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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Princeton advances to Appy League Championship

Princeton fell in an early hole, but it came back to reach the championship for the first time since 2015.

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Princeton hasn’t won the championship since 1994. As you likely guessed, it was not a Rays affiliate that season. The Princeton Reds had two future majors leaguers that season, including future Devil Ray Luis Ordaz.

The three-game championship against Elizabethton starts Tuesday.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (78-60)

Durham allowed five unanswered runs in a 7-2 loss to Norfolk. The Bulls allowed two runs in the top of the first and never led. They were only outhit 10-9, but their pitching staff also issued eight walks. Andrew Moore allowed four runs in 5 23 innings.

CF Joe McCarthy: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
1B Nate Lowe: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
C Nick Ciuffo: 2-for-4, 2 K
RF Jason Coats: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 K

RHP Andrew Moore: 5 23 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (42-27)

Lucius Fox hit his first Double-A home run in Montgomery’s 11-2 win over Mobile in Game 1 of their doubleheader. His two-run homer extended the Biscuits’ lead to nine runs in the seventh. Nathan Lukes went deep in their four-run fifth. Matt Krook opened and allowed a run in two innings, and Sam McWilliams followed with four innings of one-run ball.

Montgomery swept the doubleheader with a dominant effort on the mound in its 4-0, Game 2 win. Benton Moss struck out four and gave up just one hit in five innings, and Yoel Espinal finished the game with five punchouts in two hitless innings to finish the game. In the four-run fourth, David Rodriguez, Miles Mastrobuoni, and Michael Russell all had RBI hits, and Dalton Kelly drew a bases-loaded walk.

2B Nick Solak (1): 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
CF Nick Solak (2): 1-for-3, 1 K
RF Jesus Sanchez (1): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
SS Lucius Fox (1): 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
SS Lucius Fox (2): 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SB
LF Nathan Lukes (1): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K

LHP Matt Krook (1): 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
RHP Sam McWilliams (1): 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 3 K
RHP Benton Moss (2): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (74-62)

With a 5-2 loss to Florida and Fort Myers’ win, Charlotte’s season came to an end Sunday. With two runs in the sixth, the Stone Crabs grabbed a 2-0 lead with Brian Shaffer throwing a no-hitter. That lasted until there were two outs in the seventh when a solo home run got the Fire Frogs within one. They took the lead in the eighth when Jhonleider Salinas allowed a leadoff single and two-run homer. Shaffer struck out five and walked one in seven innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 0-for-4, 1 K
CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Jermaine Palacios: 1-for-4, 1 2B

RHP Brian Shaffer: 7 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (42-27)

Bowling Green staged a comeback to earn an 8-7 win over Dayton. The Hot Rods trailed 4-0 and 6-2 before Ronaldo Hernandez’s two-run homer in the eighth tied the game. After the Dragons went back ahead in the top of the ninth, Alexander Alvarez tied the game with an RBI double in the bottom half of the inning, and Emilio Gustave hit a walk-off sacrifice fly. Starter Resly Linares struck out five and allowed a run in three innings.

SS Taylor Walls: 1-for-5, 1 K
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 4-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
LF Jim Haley: 3-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
3B Justin Bridgman: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 CS

LHP Resly Linares: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (45-29)

Hudson Valley destroyed Aberdeen by a 19-3 score. The Renegades once led by 19 and didn’t allow a hit until the seventh inning. In the second, they sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs, and in the sixth, they topped themselves with seven runs. All nine players that started the game reached base multiple times, and the top four hitters combined for 14 hits. Justin Montgomery struck out three in five no-hit innings.

CF Tanner Dodson: 3-for-6, 2 R, 1 RBI
SS Ford Proctor: 3-for-4, 4 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB
DH Erik Ostberg: 4-for-6, 3 R, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 1 K
1B Jacson McGowan: 4-for-5, 3 R, 4 RBI
3B Kaleo Johnson: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
RF Jordan Qsar: 1-for-4, 2 BB, 3 K
C Michael Berglund: 1-for-2, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K

RHP Justin Montgomery: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Rookie Princeton Rays (2-1)

Princeton erased a 4-0 deficit and advanced to the Appalachian League Championship with a 6-5 win over Bluefield. Like Game 1, Bluefield got off to a fast start, getting a three-run home run in the first inning and a solo homer in the third. However, it was unable to sustain that offense. Princeton scored twice in the third and tied the game in the sixth. Princeton took its first lead of the game with two outs in the eighth on Osmy Gregorio’s RBI single. Shane McClanahan allowed four runs in three innings.

SS Wander Franco: 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Carlos Vargas: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
DH Osmy Gregorio: 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K

LHP Shane McClanahan: 3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
RHP Miguel Lara: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

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Monday’s games (probables courtesy of milb.com)

Durham vs. Norfolk 1:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Matt Wotherspoon (2-8, 4.65)

Montgomery @ Mobile 1:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

Charlotte’s season is over.

Bowling Green v. Dayton 1:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Austin Orewiler (5-5, 3.72)

Hudson Valley vs. Aberdeen 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

Princeton is off.

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
69-70
Offense: 578 R (5th) .700 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.99 ERA (10th) 1.38 WHIP (13th)
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

Mobile BayBears (Angels)
28-39
Offense: 627 R (2nd) .735 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.34 ERA (10th) 1.38 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Jo Adell (2), 2B Jahmai Jones (3), RHP Jesus Castillo (12), OF Brennon Lund (18), RHP Joe Gatto (28), 2B Riley Unroe

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
27-42
Offense: 552 R (11th) .690 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.69 ERA (16th) 1.47 WHIP (16th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Hunter Greene (2), SS Jeter Downs (11), SS Jose Garcia (12), OF Miles Gordon (26), LHP Packy Naughton (28), 3B Jonathan India

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
37-37
Offense: 296 R (9th) .662 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.61 ERA (8th) 1.23 WHIP (4th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Adam Hall (18), RHP Gray Fenter (26), RHP Blaine Knight, pitching coach Mark Hendrickson

Daily news and links

Josh Norris’ Twitter feed has quite a few videos from the Princeton series against Bluefield. Check it out.