Baseball America named Tampa Bay Rays prospect Blake Snell from Shorewood High School in Shoreline their 2015 Minor League Player of the Year.

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Baseball America named Tampa Bay Rays prospect Blake Snell from Shorewood High School in Shoreline their 2015 Minor League Player of the Year.

“Last year, Blake was just another pitching prospect, but he combined development strides with performance like no one else in the minors in 2015,” said John Manuel, editor-in-chief of Baseball America. “His season ranks with the best performances by a pitcher in the last decade, as he was stingy with runs and profligate with strikeouts.”

The left-handed Snell, 22, had a 1.41 earned-run average with 163 strikeouts and 53 walks in 134 innings split between High Class A, Class AA and Class AAA. He allowed one earned run or less in 19 of his 23 starts. Snell’s 1.41 ERA is the lowest in the minors by a full-time starting pitcher since Justin Verlander had a 1.29 ERA in 2005.

The Rays selected Snell in the supplemental first round of the 2011 draft. Snell received a $684,000 signing bonus as the 52nd overall pick.

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