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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Woods makes Rays debut

After Jose De Leon made his second rehab appearance, Stephen Woods made his organizational debut.

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When the Rays traded Evan Longoria, they received Denard Span, Christian Arroyo, Matt Krook, and Stephen Woods. Woods was originally drafted by the Rays in 2013, but he didn’t sign. He missed all of 2018 with a shoulder injury. Charlotte’s John Vittas has more on Jose De Leon and Woods Thursday.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (19-14)

Arturo Reyes was sharp in Durham’s 5-1 win over Lehigh Valley. Reyes had a rough outing in his Bulls debut, but he struck out a season-high 10 batters his second time out and only allowed a run on four hits and a walk in seven innings. Kean Wong continued his strong start with a two-run double in the first, and Jason Coats’ two-run homer in the ninth added insurance.

2B Nick Solak: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K (.789)
LF Jason Coats: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K (.741)

RHP Arturo Reyes: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K (1.86)

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (19-13)

Montgomery’s game was postponed.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (16-18)

Jose De Leon and Stephen Woods pitched Charlotte to a 3-1 win over St. Lucie. De Leon’s second appearance was better than his first, throwing three scoreless innings. For the first time since Sept. 3, 2017, Woods took the mound, and he only allowed a run in four innings. Thomas Milone’s two-run homer in the sixth inning was the difference.

SS Taylor Walls: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS (.928)
2B Vidal Brujan: 1-for-4 (.743)
DH Moises Gomez: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 3 K (.714)
LF Garrett Whitley: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K (.807)
CF Thomas Milone: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K (1.041)
3B Zach Rutherford: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB (.541)

RHP Jose De Leon: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (3.86)
RHP Stephen Woods: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K (2.25)

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (19-15)

Bowling Green fell apart late in a 5-2 loss to Clinton. The Hot Rods led 1-0 through six, and the LumberKings only had two hits. However, in the seventh, they finally got to Caleb Sampen and scored three runs. He was charged with all three in 6 23 innings. In the ninth, Nick Padilla allowed a two-run home run that gave Clinton insurance.

DH Wander Franco: 0-for-4 (.838)
CF Grant Witherspoon: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 CS (.819)

RHP Caleb Sampen: 6 23 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K (3.82)


Friday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Rochester 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)

Montgomery @ Biloxi 6:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Brendan McKay (1-0, 2.19) vs. Bowden Francis (0-2, 9.39)
Kenny Rosenberg (2-0, 2.08) vs. TBA

Both games will be seven innings.

Charlotte @ St. Lucie 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Tobias Myers (1-1, 3.76) vs. Tony Dibrell (3-1, 2.61)

Bowling Green vs. Clinton 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Alberto Guerrero (2-0, 3.13)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota)
13-17 (4th in IL North)
Offense: 160 R (9th) .778 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 5.77 ERA (13th) 1.51 WHIP (10th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Brent Rooker (6), SS Nick Gordon (15), LHP Lewis Thorpe (17), LHP Stephen Gonsalves (18), OF LaMonte Wade (21), RHP Zack Littell (23), OF Luke Raley (24)

Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee)
17-16 (3rd in SL South)
Offense: 128 R (6th) .705 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.37 ERA (9th) 1.32 WHIP (7th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Trey Supak (11), RHP Marcos Diplan (20), RHP Cody Ponce (27), OF Trent Grisham (28), C Alexander Alvarez, 3B Patrick Leonard

St. Lucie Mets
18-14 (4th in FSL South)
Offense: 136 R (4th) .670 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.78 ERA (9th) 1.33 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Desmond Lindsay (11), RHP Jordan Humphreys (16), 2B Carlos Cortes (19), RHP Tony Dibrell (24), LHP Kevin Smith (30)

Clinton LumberKings (Miami)
17-15 (4th in MWL West)
Offense: 139 R (6th) .678 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.14 ERA (4th) 1.25 WHIP (4th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Connor Scott (6), C Will Banfield (10), IF Christopher Torres (28)

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