Archer, Glaesmann honored as Rays top minor-leaguers
The Rays today named RHP Chris Archer their top minor-league pitcher and OF Todd Glaesmann their top player.
The Rays also named MVPs for each of their nine minor-league teams:
Triple A-Durham: OF/1B Leslie Anderson
Double-A Montgomery: RHP Alex Colome
Adv. Class A Charlotte: SS Derek Dietrich,
Class A Bowling Green: OF Drew Vettleson
Short-Season A Hudson Valley: RHP Jeff Ames
Rookie-level Princeton: LHP Blake Snell
GCL Rays: INF Ben Kline
Dominican Summer Lg.: 3B Alexander Simon
Venezuelan Summer Lg.: OF Jose Paez
The Rays also named OF Kevin Kiermaier as their best defensive player, SS Hak-Ju Lee as their best baserunner and RHP Chris Rearick their top reliever.
Double-A Montgomery RHP Joe Cruz was named winner of the Erik Walker Community Champion Award, which recognizes a player "who exemplifies teamwork, sportsmanship and community involvement,'' and is named after Walker, a former Rays pitcher who died in a canoeing accident in October 2006.
Here is the team release on the announcements:
ST. PETERSBURG, FL—The Tampa Bay Rays today named RHP Chris Archer Minor League Pitcher of the Year and
OF Todd Glaesmann Minor League Player of the Year. The Rays also announced one Most Valuable Player for each of
their nine affiliates, as well as organization-wide awards for Best Baserunner, Best Defensive Player and Best Relief
This year’s winners will be honored during an awards ceremony prior to tonight’s game against the Boston Red Sox. A
pregame autograph session will be held on the right field line from 5:45–6:30 p.m. tonight featuring many of the
organization’s award winners.
The following players were named Most Valuable Player for their respective minor league teams: 1B Leslie Anderson
(Durham Bulls, AAA); RHP Alex Colome (Montgomery Biscuits, AA); SS Derek Dietrich (Charlotte Stone Crabs, A); OF
Drew Vettleson (Bowling Green Hot Rods, A); RHP Jeff Ames (Hudson Valley Renegades, SS-A); LHP Blake Snell
(Princeton Rays, Rookie); INF Ben Kline (Gulf Coast League Rays); 3B Alexander Simon (Dominican Summer League
Rays); and OF Jose Paez (Venezuelan Summer League Rays).
OF Kevin Kiermaier was named Best Defensive Player, while SS Hak-Ju Lee was named the organization’s Best
Baserunner and RHP Chris Rearick was named Best Relief Pitcher.
Archer, 24, was named Rays Minor League Pitcher of the Year after posting a 3.66 ERA (128-IP, 52-ER) in 25 starts for
Triple-A Durham. He led the International League and all Rays farmhands with 139 strikeouts. Acquired as part of the
trade that sent Matt Garza to the Chicago Cubs, Archer has compiled a 3.89 ERA (275.1-IP, 119-ER) with 269 strikeouts
over two seasons in the Rays farm system. He has served two stints in the majors this year, pitching a 3.22 ERA (22.1-
IP, 8-ER) with 28 strikeouts in four appearances (three starts). He is currently on the active roster and is scheduled to
start tonight against Boston.
Glaesmann, 21, led all Rays farmhands with 21 home runs in 127 games between Bowling Green and Charlotte. The
third round pick in the 2009 June Draft entered the season with only eight homers over his previous three seasons
combined. He hit .293 (77-for-263) from May to July and ranked tied for second with 165 total bases and tied for 3rd with
13 home runs in the Midwest League before being promoted on July 24. After injuries limited his 2011 season,
Glaesmann combined between two levels to hit .285 with 21 HR and 75 RBI in 2012.
Lee, 21, was named Best Baserunner after recording 37 stolen bases, fourth most in the Southern League. He set team
records for Montgomery this season by hitting in 21 straight games and reaching base safely in 46 in a row, surpassing
the previous mark of 37 set by Evan Longoria in 2007. During the 46-game on-base streak, Lee hit .308 (60-for-195) with
a .387 on-base percentage. In his second year in the Rays organization, the Korean shortstop hit .261 with 29 extra-base
hits and 37 RBI.
Kiermaier, 22, was named Best Defensive Player in the organization after recording four assists as the center fielder for
Charlotte. He spent most of the season with the Stone Crabs before joining Durham on the final weekend of the regular
season and then Montgomery for the Southern League playoffs.
Rearick, 24, was named Best Reliever for the second consecutive year after totaling 22 saves and a 2.70 ERA at two
levels this year. The lefty finished fourth in the Florida State League in both saves (20) and games finished (34) despite
being promoted from Charlotte to Montgomery on July 22. In 34 games for the Stone Crabs, the midseason All-Star
converted 20 of 22 save opportunities and pitched to a 1.79 ERA (45.1-IP, 9-ER) with 59 strikeouts.
