Monday, September 19, 2011

2011 Rays Prospects Reader Choice Players of the Year: Charlotte Stone Crabs

The poll for the RP Readers Choice MVP's for the Charlotte Stone Crabs has closed and here are your results..

Charlotte Stone Crabs Hitter of the Year: Tyler Bortnick
Charlotte Stone Crabs Pitcher of the Year: Alex Colome

Bortnick was a solid performer for the Stone Crabs this season. He broke the franchise record for stolen bases while leading the league in OBP. Bortnick was near the top of all of the Stone Crabs offensive categories, finishing the season hitting .306 with 34 doubles, 7 triples, 4 home runs, 70 RBI's and 43 stolen bases in 132 games for the Stone Crabs. His work was rewarded by being named an FSL mid and post season all-star as well as earning a trip to the prestigious Arizona Fall League. Bortnick was drafted by the Rays in the 16th round out of Coastal Carolina in the 2009 Draft.

Colome was 9-5 with a 3.66 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 19 games with the Stone Crabs this season. He was awarded the FSL pitcher of the week for the week ending May 1. Colome was a member of the FSL mid-season all-star team and was later given a promotion to Double-A Montgomery. Colome was signed by the Rays as a free agent in 2007.

Only 48 readers participated in the Stone Crabs poll. Below are the top five of each category as chosen by the readers of Rays Prospects.

1. Tyler Bortnick (41.67%)
2. Hak-Ju Lee (35.42%)
3. Mark Thomas (8.33%)
4. Greg Sexton (4.17%)
4. Mike Sheridan (4.17%)

1. Alex Colome (35.42%)
2. Kyle Lobstein (25%)
3. Adam Liberatore (10.42%)
3. Jake Thompson (10.42%)
5. Josh Satow (8.33%)

Check back tomorrow for the start of the Montgomery Biscuits poll.

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