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Rays prospects and minor leagues: 2019 season begins

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All four full-season affiliates are in action Thursday as the 2019 season gets underway.

Chicago Cubs v Texas Rangers Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Welcome back to minor league baseball season. Every day, we will recap the prior day’s action along with that day’s schedule and some notes on the affiliates’ opponents. If you have any recommendations or requests for the format of these posts, please share them.

The daily links section is back for another year. If you see any relevant video, reports, news, or notes on prospects, share it in the comments, and I’ll include it in the next day’s post.

If you haven’t seen this season’s preliminary rosters for the affiliates, we have you covered.

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

Durham @ Charlotte 7:04 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

Montgomery @ Chattanooga 6:15 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

Charlotte @ Fort Myers 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Riley O’Brien (0-0, -.--) vs. Bryan Sammons (0-0, -.--)

Bowling Green @ Dayton 7 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. TBA

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
0-0
Offense: Have not played yet
Pitching: Have not played yet
Top-30 prospects: Roster not yet available

Chattanooga Lookouts (Cincinnati)
0-0
Offense: Have not played yet
Pitching: Have not played yet
Top-30 prospects: OF Taylor Trammell (3), RHP Tony Santillan (5), C Tyler Stephenson (6), OF Jose Siri (9), OF T.J. Friedl (12), SS Alfredo Rodriguez (22), 1B Ibandel Isabel (24), LHP Scott Moss (25), RHP Ryan Hendrix (28), RHP Joel Kuhnel (30)

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
0-0
Offense: Have not played yet
Pitching: Have not played yet
Top-30 prospects: SS Royce Lewis (1), OF Trevor Larnach (5), RHP Jhoan Duran (7), C Ryan Jeffers (9), IF Jose Miranda (13), OF Akil Baddoo (19), C Ben Rortvedt (22), 2B Michael Helman (27), OF Aaron Whitefield (28)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
0-0
Offense: Have not played yet
Pitching: Have not played yet
Top-30 prospects: OF Mike Siani (8), OF Mariel Bautista (13), RHP Lyon Richardson (14), RHP James Marinan (16), 3B Juan Martinez (19), LHP Jacob Heatherly (20), OF Bren Spillane (27), 2B Jonathan Willems (29)

Daily news and links

MiLB.com of course is ready for the season, previewing the top prospects in each league and an under-the-radar prospect for each organization.

Reds prospect and 2017 No. 2 pick Hunter Greene needs Tommy John surgery.

The Midwest League Traveler previews the top prospects on Bowling Green and its division rivals.