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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Garcia begins rehab assignment

Avisail Garcia is expected back from his oblique injury soon.

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There was an interesting organizational debut in the Gulf Coast League Thursday — outfielder Dylan Cozens. I was under the impression he was out for the season following toe surgery, but that was clearly not the case.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (69-60)

Durham fell to Charlotte, 4-2. In his Triple-A debut, Kenny Rosenberg pitched five innings but allowed all four Knights runs in the third. The Bulls didn’t get on the board until the eighth when Michael Perez hit an RBI single, and Dalton Kelly drew a bases-loaded walk. Avisail Garcia went 2-for-3 and played right field for seven innings.

RF Avisail Garcia: 2-for-3, 1 K
DH Nate Lowe: 2-for-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB (.941)

LHP Kenny Rosenberg: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K (7.20)

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (40-20)

Montgomery was edged by Biloxi, 6-5. Home runs in the first couple innings gave the Shuckers leads of 3-0 and 4-1, but the Biscuits battled back. Jim Haley’s homer in the fourth tied the game at four, and Rene Pinto’s homer in the seventh tied the game again, but Biloxi went ahead for good in the ninth. Matt Krook opened and allowed four runs in two innings.

SS Taylor Walls: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 K (.831)
2B Vidal Brujan: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS (.708)
C Brett Sullivan: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI (.762)
LF Jim Haley: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K (.706)
DH Rene Pinto: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI (.669)

LHP Matt Krook: 2 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K (4.50)

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (42-20)

Charlotte couldn’t get out of an early hole in a 5-2 loss to Fort Myers. The Miracle scored three in the first and then one in both the second and third innings. Drew Strotman allowed three runs and only recorded one out.

SS Wander Franco: 1-for-5, 2 K (.863)
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 0-for-4, 1 K (.699)
RF Moises Gomez: 1-for-4, 2 K (.692)
LF Garrett Whitley: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 CS (.754)

RHP Drew Strotman: one-third IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K (6.55)

Charlotte’s site offers this recap.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (36-23)

Bowling Green crushed Lake County, 16-4. The Captains hit two homers in the second to go up 4-0, but it was all downhill from there. The Hot Rods’ first run scored on a passed ball in the fourth, and they scored six total that inning. Their only home run came in their second six-run inning when Ruben Cardenas went deep in the eighth. Miller Hogan struck out 10 and allowed four runs in six innings.

CF Nick Schnell: 2-for-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K (.566)
RF Ruben Cardenas: 1-for-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K (.798)
SS Ford Proctor: 3-for-6, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K (.783)
2B Jonathan Aranda: 4-for-6, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K (.843)
DH Jordan Qsar: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 BB, 2 K (.811)
3B Seaver Whalen: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 HBP (.670)
1B Erik Ostberg: 1-for-4, 3 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K (.747)

RHP Miller Hogan: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 10 K (3.16)
LHP Nick Sprengel: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K (3.98)

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (37-27)

Hudson Valley returned from the All-Star break with a 10-inning, 5-2 win over Tri-City. Luis Trevino’s RBI single in the sixth tied the game, and his run-scoring double play in the 10th gave the Renegades their first lead. Garrett Hiott and Jordyn Muffley then continued the rally with RBI hits. Edisson Gonzalez allowed two runs — one earned — in five innings.

SS Greg Jones: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 2 K (.845)
1B Jacson McGowan: 3-for-5 (.746)
CF Garrett Hiott: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB (.758)

RHP Edisson Gonzalez: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K (2.72)

Rookie Princeton Rays (28-33)

Princeton was eliminated from playoff contention with a 9-6 loss to Bluefield. Diego Infante drove in two runs in the first and two more in the second as the Rays took a 6-1 lead, but the Blue Jays scored eight unanswered runs, including three in both the eighth and ninth innings. Christian Fernandez allowed two runs in 3 13 innings.

RF Diego Infante: 2-for-5, 4 RBI, 2 K (.847)

RHP Christian Fernandez: 3 13 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (5.67)

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (22-25)

The GCL Rays earned a 10-4 win over the GCL Pirates. Johamper Arrendoll tied the game with a solo homer in the second, and the Rays piled up three consecutive multi-run innings from the fourth to the sixth to build their big lead. After being signed earlier this month, Dylan Cozens made his organizational debut and doubled.

RF Dylan Cozens: 1-for-2, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 CS
SS Johan Lopez: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB (.752)
LF Johamper Arrendoll: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP (.573)
2B Alberto Figuereo: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP (.721)

RHP Emilio Alfonzo: 4 23 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K (4.06)


Friday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham vs. Gwinnett 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Tucker Davidson (1-0, 1.54)

Montgomery @ Chattanooga 7:15 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Paul Campbell (8-4, 2.96) vs. Brad Markey (3-3, 4.86)

Charlotte vs. Clearwater 6:30 p.m. ET (radio stream)

Bowling Green @ Lake County 7 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Matt Turner (2-1, 2.93)

Hudson Valley @ Tri-City 7 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Manny Ramirez (0-1, 3.51)

Princeton @ Greeneville 5:30 p.m. ET (radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER

Both games will be seven innings.

GCL Rays @ GCL Braves 12 p.m.

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Stripers (Atlanta)
74-54 (1st in IL South)
Offense: 720 R (2nd) .808 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 4.18 ERA (1st) 1.33 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: OF Cristian Pache (1), RHP Ian Anderson (2), OF Drew Waters (3), RHP Kyle Wright (4), RHP Bryse Wilson (6), LHP Tucker Davidson (10), RHP Patrick Weigel (13), RHP Huascar Ynoa (19), RHP Chad Sobotka (22)

Chattanooga Lookouts (Cincinnati)
Offense: 562 R (3rd) .716 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 4.51 ERA (10th) 1.42 WHIP (10th)
Top-30 prospects: 3B Jonathan India (3), RHP Tony Santillan (5), C Tyler Stephenson (6), OF Stuart Fairchild (10), OF T.J. Friedl (12), LHP Packy Naughton (24), RHP Ryan Hendrix (27), 1B Ibandel Isabel (29), C Nick Ciuffo

Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia)
Offense: 475 R (8th) .675 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.56 ERA (7th) 1.26 WHIP (7th)
Top-30 prospects: C Rafael Marchan (6), LHP Zach Warren (17), C Rodolfo Duran (20), 2B Daniel Brito (21), OF Jhailyn Ortiz (22), RHP Kyle Glogoski (26), OF Matt Vierling (27)

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)

Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston)
25-38 (4th in NYPL Stedler)
Offense: 230 R (13th) .625 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 4.22 ERA (14th) 1.42 WHIP (14th)
Top-30 prospects: SS Luis Santana (17), OF Jordan Brewer (20), RHP Jayson Schroeder (19), RHP Manny Ramirez (28), C Korey Lee

Greeneville Reds
24-36 (5th in AL West)
Offense: 263 R (10th) .669 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 4.82 ERA (10th) 1.34 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: SS Rece Hinds (13), 2B Tyler Callihan (16), OF Danny Lantigua (26), OF Allan Cerda (30)

GCL Braves
Offense: 173 R (17th) .639 OPS (17th)
Pitching: 4.27 ERA (12th) 1.43 WHIP (13th)
Top-30 prospects: None

Daily news and links

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