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The Tampa Bay Rays are promoting prospects

Jacobs Faria and Bauers are headed to Montgomery. Casey Gillaspie, meanwhile, still sits in Bowling Green.

Nick Franklin reacts to the news of demotion
Nick Franklin reacts to the news of demotion
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Despite yesterday being an off day for the Rays, organization-wise, a lot happened.

As a result of a domino effect started by the surprise promotions of Jake Bauers and Jacob Faria to double-A, a number of players around the Rays system have spent time traveling to their new levels (including five top prospects). So far this season, several of the Rays top prospects have put up solid performances that have warranted promotions, or a brief cup of coffee (Mikie Mahtook & Ryan Brett) in the majors.

Here's a quick recap of the past few days, starting at the major league level.

  • Acquired first baseman Mark Krauss from the Angels in exchange for Kyle 'Fonzarelli' Winkler, whom the organization signed as a minor league free agent earlier this season.
  • Optioned the heavily-slumping Nick Franklin to triple-A Durham.
  • Promoted outfielder Boog Powell to Durham.
  • Promoted Jacob Faria and Jake Bauers to Montgomery.
  • Promoted Brent Honeywell and Jace Conrad to Charlotte.

Mark Krauss will provide that Rays with something they very much need: an actual first baseman. James Loney has twice gone to the DL this year and in his place, the Rays have allowed the likes of Jake Elmore, Logan Forsythe, Nick Franklin, and Allan Dykstra to attempt to play the position with disappointing results (none of those players have combined both acceptable defense with first-base-caliber offense). One wonders why this move wasn't made sooner, considering that Loney is due back in only a couple of weeks and then something will need to be done with Krauss, but the Rays will cross that bridge when they come to it.

Boog Powell will be joining Richie Shaffer as the second Rays top prospect to be promoted to Durham this year. Shaffer has excelled in his month at triple-A. After slashing .262/.362/.470 with 7 HR in 39 games with Montgomery, Shaffer has dominated the International League by slashing .306/.393/.694 with 9 HR in only 24 games, which also included a three-homer game. Shaffer has also been selected as one of two members to represent the Rays at this year's Futures Game.

Powell was acquired this past offseason in the Ben Zobrist trade and has hit well all season long for Montgomery. He has slashed .328/.408/.416 with 11 SB and 1 HR in 61 games so far this season, which is good for 140 wRC+. Powell also sports a 13.9 K% and a 10.6 BB%. Durham will have to free a spot on their roster for Powell, but that should be easy considering the number of minor league journeyman on the team.

Here's how Durham looks:

Offense Name Age BB% K% AVG OBP SLG wRC+
Catchers Luke Maile* 24 11.40% 15.20% 0.208 0.310 0.296 80
Bobby Wilson 32 25.00% 0.00% 0.333 0.500 0.500 198
Infielders Nick Franklin 24 15.40% 23.10% 0.318 0.423 0.500 173
Richard Shaffer* 24 11.10% 27.30% 0.306 0.394 0.694 211
J.P. Arencibia 29 3.20% 32.40% 0.221 0.251 0.438 94
Alexi Casilla 30 9.40% 13.80% 0.325 0.390 0.463 149
Allan Dykstra 28 20.40% 21.00% 0.212 0.371 0.333 113
Ryan Brett* 23 6.60% 20.60% 0.205 0.265 0.303 62
Vince Belnome 27 15.20% 25.10% 0.176 0.310 0.225 63
Hak-ju Lee* 24 5.20% 32.50% 0.232 0.277 0.316 69
Outfielders Eugenio Velez 33 8.50% 18.60% 0.272 0.336 0.371 106
Corey Brown 29 8.50% 29.70% 0.230 0.297 0.446 112
Mikie Mahtook* 25 5.20% 24.60% 0.227 0.284 0.340 80
Taylor Motter 25 7.90% 18.50% 0.295 0.351 0.422 122
Promoted Boog Powell* 22 10.60% 13.90% 0.328 0.408 0.416 140
Pitching Name Age W L ERA FIP IP K% BB% G GS
Starters Scott Diamond 28 7 3 3.61 3.92 82.1 12.20% 3.20% 15 15
Dylan Floro 24 7 6 4.53 3.49 87.1 14.40% 3.70% 15 15
Everett Teaford 31 4 5 5.66 4.28 62 15.30% 6.20% 12 12
Jordan Norberto 28 1 2 4.72 3.93 34.1 20.40% 15.40% 23 2
Matt Moore 26 0 1 5.06 6.01 5.1 30.40% 4.40% 1 1
Relievers Enny Romero* 24 1 0 2.41 2.82 18.2 25.00% 6.60% 5 3
Preston Guilmet 27 0 0 2.53 3.39 10.2 29.60% 11.40% 10 0
Jim Miller 33 3 1 2.55 3.10 42.1 19.30% 3.60% 22 0
Jose Dominguez* 24 0 1 2.57 4.34 7 29.40% 14.70% 10 0
Robert Zarate 28 0 0 1.13 2.07 8 29.00% 9.70% 3 1
Jhan Marinez 26 4 1 1.93 3.35 32.2 29.70% 10.20% 20 0
Andy Oliver 27 0 1 4.01 4.58 24.2 25.70% 19.50% 22 0
C.J. Riefenhauser 25 0 2 3.27 2.56 11 17.80% 4.40% 9 0
Ernesto Frieri 29 0 0 5.40 6.80 1.2 0.00% 25.00% 2 0
Notes top-30 Prospect*

