Monday, September 26, 2011

2011 Rays Prospects Reader Choice Players of the Year: Durham Bulls

The poll for the RP Readers Choice MVP's for the Durham Bulls has closed and here are the results.

Durham Bulls Hitter of the Year: Russ Canzler
Durham Bulls Pitcher of the Year: Alex Cobb

Canzler had an outstanding 2011 season, earning the International League MVP title. He lead the Bulls in most offensive statistics as well as topped the league in slugging and doubles. Canzler finished the season hitting .314 with 40 doubles, 4 triples, 18 home runs and 83 RBI's. His production earned him a spot on the IL All-Star Team as well as a September call-up to the Tampa Bay Rays. Canzler joined the Rays as a minor league free agent prior to the 2011 season.

Cobb continued to work his way up the organizational ladder by splitting 2011 with the Bulls and the Rays. He began his season with the Bulls, appearing in 12 games with them. In those 12 starts, he compiled a 5-1 record with a 1.87 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 67 1/3 innings pitched. He was then promoted to the Rays where he has spent the remaineder of the season. Cobb was drafted by the Rays in the fourth round of the 2006 Draft.

Below are the top five of each category as chosen by the readers of Rays Prospects.

1. Russ Canzler (54.76%)
2. Brandon Guyer (26.19%)
3. Desmond Jennings (19.05%)

1. Alex Cobb (63.41%)
2. Alex Torres (24.39%)
3. Cory Wade (4.88%)
4. Dane De La Rosa (2.44%)
4. Rob Delaney (2.44%)
4. Matt Torra (2.44%)

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