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Ronaldo Hernandez has nine hits in five games since the Futures Game.

SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images

The deadline to sign 2019 draft picks was Friday. The Rays didn’t have any buzzer-beating additions to the class, but you can see their complete signing board here.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (55-38)

Durham hit its way to an 11-6 win over Norfolk. After falling behind 3-0, the Bulls scored four in the fifth. The Tides tied the game a half inning later, but in the seventh, Durham went ahead for good with five more runs. Matt Duffy hit a two-run double, and Michael Perez hit a three-run home run. Austin Pruitt allowed three runs in four innings.

3B Matt Duffy: 1-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 K
DH Joe McCarthy: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K (.781)
RF Jesus Sanchez: 2-for-5, 1 3B (.901)
SS Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-3, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K (.964)
C Michael Perez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (.826)
LF Jason Coats: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 K (.815)

RHP Austin Pruitt: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (5.73)

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (14-9)

Montgomery fell in an early hole and couldn’t climb out in a 5-3 loss to Pensacola. The Blue Wahoos scored in each of the first two innings, but Josh Lowe’s RBI single in the third cut the Biscuits’ deficit to one. In the fifth, Pensacola scored three more times to pull away. Paul Campbell allowed five runs — four earned — in five innings.

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K (.907)
3B Taylor Walls: 1-for-3, 1 BB (.670)
CF Josh Lowe: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS (.740)
SS Lucius Fox: 1-for-4 (.702)

RHP Paul Campbell: 5 IP, 10 H, 5 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 1 K (3.29)

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (19-5)

Charlotte lost its 10-game winning streak with a 6-4 loss to Tampa. Ronaldo Hernandez homered in the first to even the score at two, but the Tarpons went ahead for good when they scored four runs in the fifth. Cristopher Sanchez allowed two runs in two innings, but Jack Labosky led the five Stone Crabs pitchers with three innings.

SS Wander Franco: 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (1.005)
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB (.718)
DH Moises Gomez: 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 K (.659)
LF Garrett Whitley: 1-for-4, 1 R, 3 K (.723)

LHP Cristopher Sanchez: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K (11.57)

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (14-7)

Bowling Green’s game was suspended.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (16-12)

Hudson Valley earned a 5-3 win over Mahoning Valley. For the second straight game, the Renegades’ starter was ejected early, but they still limited the Scrappers to four hits. Beau Brundage provided valuable insurance with a two-run homer in the eighth that extended Hudson Valley’s lead to 5-2. Daiveyon Whittle struck out two in two perfect innings.

DH Greg Jones: 1-for-4, 1 SB (.698)
RF Beau Brundage: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI (.833)

RHP Daiveyon Whittle: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (0.41)

Rookie Princeton Rays (11-13)

Princeton hammered Bluefield, 14-5. The Rays piled up 20 hits, and all but one player had multi-hit games. The Blue Jays scored three times in the second, but the Rays scored the next 13 runs to pull way ahead. In the fourth, five players hit run-scoring singles, including Luis Leon, who drove in three runs in the game. Jose Lopez allowed three runs — one earned — in 4 23 innings.

CF Nick Schnell: 2-for-6, 2 R, 1 K (.737)
SS Jelfry Marte: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS (.479)
DH Diego Infante: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI (.775)
C Luis Leon: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI (.925)
3B Gionti Turner: 3-for-5, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 K (.738)
RF Aldenis Sanchez: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB (.611)

LHP Jose Lopez: 4 23 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K (2.95)
RHP Brayden Theriot: 2 13 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (1.69)

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (8-8)

The GCL Rays cruised to an 8-0 win over the GCL Braves in the resumption of their suspended game. They did most of their damage early in the game, scoring six runs in the first four innings, starting with Edgardo Rodriguez’s RBI double in the first. Blake Pflughaupt struck out four in two scoreless innings, and Tobias Myers pitched three hitless innings.

They completed the sweep with a 2-1 win in Game 2. The Braves scored first in JJ Goss’ second professional start, but their defense was their undoing. Both Rays runs were unearned due to errors. Goss struck out three and allowed a run in two innings.

2B Alberto Figuereo (1): 3-for-4, 3 R, 1 K (.673)
LF Zach Huffins (2): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 SB (.786)

LHP Blake Pflughaupt (1): 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
RHP JJ Goss (2): 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (12.00)
RHP Tobias Myers (1): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
LHP Franklin Dacosta (2): 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K (4.50)

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

Durham vs. Norfolk 5:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Thomas Eshelman (2-2, 3.58)

Montgomery @ Pensacola 6:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Kenny Rosenberg (8-1, 3.01) vs. Jorge Alcala (5-5, 6.21)

Charlotte vs. Tampa 12:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Stephen Woods Jr. (7-1, 2.05) vs. TBA

Bowling Green vs. Wisconsin 1:30 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA
Easton McGee (6-2, 3.42) vs. Scott Sunitsch (6-9, 4.33)

Completion of suspended game followed by another game.

Hudson Valley @ Mahoning Valley 4:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Matt Turner (2-2, 3.12)

Princeton @ Bluefield 5:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

The GCL Rays are off.

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
35-57 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 439 R (8th) .758 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 5.49 ERA (14th) 1.52 WHIP (11th)
Top-30 prospects: 3B Ryan Mountcastle (3), OF Austin Hays (4), LHP Keegan Akin (6), RHP Luis Ortiz (13)

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Minnesota)
11-12 (4th in SL South)
Offense: 377 R (3rd) .680 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.56 ERA (6th) 1.29 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Alex Kirilloff (2), RHP Brusdal Graterol (3), RHP Griffin Jax (14), RHP Jorge Alcala (16), C Ben Rortvedt (22), OF Aaron Whitefield (27)

Tampa Tarpons (Yankees)
12-13 (3rd in FSL North)
Offense: 338 R (7th) .641 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.83 ERA (10th) 1.32 WHIP (11th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Estevan Florial (1), RHP Clarke Schmidt (13), RHP Trevor Stephan (20), C Jason Lopez (21), RHP Frank German (23)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Milwaukee)
13-8 (3rd in MWL West)
Offense: 360 R (11th) .644 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.75 ERA (9th) 1.29 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Adam Hill (21), OF Je’Von Ward (26)

Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Cleveland)
14-15 (4th in NYPL Pinckney)
Offense: 108 R (T-7th) .681 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.72 ERA (14th) 1.46 WHIP (14th)
Top-30 prospects: OF George Valera (5), SS Brayan Rocchio (9), RHP Ethan Hankins (10), RHP Carlos Vargas (13), SS Raynel Delgado (23), OF Johnathan Rodriguez (29)

Bluefield Blue Jays
12-12 (2nd in AL East)
Offense: 139 R (1st) .739 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.36 ERA (7th) 1.42 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: IF Miguel Hiraldo (10), IF Leonardo Jimenez (21)

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