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Rays prospects and minor leagues: McKay dominates in return to AAA mound

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The Rays are going to need Brendan McKay, but on Thursday, he was great for Durham.

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Joe Ryan continued his tremendous season Thursday. For the 16th time in 19 appearances, he had more strikeouts than innings pitched. He hasn’t allowed more than two runs in a game since his first two games with Charlotte — more than two months ago.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (59-45)

Brendan McKay was sharp in Durham’s 3-1 loss to Pawtucket. In his first minor league start in over a month, he struck out six in four scoreless innings, but he didn’t get a lot of support. Joe McCarthy’s sacrifice fly gave the Bulls a 1-0 lead in the sixth, but in the seventh, Anthony Banda allowed a three-run homer.

LF Joe McCarthy: 0-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.724)
RF Jesus Sanchez: 2-for-4, 1 K (.619)
SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-4, 1 K, 1 SB (.417)
1B Dalton Kelly: 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB (.762)

LHP Brendan McKay: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K (0.93)
LHP Anthony Banda: 2 23 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (5.19)
RHP Peter Fairbanks: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (3.00)

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (23-11)

Montgomery used a big inning to earn a 7-4 win over Tennessee. The Smokies led 2-0 until the Biscuits scored six in the fifth. They tied the game when Rene Pinto was hit with the bases loaded and took the lead when Taylor Walls drew a bases-loaded walk. Brett Sullivan cleared the bases with a double and later homered. Kenny Rosenberg struck out six and allowed two runs in six innings.

SS Vidal Brujan: 0-for-0, 1 BB, 1 CS (.851 — left game early)
2B Taylor Walls: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K (.718)
CF Josh Lowe: 0-for-5, 2 K (.747)
C Brett Sullivan: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI (.785)

LHP Kenny Rosenberg: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K (2.84)

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (27-9)

Home runs from Zach Rutherford and Moises Gomez weren’t enough in Charlotte’s 5-3 loss to Clearwater. Rutherford’s first homer of the season tied the game in the third, and Gomez gave the Stone Crabs a 3-1 lead an inning later. However, the Threshers scored four in the seventh after Joe Ryan left the game. He struck out eight in six one-run innings.

DH Daniel Robertson: 0-for-3, 1 HBP
SS Wander Franco: 1-for-3, 1 BB (.973)
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B (.740)
RF Moises Gomez: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.667)
LF Garrett Whitley: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS (.736)
2B Zach Rutherford: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K (.525)

RHP Joe Ryan: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K (1.68)

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (21-11)

Bowling Green cruised to a 9-3 win over Fort Wayne. A half inning after the TinCaps tied the game at one, the Hot Rods scored four in the bottom of the second. In the fifth, they scored four more runs, starting with Jonathan Aranda’s second RBI double of the game. Miller Hogan struck out five and allowed two runs in six innings.

C Chris Betts: 0-for-4, 2 K (.747)
2B Jonathan Aranda: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K (.857)
LF Jordan Qsar: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB (.744)
1B Russ Olive: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI (.631)

RHP Miller Hogan: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (3.42)

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (22-16)

Hudson Valley rolled to a 7-3 win over Vermont. The Renegades scored the first seven runs of the game, starting with Jacson McGowan’s RBI double in the second. An inning later, they scored four runs. Hill Alexander started the rally with a two-run double. After Nathan Wiles struck out four in three scoreless innings, Edisson Gonzalez punched out seven in four scoreless frames.

SS Greg Jones: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 K (.870)
3B Nick Sogard: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB (.775)
RF Hill Alexander: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (.874)
1B Jacson McGowan: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.774)
C Luis Trevino: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB (.832)

RHP Nathan Wiles: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (3.00)
RHP Edisson Gonzalez: 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K (3.38)

Rookie Princeton Rays (17-18)

A bad inning sunk Princeton in a 9-4 loss to Elizabethton. Brett Wisely’s home run to lead off the game and Luis Leon’s third-inning sacrifice fly gave the Rays a 2-0 lead, but the Twins scored six in the bottom of the third. In that inning, they hit a home run and scored two runs on wild pitches. Jose Lopez was charged with six runs — two earned — in 2 23 innings.

CF Nick Schnell: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K (.748)
2B Brett Wisely: 3-for-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB (.855)
C Luis Leon: 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K (.923)
3B Jhosner Vargas: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB (.745)

LHP Jose Lopez: 2 23 IP, 5 H, 6 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K (2.77)
RHP Bryan Herrera: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (1.62)

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (12-12)

The GCL Rays’ game was postponed.

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

Durham vs. Buffalo 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Arturo Reyes (6-5, 4.86) vs. Shawn Morimando (2-5, 5.75)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 7 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jason Garcia (3-0, 2.81) vs. Erick Leal (1-1, 5.28)

Charlotte @ Clearwater 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Tobias Myers (5-1, 3.00) vs. Andrew Brown (2-5, 7.38)

Bowling Green vs. Fort Wayne 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Omar Cruz (1-1, 4.74)

Hudson Valley @ Aberdeen 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

Princeton vs. Burlington 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Angel Zerpa (4-1, 2.22)

GCL Rays @ GCL Braves 6:05 p.m.

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Buffalo Bisons (Toronto)
54-48 (2nd in IL North)
Offense: 481 R (12th) .765 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 4.89 ERA (8th) 1.41 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Bo Bichette (2), RHP Sean Reid-Foley (10), OF Anthony Alford (13), RHP David Paulino (29)

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
10-24 (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)

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia)
17-20 (T-3rd in FSL North)
Offense: 400 R (5th) .686 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.60 ERA (8th) 1.24 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Spencer Howard (7), RHP Colton Eastman (11), LHP Zach Warren (17), SS Nick Maton (19), C Rodolfo Duran (20), 2B Daniel Brito (21), OF Jhailyn Ortiz (22), OF Matt Vierling (27)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego)
11-21 (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)

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
24-16 (1st in NYPL McNamara)
Offense: 159 R (5th) .688 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 2.49 ERA (1st) 1.13 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: OF Kyle Stowers (22)

Burlington Royals
19-17 (2nd in AL East)
Offense: 179 R (4th) .716 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.80 ERA (2nd) 1.30 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: LHP Rylan Kaufman (25)

GCL Braves
9-13 (5th in GCL South)
Offense: 78 R (17th) .591 OPS (18th)
Pitching: 4.15 ERA (10th) 1.48 WHIP (15th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Michael Harris

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Baseball America did a midseason update to its organizational rankings, and the Rays are No. 1.