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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Archer returns to mound with pair of rehab assignments

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With appearances for the FCL Rays and Durham, Chris Archer moved closer to returning to the majors.

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Who have been the top performers who didn’t start the season in the organization’s top 30 prospects?

At the plate, outfielder Ruben Cardenas could be the choice. In 2019, the 23 year old was acquired from Cleveland for Christian Arroyo and Hunter Wood. At two levels this season, he has 19 home runs with a .342 average, .381 on-base percentage, and .644 slugging percentage.

On the mound, Peyton Battenfield has been impressive. The 23 year old righty — acquired from Houston for Austin Pruitt — has appeared at two levels this season and leads all Rays minor leaguers with 62 innings. He has 88 strikeouts to just 10 walks with a 1.74 ERA.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (44-20, 1st out of 7)

Lowe’s big game carries Bulls
Durham scores 8 again in another win
Bulls edged by Jumbo Shrimp
Big 7th inning sinks Durham
Ford’s pair of homers help Bulls complete comeback
Durham wins series with rain-shortened finale

Josh Lowe: 6-for-20, 6 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB, 8 K, 1-for-1 SB (.926)
Kevin Padlo: 5-for-17, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K, 1-for-1 SB (.697)
Mike Ford: 7-for-21, 6 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K, 1-for-1 SB (1.017)

Chris Archer: 1 23 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Luis Patino: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K (3.07)
Shane Baz: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (1.96)
Joe Ryan: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (3.63)
Brent Honeywell Jr.: 2 13 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (3.80)

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (33-29, 3rd out of 4)

Hulsizer hits grand slam in Double-A debut
Biscuits homer 3 times in rout
Montgomery wins on Cardenas’ walk-off homer
Cardenas’ pair of homers give Biscuits 5th straight win
Battenfield pitches Biscuits to win, series sweep

Xavier Edwards: 4-for-15, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K, 1-for-2 SB (.824)
Ruben Cardenas: 7-for-21, 7 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 7 BB, 4 K (.924)
Jim Haley: 7-for-16, 7 R, 1 3B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K, 2-for-2 SB (.759)

Peyton Battenfield: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (2.03)
Tobias Myers: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K (3.69)
Tommy Romero: 5 23 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K (1.88)

High-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (45-21, 1st out of 7)

Mead, Murray lead Hot Rods to series-opening win
Jones, Doxakis earn Bowling Green doubleheader sweep
Trageton throws 5 scoreless innings
Hot Rods score early and often
Bowling Green rolls to another win behind Lopez’s strong start
Hot Rods sweep Dash

Greg Jones: 8-for-18, 5 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K, 3-for-3 SB (.928)
Blake Hunt: 2-for-13, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K (.739)
Pedro Martinez: 4-for-21, 2 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, 1-for-3 SB (.568)

John Doxakis: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (3.63)
Jacob Lopez: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K (2.54)
Zack Trageton: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (4.03)
Colby White: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K (3.29)

Low-A Charleston RiverDogs (46-18, 1st out of 4)

Seymour backed by 3 homers in series-opening win
RiverDogs walk 13 times in narrow win
Wisely steals 4 in Charleston win
Johnson rebounds with solid start
RiverDogs win incredibly lopsided game
Charleston sweeps Augusta with 2nd straight blowout

Alika Williams: 4-for-17, 5 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K (.648)
Nick Schnell: 2-for-15, 5 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 10 K, 1-for-1 SB (.621)
Heriberto Hernandez: 6-for-21, 5 R, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K, 0-for-1 SB (.773)
Garrett Hiott: 6-for-12, 5 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 8 BB, 5 K, 4-for-5 SB (.951)

Seth Johnson: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 6 K (3.86)
Taj Bradley: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K (2.14)
Ian Seymour: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K (1.42)

Florida Complex League Rays (8-1, 1st out of 8)

Archer returns to mound with scoreless appearance
Gaston strikes out 7 in 4 perfect innings

Chris Archer: 1 13 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Stats are from Baseball Reference.

This week’s games

Durham

Tuesday, July 20 vs. Charlotte 6:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)
Wednesday, July 21 vs. Charlotte 6:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)
Thursday, July 22 vs. Charlotte 6:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)
Friday, July 23 vs. Charlotte 6:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)
Saturday, July 24 vs. Charlotte 6:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)
Sunday, July 25 vs. Charlotte 5:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)

Montgomery

Tuesday, July 20 vs. Pensacola 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)
Wednesday, July 21 vs. Pensacola 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)
Thursday, July 22 vs. Pensacola 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)
Friday, July 23 vs. Pensacola 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)
Saturday, July 24 vs. Pensacola 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)
Sunday, July 25 vs. Pensacola 4:33 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)

Bowling Green

Tuesday, July 20 vs. Rome 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)
Wednesday, July 21 vs. Rome 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)
Thursday, July 22 vs. Rome 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)
Friday, July 23 vs. Rome 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)
Saturday, July 24 vs. Rome 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)
Sunday, July 25 vs. Rome 6:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)

Charleston

Tuesday, July 20 @ Myrtle Beach 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)
Wednesday, July 21 @ Myrtle Beach 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)
Thursday, July 22 @ Myrtle Beach 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)
Friday, July 23 @ Myrtle Beach 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)
Saturday, July 24 @ Myrtle Beach 6:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)
Sunday, July 25 @ Myrtle Beach 6:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV)

Florida Complex League Rays

Tuesday, July 20 vs. FCL Twins 12 p.m.
Thursday, July 22 @ FCL Twins 12 p.m.
Friday, July 23 @ FCL Braves 12 p.m.
Saturday, July 24 vs. FCL Braves 10 a.m.
Monday, July 26 @ FCL Pirates Gold 12 p.m.

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
25-39 (6th out of 7)
Offense: 328 R (6th out of 20) .751 OPS (11th out of 20)
Pitching: 5.34 ERA (18th out of 20) 1.49 WHIP 16th out of 20)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Jonathan Stiever (7), OF Luis Gonzalez (11), OF Blake Rutherford (14), RHP Jimmy Lambert (15), RHP Tyler Johnson (30)

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Miami)
36-30 (2nd out of 4)
Offense: 249 R (8th out of 8) .653 OPS (8th out of 8)
Pitching: 3.70 ERA (2nd out of 8) 1.24 WHIP (2nd out of 8)
Top-30 prospects: OF JJ Bleday (2), RHP Max Meyer (3), OF Peyton Burdick (16), OF Jerar Encarnacion (18), RHP Zach McCambley (24), LHP Jake Eder (30)

Rome Braves
33-33 (4th out of 7)
Offense: 291 R (8th out of 12) .678 OPS (10th out of 12)
Pitching: 3.62 ERA (1st out of 12) 1.30 WHIP (5th out of 12)
Top-30 prospects: LHP Jared Shuster (9), OF Michael Harris (11), RHP Freddy Tarnok (20), OF Jesse Franklin (24), RHP Kasey Kalich (25), C Logan Brown (28), SS Beau Philip (29)

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs)
31-35 (3rd out of 4)
Offense: 287 R (9th out of 12) .635 OPS (11th out of 12)
Pitching: 3.98 ERA (4th out of 12) 1.35 WHIP (6th out of 12)
Top-30 prospects: SS Ed Howard (5), SS Luis Verdugo (18), SS Kevin Made (21), OF Jordan Nwogu (24), OF Yohendrick Pinango (26)