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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Jones hits 1st pro home run

Greg Jones’ first home run in the organization capped Hudson Valley’s ninth-inning comeback.

2018 Opening Day: Boston Red Sox Vs Tampa Bay Rays At Tropicana Field Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

In his days as a highly ranked prospect, Jose De Leon didn’t walk many batters. Understandably coming back from Tommy John surgery, he hasn’t had the same control that he used to. However, Sunday marked his first outing this season without a walk.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (59-42)

Durham didn’t get enough offense in a 3-1 loss to Indianapolis. Kevin Padlo’s RBI groundout in the first gave the Bulls a 1-0 lead, but they only had five hits over the final eight innings. They failed to support Jose De Leon, who had one of his best appearances yet this season. He struck out five, walked none, and gave up just two hits in three scoreless innings. Ricardo Pinto allowed all three Indianapolis runs.

SS Lucius Fox: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 K (.624)
RF Joe McCarthy: 0-for-4, 3 K (.754)

RHP Jose De Leon: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (3.47)

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (19-11)

Montgomery topped Jackson, 4-3. The Biscuits held leads of 2-0 and 3-1, but the game was tied through seven innings. In the eighth, Miles Mastrobuoni’s infield single plated the go-ahead run. Matt Krook allowed a run in three innings, and Jason Garcia gave up the other two in five frames.

2B Vidal Brujan: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 SB (.818)
SS Taylor Walls: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB (.761)
CF Josh Lowe: 1-for-4 (.764)

LHP Matt Krook: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (3.72)
RHP Jason Garcia: 5 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (2.81)

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (24-7)

Charlotte edged Dunedin, 2-1, in the resumption of their suspended game. Due to a curfew Saturday, they were unable to complete the doubleheader. After the game resumed, Joey Roach tied the game with an RBI single in the sixth, and Kaleo Johnson’s walk-off single in the seventh scored Wander Franco. Tobias Myers returned to the Florida State League with three scoreless innings.

The Stone Crabs were unable to sweep the doubleheader, falling in an eight-inning game, 4-3. Johnson stayed hot and drove in the first run of the game, but the Blue Jays scored the next four. Ronaldo Hernandez and Johnson’s RBI singles in the sixth pulled Charlotte within one, but they wouldn’t get any closer. Stephen Woods Jr. was charged with two unearned runs in 4 13 innings.

RF Moises Gomez (1): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K
LF Moises Gomez (2): 1-for-4 (.660)
PH Wander Franco (1): 0-for-0, 1 R, 1 BB
SS Wander Franco (2): 1-for-4, 1 R (.959)
DH Ronaldo Hernandez (2): 2-for-4, 1 RBI (.729)
CF Garrett Whitley (2): 0-for-3 (.729)
LF Michael Smith (1): 1-for-2, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 HBP (.881)

RHP Tobias Myers (1): 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (3.00)
RHP Stephen Woods Jr. (2): 4 13 IP, 4 H, 2 R (0 ER), 4 BB, 1 K (1.89)

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (19-10)

Bowling Green fell late to Quad CIties, 4-3. The River Bandits scored three times in the third to go up 3-1, but sacrifice flies from Jonathan Aranda and Roberto Alvarez in the fifth and sixth innings tied the game. In the ninth, Cristofer Ogando gave up a walk-off home run. Easton McGee allowed three runs in seven innings.

DH Chris Betts: 0-for-4, 4 K (.764)
3B Connor Hollis: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 K (.861)

RHP Easton McGee: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (3.42)

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (20-15)

Hudson Valley rallied for a 4-2 win over Lowell. The Spinners broke a scoreless deadlock with two runs in the sixth, and the Renegades didn’t get on the board until the ninth. Nick Sogard’s RBI double cut the deficit in half, and Greg Jones’ first professional home run gave them a 4-2 lead. Daiveyon Whittle struck out three in four scoreless innings.

DH Greg Jones: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.856)
CF Garrett Hiott: 0-for-2, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K (.747)
SS Nick Sogard: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.733)

RHP Daiveyon Whittle: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (0.35)

Rookie Princeton Rays (16-16)

Early offense carried Princeton to a 7-2 win over Greeneville. Brett Wisely led off the game with a home run, and Jake Guenther went deep an inning later. Already leading 2-0, the Rays scored four more in the third. Jayden Murray threw three scoreless innings.

CF Nick Schnell: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB (.698)
DH Brett Wisely: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K (.775)
1B Jake Guenther: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB (.801)

RHP Jayden Murray: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (2.25)

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (12-10)

The GCL Rays were off.


Monday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham is off.

Montgomery @ Tennessee 7 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Josh Fleming (8-4, 3.75) vs. Cory Abbott (5-6, 3.87)

Charlotte vs. Jupiter 5:30 p.m. ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER

Both games will be seven innings.

Bowling Green @ Quad Cities 2:15 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Jonathan Bermudez (3-0, 4.60)

Hudson Valley @ Lowell 7:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)

Princeton vs. Greeneville 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)

GCL Rays @ GCL Red Sox 12 p.m.

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
10-20 (4th in SL North)
Offense: 389 R (6th) .671 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.08 ERA (8th) 1.32 WHIP (7th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Nico Hoerner (1), RHP Cory Abbott (8), LHP Justin Steele (9), RHP Alex Lange (14), RHP Oscar De La Cruz (21), 1B Jared Young (24), C Jhonny Pereda (26), RHP Keegan Thompson (29)

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
16-16 (5th in FSL South)
Offense: 304 R (12th) .621 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.60 ERA (8th) 1.22 WHIP (4th)
Top-30 prospects: OF JJ Bleday (2), OF Victor Victor Mesa (7), SS Jose Devers (11), LHP Trevor Rogers (12), LHP Braxton Garrett (13), RHP Jordan Holloway (16), OF Tristan Pompey (17), OF Jerar Encarnacion (19), 3B James Nelson (20), LHP Will Stewart (21), SS Bryson Brigman (26), RHP Chris Vallimont (27)

Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston)
Offense: 429 R (4th) .692 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.18 ERA (3rd) 1.24 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: SS Freudis Nova (7), RHP Jairo Solis (9), SS Grae Kessinger (20)

Lowell Spinners (Boston)
23-11 (1st in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 154 R (2nd) .721 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 2.61 ERA (1st) 1.17 WHIP (4th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Antoni Flores (9), OF Gilberto Jimenez (9), SS Cameron Cannon (13), OF Nick Decker (16), 3B Nicholas Northcut (19), RHP Noah Song (21), RHP Ryan Zeferjahn (29)

Greeneville Reds
14-18 (5th in AL West)
Offense: 126 R (10th) .641 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.66 ERA (6th) 1.32 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: SS Rece Hinds (13), 2B Tyler Callihan (16), OF Danny Lantigua (26), OF Allan Cerda (30)

GCL Red Sox
11-10 (3rd in GCL South)
Offense: 86 R (12th) .641 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.90 ERA (3rd) 1.23 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: 3B Danny Diaz (13), SS Matthew Lugo (18)

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