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A shoulder injury limited Greg Jones to DH duty for the first month of his pro career, but he was back in the field Tuesday.

Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays, Game 7 Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images

Greg Jones is now sixth in the New York-Penn League in average, fourth in on-base percentage, ninth in slugging percentage, and eighth in OPS. His .892 OPS is over 200 points higher than the league average. It’s hardly over 100 plate appearances, but he’s adjusting nicely to pro ball.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (59-43)

Durham was crushed by Pawtucket, 17-2. Sam McWilliams allowed seven runs in four innings. Jason Coats and Brendan McKay homered.

CF Joe McCarthy: 0-for-4, 1 K (.732)
RF Jesus Sanchez: 0-for-3, 1 K (.596)
DH Brendan McKay: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K (.976)
SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-3, 1 K (.516)
LF Jason Coats: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.794)

RHP Sam McWilliams: 4 IP, 11 H, 7 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (8.36)
RHP Mac James: two-thirds IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (20-11)

Josh Fleming dominated in Montgomery’s 2-1 win over Tennessee. He threw the first nine-inning complete game of his career, striking out six and walking none. A half inning after the Smokies went up 1-0, Vidal Brujan got one of the Biscuits’ two hits in the game — a two-run homer.

2B Vidal Brujan: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K (.838)
SS Taylor Walls: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS (.744)
LF Josh Lowe: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K (.765)

LHP Josh Fleming: 9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K (3.52)

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (25-8)

Charlotte’s game was postponed.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (19-11)

Bowling Green was off.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (21-15)

Greg Jones helped Hudson Valley to a 12-2 win over Vermont. In addition to making his defensive debut, he collected three more hits — including two doubles — and scored three times. Hill Alexander hit a three-run home run and drove in four runs total. Roldolfo Sanchez allowed two runs in five innings.

SS Greg Jones: 3-for-5, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 K (.892)
3B Nick Sogard: 3-for-5, 3 R (.755)
RF Hill Alexander: 2-for-3, 3 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 1 CS (.862)
1B Jacson McGowan: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB (.757)
2B Ben Troike: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB (1.350)

RHP Rodolfo Sanchez: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (3.24)
LHP Joe LaSorsa: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (0.79)

Rookie Princeton Rays (17-16)

Christian Fernandez pitched Princeton to an 8-3 win over Elizabethton. Despite struggling much of the season, the righty was sharp Tuesday, striking out eight in five one-hit innings. Jake Guenther stole home on a double steal in the fourth, doubled in a run in the sixth, and hit a two-run homer in the eighth.

CF Nick Schnell: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (.695)
1B Jake Guenther: 3-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB (.940)
LF Gionti Turner: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 SB (.833)

RHP Christian Fernandez: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K (6.75)

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (12-11)

The GCL Rays’ game was suspended.


Wednesday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham vs. Pawtucket 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Josh A. Smith (4-2, 4.34)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 5:30 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Matt Krook (1-3, 3.72) vs. Luis Lugo (4-0, 4.03)
Paul Campbell (5-2, 3.06) vs. TBA

Both games will be seven innings.

Charlotte vs. Jupiter 11 a.m. ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Michael Plassmeyer (4-2, 2.74) vs. Jordan Holloway (2-8, 5.20)

Both games will be seven innings.

Bowling Green vs. Fort Wayne 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Ryan Weathers (3-4, 3.36)

Hudson Valley vs. Vermont 11:05 a.m. ET (radio stream)

Princeton @ Elizabethton 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Ben Gross (3-1, 2.08)

GCL Rays @ GCL Pirates 12 p.m.

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Pawtucket Red Sox
42-58 (6th in IL North)
Offense: 456 R (14th) .745 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 4.81 ERA (7th) 1.47 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Tanner Houck (5), RHP Mike Shawaryn (17), 1B Josh Ockimey (21), RHP Travis Lakins (22), C Oscar Hernandez, RHP Erasmo Ramirez, RHP Ryan Weber

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
10-21 (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)
17-17 (5th in FSL South)
Offense: 314 R (12th) .621 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.56 ERA (7th) 1.22 WHIP (3rd)
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)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego)
11-19 (8th in MWL East)
Offense: 425 R (7th) .679 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.06 ERA (11th) 1.30 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: LHP Ryan Weathers (13), LHP Joey Cantillo (20), 2B Tucupita Marcano (27)

Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland)
15-23 (4th in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 126 R (13th) .582 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.41 ERA (7th) 1.26 WHIP (7th)
Top-30 prospects: 3B Jordan Diaz (27), LHP Hogan Harris (30), SS Logan Davidson, RHP Tyler Baum

Elizabethton Twins
18-15 (1st in AL West)
Offense: 185 R (2nd) .766 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.00 ERA (3rd) 1.37 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Matt Wallner (12)

GCL Pirates
9-15 (6th in GCL South)
Offense: 78 R (17th) .603 OPS (17th)
Pitching: 4.28 ERA (11th) 1.44 WHIP (11th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Quinn Priester, OF Sammy Siani

Daily news and links

Josh Lowe is on this week’s Hot Sheet at Baseball America.

There was another minor league no-hitter Monday. I think I missed a couple last week.