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Rays prospects and minor leagues: McClanahan shines in Charlotte doubleheader sweep

Shane McClanahan has been tough to solve for Florida State League hitters.

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I haven’t gone through the 29 other organizations, but I can’t imagine any of them have better Class-A starting pitching than the Rays this season. Check out these ERAs:

Shane Baz: 3.38
Matthew Liberatore: 1.55
Shane McClanahan: 2.12
Easton McGee: 3.42
Tobias Myers: 3.18
Riley O’Brien: 1.59
Michael Plassmeyer: 1.97
Tommy Romero: 1.84
Joe Ryan: 2.20
Caleb Sampen: 3.07
Alan Strong: 3.33
Stephen Woods Jr.: 2.05

Triple-A Durham Bulls (53-37)

Durham is at the All-Star break.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (12-8)

Robbie Tenerowicz’s home run was the difference in Montgomery’s 4-3 win over Tennessee. The Biscuits were outhit, 11-5, but they made them count. Brett Sullivan hit an RBI double in the second, and an inning after the Smokies scored three times to go ahead, Tenerowicz’s two-run homer in the fourth put Montgomery back up for good. Jason Garcia made his organizational debut and allowed three runs in five innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 1-for-4, 1 CS (.873)
SS Taylor Walls: 0-for-4, 1 K (.735)
CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-4, 2 K (.746)
3B Kevin Padlo: 1-for-1, 2 R, 2 BB (.921)
DH Robbie Tenerowicz: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K (.632)

RHP Jason Garcia: 5 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (5.40)

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (16-4)

Stephen Woods Jr. pitched Charlotte to a 5-2 win over Florida in Game 1 of their doubleheader. He was charged with just an unearned run in 5 23 innings with six strikeouts and no walks. He was aided by early run support. In the first inning, Ronaldo Hernandez singled in Wander Franco, and Moises Gomez and Kaleo Johnson hit RBI doubles.

Shane McClanahan dominated in the Stone Crabs’ 4-0 win in Game 2. In six innings, he struck out six, walked just one, and gave up a pair of singles. Gomez had another first-inning RBI double that provided the only offense they needed.

SS Wander Franco (1): 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB (1.250)
C Ronaldo Hernandez (1): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (.687)
RF Moises Gomez (1): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
DH Moises Gomez (2): 1-for-3, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB (.664)
LF Garrett Whitley (1): 0-for-1, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB
LF Garrett Whitley (2): 0-for-2, 1 R, 2 K, 1 HBP (.724)

RHP Stephen Woods Jr. (1): 5 23 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 6 K (2.05)
LHP Shane McClanahan (2): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K (0.31)

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (14-4)

Bowling Green was off.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (12-12)

Hudson Valley’s two first-inning runs weren’t enough in a 4-2 loss to Vermont. Beau Brundage hit a two-run double, but the Renegades only had three hits over the final eight innings. Rodolfo Sanchez allowed a run in 4 23 innings with seven strikeouts.

DH Greg Jones: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 CS (.675)

RHP Rodolfo Sanchez: 4 23 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K (2.25)

Rookie Princeton Rays (10-10)

Princeton was off.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (5-7)

Anthony Banda was back in the Gulf Coast League in the GCL Rays’ 7-2 loss to the GCL Red Sox. In 1 13 innings, he was charged with two runs, but one was unearned due to a Matt Duffy error. They trailed 7-0 before scoring twice in the fifth.

3B Matt Duffy: 0-for-3, 1 K

LHP Anthony Banda: 1 13 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K
RHP Ryan Jackson: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (0.00)


Wednesday’s games (probables courtesy of

Triple-A All-Star Game 9:05 p.m. (MiLB.TV, MLB Network)

Montgomery is off.

Charlotte @ Florida 6 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Tommy Romero (7-3, 1.84) vs. Brooks Wilson (1-1, 1.56)

Bowling Green vs. Beloit 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Aiden McIntyre (2-6, 4.00)

Hudson Valley vs. Staten Island 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Jake Agnos (0-0, 0.00)

Princeton @ Kingsport 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)

GCL Rays vs. GCL Pirates 12 p.m.

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Florida Fire Frogs (Atlanta)
5-16 (6th in FSL North)
Offense: 301 R (9th) .632 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 4.10 ERA (12th) 1.34 WHIP (12th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Freddy Tarnok (16), RHP Tristan Beck (17), 3B CJ Alexander (18), SS AJ Graffanino (25), OF Jeffrey Ramos (26)

Beloit Snappers (Oakland)
4-13 (7th in MWL West)
Offense: 308 R (16th) .628 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 4.38 ERA (13th) 1.41 WHIP 13th)
Top-30 prospects: 2B Marcos Brito (16)

Staten Island Yankees
12-10 (1st in NYPL McNamara)
Offense: 88 R (11th) .599 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.44 ERA (2nd) 0.94 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: OF Everson Pereira (3), SS Oswald Peraza (17)

Kingsport Mets
8-12 (4th in AL West)
Offense: 85 R (9th) .664 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.60 ERA (7th) 1.40 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: C Francisco Alvarez (12), RHP Junior Santos (25), 3B Brett Baty

GCL Pirates
6-6 (3rd in GCL South)
Offense: 49 R (16th) .627 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 4.38 ERA (12th) 1.49 WHIP (13th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Quinn Priester, OF Sammy Siani

Daily news and links

An under-the-radar pitcher was on Baseball America’s latest Hot Sheet.

Also at BA, J.J. Cooper had some thoughts on the changes made to the Futures Game.

Really excited to see that arguably only one team that used a random word generator to create a new identity made the cut: