Thursday, September 8, 2011

Dodgers Announce August Winners of Dodger Pride Awards

Los Angeles Dodgers Announce August Winners of Dodger Pride Awards

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the August 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 August are as follows:

Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes

Pitcher – RHP MIKE PARISI tied for the Pacific Coast League lead with five August wins, going 5-0 with a 4.23 ERA (18 ER/38.1 IP) and holding opposing hitters to a .225 batting average in six starts in the month. The 28-year-old signed with the Dodgers on July 20 after opening the season with the Cubs’ organization and went 6-2 with a 5.20 ERA in nine starts with the Isotopes.

Player – OF JAMIE HOFFMANN had a 17-game hitting streak from Aug. 2-19 and batted .331(42-for-127) with eight homers in 30 August games. The 27-year-old drove in 30 runs in the month, ranking second in the PCL behind only Jerry Sands’ 33 ribbies, and finished the campaign with a career-high 84 RBI in 133 games with the Isotopes. Hoffmann was honored as the league’s Batter of the Week for the period ending Aug. 14, hitting .555 (15-for-27) with 11 runs scored, four doubles, three homers and 13 RBI in six games during the week. Hoffmann was also voted by his teammates and coaches as the team’s Most Valuable Player, leading the team with 91 runs, 141 hits and 33 doubles and ranking second on the club in runs batted in.

Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts
**Second-Half Southern League North Division Champions**

Pitcher – RHP SHAWN TOLLESON went 2-0 with six saves and a 1.98 ERA (3 ER/13.2 IP) in 12 August games. The 23-year-old progressed from Great Lakes to Rancho Cucamonga and then Chattanooga over the course of the 2011 season and combined to go 7-2 with a 1.17 ERA and 25 saves, which were the second most among Dodger minor leaguers.  The second-year pro, who was selected in the 30th round of the 2010 draft out of Baylor, limited opponents to a .206 batting average and struck out 105 in just 69.0 combined innings.
Player – IF SCOTT VAN SLYKE led the Southern League with a .429 batting average (45-for-105) in 27 August games to propel him to the league’s overall batting title with a .348 mark in 130 games. Overall, the 25-year-old also led the league with 45 doubles and ranked second with a .427 on-base percentage and a .595 slugging percentage. Van Slyke batted .374 with runners on base (80-for-214) and hit .353 with runners in scoring position (48-for-136), finishing the season with the third-most RBI in the league with 92.

Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
**California League South Division Champions, First & Second Half**

Pitcher – RHP RED PATTERSON led the California League with five August victories, going 5-0 with a 4.01 ERA (19 ER/42.2 IP) in six starts in the month. The 24-year-old finished the season on a six-game winning streak and won league Pitcher of the Week honors for the week ending Aug. 29 after throwing the first shutout of his career, a four-hitter on Aug. 25 against Bakersfield. In 28 combined starts between Rancho Cucamonga and Great Lakes, Patterson went 12-5 with a 3.69 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .233 batting average.

Player – OF NICK BUSS finished the season on an 11-game hitting streak and batted .355 (43-for-121) in August with six home runs and 21 RBI in 29 games. Buss also stole 10 bases during the month and led the Quakes with 28 stolen bases on the season. The 24-year-old batted .349 in 66 second-half games and finished the season with career highs in batting average (.328), doubles (30) and home runs (14).

Single-A Great Lakes Loons

Pitcher – RHP BRET MONTGOMERY went 2-0 with one save and a 0.46 ERA (1 ER/19.2 IP) in nine August relief appearances to earn an Aug. 30 promotion to Rancho Cucamonga. The 26-year-old did not allow an earned run (one unearned) over a 27.2-inning stretch from July 14-Aug. 23 and limited opposing hitters to a .123 batting average (8-for-65) in August. Overall, Montgomery went a combined 7-1 with three saves and a 2.66 ERA in 41 games (one start) with Great Lakes and Rancho Cucamonga in his second pro season after being selected in the 46th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Player – C MICHAEL PERICHT batted .286 and led the Loons with five home runs in 21 August Games, earning a Sept. 1 promotion to Rancho Cucamonga. Overall, the 23-year-old ranked third on the Loons with a .273 batting average, including a .314 mark against left-handers (27-for-86), and finished with a career-high 11 home runs in 94 combined games. Pericht went 4-for-10 with an RBI in two games after his promotion to the Quakes, who will open up the California League playoffs on Saturday.

Rookie-advanced Ogden Raptors
**First-Half Pioneer League South Division Champions**

Pitcher – RHP DEREK CONE led the Raptors with three August wins in six starts, going 3-1 with a 4.31 ERA (15 ER/31.1 IP) in the month. The 21-year-old ranked second in the Pioneer League with 39 strikeouts in 31.1 innings in August, while limiting opposing hitters to a .222 batting average. Overall, Cone is 4-8 with a 5.11 ERA in 22 combined games (18 starts) with Great Lakes, Ogden and the AZL Dodgers.

Player – OF JOC PEDERSON won the Dodger Pride Award for Ogden for the second consecutive month, leading the Pioneer League with a .390 batting average (46-for-118) and 39 RBI in 29 August games. The 19-year-old also began an 18-game hitting streak during the month (Aug. 17-Sept. 4) and tied for second in the league with seven August home runs. Overall, Pederson ranks among the league leaders in batting average (.359, 3rd), hits (94, 2nd), RBI (64, 1st), on-base percentage (.433, T-1st) and slugging percentage (.576, 5th) in his first full minor league season.

  Rookie-level Arizona Summer League Dodgers
**Arizona Summer League Champions**

Pitcher – RHP JASON WEST went 2-0 with four saves and allowed just one run over 17.1 innings (0.52 ERA) in 15 relief appearances for the Dodgers this season. The 23-year-old, who was signed by the team as a non-drafted free agent this summer, limited opposing hitters to a .213 batting average and struck out 23 in just 17.1 innings. West went a perfect four-for-four in save opportunities during the regular season and then picked up the save in both playoff games as the Dodgers won the Arizona League title.

Player – C CHRISTOPHER O’BRIEN opened the month on an 11-game hitting streak and batted .330 (29-for-88) with 12 doubles, one triple, a home run and 17 RBI in 22 August games. The 22-year-old switch-hitter batted .321 (17-for-53) with runners in scoring position during the regular season and then knocked in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning of the Dodgers’ 3-2 first-round playoff victory over the Rangers. Overall, O’Brien batted .294 with three home runs and 33 RBI in 42 games for the AZL Dodgers after he was selected by Los Angeles in the 18th round of the June draft out of Wichita State University.

Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Dodgers

Pitcher – RHP VICTOR ARAUJO allowed just one run in 12.0 innings over two August starts (0.75 ERA), which included a 7.0-inning complete-game shutout on Aug. 11 against the DSL Indians. The 21-year-old finished the campaign with a 3-4 record to go along with his 1.80 ERA, which was the 14th-lowest in the Dominican Summer League. Overall, Araujo limited opposing hitters to a .196 batting average with 61 strikeouts in 60.0 innings.

Player – OF GREGORY PENA ranked fourth in the Dominican Summer League with a .407 batting average (24-for-59) to go along with three doubles, a homer and 11 RBI in 17 August games. Overall, the 19-year-old switch-hitter batted .303 with three homers and 31 RBI in 61 games, including a .359 mark with runners in scoring position (23-for-64). Pena also led the club with 23 steals in 29 attempts in his second professional season.

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