CLASS AAA, DURHAM BULLS
International League South
(34-34, second place, 5.5 GB)
RHP Jeff Niemann gave up one hit, an infield single, in 6.1 innings to win Thursday and pitched seven innings of one-run ball in his last start, a victory June 9. He’s 6-4 with a 3.66 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 76.1 innings this year.
2B Elliot Johnson is hitting .191 with 62 strikeouts in 62 games.
RF Justin Ruggiano is 2-for-20 in his last six games. He’s hitting .289 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs this year.
LHP Jon Switzer has an 0.68 ERA in 11 appearances. In 13.1 innings, he’s allowed 14 hits and five walks.
RHP Jae Kuk Ryu has allowed three hits and one run over five innings in each of his last two starts. He walked none and struck out seven to win Friday.
3B Joel Guzman has a .319 average in June, pushing his season numbers to .244 with 30 RBIs.
HIGH-CLASS A, VERO BEACH DEVIL RAYS
Florida State League Eastern
(34-33, tied for second, 5 GB)
LHP Jake McGee is winless in his last five starts after giving up three runs (none earned) in a 5.2-inning no-decision last Sunday. He’s 4-2 with a 2.42 ERA.
3B Patrick Cottrell entered the FSL All-Star break with a nine-game hit streak in which he was 13-of-37 with nine runs scored. He’s hitting .292 this season.
RHP Jeff Kamrath totaled 13 strikeouts Wednesday, allowing one run over 6.2 innings in a no-decision.
LOW-CLASS A, COLUMBUS CATFISH
South Atlantic League Southern
(41-27, second place, 8 GB)
RHP Jeremy Hellickson gave up one hit over six shutout innings Monday and hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts. He’s 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA and has allowed hitters a .197 average.
LF Ryan Royster is hitting .308 with 40 RBIs and 26 extra-base hits.
RHP Wade Townsend served up five home run balls Thursday, allowing eight runs on nine hits in five innings.
Those who strayed from the Rays
3B Rico Washington has a .288 average, five home runs and 13 RBIs for Class AAA Memphis (Cardinals).
IF Jace Brewer is hitting .261 in seven games since being promoted to Class AAA Omaha (Royals).
RHP Carlos Hines has two saves and a 4.97 ERA at Class AAA Fresno (Giants).
RHP Jose Rodriguez is 0-2 with two saves and a 3.99 ERA in 24 appearances at Class AAA Round Rock (Astros).
RHP Jim Magrane has made two starts at Class AAA Columbus (Nationals) and is 0-1 with a 6.30 ERA.
RHP Jean Machi gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning to lose Wednesday for Class AA New Hampshire (Blue Jays). He threw two hitless innings Friday.
C Robinson Cancel is 5-of-20 since being demoted to Class AA Binghamton (Mets).
RHP Gerardo Garcia is 3-3 with a 6.31 ERA for the Puebla Parrots of the Mexican League.
RHP Travis Minix is 3-2 with seven saves, a 2.36 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 34.1 innings for the Macoto Cobras in Taiwan.