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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Renegades return to playoffs with win

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Durham can make it four Rays affiliates in the playoffs with a win or Charlotte loss Monday.

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Who were the top players in the organization in August? Montgomery’s Tristan Gray was probably the hottest hitter. He had a 1.100 OPS, eight home runs, and 20 walks to just 14 strikeouts in 95 plate appearances. On the mound, Tobias Myers might’ve been the best pitcher. He had a 0.45 ERA in 20 innings and 17 strikeouts with just two walks.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (75-63)

Durham reduced its magic number to one with a 3-1 win over Gwinnett. With a win or Charlotte loss Monday, the Bulls will win the International League wild card. Aaron Slegers had perhaps his best start of the season, allowing just a run in seven innings while tying a season high with eight strikeouts. Jose De Leon followed with two perfect innings. In the fourth, Dylan Cozens broke a 1-1 tie with his first homer as a Bull.

RF Dylan Cozens: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.834)
CF Guillermo Heredia: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 CS, 1 HBP (.755)

RHP Aaron Slegers: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K (5.05)
RHP Jose De Leon: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (3.51)

Durham’s site offers this recap.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (44-23)

Montgomery outslugged Pensacola in an 11-7 win. A half inning after falling behind 2-0, the Biscuits tied the game on a Lucius Fox single, and they scored five an inning later when Taylor Walls and Jim Haley homered. Their lead was cut to 7-5 in the sixth, but in the seventh, Brett Sullivan’s RBI triple and Josh Lowe’s two-run homer added insurance. In his Double-A debut, Tommy Romero allowed five runs in six innings.

SS Taylor Walls: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI (.828)
2B Vidal Brujan: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB (.727)
CF Josh Lowe: 3-for-3, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB (.785)
3B Lucius Fox: 1-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 CS (.687)
DH Brett Sullivan: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB (.796)
LF Jim Haley: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI (.878)

RHP Tommy Romero: 6 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K (7.50)

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (42-26)

Seaver Whalen homered twice, but it wasn’t enough in Bowling Green’s 10-inning, 4-3 loss to South Bend. He hit a solo home run in the second and a two-run home run in the fourth, but the Cubs immediately tied the game a half inning later in both instances. He also committed the error that allowed the winning run to score. Shane Baz struck out nine and allowed three runs in six innings.

CF Nick Schnell: 0-for-4, 3 K (.598)
3B Seaver Whalen: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI (.697)

RHP Shane Baz: 6 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K (2.99)
RHP Chris Muller: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (2.88)

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (43-31)

Hudson Valley clinched a return trip to the New York-Penn League playoffs with a 10-inning, 3-2 win over Aberdeen. The Renegades lost a 2-0 lead in the eighth inning, but in the 10th, all three IronBirds struck out with their free baserunner on second. In the bottom half of the inning, Jacson McGowan hit a walk-off sacrifice fly. Daiveyon Whittle struck out five in six scoreless innings.

SS Greg Jones: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 SB (.874)
3B Nick Sogard: 1-for-1, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 SB, 1 CS (.727)

RHP Daiveyon Whittle: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K (0.95)
RHP Eleardo Cabrera: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (3.18)

Bowling Green’s site offers this recap.

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

Durham vs. Gwinnett 1:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Bryse Wilson (10-7, 3.42)

Montgomery vs. Pensacola 1:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Bailey Ober (3-0, 0.43)

Bowling Green @ South Bend 2:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA

Hudson Valley vs. Aberdeen 2:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. Jake Lyons (2-5, 3.21)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Stripers (Atlanta)
79-59
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)

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Minnesota)
37-31 (3rd in SL South)
Offense: 536 R (5th) .684 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 3.43 ERA (6th) 1.27 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Alex Kirilloff (1), SS Royce Lewis (2), RHP Jhoan Duran (6), OF Trevor Larnach (7), C Ryan Jeffers (8), RHP Griffin Jax (14), C Ben Rortvedt (22), LHP Stephen Gonsalves (28)

South Bend Cubs
38-30
Offense: 568 R (9th) .700 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.57 ERA (6th) 1.28 WHIP (6th)
Top-30 prospects: OF Cole Roederer (4), OF Brennen Davis (5), 2B Chase Strumpf (7), OF Nelson Velazquez (13), RHP Jose Albertos (15), RHP Riley Thompson (20)

Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore)
41-33 (3rd in NYPL McNamara)
Offense: 306 R (5th) .677 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 2.36 ERA (1st) 1.08 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: OF Kyle Stowers (22), SS Jean Carmona (26)

Daily news and links

MiLB.com covered Greg Jones’ five-hit game Saturday.