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State of the System: Tampa Bay Rays

Arozarena brings the thunder while Rays await Franco's debut
December 21, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year,'s State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021.

Ryan, McClanahan pitch Stone Crabs to sweep

Charlotte takes pair from Palm Beach
August 2, 2019

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (August 2, 2019) - Joe Ryan and Shane McClanahan both pitched tremendously Friday, leading the Stone Crabs to 2-1 and 4-1 wins over the Palm Beach Cardinals at Charlotte Sports Park.  In a continuation game that started tied 1-1 in the top of the fourth, Ryan (5-2)

Kiermaier leads rally in 6-3 victory over Threshers

McClanahan fans 10 over six innings in win
July 27, 2019

CLEARWATER, Fla. (July 27, 2019) - Kevin Kiermaier delivered the game-winning hit in the ninth inning Saturday, completing the Stone Crabs' rally in a 6-3 win over the Clearwater Threshers at Spectrum Field. With the game tied 3-3 in the top of the ninth, Stone Crabs (63-41, 28-10) left fielder

McClanahan, Franco homer sinks St. Lucie 2-1

Charlotte lefty retires 18 straight batters
10:57 PM EDT

PORT SAINT LUCIE, Fla. (July 16, 2019) - Shane McClanahan spun another gem and Wander Franco delivered a game-winning home run in the Charlotte Stone Crabs' 2-1 victory over the St. Lucie Mets at First Data Field Tuesday.McClanahan (5-0) turned in the second longest outing of his career, allowing just

Stone Crabs sweep multi-day doubleheader from Fire Frogs

McClanahan, Woods Jr. pitch Charlotte to seventh straight wins
July 10, 2019

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (July 10, 2019) - Shane McClanahan and Stephen Woods Jr. both spun gems for the Charlotte Stone Crabs, leading Charlotte to a multi-day doubleheader sweep of the Florida Fire Frogs at Osceola County Stadium. After a three hour and 17-minute rain delay Tuesday afternoon, the Stone Crabs (51-35,

Smith, Franco lead Stone Crabs past St. Lucie 9-3

Charlotte matches season high in doubles in victory
July 2, 2019

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (July 2, 2019) - Michael Smith and Wander Franco both lined two doubles Tuesday, leading the Charlotte Stone Crabs to a 9-3 win over the St. Lucie Mets at Charlotte Sports Park. The Stone Crabs (45-35, 10-4) matched as season high in doubles, notching six two-baggers in

Franco homer lifts Crabs past Miracle 2-1

McClanahan goes seven strong in homecoming
June 28, 2019

FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 27, 2019) - Wander Franco's two-run home run was just enough for the Charlotte Stone Crabs to sweep the Fort Myers Miracle with a 2-1 win at Hammond Stadium Thursday.Stone Crabs (42-34, 7-3) left-hander Shane McClanahan (2-0) took care of business on the mound, allowing just

McClanahan, Stone Crabs tame Tigers 4-0 in homecoming

Charlotte notches shutout for third straight night
June 20, 2019

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (June 20, 2019) - Shane McClanahan struck out seven and did not allow a run Thursday, leading the Charlotte Stone Crabs to a 4-0 victory over the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Charlotte Sports Park.McClanahan (1-0) allowed only three hits over 6.1 scoreless innings, earning a win in

Rays' McClanahan fans 10 in FSL debut

No. 11 prospect sets career high in K's in first Charlotte start
June 12, 2019

Ask Shane McClanahan what stood out about his Class A Advanced Charlotte debut Wednesday, and his answer is quick and decisive. It's the first time his parents, James and Lisa, got to see him pitch as a pro."When the game starts, I'm focused on what I have to do, but

Hernandez' big day leads Crabs to split

McClanahan strikes out 10 in High-A debut
June 12, 2019

BRADENTON, Fla. (June 12, 2019) - Stone Crabs catcher Ronaldo Hernandez reached base or drove in a run in six of his eight plate appearances Wednesday, leading the Stone Crabs to a 5-3 win in the first game of a doubleheader with the Bradenton Marauders at LECOM Park.Hernandez reached base

Franco Has Two Hits in 2-1 Loss to South Bend

Bowling Green scores in the ninth, but drops second straight to Cubs
June 5, 2019

Wander Franco swatted two hits and Shane McClanahan allowed just three hits over 5.0 innings of two-run ball, but a ninth-inning rally by the Bowling Green Hot Rods fell short once again as they fell 2-1 to the South Bend Cubs on Wednesday night. The Hot Rods will seek to

Eight Hot Rods Selected to 2019 Midwest League All-Star Game

Four position players, four pitchers selected for All-Star festivities in South Bend, IN
June 5, 2019

Bowling Green, KY- The Bowling Green Hot Rods, Class-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Midwest League announced that eight players have been selected to the 2019 Midwest League Eastern Division All-Star Roster on Wednesday. Four position players, three of which will start, and four pitchers will take

Witherspoon's Three-Run Homer Not Enough in 8-5 Loss

Hot Rods allow five runs in the ninth inning as seven-game winning streak is snapped
May 29, 2019

Great Lakes scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning, erasing a three-run homer from Grant Witherspoon and clutch eighth-inning hits from Wander Franco and Chris Betts to snap Bowling Green's seven-game winning streak. The Hot Rods fell to 32-21 ahead of the rubber game of the series,

Hot Rods Even Series With 3-1 Win Over Lake County

Bowling Green takes second game of series against first-place Captains
May 17, 2019

Shane McClanahan struck out nine over 5.2 innings of one-run ball and the Bowling Green Hot Rods scored all three of their runs in the fifth inning of a 3-1 victory on Friday night over the Lake County Captains. The Hot Rods improve to 23-18 ahead of Saturday night's 6:35

Hot Rods Pitching K's 17 in 3-2 Win over Clinton

Hot Rods even series behind clutch strikeouts and late score
May 10, 2019

The Bowling Green Hot Rods broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning and got a season-high 17 strikeouts from three pitchers to even the series against the Clinton LumberKings with a 3-2 victory on Friday night at Bowling Green Ballpark. The Hot Rods improved to 20-15 ahead of the

Bootleggers Strikeout 15, Halt Peoria Streak in 3-0 Win

Bowling Green win traveling trophy in Battle for the Barrel
May 4, 2019

Peoria, IL- Bowling Green Bootleggers pitching struck out 15 total Peoria Distillers in a 3-0 shutout win on Saturday night to end Peoria's six-game winning streak and tie the three-game series at one apiece. Bowling Green improves to 17-12 with the win and will play the series finale with a

Hot Rods Shutout 4-0 on Friday Night Loss

Wander Franco extends hit streak to 12 games
April 26, 2019

Wander Franco extended his hitting streak to 12 games on Friday night as the Hot Rods fell 4-0 to Lansing at Bowling Green Ballpark. The Hot Rods fell to 12-10 ahead of Saturday night's contest, which will have a 6:35 p.m. first pitch.

McClanahan K's Nine in Hot Rods 3-2 Win

2018 First rounder sets career-high in season opening win
April 4, 2019

Dayton, OH- Shane McClanahan struck out nine over five scoreless innings in the Bowling Green Hot Rods' 3-2 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Thursday night at Fifth Third Field. The Hot Rods are 1-0 and will face the Dragons in the second game of the series on Friday with

Rays promote Liberatore, McClanahan

Tampa Bay sends top two picks to Princeton for playoff run
August 24, 2018

The Princeton Rays, led by Appalachian League MVP Wander Franco, have already locked up a spot in their circuit's postseason. On Friday, their parent club gave them two big reinforcements.The Rays have promoted 2018 first-round Draft picks Matthew Liberatore and Shane McClanahan, both left-handers, from the Gulf Coast League to