"To be even considered for it is a great honor. I'm thankful for it," Ray said of becoming the second D-backs player, along with third baseman Jake Lamb, to earn the award this season. "It's a boost of confidence, and I'll continue to build off the success I've had and just stay focused coming down the stretch."
Ray threw five innings of one-run ball against New York on Monday, striking out five. Ray followed that outing with a career-high 13 strikeouts against San Diego, allowing one hit over seven innings. The 13 punchouts were the most in a game by an Arizona pitcher this season.
D-backs outfielder Yasmany Tomas also was considered for the award after batting .259 with four home runs and nine RBIs.
Jake Rill is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.