Who were the top players in the organization in July? Of all everyday players in the minors, Greg Jones led in OPS, batting .395/.441/.570 for Hudson Valley in 93 plate appearances. Among pitchers with more than 20 innings in the month, Joe Ryan’s 0.98 ERA was the lowest. He also had 38 strikeouts in his 28 innings.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (63-48)
Durham battled for a 7-6 win over Charlotte. Dalton Kelly’s home run in the fourth gave the Bulls a 5-0 lead, but the Knights climbed all the way back. In the seventh, the Bulls went back in front on back-to-back home runs by Michael Perez and Kevin Padlo. Ricardo Pinto allowed five runs in six innings.
2B Lucius Fox: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K (.455)
1B Dalton Kelly: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB (.819)
C Michael Perez: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K (.849)
3B Kevin Padlo: 3-for-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K (1.120)
RHP Ricardo Pinto: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (4.04)
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (27-13)
Montgomery collapsed late in a 12-7 loss to Chattanooga. The Biscuits scored three in the first and led 6-4 after eight. After Blake Bivens allowed two runs in two innings, Brian Shaffer was good in five innings, allowing just a run and striking out five. In the ninth, the Lookouts piled up eight runs, all of which were charged to Chandler Raiden making his Double-A debut.
2B Vidal Brujan: 1-for-4, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB (.760)
SS Taylor Walls: 3-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K (.775)
CF Josh Lowe: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB (.733)
LF Carl Chester: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB (.597)
C Rene Pinto: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI (.625)
RHP Brian Shaffer: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (2.36)
Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (29-11)
Charlotte’s games were postponed.
Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (23-16)
Bowling Green was edged by Dayton, 3-2. Despite walking four, the only run Shane Baz allowed in 5 2⁄3 innings came on a wild pitch in the sixth. In the seventh, Grant Witherspoon and Roberto Alvarez had RBI hits to give the Hot Rods a 2-1 lead, but the Dragons tied the game in the bottom half of the inning and earned a walk-off win in the ninth.
RF Ruben Cardenas: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (.812)
RHP Shane Baz: 5 2⁄3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K (3.22)
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (26-18)
Hudson Valley rolled to an 8-3 win over Auburn. Jacson McGowan, Ben Troike, and Mason Mallard all hit RBI singles in the first, and McGowan hit an RBI double in the two-run fifth. The Renegades scored three more times in the sixth. Nathan Wiles allowed two runs in 3 1⁄3 innings.
CF Garrett Hiott: 2-for-3, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K (.775)
1B Jacson McGowan: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI (.758)
RHP Nathan Wiles: 3 1⁄3 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K (3.38)
Rookie Princeton Rays (19-22)
Princeton couldn’t get out of an early hole in a 9-5 loss to Johnson City. The Cardinals scored four in the top of the first and held leads of 7-1 and 9-2. The Rays cut their deficit to four in the bottom of the sixth but never got the potential tying run to the plate. Aldor Rodriguez was charged with seven runs in 2 2⁄3 innings.
CF Nick Schnell: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K (.753)
RHP Aldor Rodriguez: 2 2⁄3 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (5.97)
RHP Angel Felipe: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (4.87)
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (13-16)
The GCL Rays’ game was suspended.
Friday’s games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham @ Norfolk 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Bruce Zimmermann (0-1, 11.25)
Montgomery vs. Chattanooga 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Josh Fleming (10-4, 3.25) vs. TBA
Charlotte vs. Palm Beach 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Tobias Myers (5-1, 2.95) vs. TBA
TBA vs. TBA
Completion of suspended game followed by seven-inning game.
Bowling Green @ Dayton 7 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Jhon De Jesus (2-10, 5.31)
Hudson Valley vs. West Virginia 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Michael Burrows (2-1, 3.38)
Princeton @ Danville 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA
GCL Rays vs. GCL Braves 12 p.m.
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore)
42-68 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 543 R (9th) .765 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 6.00 ERA (14th) 1.57 WHIP (14th)
Top-30 prospects: 3B Ryan Mountcastle (3), OF Austin Hays (4), LHP Keegan Akin (6), RHP Hunter Harvey (8), RHP Luis Ortiz (13), OF DJ Stewart (15), LHP Bruce Zimmermann (17), RHP Branden Kline (22)
Chattanooga Lookouts (Cincinnati)
12-27 (5th in SL North)
Offense: 479 R (1st) .719 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.39 ERA (10th) 1.40 WHIP (10th)
Top-30 prospects: 3B Jonathan India (3), RHP Tony Santillan (5), C Tyler Stephenson (6), OF Jose Siri (9), OF T.J. Friedl (12), SS Alfredo Rodriguez (22), LHP Packy Naughton (24), RHP Ryan Hendrix (27), 1B Ibandel Isabel (29), C Nick Ciuffo
Palm Beach Cardinals
13-28 (6th in FSL South)
Offense: 382 R (9th) .648 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.49 ERA (6th) 1.30 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: 3B Nolan Gorman (4), LHP Zack Thompson (8), C Ivan Herrera (9), RHP Griffin Roberts (18), RHP Edgar Gonzalez (21), 1B Luken Baker (23), OF Scott Hurst (27)
Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
18-21 (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)
West Virginia Black Bears (Pittsburgh)
23-21 (2nd in NYPL Pinckney)
Offense: 181 R (8th) .646 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.72 ERA (9th) 1.33 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Braxton Ashcraft (16), RHP Michael Burrows (18), OF Matt Gorski (26)
16-26 (5th in AL East)
Offense: 188 R (8th) .663 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.89 ERA (10th) 1.44 WHIP (10th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Beau Philip
11-16 (5th in GCL South)
Offense: 104 R (18th) .634 OPS (16th)
Pitching: 4.55 ERA (17th) 1.48 WHIP (15th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Michael Harris
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