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Who are the Rays’ minor league player and pitcher of the month?

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Take this poll to determine the best players in the organization in June

MLB: Spring Training-Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees
Willy Adames is congratulated for his Player of the Month nomination
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April’s winners were Patrick Leonard and Peter Bayer. May’s were Brandon Lowe and Yonny Chirinos. Can Lowe become the first two-time winner?

There may be some tough omissions, so I left an option for other if there’s someone you feel I really made a mistake not including. For pitchers, I tried to include some relievers so it’s not just starters.

Please vote using whatever criteria you want to. If you prefer a top prospect gets extra credit, vote that way. If you don’t care about a player’s prospect status, ignore his prospect status. It’s all for fun.

Position players

SS Willy Adames: 118 PA, .350/.449/.550, 19 R, 11 XBH, 3 HR, 12 RBI

The team’s top prospect, Adames got off to a slow start in April and May. He hit three home runs after only hitting one in each of the first two months, and his on-base percentage improved 58 points.

OF/1B Jake Bauers: 112 PA, .326/.420/.505, 16 R, 9 2B, 12 XBH, 17 RBI, 6/6 SB

Bauers piled up nine multi-hit games in June, including five of his first seven. His nine doubles were tied for the organization lead, and he set a new career high with six steals in a month.

OF Eleardo Cabrera: 80 PA, .375/.474/.500, 10 R, 6 XBH, 6 RBI

Cabrera is not the feature attraction in Bowling Green’s outfield, but he’s quietly had a nice season in the Midwest League. His .375 average led all full-season hitters in the organization.

IF Grant Kay: 91 PA, .325/.396/.525, 12 R, 11 XBH, 8 RBI, 3/3 SB

With 11 more extra-base hits in June, Kay is just one away from tying his career high for a season. In a game early in the month, he hit three doubles.

1B Dalton Kelly: 102 PA, .368/.450/.517, 14 R, 9 XBH, 11 RBI

Acquired in the offseason trade that sent Taylor Motter and Richie Shaffer to Seattle, Kelly was a steady performer for Charlotte and earned a promotion to Double A, where he got off to a hot start for Montgomery.

2B Brandon Lowe: 61 PA, .351/.377/.596, 17 R, 10 XBH, 9 RBI

Lowe’s .974 OPS in June was actually his lowest in a month this season. Despite his continued success, he walked just twice, his fewest for any month in his career.

OF/1B Joe McCarthy: 111 PA, .307/.450/.466, 18 R, 9 2B, 11 XBH, 10 RBI, 8/9 SB

McCarthy’s nine doubles were tied with Bauers for most in the organization. It was the third time in his career he drew more walks (20) than strikeouts (18).

2B Robbie Tenerowicz: 71 PA, .328/.423/.508, 9 R, 7 XBH, 7 RBI

He didn’t hit with quite the power he showed in May, but Tenerowicz had another big month for Bowling Green. He has increased his number of doubles in each month so far this season.

2B Jonathan Aranda: 19 PA, .389/.368/.444, 0 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2/2 SB

After making his U.S. debut with Princeton, Aranda went back to the Gulf Coast League where he hit in all four games he played in June.

2B Vidal Brujan: 38 PA, .375/.474/.594, 9 R, 4 XBH, 3 RBI

Brujan has hit wherever the Rays have assigned him in his young pro career. In 2015, he drew 38 walks and struck out just 16 times.

1B Devin Davis: 36 PA, .325/.389/.516, 2 R, 4 XBH, 5 RBI

Davis was a 25th-round pick with promise in 2015. In his second go-around with Princeton, he’s off to a nice start.

OF Emilio Gustave: 43 PA, .308/.372/.513, 6 R, 4 XBH, 2 HR, 9 RBI

In addition to his nice start with Hudson Valley, Gustave had a pair of three-hit games in a brief stint with Bowling Green in May.

C Ronaldo Hernandez: 34 PA, .419/.441/.645, 6 R, 5 XBH, 5 RBI

Hernandez has shown his nice plate approach with Princeton, and the Rays hope the Colombian’s extra-base-hit barrage means he’s tapping into his power potential.

OF Jake Stone: 19 PA, .316/.350/.368, 0 R, 1 2B, 0 RBI

Stone was an undrafted free agent from Fresno State. The GCL Rays outfielder hit 11 home runs in his senior season for the Bulldogs.


LHP Genesis Cabrera: 18 IP, 1.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 28.4 K%, 4.5 BB%

Cabrera only made three starts in May, but that included a promotion to Montgomery and an impressive Double-A debut.

RHP Diego Castillo: 13 13 IP, 2.70 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 23.2 K%, 8.9 BB%

Castillo can reach 100 mph with his fastball, and that kind of stuff landed him a spot in Sunday’s Futures Game.

RHP Deivy Mendez: 10 IP, 1.80 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 33.3 K%, 14.3 BB%

Mendez was a smaller international signing when the Rays landed Jose Mujica, David Rodriguez and Jose Castillo. His strikeout and walk rates both jump out.

RHP Benton Moss: 31 1/3 IP, 2.01 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 20.0 K%, 2.4 BB%

After starting the season on the DL, Moss hit the ground running with Charlotte and now Montgomery.

RHP Jose Mujica: 36 2/3 IP, 2.95 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 15.8 K%, 5.9 BB%

Before he got rocked on June 30, Mujica was having an even better month with a 1.67 ERA in five starts.

LHP Travis Ott: 21 23 IP, 1.66 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 32.9 K%, 10.6 BB%

It took a while for Ott to make it to full-season ball, but it did take as much time for him to get promoted to Charlotte. He struck out 13 and walked none over his last two starts.

RHP Reimin Ramos: 12 13 IP, 2.19 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 19.6 K%, 8.7 BB%

Ramos, a former outfielder, has seen his strikeout rate fluctuate throughout his career. The Rays hope it inches up closer to his 2016 mark.

LHP Ryan Yarbrough: 38 IP, 3.08 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 25.5 K%, 6.5 BB%

Yarbrough has had persistent problems with the longball this season, but he kept his last three opponents in the yard and limited them to a 0.98 ERA.

RHP Juan Carlos Arias: 5 13 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 30.0 K%, 5.0 BB%

Arias is a former third baseman making a transition to the mound. He’s off to a nice start in 2017.

RHP Austin Franklin: 9 13 IP, 1.93 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 33.3 K%, 15.4 BB%

Franklin looks like he could be a great third-round pick from the 2016 draft.

RHP Miguel Lara: 5 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.60 WHIP, 44.4 K%, 11.1 BB%

In his stateside debut, Lara has shown the stuff that earned him a $230,000 bonus.

RHP Wanderson Linares: 22 IP, 0.82 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 24.2 K%, 6.6 BB%

Linares was off to a good start to 2017 in the Dominican Summer League, and that carried over to the U.S. in his GCL debut.

RHP Riley O’Brien: 6 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.33 WHIP, 40.0 K%, 0.0 BB%

O’Brien was a eighth-round pick from the College of Idaho and appears to be a part of Princeton’s rotation moving forward.

RHP Mikey York: 11 IP, 1.64 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 24.4 K%, 7.3 BB%

York joins Franklin as 2016 draft picks in Hudson Valley’s rotation.