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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Banda sharp in Bulls shutout

Anthony Banda’s rehab appearance Sunday may have been his best yet.

MLB: MAY 26 Orioles at Rays Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Since returning from the injured list, Tobias Myers has been pretty good for Charlotte. The strikeout rate still isn’t great, but in 17 innings, he’s allowed just one earned run on 14 hits and four walks with 11 strikeouts. He’s one of five pitchers 20 years or younger in the Florida State League with 50-plus innings this season.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (67-52)

Anthony Banda and four other Bulls pitched Durham to a 4-0 win over Indianapolis. After Arturo Reyes opened with two innings, Banda threw his second straight four-scoreless-inning appearance, and his five strikeouts were a season high. Cole Sulser, Jose Alvarado, and Hoby Milner finished the shutout. Nate Lowe homered in Durham’s four-run third.

DH Nate Lowe: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI (.942)
C Michael Perez: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS (.816)

LHP Anthony Banda: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
LHP Jose Alvarado: one-third IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (32-18)

Tristan Gray powered Montgomery to a 12-4 win over Birmingham. Gray’s second-inning homer started the scoring and a five-run inning for the Biscuits, and he homered again to cap the scoring in the eighth. David Rodriguez and Vidal Brujan also went deep. Jason Garcia allowed four runs in five innings.

2B Lucius Fox: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.710)
DH Vidal Brujan: 2-for-6, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI (.753)
SS Taylor Walls: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB (.746)
CF Josh Lowe: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB (.738)
1B Tristan Gray: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB (.709)
C David Rodriguez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (.650)

RHP Jason Garcia: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (3.38)

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (37-15)

Tobias Myers and Simon Rosenblum-Larson pitched Charlotte to a 9-0 win over Tampa. Myers struck out three in five innings, and Rosenblum-Larson earned a save with four strikeouts in four hitless innings to finish the game. Kaleo Johnson’s RBI double started the scoring in the first, and his RBI single started a five-run third.

SS Wander Franco: 4-for-6, 3 R (.881)
LF Garrett Whitley: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K (.737)
DH Zach Rutherford: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (.575)

RHP Tobias Myers: 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (2.51)
RHP Simon Rosenblum-Larson: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K (3.24)

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (29-20)

Bowling Green fell to Great Lakes, 7-4. Jordan Qsar’s fourth-inning homer helped the Hot Rods take a 3-2 lead, but the Loons took the lead for good with five runs in the sixth. For his second straight outing against his old organization, Caleb Sampen allowed two runs in five innings.

CF Ruben Cardenas: 1-for-5 (.803)
LF Jordan Qsar: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.826)

RHP Caleb Sampen: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K (2.68)

Bowling Green’s site offers this recap.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (34-21)

Hudson Valley got off to a fast start in its Game 1, 7-2 win over Lowell. With two outs in the first, Jonathan Embry started a four-run rally with a two-run triple. Mason Mallard capped the scoring that inning with an RBI single, and he drove in another run in the third. K.V. Edwards homered in the fourth. Rodolfo Sanchez allowed two runs in six innings.

The Renegades swept the doubleheader with a 5-1 win in Game 2. They again went ahead early. Ben Troike hit an RBI single in the second to start the scoring, and Hill Alexander hit a three-run homer in the third. Cristhian Pedroza also homered later in the game. Shay Smiddy got the first start of his pro career and allowed a run in 3 13 innings.

SS Greg Jones (1): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (.923)
RF K.V. Edwards (1): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K (.557)
1B Mason Mallard (1): 3-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 K (.647)
RF Hill Alexander (2): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS (.863)
2B Cristhian Pedroza (2): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI (.570)

RHP Rodolfo Sanchez (1): 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (3.47)
RHP Shay Smiddy (2): 3 13 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (0.78)

Rookie Princeton Rays (24-27)

A big inning helped Princeton to a 7-3 win over Johnson City. The game was tied at two until the Rays scored four in the sixth. Gionti Turner drove in two with a single, Jhosner Vargas followed with an RBI single, and Yunior Martinez hit a run-scoring groundout. Taj Bradley allowed two runs in 4 13 innings.

CF Aldenis Sanchez: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 CS (.645)
C Nate Soria: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K (.944)

RHP Taj Bradley: 4 13 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K (3.51)

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (19-17)

The GCL Rays were off.


Monday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham is off.

Montgomery is off.

Charlotte @ Daytona 7:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Michael Plassmeyer (6-2, 2.44) vs. Mac Sceroler (4-3, 3.91)

Bowling Green @ Great Lakes 12:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)

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

Princeton @ Johnson City 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Jake Sommers (2-2, 4.30)

GCL Rays vs. GCL Twins 12 p.m.

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati)
22-30 (5th in FSL North)
Offense: 460 R (5th) .668 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.87 ERA (12th) 1.31 WHIP (12th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Jose Garcia (11), C Hendrik Clementina (21)

Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers)
Offense: 605 R (1st) .735 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.85 ERA (10th) 1.30 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: 3B Kody Hoese (6), 2B Michael Busch (11), RHP Zach Willeman (22), LHP Robinson Ortiz (23)

Lowell Spinners (Boston)
31-25 (1st in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 222 R (6th) .672 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.30 ERA (6th) 1.26 WHIP (6th)
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)

Johnson City Cardinals
27-24 (1st in AL West)
Offense: 265 R (5th) .733 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.75 ERA (8th) 1.40 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Jhon Torres (13), 3B Malcom Nunez (20), OF Trejyn Fletcher (23), SS Mateo Gil (24)

GCL Twins
23-15 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 169 R (9th) .657 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.29 ERA (6th) 1.23 WHIP (4th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Landon Leach (25), IF Keoni Cavaco

Daily news and links

The prospect team had a couple articles last week: who is each team’s prospect closest to the top 100, and which prospects could be called up by contending teams?

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