Anderson, 30, had the best year of his professional career, recording career highs in hits (137), doubles (21) and runs
scored (63), and leading Durham’s offense in several categories including home runs (14) and RBI (56). The left-handed-
hitting first baseman also finished third in the International League with a .309 (137-for-444) batting average.
Colome, 23, went 8-4 with a 3.44 ERA (91.2-IP, 35-ER) in 17 starts at Double-A and Triple-A. He began the year at
Montgomery and was transferred to Durham on August 2. In his last five starts before his promotion, he went 5-0 with a
1.27 ERA (35.1-IP, 5-ER) with the Biscuits.
Dietrich, 23, hit .282 (105-for-372) with a team-leading 10 homers, 9 triples, 21 doubles and 58 RBI for Charlotte. A
midseason Florida State League All-Star, Dietrich was promoted from Charlotte to Montgomery on July 28 and finished
the year ranked second among Rays farmhands with 75 RBI between the two levels.
Vettleson, 21, finished in the top five among Rays minor leaguers in both home runs (15) and RBI (69). The No. 42
overall pick in the 2010 June Draft finished his season at Bowling Green with a franchise-record 139 hits, surpassing the
previous mark of 135 set by Tim Beckham in 2009. Vettleson, a postseason All-Star, ranked second in the Midwest
League in total bases (218) and finished the season with a .275 (139-for-505) batting average and 44 extra-base hits.
Ames, 21, went 6-1 with a 1.96 ERA (64.1-IP, 14-ER), the third-lowest mark in the New York-Penn League and lowest
among Rays farmhands. The 21-year-old ranked fourth in the league with a .195 opponents’ batting average (43-for-216)
and fourth with 70 strikeouts.
Snell, 19, went 5-1 with a 2.09 ERA (47.1-IP, 11-ER) in 11 starts for Princeton. Had he not fallen 7.1 innings shy of
qualifying, he would have ranked first in ERA in the Appalachian League. The No. 52 overall pick in the 2011 June Draft
now has a combined 2.44 ERA in two years with the Rays organization.
Kline, 23, was named a Gulf Coast League All-Star after hitting .347 (43-for-124) with 16 RBI in 36 games. The Rays
32nd round pick in the 2012 June Draft played all over the diamond, including at least seven games at every infield
position and five games in the outfield. Including nine games with Bowling Green, Kline combined to hit .333, best among
Simon, 19, hit .328 (81-for-247) with five home runs and a team-high 46 RBI and 124 total bases, which ranked tied for
second in the Dominican Summer League. The switch-hitter also led the team with a .408 on-base percentage and .502
Paez, 19, ranked second in the Venezuelan Summer League with a .364 (91-for-250) batting average, .430 on-base
percentage, .536 slugging percentage and 134 total bases. He led the league in triples (9), ranked second in hits (91),
third in extra-base hits (26) and fourth in runs scored (41).
AND for the Walker award:
ST. PETERSBURG, FL—Right-handed pitcher Joe Cruz has been named the winner of the 2012 Erik Walker Community
Champion Award. The award annually recognizes one Rays minor league player who exemplifies teamwork,
sportsmanship and community involvement, attributes exhibited by Rays minor league pitcher Erik Walker, who died
tragically in October 2006 in a canoeing accident.
Cruz, 24, will be recognized at the Rays minor league awards ceremony at Tropicana Field prior to tonight’s Rays-Red
Sox game. He will receive a trophy, and $2,500 will be awarded to the charity of his choice.
“Joe demonstrates his love for the game of baseball by giving back to fans and making sure they walk away from our
ballpark with a great memory,” said Biscuits Director of Marketing Jordan Mandelkorn. “His involvement with the
community and fans is outstanding, and he’ll carry that class and humanity with him wherever he goes.”
Cruz went 6-6 with a 4.60 ERA (78.1-IP, 40-ER) and 64 strikeouts in 18 appearances (15 starts) for Double-A
Montgomery this year. The Monterey Park, Calif., native was selected by the Rays in the 30 round of the 2007 June
Each of the Rays six domestic minor league affiliates nominated a candidate for the award. The Rays will recognize the
other six finalists by donating $500 in each player’s name to the charity of his choice. The other five finalists were Chris
Archer (Durham), Chris Rearick (Charlotte), Austin Hubbard (Bowling Green), Jeff Ames (Hudson Valley) and John
Alexander (Princeton). Nominees embodied the qualities of Walker, recognized as a great teammate and caring person
and who enriched the lives of people in need and inspired others to do the same.
Walker was drafted by the Rays in June 2006 and had just completed his first professional season with the Hudson Valley
Renegades when his life was cut short on October 26, just 11 days after his 23 birthday.
Past Winners of the Erik Walker Community Champion Award
2011 Matt Hall, Charlotte
2010 Stephen Vogt, Charlotte
2009 Ryan Wiegand, Princeton
2008 Matt Spring, Montgomery
2007 Pat Cottrell, Vero Beach