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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Lowe, Wendle continue rehab assignments with Durham

A pair of Rays infielders took another step toward a return to the majors.

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As we noted Tuesday, two former Rays prospects debuted for the Rangers in their doubleheader. In Game 1, Nick Solak debuted and went 1-for-3. In Game 2, Brock Burke debuted with six scoreless innings, and Solak hit his first big league home run.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (69-58)

Durham lost to Charlotte, 9-3. The Knights had four multi-run innings and led 4-0 before the Bulls got on the board in the fourth on Emilio Bonifacio’s RBI triple. Sam McWilliams allowed six runs — four earned — in five innings.

3B Joey Wendle: 0-for-4, 1 K
2B Brandon Lowe: 0-for-4, 2 K
1B Nate Lowe: 1-for-4 (.939)
LF Kean Wong: 3-for-5, 2 RBI (.874)
CF Emilio Bonifacio: 1-for-2, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB (.815)

RHP Sam McWilliams: 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 3 K (8.12)

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (38-19)

Montgomery cruised to an 8-1 win over Biloxi. In his second Double-A start, Joe Ryan continued to display his strikeout stuff, punching out nine batters and allowing a run in 4 23 innings. He was supported by early offense. Taylor Walls hit an RBI single in the first, and Carl Chester later drove in two with a triple. After the Shuckers scored in the fifth, the Biscuits closed the game with four unanswered runs.

SS Lucius Fox: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.687)
2B Vidal Brujan: 0-for-5, 1 K (.725)
DH Taylor Walls: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K (.813)
CF Josh Lowe: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 SB (.768)
RF Miles Mastrobuoni: 4-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 SB (.758)

RHP Joe Ryan: 4 23 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K (4.15)

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (42-18)

Offense was in short supply in Charlotte’s 13-inning, 4-2 loss to Fort Myers. Somehow, neither team was able to take advantage of the free baserunner in the first three extra innings, and then the Miracle blew the game open with three in the 13th. With two outs in the 13th, Ronaldo Hernandez’s RBI single finally got the Stone Crabs a run in extras, but it wasn’t enough. Cristopher Sanchez allowed a run in 4 13 innings.

LF Niko Hulsizer: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 CS (.944)
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 2-for-6, 1 RBI, 1 K (.711)
RF Moises Gomez: 0-for-5, 1 BB, 4 K (.693)
DH Garrett Whitley: 0-for-4, 4 K (.748)
1B Joey Roach: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K (.637)

LHP Cristopher Sanchez: 4 13 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K (1.86)
RHP Simon Rosenblum-Larson: 2 23 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (3.27)
RHP Alex Valverde: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (4.13)

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (34-23)

Bowling Green had one big inning and held on for a 6-5 win over Fort Wayne. After accomplishing very little through six innings, the Hot Rods broke out for six in the seventh to take a 6-1 lead. A run scored on an error, then Chris Betts, Seaver Whalen, and Ford Proctor all hit RBI singles. The final run scored on a wild pitch. Shane Baz had another fine start, striking out seven and allowing just an unearned run in five innings.

CF Nick Schnell: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 K (.423)

RHP Shane Baz: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 7 K (2.89)

Bowling Green’s site offers this recap.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (36-27)

Hudson Valley is at the All-Star break.

Rookie Princeton Rays (28-31)

Princeton fell to Elizabethton in 11 innings, 7-6. Each team’s free baserunner in the 10th scored, but in the 11th, the Twins plated a pair on an error. The Rays’ free runner again scored in the 11th, but they never got the potential tying run on base. Matthew Peguero started and threw two scoreless innings.

RF Diego Infante: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K (.840)
SS Abiezel Ramirez: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K (1.000)
CF Yunior Martinez: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB (.765)
C Kevin Melendez: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K (.642)

RHP Matthew Peguero: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (6.00)

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (21-24)

The GCL Rays earned a 3-2 win over the GCL Red Sox. Zach Huffins’ RBI triple in the seventh gave the Rays their first lead, but the Red Sox tied the game in the top of the ninth. In the bottom of the ninth, Luis Arcendo reached on a bunt single, and Huffins hit a walk-off RBI double. Franklin Dacosta was charged with an unearned run in three innings, and Dauris Cordero struck out eight in four scoreless frames out of the bullpen.

DH Shane Sasaki: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB (.377)
LF Zach Huffins: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K (.682)

LHP Franklin Dacosta: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 4 BB, 3 K (2.04)
RHP Dauris Cordero: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K (2.92)


Wednesday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham vs. Charlotte 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Odrisamer Despaigne (6-5, 3.64)

Montgomery vs. Biloxi 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Shane McClanahan (1-0, 7.71) vs. Drew Rasmussen (1-3, 3.96)

Charlotte @ Fort Myers 7 p.m. ET (radio stream)
Stephen Woods Jr. (9-3, 1.98) vs. TBA

Bowling Green @ Lake County 7 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Alex Royalty (5-7, 4.42)

New York-Penn League All-Star Game 7 p.m. (MiLB.TV)

Princeton vs. Bluefield 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)

GCL Rays @ GCL Pirates 12 p.m.

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
71-56 (2nd in IL South)
Offense: 672 R (3rd) .822 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 5.38 ERA (12th) 1.53 WHIP (13th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Luis Robert (1), 2B Nick Madrigal (5), C Zack Collins (12), RHP Ian Hamilton (13), C Seby Zavala (15), RHP Spencer Adams (20), RHP Zach Thompson (28), OF Brandon Guyer, LHP Hunter Schryver

Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee)
Offense: 501 R (4th) .700 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.20 ERA (4th) 1.14 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Drew Rasmussen (12), RHP Dylan File (28), C Alexander Alvarez, 3B Patrick Leonard

Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
Offense: 465 R (8th) .670 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.18 ERA (2nd) 1.19 WHIP (2nd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Blayne Enlow (8), IF Jose Miranda (13), OF Gabriel Maciel (14), OF Akil Baddoo (19), RHP Jordan Balazovic (20), RHP Chris Vallimont (24), 2B Michael Helman (27), OF Aaron Whitefield (28), RHP Johan Quezada (29)

Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
Offense: 574 R (3rd) .700 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.78 ERA (9th) 1.36 WHIP (11th)
Top-30 prospects: C Bo Naylor (4), RHP Luis Oviedo (8), RHP Ethan Hankins (9), OF Quentin Holmes (27), SS Raynel Delgado (30)

Bluefield Blue Jays
28-31 (T-3rd in AL East)
Offense: 344 R (1st) .759 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 4.78 ERA (9th) 1.46 WHIP (9th)
Top-30 prospects: IF Miguel Hiraldo (10), IF Leonardo Jimenez (21)

GCL Pirates
Offense: 158 R (18th) .642 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 4.99 ERA (18th) 1.59 WHIP (18th)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Quinn Priester, OF Sammy Siani

Daily news and links

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Kevin Padlo was on Baseball America’s latest Hot Sheet.