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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Lowe, Wendle rehab in Gulf Coast League

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The Rays hope to get reinforcements in the infield soon.

Tampa Bay Rays v Minnesota Twins Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

In July, the Rays traded three hitters in their top 30 prospects — Nick Solak to Texas pretty early in the month, and then Jesus Sanchez to Miami and Joe McCarthy to San Francisco at the deadline. Through Aug. 14, here’s how they’re hitting in the Pacific Coast League:

McCarthy: .250/.364/.429
Sanchez: .302/.385/.605
Solak: .340/.375/.680

Ian Gibaut was also traded and in the Pacific Coast League. He has a 12.27 ERA in four appearances.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (68-54)

Josh Fleming made his Triple-A debut, but he allowed three home runs in Durham’s 5-3 loss to Syracuse. The Mets only had five hits, but all five of their runs scored on the three homers. Emilio Bonifacio’s solo home run gave the Bulls a 1-0 lead in the third, but Syracuse scored the next five runs.

1B Nate Lowe: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB (.940)
CF Emilio Bonifacio: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB (.771)

LHP Josh Fleming: 4 23 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (9.64)

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (35-18)

Montgomery erased an early deficit to earn a 10-9 win over Jackson. Shane McClanahan struggled early, and the Generals led 4-0 after an inning. He allowed eight runs in 4 13 innings. The game shifted in the Biscuits’ six-run sixth. Rene Pinto singled in two, Vidal Brujan cleared the bases with a double, and Tristan Gray’s RBI double gave them their first lead.

SS Taylor Walls: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 K (.771)
2B Vidal Brujan: 1-for-5, 1 2B, 4 RBI (.729)
CF Josh Lowe: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 SB (.751)
1B Tristan Gray: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K (.735)
C David Rodriguez: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K (.663)

LHP Shane McClanahan: 4 13 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (7.71)
LHP Matt Krook: 1 23 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (4.02)

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (39-17)

Charlotte was shut out by Daytona, 5-0. All four Stone Crabs hits were singles. After Drew Strotman allowed three runs in four innings, Jermaine Palacios made his debut as a two-way player with a scoreless inning.

SS Wander Franco: 1-for-4 (.875)
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 1-for-4 (.702)
RF Moises Gomez: 0-for-4, 2 K (.691)
LF Garrett Whitley: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K (.760)

RHP Drew Strotman: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (4.22)
RHP Jermaine Palacios: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (0.00)

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (31-21)

Miller Hogan pitched Bowling Green to a 5-1 win over Dayton. Aside from a solo home run, he had no problems with the Dragons’ lineup, striking out five in seven innings. A half inning before that home run, Ford Proctor hit a two-run homer to give the Hot Rods a 2-0 lead. Proctor scored on Jonathan Aranda’s two-run single as Bowling Green added three more runs in the sixth.

CF Ruben Cardenas: 1-for-4, 1 K (.786)
SS Ford Proctor: 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB (.786)

RHP Miller Hogan: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (2.91)

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (35-24)

Hudson Valley fell to Connecticut in eight innings, 2-1, in Game 1 of their doubleheader. Neither team scored in the first seven innings, but Mason Mallard singled in the Renegades’ free baserunner in the eighth. However, the Tigers plated theirs on an RBI triple, and that runner later scored on a single. Edisson Gonzalez had another great start, striking out seven in six, one-hit innings.

The Renegades’ loss in Game 2 was essentially identical.

SS Greg Jones (1): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 K (.907)
DH Greg Jones (2): 0-for-3 (.889)

RHP Edisson Gonzalez (1): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K (2.81)
RHP Evan McKendry (2): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K (1.19)

Rookie Princeton Rays (26-28)

Princeton topped Bristol in 10 innings, 7-6. The Rays led 6-1 after four innings, but the Pirates scored five runs over the next three innings to tie the game. Bristol couldn’t take advantage of its free baserunner in the 10th, but Princeton did. Jhosner Vargas’ sacrifice bunt moved Gionti Turner to third, and he scored on a wild pitch. Jayden Murray allowed four runs in 4 23 innings.

DH Nick Schnell: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K (.864)
C Kevin Melendez: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.644)

RHP Jayden Murray: 4 23 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K (2.76)

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (19-21)

The GCL Rays were shut out by the GCL Orioles, 1-0, in Game 1 of their scheduled doubleheader. Despite having Brandon Lowe and Joey Wendle in the lineup, the Rays only mustered six hits — all singles. The Orioles also had six hits and got three of them in their run-scoring second. Sandy Gaston allowed the run in two innings.

Game 2 was suspended.

2B Brandon Lowe: 0-for-2
3B Joey Wendle: 0-for-3
RF Niko Hulsizer: 1-for-3, 1 K, 1 CS

RHP Sandy Gaston: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (4.38)

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

Durham @ Buffalo 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Arturo Reyes (7-6, 4.91) vs. TBA

Montgomery @ Jackson 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Kenny Rosenberg (11-3, 3.15) vs. TBA

Charlotte vs. St. Lucie 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Tommy Romero (10-4, 2.08) vs. Tylor Megill (3-2, 3.51)

Bowling Green vs. Dayton 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Alan Strong (8-4, 3.06) vs. Connor Curlis (4-4, 2.47)

Hudson Valley @ Connecticut 7:05 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

Princeton vs. Bristol 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. Tahnaj Thomas (0-3, 3.67)

GCL Rays vs. GCL Braves 12 p.m.

Completion of suspended game.

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Buffalo Bisons (Toronto)
62-60 (2nd in IL North)
Offense: 574 R (12th) .774 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.85 ERA (8th) 1.42 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: LHP Anthony Kay (7), OF Anthony Alford (13), RHP T.J. Zeuch (24)

Jackson Generals (Arizona)
29-21 (2nd in IL North)
Offense: 520 R (2nd) .712 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.33 ERA (5th) 1.25 WHIP (5th)
Top-30 prospects: C Daulton Varsho (3), RHP J.B. Bukauskas (6), 1B Seth Beer (11), 1B Pavin Smith (17), RHP Josh Green (19), 3B Drew Ellis (21), C Dominic Miroglio (23), RHP Emilio Vargas (25)

St. Lucie Mets
35-20 (2nd in FSL South)
Offense: 480 R (3rd) .671 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.27 ERA (3rd) 1.28 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: LHP Thomas Szapucki (9), OF Desmond Lindsay (11), RHP Dedniel Nunez (15), RHP Jordan Humphreys (16), 2B Carlos Cortes (19), 1B Jeremy Vasquez (30)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
22-30 (T-6th in MWL East)
Offense: 448 R (16th) .637 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 4.26 ERA (12th) 1.44 WHIP (14th)
Top-30 prospects: 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)

Connecticut Tigers
29-30 (2nd in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 211 R (12th) .624 OPS (13th)
Pitching: 3.68 ERA (9th) 1.40 WHIP (12th)
Top-30 prospects: IF Nick Quintana (18)

Bristol Pirates
26-28 (3rd in AL West)
Offense: 257 R (7th) .723 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 4.31 ERA (3rd) 1.40 WHIP (4th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Tahnaj Thomas (15), RHP Santiago Florez (30)

GCL Braves
14-23 (5th in GCL South)
Offense: 132 R (17th) .639 OPS (15th)
Pitching: 4.49 ERA (16th) 1.47 WHIP (15th)
Top-30 prospects: None

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