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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Betts, Frank among Renegades All-Stars

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Hudson Valley had five players chosen for the New York-Penn League All-Star Game.

SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Tuesday, catchers Chris Betts and Erik Ostberg, infielders Tyler Frank and Jacson McGowan, and pitcher Jack Labosky were named to the 2018 New York-Penn League All-Star Game. State College will host that game on Aug. 14.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (62-49)

Durham was shut out by Columbus in Game 1 of their doubleheader, 2-0. The Bulls outhit the Clippers 4-3, but they didn’t get a runner in scoring position. Kyle Bird struck out five and allowed an unearned run in three innings.

Their offense wasn’t any better in a 3-0 loss in Game 2. Durham had just two hits, and Columbus’ pitching faced the minimum 21 batters. Forrest Snow struck out five and allowed a run in four innings.

CF Austin Meadows (1): 1-for-3, 1 2B
CF Austin Meadows (2): 0-for-3
C Nick Ciuffo (1): 0-for-3, 1 K

LHP Kyle Bird (1): 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K
RHP Forrest Snow (2): 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (25-19)

Montgomery was off.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (26-17)

Brendan McKay and two relievers pitched Charlotte to a 4-0 win over Bradenton. In five innings, the star lefty struck out five and gave up just three hits and a walk. He was relieved by Phoenix Sanders, who struck out five in three hitless innings, and Trevor Charpie recorded a 1-2-3 ninth to wrap up the game. Vidal Brujan doubled and scored in the third and drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth.

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS
CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-1 (did not complete game)
3B Jermaine Palacios: 1-for-3, 1 SB (replaced Lowe)
LF Jake Fraley: 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K

LHP Brendan McKay: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Phoenix Sanders: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (26-18)

Bowling Green was off.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (31-19)

Hudson Valley walked off with a 5-4 win over Brooklyn. After the Cyclones scored two in the top of the ninth to tie, Adrian Rondon singled with one out in the bottom half of the inning. After moving to second on a wild pitch, Bryce Brown drove him in with a walk-off single. Starter Nick Padilla allowed two runs in six innings.

SS Ford Proctor: 1-for-4, 1 K
CF Tanner Dodson: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
3B Adrian Rondon: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

RHP Nick Padilla: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (28-16)

Princeton overpowered Pulaski in a 13-4 win. Starting with Wander Franco’s RBI single in the first, Princeton scored in each inning it came to the plate. In the third, Franco hit a two-run homer, and he drove in two with a double in the seventh. Starter Edisson Gonzalez struck out seven and allowed an unearned run in three innings.

SS Wander Franco: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB
2B Jake Palomaki: 4-for-6, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB
3B Connor Hollis: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 HBP
LF Tony Pena: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
RF Beau Brundage: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

RHP Edisson Gonzalez: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 7 K

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (24-17)

Matthew Liberatore had his best professional outing yet in the GCL Rays’ 3-2 win over the GCL Twins. The lefty faced the minimum over five innings, only allowing a single. That runner was promptly picked off. He also struck out a career-high seven. In the ninth, Kaleo Johnson led off with a double and later scored on Kevin Melendez’s walk-off single.

SS Jelfry Marte: 0-for-3
3B Kaleo Johnson: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 K

LHP Matthew Liberatore: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K


Wednesday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham vs. Columbus 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Ryan Weber (6-4, 2.17) vs. Shao-Ching Chiang (3-2, 4.75)

Montgomery vs. Birmingham 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Brock Burke (2-1, 2.86) vs. Tanner Banks (2-3, 3.72)

Charlotte vs. Bradenton 6:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Riley O’Brien (3-3, 4.66) vs. Mike Wallace (4-8, 5.14)

Bowling Green vs. West Michigan 7:35 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Elvin Rodriguez (6-5, 3.74)

Hudson Valley @ Tri-City 7 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Jose Butto (0-0, 4.50)

Princeton vs. Pulaski 7 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Luis Medina (0-2, 6.56)

GCL Rays @ GCL Twins 12 p.m.

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Columbus Clippers (Cleveland)
60-54 (2nd in IL West)
Offense: 506 R (4th) .733 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.50 ERA (14th) 1.37 WHIP (12th)
Top-30 prospects: 1B Bobby Bradley (3), SS Yu Chang (6), OF Greg Allen (8), RHP Julian Merryweather (17), C Eric Haase (31), LHP Jeff Beliveau, IF Michael Martinez, LHP Adam Wilk

Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
23-22 (2nd in SL North)
Offense: 486 R (6th) .714 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 4.15 ERA (8th) 1.39 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Dane Dunning (5), C Zack Collins (6), RHP Dylan Cease (10), RHP A.J. Puckett (15), OF Alex Call (21), LHP Ian Clarkin (22), LHP Bernardo Flores (26), OF Tito Polo (27)

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
15-27 (6th in FSL South)
Offense: 457 R (8th) .709 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.60 ERA (12th) 1.39 WHIP (11th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Gage Hinsz (27), RHP Deivy Mendez

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
22-21 (3rd in MWL East)
Offense: 452 R (T-13th) .657 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 3.61 ERA (6th) 1.34 WHIP (7th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Wilkel Hernandez (20), C Joey Morgan (31), 2B Kody Clemens

Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston)
28-22 (1st in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 214 R (8th) .699 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.02 ERA (2nd) 1.26 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: None

Pulaski Yankees
21-26 (4th in AL East)
Offense: 204 R (8th) .674 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.62 ERA (2nd) 1.35 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Luis Medina (7), C Anthony Seigler

GCL Twins
23-18 (3rd in GCL South)
Offense: 190 R (7th) .680 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.13 ERA (2nd) 1.29 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Landon Leach (13)

Daily news and links

It was an all-Rays right side of the infield on’s prospect team of the week.

Vidal Brujan and Nate Lowe were both on Baseball America’s Hot Sheet as well.

BA’s Ben Badler is quite optimistic about Lowe.

Charlotte coach Joe Szekely will instruct Rays, Braves, Brewers, Padres, and Mariners prospects in the Arizona Fall League.

In a battle of No. 1 picks, Royce Lewis got the best of Casey Mize.

In case you missed it, Tampa had a tough break in one of Monday’s games against Clearwater.