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September 30, 2015

Chris Archer Throws Seven Shutout Innings In Biscuits Win

Chris Archer improved to 5-6 on the season with a great start in the Biscuits 4-0 win over the Smokies.  He gave up four hits and four walks with two strikeouts in seven shutout innings. Zachary Quate got the final two outs of the game and he picked up save number 17.

Kyeong Kang hit a solo home run, drew a walk and he scored twice.  John Shelby went three for four with a double and two runs.

Matt Moore Strikes Out Thirteen In Bulls Win

Matt Moore improved to 1-0 on the season with a really nice start in the Bulls 4-0 win over the Braves. He gave up three hits and two walks with thirteen strikeouts in eight shutout innings.

Reid Brignac went three for four with a run.  Ray Olmedo went two for four with a double and a run.

September 28, 2015

Alexander Torres Throws Five Solid Innings In Bulls Win

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Alexander Torres improved to 3-5 on the season with a really nice start in the Bulls 8-1 win over the Braves.  He gave up a run on three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in five innings.

Desmond Jennings went one for four with a walk, two RBIs and two runs.  Russ Canzler went doubled and drove in two runs.

Matt Moore Throws No-Hitter

Matt Moore improved to 5-3 on the season with a no-hitter.  He struck out eleven and walked two in the 8-0 win.

Stephen Vogt went three for five with a double, three RBIs and a run.  Shawn O’Malley went three for four with a walk, two runs and an RBI.

September 21, 2015

Brian Baker Throws Six Shutout Innings In Bulls Win

Brian Baker improved to 1-2 on the season with a nice start in the Bulls 4-0 win over the Chiefs.  He gave up a hit and two walks with six strikeouts in six shutout innings.  Chris Bootcheck picked up the save with three shutout innings and he struck out four.

Ray Olmedo went one for two with two RBIs and a walk.  Russ Canzler went one for three with a run and an RBI.

September 16, 2015

Rays Minors April Summary

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The Durham Bulls top the Rays minor league affiliates and for them it’s been so far, so good with a 14-11 record.  That’s good for second place, just a half game behind the first place Braves.  Brandon Guyer has been one of the top hitters with a 1.040 OPS and he leads the team with five home runs.  Alexander Torres has been mowing down batters and he’s 2-2 with 33 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings.

The Biscuits sit at 11-13 and they’re in third place in their division.  Stephen Vogt has been the best of the regular hitters.  He has 26 hits and 15 RBIs with a .914 slugging.  Pitching has been a problem because most of the starters have an ERA over 5.00.

Charlotte is just 9-15 on the season.  No hitter has more then two home runs but Greg Sexton has 22 RBIs.  Alex Koronis is 1-0 with 26 strikeouts and a 3.86 ERA in 25 2/3 innings.  Bowling Green is 13-10 and Lucas Bailey has been on of their top hitters.  C.J. Riefenhauser has been one of the better pitchers with a 2.74 ERA in 23 innings.

September 11, 2015

Rays Affiliates Openers

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Here is a rundown of when the Rays’ full season minor league affiliates open up their season:

Durham Bulls – April 7 at Gwinnett
Montgomery Biscuits – April 7 against Birmingham at home
Charlotte Stone Crabs – April 7 against Broward at home
Bowling Green Hot Rods – April 7 at Dayton

And I know they’re not the hottest ticket, but I still have to pick out some Rays Tickets for this season.  I know they dumped some players but I still like their talent with all of the good young players they have.

September 4, 2015

Rays Top Eleven Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein took a look at the Rays stacked system as his top eleven prospect series winds down.  Of course Jeremy Hellickson comes in at number one but he’s joined by two other five star prospects and a pair of four prospects.  Goldstein does hedge a little and he says the Rays lack their normal prospect depth but with all of the draft picks in the pipeline, the Rays are bound to do some restocking.

Number two is Matt Moore, the hard throwing lefty in the system.  Moore dominated High-A and he’ll face his biggest challenge yet with a full season at Double-A in 2011.  He also talked about his second half (130 strikeouts in 84 innings) and he projects Moore to be with the big league club in 2012.

Number three is Desmond Jennings.  It looked like Jennings was going to replace Carl Crawford in the outfield but now he could be relegated to a fourth outfielder with the signing of Johnny Damon.  There’s also a chance he spends the first month or so with Durham so he can get regular playing time.  Chris Archer (close to major league ready, right handed pitcher) and Jake McGee (lefty closer in waiting, should make the Rays out of camp) round out the top five.

August 28, 2015

Restocking the System

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A lot of top talent has left the Rays organization this off season and while the Rays are probably going to take a hit, it’s also likely the Rays will see some solid new talent enter the organization.  Kevin Goldstein wrote about this last week and the Rays are set to get 12 picks between numbers 24 and 89 in the draft.  They’ve done a nice job in the past with their draft picks so hopefully they’ll be able to keep it up.

Goldstein also talks about how much it’s going to cost to sign all of these guys and it’s not a small number.  Of course that’s the price of doing what the Rays have done (loading up and having a couple of good seasons then letting everyone go) so hopefully it turns out to be a good long term strategy.

August 21, 2015

Rays Top Ten Prospects

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I had a chance to read through the scouting reports for Baseball America’s top ten Rays prospects.  There’s no surprise that Jeremy Hellickson is number one.  He’s not only major league ready, he’s had some success at the big league level when he finished the season with the team.  The only thing that keeps people from penciling in Hellickson into the rotation is all of the arms the Rays have.  Still, he should start the season in the back of the rotation but he could be a future ace.

The hard throwing Matt Moore comes in at number two.  Moore struck out 208 145 innings and it’ll be interesting to see what this guy can do in Double-A.  Again, the big problem is too much pitching, which when you think about it, really isn’t a problem, it’s a luxury most teams wish they had.

Number three is top postion player, Desmond Jennings.  The outfielder put up solid numbers at Durham and got his cub of coffee.  If things work out right, Jennings will hopefully make people forget Carl Crawford in a few years.  Jake McGee (lefty, major league ready) and Josh Sale (Rays top pick in 2010) round out the top five.

August 16, 2015

Bulls Bid for Governors Cup Ends In Blowout Loss to Clippers

It was a great season but the Durham Bulls fell just short of winning the Governors Cup as they lost to the Columbus Clippers 13-2 in game four of the International League finals.  Things got ugly pretty quickly and Paul Phillips gave up four runs before he was pulled in the second inning.  Darin Downs also gave up four runs.

Chris Richard led the way at the plate.  He went two for four with a double and an RBI.  J.J. Furmaniak went two for five with an RBI.

August 15, 2015

Bulls Held to Six Hits In Loss to Red Wings

Durham lost to Rochester 5-2 and while the pitching wasn’t anything to write home about, the hitting was even worse.  Durham managed just two runs on six hits and Chris Nowack led the way.  He went two for four and he scored one of those two runs.

James Houser had a decent enough start and he gave up two runs in five innings before the pen lost it.  Chad Orvella continued his struggles and he gave up three runs in three innings an he fell to 0-1.

I’m torn.  Softball is in full gear and I need a new mitt.  I’m torn between a Rawlings glove and a Nokona baseball glove.  I found a good price for both at Baseball Rampage but can’t make up my mind as to which to pick up.