Blake Snell

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Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect Blake Snell has been named Minor League Player of the Year by USA Today.

The lefty went 15-4 with a 1.41 ERA in 25 appearances (23 starts) at three levels this year, including 6-2 with a 1.83 ERA in nine triple-A starts.

Snell is no stranger to awards, having been named the Rays’ minor league pitcher of the year in 2014. But the dominance this season was a bit of a surprised as he entered the year as just the No. 12-ranked prospect in the organization and no major publication had him ranked higher than No. 10 entering the year.

“When I got home, they got on me because I wasn’t working out. I was laying around and resting,” Snell told USA Today. “They said if you want to have a big year, you have to start working out and taking it more seriously … My dad and my brother said, ‘Cool, you won (Rays pitcher of the year),’ but now you need to grow up and take your body seriously. They thought I could be better. They said you don’t know what kind of talent you have, you can be better.”

Snell won’t be called up this year and he almost certainly will be in triple-A to start the 2016 season. But based on his dominance this year, it would seem a safe bet that we will see him in the Rays’ rotation at some point next season.

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3 Comments

  1. Geoff Peterson says:

    Nice job kid. Looking forward to seeing him in the bigs next year

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  2. edward williams says:

    already talking about his free agency years ,lol, i swear sometimes i think it is only this team, i know its not it just seems that way. Nice to see though, cant wait to see him too.

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  3. Dave L says:

    So far so good with the 52nd overall pick in 2011. As a high schooler its always more of a crap shoot but this one is on track.

    And a lefty no less!

    Healthy Archer-Moore-Cobb-Smyly-Odo late August rotation + sprinkle in some Snell would be formidable!

    But in the 21st century with the fragility of the groomed from grade school thouroughbred MLB under 29 pitcher makes it a longshot to ever materialize in reality.

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