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Rays 2015 minor league All-Star voting: Right-handed pitcher

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We're nearing the end of this series

The Rays already have some nice right-handed starters
The Rays already have some nice right-handed starters
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Now that the position players are done, we'll select three pitchers: a righty, a lefty, and a reliever. Do we actually need to vote for the lefty, though? If you have any desire to be contrarian and vote for someone besides Blake Snell, let me know.

There was no pattern to use when choosing players. Obviously, one righty per team would not be enough, so I looked for pitchers that appeared to have competent seasons, with each affiliate guaranteed to be represented.

As always, please don't vote more than once.

Blake Bivens (6-0, 2.78 earned-run average, 1.29 WHIP, 8.7 hits allowed per nine innings, 18.3% strikeout rate, 7.7% walk rate in 55 innings pitched for Rookie-level Princeton)

The 20-year-old Bivens showed improvement in his first full pro season, although it was spent in a short-season league. The former fourth-round pick maintained a fringe-average strikeout rate and reduced his walk rate.

Buddy Borden (9-7, 2.97 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 7.4 H/9, 17.9 K%, 10.9 BB% in 127 1/3 IP for Class A-Advanced Charlotte)

Borden, who was acquired by the Rays in the Sean Rodriguez trade, swung between the rotation and bullpen for Charlotte, with 17 of his 18 appearances coming as a starter. The 23-year-old's ERA in the rotation was 2.79 compared to 3.41 out of the bullpen, but his strikeout rate was lower as a starter, which would probably be the case for most pitchers.

Henry Centeno (8-8, 3.89 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 8.7 H/9, 17.3 K%, 8.9 BB% in 122 2/3 IP for Class-A Bowling Green)

Centeno, 21, carved up the Gulf Coast League in his stateside debut in 2014, and he jumped straight to full-season ball for 2015. His strikeout and walk rates both went in the wrong direction, reflecting the difficult adjustment it can be moving up to a full-season league for the first time.

Yonny Chirinos (5-5, 1.82 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 8.1 H/9, 20.1 K%, 3.1 BB% in 79 1/3 IP for Short-season Hudson Valley, Class-A Bowling Green and Class A-Advanced Charlotte)

The 21-year-old Chirinos has pitched well his entire career, but he really jumped on the with a dominant stretch in 2015. In 15 innings for the Renegades, he yielded just one earned run, and five of his first six starts with Bowling Green were quality starts, with the other being an outing of five scoreless innings.

Jacob Faria (17-4, 1.92 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 6.2 H/9, 27.2 K%, 8.9 BB% in 143 2/3 IP for Class A-Advanced Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery)

Much attention was paid to Snell, and for good reason, this season, but another member of the occasionally maligned 2011 draft class saw his stock explode too. Faria, 22, struck out batters at a greater rate than he had in the past, especially after his midseason promotion to Montgomery.

Dylan Floro (9-12, 5.02 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 10.9 H/9, 14.2 K%, 3.7 BB% in 132 2/3 IP for Triple-A Durham)

For the first time in his professional career, the 24-year-old Floro ran into a bump in the road. He still threw a ton of strikes, but his groundball rate did drop from 62.2% to 52.2%. Still, he tended to keep the ball in the park even though contact against him was probably harder than it has been in previous seasons.

Taylor Guerrieri (5-3, 1.85 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 7.5 H/9, 22.4 K%, 5.9 BB% in 78 IP for Class A-Advanced Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery)

The Rays finally unleashed Guerrieri in May after an aborted return from his elbow surgery with the GCL Rays at the end of 2014. The 22-year-old's workload was still extremely limited, but he remained as effective as he was before the operation.

Greg Harris (8-9, 2.57 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 8.4 H/9, 21.1 K%, 8.2 BB% in 122 2/3 IP for Class-A Bowling Green and Class A-Advanced Charlotte)

Harris, another offseason acquisition, was on fire to start the season for the Hot Rods. The 21-year-old was repeating the level after throwing 87 innings for the Dodgers' affiliate in the Midwest League in 2014, and his ERA was much better even if some of the underlying numbers were not.

Brent Honeywell (9-6, 3.18 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 7.5 H/9, 24.6 K%, 5.1 BB% in 130 1/3 IP for Class-A Bowling Green and Class A-Advanced Charlotte)

Honeywell, 20, is more than just a screwball. Using his deep arsenal of pitches, he was third among Rays minor league righties in strikeouts this season. After a rough start with the Stone Crabs, he did not allow more than three runs in his last 10 starts.

