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Leonard, Bayer are the Rays’ minor league players of the month

The votes are in, and Patrick Leonard and Peter Bayer were the best the organization had in April

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We received 58 votes, and Durham third baseman Patrick Leonard and Bowling Green right-handed pitcher Peter Bayer were chosen as the Rays’ minor league player and pitcher of the month.

With 25 votes, Leonard won with a strong plurality. He led the organization with 37 hits and 50 total bases. His five steals were second in the organization (Lucius Fox had seven.) His .412 average was first, and his .474 on-base percentage was second (Jake Cronenworth at .490).

Bowling Green infielder Michael Brosseau finished second with eight votes, and Charlotte second baseman Brandon Lowe rounded out the top three with seven votes.

Bayer had 29 votes for an even 50 percent. On a strong Hot Rods pitching staff, he had an impressive 42.6 percent strikeout rate and walked just 5.6 percent of opponents in three appearances (two starts).

Montgomery’s Greg Harris checked in at the No. 2 spot with seven votes, and Durham starters Brent Honeywell and Jacob Faria each had six.