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Two Rays Garner Honors

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The following is a press release from the Princeton Rays:

Two members of the 2012 Princeton Rays gathered high honors as part of the most recent issue of Baseball America magazine (dated October 2-16, 2012) by being named to the publication's "2012 All-Rookie League Team." The players were part of a "best of" team recognized by the magazine from those playing in professional baseball's four rookie leagues: Arizona League, Appalachian League, Gulf Coast League, and Pioneer League.

Princeton left-handed starting pitcher Blake Snell was named as a starting pitcher and righty reliever Nick Sawyer was named as the only reliever.

Snell, who was also named "Pitcher of the Year" in the Appalachian League this season, recorded a 5-1 mark to go along with a low 2.09 earned run average.  He struck out 53 hitters in 47 innings of work while Appy League hitters were only able to muster a .202 batting average against him.

Sawyer, who started the season in the Gulf Coast League before being promoted to Princeton, was basically untouchable at the rookie level, yielding a microscopic earned run average of 0.31 while striking out 56 hitters in only 29 innings of work.  Opposing hitters could only touch Sawyer for a .095 batting average. After the conclusion of the P-Rays' season, Sawyer was furthered advanced by the Tampa Bay Rays' to pitch for their full-season A affiliate, the Bowling Green Hot Rods of the Midwest League.

Only one other player from the Appalachian League, outfielder Max Kepler of the Elizabethton Twins, represented the league on this team.

A former 2011 P-Rays' pitcher, right-hander Jeff Ames, was also named by the magazine to their "2012 All-Short Season-A Team," which includes players from the New York-Penn League and the Northwest League.  Ames, playing this season for the Hudson Valley (NY) Renegades of the New York-Penn League, logged a 6-1 record with a 2.10 earned run average and 70 strikeouts in 64 innings of work.  Hitters only being able to compile a .191 batting average versus Ames on the season was one of the key factors in the Renegades winning the 2012 New York-Penn League Championship.

Baseball America magazine, published in Durham, NC, is considered to be the number one informational publication for all things involving minor league baseball.