Montgomery is already filled with multiple Rays prospects and they have been joined by four more since the year began; Blake Snell, Ryne Stanek, Jake Bauers, and Jacob Faria.

Snell began the year with an incredible scoreless streak that nearly lasted 50 innings and was split between his time at Charlotte and Montgomery. Since joining Montgomery in early May, he has been solid (albeit not unhittable like he was earlier in the season), but has definitely improved upon his prospect status.

Ryne Stanek was next in line to be promoted and he joined Blake Snell atop of the Biscuits rotation. It seems like an eternity ago when Stanek was selected in the first round of the 2013 draft. He made his professional debut last year but was hampered by injuries. He's seemingly healthy now and is in his first full year with the Rays and the results in Montgomery have been solid.

Jake Bauers was acquired in the Wil Myers deal back in December and is quickly climbing up the Rays prospect ranks. He's likely going to finish the season in Montgomery as a 19 year old, making him the youngest player on the team by more than a year. He arrived in Montgomery with a bang as he homered and went three-for-five yesterday.

Jacob Faria spent three seasons in the rookie leagues, and although he was decent each year, never was given a promotion. In 2014, he finally broke out of the rookie league and became a front-of-the-rotation starter for Bowling Green, and this year, he has continued that breakout. Due to his sudden success, Faria was selected to be in the FSL allstar game (which he started) and has since been promoted to Montgomery.

Here's how the Biscuits currently stand:

Offense Name Age BB% K% AVG OBP SLG wRC+
Catchers Jake Depew 23 4.90% 33.30% 0.24 0.275 0.333 69
Justin O'Conner* 23 2.70% 30.80% 0.204 0.228 0.338 54
Infielders Juniel Querecuto 22 11.10% 9.30% 0.152 0.264 0.217 42
Tommy Coyle 24 13.90% 25.80% 0.213 0.327 0.371 102
Cameron Seitzer 25 11.40% 17.90% 0.308 0.389 0.444 139
Leonardo Reginatto 25 5.80% 17.30% 0.313 0.365 0.500 146
Patrick Leonard* 22 9.20% 26.30% 0.225 0.311 0.383 98
Outfielders Joey Rickard 24 7.50% 15.80% 0.308 0.366 0.423 125
Dayron Varona 27 4.00% 20.00% 0.261 0.280 0.522 115
Johnny Field 23 6.40% 23.70% 0.288 0.352 0.508 143
Tyler Goeddel* 22 9.00% 20.30% 0.257 0.328 0.370 99
Promoted Jake Bauers* 19 11.60% 13.30% 0.267 0.357 0.433 141
Pitching Name Age W L ERA FIP IP K% BB% G GS
Starters Blake Snell* 22 4 2 1.71 3.40 52.2 29.30% 11.50% 9 9
Jaime Schultz 24 5 3 3.55 4.08 71 27.40% 14.80% 14 14
Austin Pruitt 25 4 4 2.99 2.76 78.1 19.60% 6.20% 13 13
Jared Mortensen 27 5 3 3.12 3.28 78 21.80% 6.20% 13 13
Ryne Stanek* 23 3 1 3.94 4.54 29.2 14.30% 11.90% 5 5
Relievers Reinaldo Lopez 24 0 0 3.32 2.95 21.2 19.60% 8.70% 5 4
Ryan Garton 25 1 0 3.32 2.78 19 24.10% 11.40% 16 0
Bradin Hagens 26 4 5 3.63 3.76 62 17.50% 9.10% 15 8
Parker Markel 24 5 1 2.57 3.86 28 19.70% 9.80% 24 0
Mark Sappington 24 2 4 4.15 5.35 34.2 15.20% 15.80% 25 0
Matt Lollis 24 0 2 4.28 4.28 27.1 20.80% 8.30% 22 0
Promoted Jacob Faria 21 10 1 1.33 2.59 74.1 22.20% 7.80% 12 10
Notes top-30 Prospect*

