Rays prospect Blake Snell named Baseball America minor league player of the year


Baseball America announced its annual minor league player of the year award and the winner is Rays prospect Blake Snell, a 22-year-old left-hander and 2011 first-round draft pick who dominated three different levels this season.

Snell began the season at high Single-A Charlotte, got a quick promotion to Double-A Montgomery, and then finished the year at Triple-A Durham. Combined at all three stops he went 15-4 with a 1.41 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 134 innings.

Snell is the fourth Rays prospect to win the BA award, following Rocco Baldelli, Delmon Young, and Jeremy Hellickson. Last year’s winner was Cubs prospect Kris Bryant, who’s the favorite to be this year’s NL Rookie of the Year.