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Rays prospects and minor leagues: De Leon, Duffy rehab with Durham

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For the first time in his pro career, Matt Duffy played the outfield Tuesday.

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Jose De Leon has totaled 10 1⁄3 innings in four rehab appearances so far
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Tuesday, we started our draft previews here with a look at some college pitchers, one of whom will certainly not be drafted by the Rays now. We’ll look at even more players over the next two weeks.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (26-17)

Durham edged Norfolk, 4-3. Jose De Leon continued his rehab with Durham, tossing 2 23 scoreless innings. He was joined by Matt Duffy, who batted 0-for-4 as the Bulls’ left fielder. Christian Arroyo’s RBI double in the second gave Durham a 1-0 lead, and after Jake Cronenworth’s homer doubled the lead in the fifth, Arroyo hit an RBI triple. Jake Faria allowed all three Tides runs in 4 23 innings.

LF Matt Duffy: 0-for-4
1B Nate Lowe: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B (.878)
DH Nick Solak: 0-for-5, 3 K (.863)
SS Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K (.996)
2B Kean Wong: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 CS, 1 HBP (.954)
3B Christian Arroyo: 3-for-5, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K (.901)

RHP Jose De Leon: 2 23 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
RHP Jake Faria: 4 23 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (6.40)

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (28-16)

Montgomery was off.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (24-21)

Stephen Woods Jr. had his best outing yet in Charlotte’s 4-1 win over Jupiter. In his third appearance since returning from a shoulder injury, he pitched five innings, allowed just a run, and struck out five batters. Ronaldo Hernandez tripled in two runs in the first, and the Stone Crabs added two insurance runs in the ninth.

SS Taylor Walls: 2-for-5, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS (.666)
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 HBP (.655)
RF Moises Gomez: 1-for-4, 3 K (.700)
LF Garrett Whitley: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 CS (.755)
DH Tanner Dodson: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 K, 1 SB (.645)

RHP Stephen Woods Jr.: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K (4.61)

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (25-20)

Bowling Green allowed three unanswered runs in a 4-3 loss to West Michigan. In the second, Ford Proctor tripled in a run and scored on Osmy Gregorio’s single. In the fourth, Beau Brundage’s RBI single extended the Hot Rods’ lead to 2-1, but they only had one hit the rest of the game. Matthew Liberatore struck out eight and allowed two runs — one earned — in five innings but walked five.

SS Wander Franco: 0-for-4 (.847)
DH Ford Proctor: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI (.743)

LHP Matthew Liberatore: 5 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 5 BB, 8 K (0.90)

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

Durham @ Norfolk 6:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Keegan Akin (2-1, 3.60)

Montgomery vs. Jackson 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Matt Peacock (2-2, 2.41)

Charlotte @ Jupiter 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Tommy Romero (2-1, 2.81) vs. Braxton Garrett (0-2, 3.10)

Bowling Green @ West Michigan 11 a.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Caleb Sampen (2-2, 3.83) vs. Adam Wolf (2-4, 7.80)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
20-22 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 233 R (4th) .775 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 5.01 ERA (10th) 1.47 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: 3B Ryan Mountcastle (3), LHP Keegan Akin (6), RHP Luis Ortiz (13), OF DJ Stewart (15), LHP Josh Rogers (28)

Jackson Generals (Arizona)
24-19 (2nd in SL North)
Offense: 195 R (T-1st) .730 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.45 ERA (5th) 1.25 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Jazz Chisholm (1), C Daulton Varsho (3), 2B Andy Young (12), 1B Pavin Smith (17), 3B Drew Ellis (21), C Dominic Miroglio (23), RHP Emilio Vargas (25)

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
13-29 (6th in FSL South)
Offense: 107 R (12th) .580 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.79 ERA (9th) 1.34 WHIP (11th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Victor Victor Mesa (2), RHP Edward Cabrera (8), SS Jose Devers (11), LHP Trevor Rogers (12), LHP Braxton Garrett (13), RHP Jordan Holloway (16), 3B James Nelson (20), LHP Will Stewart (21), 2B Riley Mahan (30)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit)
18-26 (7th in MWL East)
Offense: 181 R (4th) .686 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.47 ERA (15th) 1.49 WHIP (15th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Parker Meadows (7), SS Wenceel Perez (11), C Sam McMillan (27), RHP Wilkel Hernandez (30)

Daily news and links

MiLB.com covered Ronaldo Hernandez’s response to his slow start to the season.

MLB.com has more on Carter Stewart’s surprising decision to sign in Japan.

Also at MLB.com, Nick Solak was named to the prospect team of the week.

A Pirates prospect hit two walk-off home runs on Sunday.