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Adames among Rays minor league players of the month

The Rays’ top prospect broke out in June following a slow start to the season

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Now that short-season affiliates are underway, the player and pitcher of the month slate expands to four. With a record 79 total votes, Durham shortstop Willy Adames was voted the full-season player of the month, Princeton catcher Ronaldo Hernandez the short-season player of the month, Travis Ott the full-season pitcher of the month, and Austin Franklin the short-season pitcher of the month.

In full-season player voting, all eight choices received votes. Adames led with 34 of them for 43 percent of the vote. In June, he hit three home runs and raised his on-base percentage 58 points.

May’s player of the month, Charlotte second baseman Brandon Lowe, finished in a distant second place with 12 votes.

Hernandez received 17 votes for short-season player of the month. The Colombian had five extra-base hits in 34 June plate appearances in the Appalachian League.

Hudson Valley second baseman Vidal Brujan and GCL Rays outfielder Jake Stone each had 16 votes.

It was the lefty Ott earning full-season pitcher of the month honors with 31 votes, good for 39.2 percent of the total. Over his final two starts in the month, he struck out 13 and didn’t walk anyone.

Another lefty, Genesis Cabrera, finished in second with 24 votes.

With 38 votes, Franklin led all players in all four polls. He struck out one-third of opposing batters in 9 13 June innings.

GCL Rays righty Wanderson Linares placed second with 18 votes.