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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Williams, Bulls set for Triple-A Championship

Durham has one more big game to win in 2017

MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
Justin Williams closed the season swinging the bat like a top prospect
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On the day of the final game of the minor league season, here are the results from our final monthly player of the month polls:

Full-season player of the month went to Montgomery/Durham outfielder Justin Williams. His Triple-A stats won’t show up anywhere since it’s just been the postseason, but he will have a little experience at the level heading into 2018.

Princeton second baseman Trey Hair was the short-season player of the month. All season, he was one of Princeton’s biggest bats and did it at an up-the-middle position.

The full-season pitcher of the month was Charlotte lefty Travis Ott. He didn’t allow an earned run and was certainly one of the hottest pitchers in minor league baseball to close the season.

Lefty and top draft pick Brendan McKay was the short-season pitcher of the month. His last outing of the season was his best, holding Staten Island scoreless in a must-win playoff game to send Hudson Valley to the championship series, which it later won.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (86-56)

Durham has been off since Friday.


Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Memphis 7:07 p.m. (NBC Sports Network, MiLB.TV)
Ryan Yarbrough (13-6, 3.43) v. Dakota Hudson (1-1, 4.42)

Scouting the opposition

Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis)
Offense: 714 R (7th) .795 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.77 ERA (1st) 1.26 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 prospects: OF Jose Adolis Garcia (3), RHP Dakota Hudson (9), 2B Breyvic Valera (29), OF Tyler O’Neill