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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Cardenas debuts with RBI double

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In his first game since being acquired for Christian Arroyo and Hunter Wood, Ruben Cardenas hit an RBI double for Bowling Green.

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Like Montgomery a few levels ahead of them, Hudson Valley has used the stolen base to its advantage. The Renegades lead the New York-Penn League with 77 steals in 102 chances — 11 more than second-place Williamsport. An Arizona League Brewers affiliate is the only short-season club with more steals than Hudson Valley, and they’ve even done it in significantly fewer games.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (62-46)

Durham’s rally fell short in a 7-6 loss to Gwinnett. The Stripers scored four in the first and led 5-0 before the Bulls rallied, but two insurance runs in the eighth proved to be too much. In the ninth, Michael Perez hit a two-run homer to cut the deficit to one, but Joe McCarthy lined out to end the game. Anthony Banda allowed four runs and recorded two outs.

DH Joe McCarthy: 2-for-5, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K (.720)
RF Jesus Sanchez: 0-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP (.599)
SS Lucius Fox: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB (.528)
1B Dalton Kelly: 3-for-5, 2 R (.791)
C Michael Perez: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K (.842)

LHP Anthony Banda: two-thirds IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K (8.68)
RHP Peter Fairbanks: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (1.80)

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (27-12)

Montgomery used three pitchers to win a 1-0 pitchers’ duel against Birmingham. Blake Bivens opened with two innings, and Kenny Rosenberg followed with the bulk of the work, pitching five innings. Ian Gardeck completed the shutout. Jim Haley’s RBI groundout in the seventh accounted for the only run.

2B Vidal Brujan: 0-for-4, 1 K (.756)
SS Taylor Walls: 0-for-4, 1 K (.720)

LHP Kenny Rosenberg: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K (2.72)

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (29-11)

Michael Plassmeyer led Charlotte to a 5-0 win over Bradenton. The lefty lasted seven innings for the second straight start, and he struck out a career high nine. He didn’t walk anyone and allowed just four hits. Mike Franco and Simon Rosenblum-Larson completed the shutout. Moises Gomez started the scoring with an RBI double in the fourth, and Wander Franco singled in two in the fifth.

SS Wander Franco: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB (.962)
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 0-for-4, 1 K (.727)
RF Moises Gomez: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K (.691)
LF Garrett Whitley: 0-for-4, 2 K (.732)
2B Zach Rutherford: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB (.538)

LHP Michael Plassmeyer: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K (2.36)
RHP Mike Franco: 1 23 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (23-14)

Bowling Green’s first-inning run wasn’t enough in a 6-1 loss to Dayton. Ruben Cardenas wasted no time introducing himself to his teammates, hitting an RBI double in his first at-bat. However, the team’s offense dried up after that. The Hot Rods had three hits over the final eight innings. Matthew Liberatore lasted just two innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and four walks.

RF Ruben Cardenas: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI (.817)

LHP Matthew Liberatore: 2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 0 K (3.25)

Bowling Green’s site offers this recap.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (24-18)

Hudson Valley couldn’t get out of an early hole in a 6-4 loss to Auburn. The Doubledays scored one in the first and two in the second, and they also led 5-1 through 3 12 innings. Rodolfo Sanchez allowed three runs in 1 13 innings. After they scored an insurance run in the ninth, the Renegades got the potential tying run to the plate, but Hill Alexander struck out to end the game.

SS Greg Jones: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS (.875)
CF Garrett Hiott: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB (.733)

RHP Rodolfo Sanchez: 1 13 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (3.89)

Rookie Princeton Rays (18-21)

Princeton was crushed by Johnson City, 10-0. The Rays had five hits. Taj Bradley allowed three runs in three innings.

DH Nick Schnell: 1-for-4, 1 K (.758)
2B Brett Wisely: 3-for-3, 1 BB (.866)

RHP Taj Bradley: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (3.82)

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (13-14)

The GCL Rays couldn’t hold onto a lead in a 6-5 loss to the GCL Twins. The Rays held leads of 3-2 and 4-3, but the last three outs proved to be difficult to get. The Twins scored three in the top of the ninth to go ahead, and even though the Rays got the potential tying run on in the bottom of the ninth, they couldn’t tie the game. Starter Emilio Alfonzo allowed two runs and recorded two outs.

2B Alberto Figuereo: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI (.721)

RHP Emilio Alfonzo: two-thirds IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K (4.87)
LHP Fernando Melo: 3 23 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K (4.05)


Wednesday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Charlotte 7:04 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Hector Santiago (3-5, 4.08)

Montgomery vs. Birmingham 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Tanner Banks (1-5, 4.36)

Charlotte @ Bradenton 6:30 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Joe Ryan (6-2, 1.68) vs. TBA

Bowling Green @ Dayton 7 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Connor Curtis (3-3, 3.02)

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

Princeton vs. Johnson City 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Luis Ortiz (0-0, 4.50)

GCL Rays @ GCL Orioles 12 p.m.

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
57-51 (3rd in IL South)
Offense: 598 R (3rd) .817 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 5.45 ERA (13th) 1.55 WHIP (13th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Luis Robert (1), C Zack Collins (12), RHP Ian Hamilton (13), C Seby Zavala (15), RHP Spencer Adams (20), RHP Zach Thompson (28), LHP Hunter Schryver

Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
21-15 (T-2nd in SL North)
Offense: 379 R (7th) .687 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.10 ERA (8th) 1.37 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: 2B Nick Madrigal (5), OF Micker Aldofo (6), OF Blake Rutherford (8), OF Luis Gonzalez (9), 1B Gavin Sheets (14), SS Laz Rivera (16), RHP Alec Hansen (17), RHP Zack Burdi (18), RHP Codi Heuer (26), OF Joel Booker (27), RHP Tyler Johnson (29), LHP Kodi Medeiros (30)

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh)
22-18 (3rd in FSL South)
Offense: 435 R (4th) .699 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.43 ERA (6th) 1.22 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: SS Oneil Cruz (3), OF Travis Swaggerty (4), OF Cal Mitchell (8), RHP Max Kranick (12), OF Lolo Sanchez (13), RHP Osvaldo Bido (17), C Deon Stafford (22), LHP Braeden Ogle (28), 1B Mason Martin (30)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
16-21 (6th in MWL East)
Offense: 407 R (15th) .632 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 4.30 ERA (12th) 1.45 WHIP (15th)
Top-30 prospects: LHP Nick Lodolo (3), OF Mike Siani (8), OF Mariel Bautista (13), RHP Lyon Richardson (14), RHP James Marinan (16), 3B Juan Martinez (19), LHP Jacob Heatherly (20), OF Bren Spillane (27)

Auburn Doubledays (Washington)
18-25 (5th in NYPL McNamara)
Offense: 174 R (9th) .664 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.93 ERA (11th) 1.37 WHIP (12th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Tyler Dyson (20), RHP Trey Turner (30)

Johnson City Cardinals
22-17 (1st in AL West)
Offense: 203 R (6th) .725 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.48 ERA (7th) 1.35 WHIP (4th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Jhon Torres (13), 3B Malcom Nunez (20), OF Trejyn Fletcher (23), SS Mateo Gil (24)

GCL Orioles
18-10 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 137 R (3rd) .687 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 2.91 ERA (2nd) 1.31 WHIP (7th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Gunnar Henderson

Daily news and links

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