Baseball America named former Bowling Green Hot Rods hurler Blake Snell its 2015 Minor League Player of the Year.
The 22-year-old left-hander’s season was split across three levels (High-A, Double-A and Triple-A), cumulatively going 15-4 with a 1.41 ERA, 163 strikeouts and 53 walks in 134 innings (25 appearances/23 starts). He opened the season with a 46-inning scoreless streak. (Read more about his impressive season here.)
Snell pitched for the Hot Rods in 2013 and part of 2014. In 2013 he went 4-9 with a 4.27 ERA, 106 strikeouts and 73 walks in 99 IP (23 starts). In his eight Midwest League starts in 2014, he went 3-2 with a 1.79 ERA, 42 strikeouts and 19 walks in 40.1 IP.
The Tampa Bay Rays prospect was one of four Hot Rods pitchers to combine for a nine-inning no-hitter against the Lansing Lugnuts on June 21, 2013.
Baseball America has named a Minor League Player of the Year since 1981. Twice a player has earned the honor in the same year he played in the Midwest League — RHP Tom Gordon in 1988 and outfielder Byron Buxton in 2013.
Gordon dominated the Midwest League in 1988 with a 2.06 ERA and 172 strikeouts in 118 IP (17 starts) for the Appleton Foxes. He made his major-league debut in September of that year and went on to pitch for eight different teams over 21 MLB seasons.
Buxton batted .341 with 8 HR, 55 RBI and 32 SB in 68 games with the 2013 Cedar Rapids Kernels.