Taking Bauers and Faria's spots at Charlotte are Jace Conrad and everyone's favorite screwballer, Brent Honeywell.

Conrad is having a very good year in his second second season after being taken in the thirteenth round of last year's draft. He's been a threat this year both with the bat and on the base paths as he has 10 stolen bases to go along with 10 home runs.

Brent Honeywell was a surprise early round pick in last year's draft, but once we learned what he threw, he became a fan favorite. Honewell is one a few select pitchers who can consistently throw a good screwball and it seems to be easily fooling hitters in the lower levels. He struck out over 30% of hitters in his debut season and hasn't really slowed down this year, while he's kept his walk rate under 5%.

Here's how Charlotte looks today heading into play:

Name Age BB% K% AVG OBP SLG wRC+
Catchers Mike Marjama 25 0.80% 14.50% 0.291 0.305 0.370 102
Maxx Tissenbaum 23 10.10% 13.50% 0.280 0.384 0.336 126
Jesus Araiza 22 7.70% 27.20% 0.157 0.228 0.216 36
Infielders Pat Blair 23 8.30% 19.70% 0.288 0.346 0.446 139
Kean Wong* 20 6.40% 13.60% 0.280 0.322 0.342 102
Carter Burgess 22 4.30% 17.40% 0.182 0.217 0.182 21
Willy Adames* 19 11.20% 25.50% 0.294 0.371 0.417 140
Outfielders Yoel Araujo 22 4.50% 34.80% 0.228 0.265 0.323 77
Grady Sizemore 32 6.70% 20.00% 0.214 0.267 0.429 108
Marty Gantt 25 12.80% 14.60% 0.279 0.378 0.407 142
Granden Goetzman 22 8.40% 15.60% 0.252 0.314 0.324 96
Braxton Lee 21 9.70% 17.10% 0.277 0.354 0.298 104
Promoted Jace Conrad 22 4.10% 12.90% 0.292 0.332 0.482 135
Pitching Name Age W L ERA FIP IP K% BB% GS G
Starters Taylor Guerrieri* 22 1 0 3.22 1.70 22.1 25.60% 4.40% 5 7
German Marquez* 20 4 6 3.34 3.42 72.2 16.80% 5.70% 12 14
Buddy Borden 23 7 3 2.18 2.78 66 20.20% 8.20% 7 15
Christopher Kirsch 23 4 3 2.28 3.44 75 16.30% 7.80% 12 14
Relievers Eduar Quinonez 25 0 1 9.00 4.82 10 12.80% 10.60% 1 6
Kyle Mckenzie 24 5 2 3.74 2.85 21.2 17.00% 8.50% 0 14
Brad Schreiber 24 0 2 1.52 3.08 29.2 23.90% 8.60% 0 26
Steve Ascher 21 4 0 1.56 3.19 34.2 11.60% 6.80% 0 18
Josh Kimborowicz 23 1 0 1.57 2.44 23 22.20% 3.30% 0 21
Jeffrey Ames 24 1 2 3.38 3.59 29.1 19.40% 10.90% 0 16
Isaac Gil 23 1 2 3.14 2.83 28.2 12.80% 5.60% 0 17
Promoted Brent Honeywell* 20 4 4 2.91 2.45 65 29.00% 4.60% 12 12
Notes top-30 Prospect*

Last year around this time. The Rays system looked barren and bleak, but with a couple of trades and several good draft selections, it's now thriving.