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Pill's Doubles Spree, Ray's Gem Earn Pair Weekly Honors

May 10, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) News Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Brett Pill of the Fresno Grizzlies and Robert Ray of the Las Vegas 51s have been named Pacific Coast League's Player and Pitcher of the Week for May 3-9, the league announced Monday.

Pill, a 6-foot-4, 210 pound first baseman, clubbed seven doubles, drove in eight runs, and hit safely in all six of his starts during the week, helping the first-place Grizzlies maintain a 3.5- game lead in their division. He hit .478 (11-for-23), got on base at a .538 clip and slugged .913, the best mark in the PCL during the week.

The 25-year-old is coming off a solid 2009 season in the Double-A Eastern League, where he hit 19 home runs, collected 37 doubles and led the circuit with 109 RBI. Pill has 16 RBI in 29 games with the Grizzlies this season, and his 10 doubles give him 142 two-base hits in less than 500 career minor league games.

Ray became the first PCL pitcher to throw a complete-game shutout during the 2010 season, earning the right-hander Pitcher of the Week honors. On May 9 at Tacoma, Ray shut out the Rainiers on four hits, facing just three over the minimum in the contest. The 6-foot-5 Texan threw 71 of his 105 pitches for strikes, walked two and struck out four, while his defense helped out with three double plays behind him. For the week, Ray allowed three runs in 15 innings of work, striking out 10 batters.

The former Texas A&M Aggie was a seventh-round pick of the Blue Jays in 2005, earning a spot on the Toronto roster for four starts in 2009. He showed signs of big-league promise in an eight-inning, no-earned run victory on May 16 against the Chicago White Sox, but a shoulder injury diagnosed following his next start ended his rookie campaign. Ray's best minor league season came in 2008, when he went 8-6 with a 3.18 ERA in 16 starts for Double-A New Hampshire.

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