ST. PETERSBURG, FL—The Tampa Bay Rays announced Alex Cobb as the Most Valuable Player for AA affiliate team the Montgomery Biscuits on Friday.
The Twenty-two year-old pitcher went 7-5 with a 2.71 ERA (119.2-IP, 36-ER) for Montgomery in 23 games (22 starts). He ranked fourth in the Southern League in ERA. In 119.2 innings pitched, he struck out 128 batters while walking only 35. His average of 9.51 strikeouts per nine innings led SL starting pitchers. In the Rays organization, he finished fourth in ERA and tied for fourth in strikeouts. Cobb was selected in the fourth round of the 2006 June Draft out of Vero Beach (Fla.) High School.
This year's winners will be honored during an awards ceremony prior to Friday's game against the Los Angeles Angels.
In addition to Cobb, the following players were named Most Valuable Player for their respective minor league teams: INF/OF Elliot Johnson (Durham Bulls, AAA); LHP Matt Moore (Charlotte Stone Crabs, A); INF Tyler Bortnick (Bowling Green Hot Rods, A); 1B Phil Wunderlich (Hudson Valley Renegades, SS-A); LHP Enny Romero (Princeton Rays, Rookie); RHP Pedro Silvestre (Gulf Coast League Rays); INF/OF Ariel Soriano (Dominican Summer League Rays); and OF Nahum Hernandez (Venezuelan Summer League Rays).
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