lowe: 1-for-4
RF Austin Meadows: 1-for-3, 1 BB
DH Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
SS Andrew Velazquez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
1B Brandon Snyder: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
CF Micah Johnson: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K

RHP Ryan Weber: 4+ IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Andrew Kittredge: 2 23 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
RHP Ian Gibaut: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (22-19)

Montgomery fell to Pensacola, 4-3, in 10 innings. Nate Lowe singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th, but the Blue Wahoos walked off with a win in the bottom half of the inning. The winning run scored on a hit batter. Starter Sam McWilliams allowed two runs in seventh inning. In his Double-A debut, Jesus Sanchez reached base four times.

SS Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 K
2B Nick Solak: 2-for-5, 1 K, 1 CS
1B Nate Lowe: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
RF Jesus Sanchez: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB

RHP Sam McWilliams: 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (24-15)

Charlotte was shut out by Dunedin, 9-0. Kenny Rosenberg was charged with six runs — five earned — in 5 13 innings. Both of the Stone Crabs’ hits were singles.

1B Brendan McKay: 0-for-4, 2 K
CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-3, 3 K
SS Jermaine Palacios: 0-for-3
3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-1, 2 BB

LHP Kenny Rosenberg: 5 13 IP, 6 H, 6 R (5 ER), 3 BB, 2 K
RHP Zack Mozingo: 1 13 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 0 K
RHP Miles Mastrobuoni: 1 13 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (25-16)

Tobias Myers pitched another nice outing in Bowling Green’s 8-4 win over Lake County. All three runs against Myers were unearned, and he pitched seven innings for the third straight start. In his last eight starts, he has a 2.44 ERA, 19.7 percent strikeout rate, and 3.6 percent walk rate. The Hot Rods took the lead with three runs in the fourth and expanded that lead with three more in the fifth.

SS Taylor Walls: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 K
2B Trey Hair: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI

RHP Tobias Myers: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 4 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (28-18)

Hudson Valley started a comeback but fell in an even bigger hole in a 15-5 loss to Vermont. After falling behind 5-0, the Renegades scored in three straight innings and trailed 8-5 through 7 12 innings. In the bottom of the eighth, the Lake Monsters piled up seven runs to pull away. Starter Miller Hogan allowed two runs in three innings.

CF Tanner Dodson: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
SS Ford Proctor: 1-for-4, 1 K
C Chris Betts: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K

RHP Miller Hogan: 3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
RHP Joe Ryan: 2 13 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Justin Montgomery: 2 13 IP, 6 H, 7 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (26-14)

Princeton’s game was postponed.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (21-17)

The GCL Rays scored four unanswered runs in a 4-2 win over the GCL Orioles. Trailing 2-0 in the fourth, the GCL Rays went ahead with three runs. Diego Infante doubled in a pair and scored on Raider Brito’s single, and he drove in another run in the fifth. Taj Bradley struck out five and allowed two runs — one earned — in 2 13 innings.

SS Jelfry Marte: 0-for-3, 1 K

RHP Taj Bradley: 2 13 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 5 K
LHP Jose Lopez: 4 23 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K


Saturday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Charlotte 7:04 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Andrew Moore (4-6, 4.40) vs. Jordan Guerrero (3-0, 2.73)

Montgomery @ Pensacola 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Tony Santillan (4-0, 1.84)

Charlotte @ Dunedin 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Jose Mujica (rehab) vs. Yennsy Diaz (3-4, 3.84)

Bowling Green vs. South Bend 7:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)

Hudson Valley @ Vermont 6:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Rafael Kelly (3-3, 4.98)

Princeton @ Burlington 4 p.m. ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
TBA vs. Malcolm Van Buren (0-3, 6.05)

Both games will be seven innings.

GCL Rays @ GCL Orioles 10 a.m.

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
50-58 (4th 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)
29-12 (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
27-14 (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)

South Bend Cubs
18-23 (6th in MWL East)
Offense: 461 R (8th) .696 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.60 ERA (5th) 1.28 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: LHP Brendon Little (7), C Miguel Amaya (22), RHP Javier Assad (23), SS Nico Hoerner, OF Jimmy Herron

Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland)
23-24 (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
10-28 (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

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