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Another day, another promotion for a notable Rays prospect.

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With Lucius Fox’s promotion to Montgomery, it appears Jermaine Palacios will take over the everyday shortstop job for Charlotte. I wondered if that would be occupied by Bowling Green’s Taylor Walls, but he was in the lineup for the Hot Rods Saturday.

As a third-round pick from Florida State, it’s not a surprise that he’s playing well in the Midwest League. Prior to Saturday’s game, he was batting .305 with a .401 on-base percentage and .440 slugging percentage. He only had seven more strikeouts than walks. It would be nice to see him facing a higher level of competition.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (62-46)

Durham held on for a 3-2 win over Charlotte. A run scored on Austin Meadows’ double in the fifth to give the Bulls a 3-1 lead, but a leadoff home run in the ninth pulled the Knights within one. They got the tying run on base, but the runner was thrown out at home to end the game. In relief of Andrew Moore, who allowed a run in five innings, Colin Poche struck out five in two hitless innings of relief.

CF Austin Meadows: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 K
C Nick Ciuffo: 0-for-2 (entered as a pinch hitter)
1B Brandon Snyder: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K

RHP Andrew Moore: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
LHP Colin Poche: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Ian Gibaut: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (23-19)

Montgomery finally broke out in the 13th inning in a 9-5 win over Pensacola. After the first three extra innings failed to produce a winner, with two outs in the 13th, the Blue Wahoos intentionally walked the bases loaded to face Jake Cronenworth, who drove in two with a single. Michael Brosseau then followed with a two-run single. Blake Bivens allowed three runs in five innings in his Double-A debut.

SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
LF Nick Solak: 1-for-7, 1 RBI, 3 K
1B Nate Lowe: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 4 BB
RF Jesus Sanchez: 0-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
3B Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-7, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB

RHP Blake Bivens: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
LHP Travis Ott: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (24-16)

Charlotte battled back came up short in a 6-5 loss to Dunedin. In the eighth, Jermaine Palacios singled in a pair of runs to pull the Stone Crabs within one, but he was caught stealing second. They loaded the bases in the ninth, but Jake Fraley lined out to end the game. Jose Mujica allowed a run in three innings.

CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
SS Jermaine Palacios: 1-for-2, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 XS
LF Miles Mastrobuoni: 3-for-4, 1 2B, 1 BB
2B Tristan Gray: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
C Rene Pinto: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K

RHP Jose Mujica: 3 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (26-16)

Paul Campbell pitched well again in Bowling Green’s 6-0 win over South Bend. For the second straight start, he pitched six scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 1.62 in three starts with the Hot Rods. He was aided by some early run support. Vidal Brujan led off the game with a triple and scored the first of three first-inning runs, and he later homered to add insurance.

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

RHP Paul Campbell: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (28-19)

Hudson Valley dropped its fifth straight with a 6-2 loss to Vermont. After falling behind 3-0 early, the Renegades pulled within one with runs in the third and seventh. But in the eighth, the Lake Monsters increased their lead with three runs off Jack Labosky. Starter Nick Lee was charged with three runs in one-plus innings.

DH Tanner Dodson: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
SS Tyler Frank: 1-for-3
LF Jake Stone: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K

RHP Nick Lee: 1+ IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
RHP Jesus Ortiz: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (26-14)

Princeton’s doubleheader was postponed.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (22-17)

A three-run inning lifted the GCL Rays to a 3-1 win over the GCL Orioles. In that three-run fourth, they had four of their eight hits in the game. K.V. Edwards and Jelfry Marte hit RBI singles, and Kevin Melendez had a sacrifice fly. Starter Christian Fernandez was sharp again, pitching five scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 0.59 in 30 13 innings with the GCL Rays this season.

SS Jelfry Marte: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

RHP Christian Fernandez: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K


Sunday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Charlotte 5:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Michael Kopech (4-7, 4.15)

Montgomery @ Pensacola 6:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Benton Moss (4-4, 3.82) vs. Daniel Wright (6-6, 3.66)

Charlotte @ Dunedin 1 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Brian Shaffer (0-0, 1.80) vs. Maverik Buffo (3-2, 2.70)

Bowling Green vs. South Bend 3:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)

Hudson Valley vs. Brooklyn 5:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Jaison Vilera (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.

The GCL Rays are off.

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
50-59 (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
28-14 (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
18-24 (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

Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets)
26-22 (3rd in NYPL McNamara)
Offense: 214 R (4th) .691 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.21 ERA (3rd) 1.26 WHIP (5th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Christian James (30), IF Carlos Cortes

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

Daily news and links

Don’t miss Kyle Glaser’s feature on Wander Franco at Baseball America.

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