German Marquez (7-13, 3.56 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 9.5 H/9, 17.5 K%, 4.9 BB% in 139 IP with Class A-Advanced Charlotte)

Marquez did not quite live up to his second-half breakout with Bowling Green in 2014, but the 20-year-old still showed some signs of improvement. His FIP actually took a small dip thanks to improved walk and home run rates. No pitcher aged 20 or younger threw as many innings as him in the Florida State League.

Spencer Moran (3-1, 3.12 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 7.4 H/9, 22.5 K%, 6.7 BB% in 52 IP for Rookie-level Princeton)

Moran, 19, was among a trio of prep arms the Rays drafted and signed in 2014 pitching for Princeton, and he may have been the best. In 69 pro innings, he has only allowed one home run. The 11th-round pick is one to watch.

Jared Mortensen (9-5, 3.68 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 8.3 H/9, 20.7 K%, 7.3 BB% in 127 1/3 IP for Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham)

As a 27-year-old signing out of independent ball, Mortensen has to embrace a do-everything role in the organization. In 2015, he did just that, bouncing between the bullpen and rotation and pitching at two different levels. He rebounded after a tough 2014 and won a gold medal in the Pan-Am Games as a member of Team Canada.

Benton Moss (2-3, 2.93 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 8.3 H/9, 28.5 K%, 4.3 BB% in 58 1/3 innings for Short-season Hudson Valley)

Moss, 22, was the first starter the Rays drafted in June. After starting his pro career with four appearances out of the Renegades' bullpen, he settled into his familiar role in the rotation. In 49 2/3 innings as a starter, he struck out 55 and walked just seven.

Jose Mujica (2-4, 3.18 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 8.2 H/9, 16.4 K%, 3.9 BB% in 65 IP with Rookie-level Princeton and Class-A Bowling Green)

A foot injury ensured that 2014 was essentially a lost season for the 19-year-old Mujica, but time is still on his side. Although his strikeout rate was a bit low, the Venezuelan who signed for $1 million in 2012 was effective at two levels and struck out seven in six scoreless innings in his final start of the season.

Adrian Navas (0-1, 3.04 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 8.1 H/9, 21.2 K%, 11.5 BB% in 26 2/3 IP for the GCL Rays)

On a GCL Rays team with few highlights, Navas, 19, occasionally pitched well. After starting his season dominating the Venezuelan Summer League, he threw some decent innings in his stateside debut.

Chris Pike (10-7, 3.13 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 8.6 H/9, 15.8 K%, 5.9 BB% in 129 1/3 IP for Class-A Bowling Green)

The 23-year-old Pike pitched well for the Hot Rods, throwing a lot of strikes. He was a ninth-round pick in 2014 but saw his strikeout rate dip over five percent from his pro debut.

Roel Ramirez (4-3, 2.97 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 8.7 H/9, 15.3 K%, 3.9 BB% in 69 2/3 IP for Short-season Hudson Valley)

Ramirez, 20, has slowly moved up the ladder since being drafted in 2013. In his first season entirely spent in the rotation, he continued to throw a lot of strikes. In his pro debut, his FIP for the GCL Rays was 3.50. The last two seasons, it was 3.36.

Austin Pruitt (10-7, 3.09 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 9.0 H/9, 18.5 K%, 5.8 BB% in 160 IP for Double-A Montgomery)

Pruitt was one of the more effective pitchers in the Southern League. The 26-year-old led the league in innings, and he only allowed three home runs in those 160 innings. His groundball rate is not quite what Floro's is, but he is somewhat similar.

Jaime Schultz (9-5, 3.67 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 7.0 H/9, 28.7 K%, 15.4 BB% in 135 IP for Double-A Montgomery)

Schultz's walk rate continued to be far too high. In a two-start span, the 24-year-old pitched 6 1/3 innings and had a slash line of .143/.500/.143 against, thanks to 14 walks. In his final eight appearances, his walk rate was an improved 11.7%, and he continued to punch out a lot of batters.

Angel Yepez (5-3, 2.97 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 8.6 H/9, 20.2 K%, 5.2 BB% in 60 2/3 IP for Short-season Hudson Valley)

Yepez, 20, was solid for the Renegades after splitting 2014 between the VSL and GCL. He posted a career-best strikeout rate, continued to limit free passes and kept the ball in the park, only allowing one home run.

Past Winners

  • Catcher: Justin O'Conner
  • First base: Jake Bauers
  • Second base: Kean Wong
  • Shortstop: Daniel Robertson
  • Third base: Richie Shaffer
  • Left field: Joey Rickard
  • Center field: Boog Powell
  • Right field: Taylor Motter