Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dodgers Announce July Winners of Dodger Pride Awards

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Los Angeles Dodgers Announce July Winners of Dodger Pride Awards

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the July winners of the Dodger Pride Awards.  The Dodger Pride Awards were created in 2008 by General Manager Ned Colletti, and are given on a monthly basis to the players at each level of the club’s minor league system who play the game with a hustling, smart, aggressive style. The players and staff on each respective club vote for the awards.

The winners for July are as follows:

Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes

Pitcher – LHP DANA EVELAND went 4-1 with a 1.75 ERA (7 ER/36.0 IP) and posted a .176 opponents’ batting average in five July starts.  The 2011 Triple-A All-Star’s July ERA and opponents’ batting average ranked second in the Pacific Coast League, and overall the 27-year-old ranks among the league leaders with 11 wins (1st), a 3.32 ERA (3rd), a .241 opponents’ batting average (2nd) and 133.0 innings (4th). Eveland earned PCL Pitcher of the Week honors for the period ending July 31, tossing a three-hit shutout on July 28 at Omaha, and is 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA (5 ER/28.0 IP) in his four starts following the All-Star break. July marks Eveland’s third Dodger Pride Award of the season (April, May).

Player – IF JUSTIN SELLERS batted .333 (23-for-69) with six doubles, four homers and 16 RBI in 22 July games, while posting a .427 on-base percentage and a .594 slugging percentage. The 25-year-old has caught fire in 48 games since the beginning of June, ranking 10th in the Pacific Coast League with a .353 batting average (55-for-156) in that span. Overall, the Bellflower native is hitting .291 with 12 homers and 43 RBI in 83 games with the Isotopes, which includes a .298 mark (17-for-57) with runners in scoring position.

Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts

Pitcher – LHP MICHAEL ANTONINI went 4-0 and ranked second in the Southern League with a 2.08 ERA (8 ER/34.2 IP) in his six July starts. Antonini, who turns 26 on Saturday, has turned it on in seven second-half starts, going 5-0 with a 1.99 ERA (9 ER/40.2 IP) and a .231 opponents’ batting average. Antonini was selected as a Southern League All-Star and has the league’s seventh-lowest overall ERA with a 3.65 mark over 21 starts in his first year in the Dodger organization after he was obtained from the Mets in an offseason trade for Chin-lung Hu.
Player – IF SCOTT VAN SLYKE batted .312 (29-for-93) and ranked second in the Southern League with seven homers and a .634 slugging percentage in 27 July games. Overall, the 25-year-old ranks third in the league with a .325 batting average, leads the circuit with 35 doubles, ranks fourth with 70 RBI and has the league’s third-highest slugging percentage with a .551 mark in 103 games. Van Slyke was named the MVP of the Southern League All-Star Game and is batting .333 (43-for-129) in 37 second-half games with 21 of his 43 hits going for extra bases.

Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Pitcher – RHP MATT MAGILL went 3-0 and finished July with the California League’s second-lowest ERA, a 2.36 mark (7 ER/26.2 IP) in four starts. The 21-year-old also ranked fourth on the circuit with a .215 opponents’ batting average in July. Overall, the Dodgers’ 31st-round selection in the 2008 draft possesses the league’s fifth-lowest ERA with a 3.54 mark and is tied for fifth with nine wins against three losses in 20 games (18 starts) this season.

Player – OF ANGELO SONGCO batted .319 (36-for-113) and tied for second in the California League with nine home runs in 28 July games. The 22-year-old had 12 multi-hit games during the month and knocked in 26 runs, which was the seventh-most on the circuit. Overall, the Loyola Marymount University product is batting .301 and earned an All-Star selection by ranking among the California League leaders in doubles (34, 3rd), home runs (21, 4th), RBI (84, 5th) and slugging percentage (.541, 7th) in 106 games.

Single-A Great Lakes Loons

Pitcher – RHP RAUL BURGOS went 1-0 with two saves and a 1.21 ERA (3 ER/22.1 IP) in ten July relief appearances. The 23-year-old did not allow an earned run in eight of 10 outings in the month and limited opposing hitters to a .160 batting average. Overall, Burgos has gone 2-3 with three saves and a 3.53 ERA over 29 games in his fifth professional season.

Player – IF JESSE BOSNIK batted .309 with 13 RBI and tied for the team lead with five homers in 24 July games. Bosnik had arguably the best game of his career on July 29 against South Bend (D-backs), tying a career high with three hits and powering a career-high two homers in the Loons’ 5-4 loss. After a slow start, the 23-year-old is having a solid second half with a .311 batting average, seven doubles, six homers and 18 RBI in 32 games. Bosnik is in his second professional season after being selected in the 13th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of St. Bonaventure University.

Rookie-advanced Ogden Raptors

Pitcher – RHP YIMI GARCIA went undefeated in July with a 4-0 record in six games (one start) and posted a 2.70 ERA (8 ER/26.2 IP), which tied for the third-lowest mark in the Pioneer League. Overall, the 20-year-old leads qualifying Pioneer League pitchers with a 2.45 ERA over nine games (one start) in his third professional season. He also ranks fourth on the circuit with 47 strikeouts in just 36.2 innings and has limited opposing hitters to a .244 batting average, which is the league’s fourth-lowest mark.

Player – OF JOC PEDERSON batted .347 (35-for-101) with nine stolen bases, nine doubles, four homers and 18 RBI in 25 July games. After appearing in just three games in 2010, the 19-year-old has made the most of his sophomore season, ranking among the Pioneer League leaders with a .336 batting average (5th), 12 doubles (T-3rd), 16 steals (4th) and a .419 on-base percentage (7th). Overall, the Palo Alto native is batting .292 (14-for-48) with runners in scoring position and is hitting .329 (23-for-70) with runners on base.

Rookie-level Arizona Summer League Dodgers

Pitcher – RHP ROBERT CHAMRA went 1-0 and tossed scoreless relief in six of eight July appearances with a 1.46 ERA (2 ER/12.1 IP) and a .195 opponents’ batting average. Overall, the 23-year-old has a 3.24 ERA in 12 relief appearances this season after being selected by the Dodgers in the 34th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of North Carolina State University.

Player – OF DEVIN SHINES batted .297 (27-for-91) with three homers and 14 RBI in 22 July games. The 22-year-old is tied for sixth in the Arizona Rookie League with 11 steals in 13 attempts and ranks second on the AZL Dodgers with a .401 on-base percentage. The Dodgers’ 38th-round pick in 2011 draft had back-to-back four-hit games on Aug. 1 and 2 against the AZL Giants and is batting .324 overall in 32 games.

Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Dodgers

Pitcher – RHP SAMUEL TAVERAS went 1-0 with a 1.83 ERA (4 ER/19.2 IP) in four July games (three starts). The 21-year-old is a perfect 4-0 with one save and a 2.31 ERA on the season, limiting opposing hitters to a .171 batting average in eight games (four starts). Taveras has been particularly tough with runners in scoring position this season, holding the opposition to a .107 (3-for-28) batting average in those situations.

Player – OF ARCE RODRIGUEZ ranked seventh in the Dominican Summer League with a .393 batting average in 18 July games, which raised his overall batting average from .207 to .284. Overall, the 18-year-old leads the club with nine doubles and ranks second on the DSL Dodgers with 21 RBI in 44 games. Rodriguez is in his second professional season after being signed as a non-drafted free agent on January 25, 2010.

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