Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Los Angeles Dodgers Announce July Winners of Dodger Pride Awards
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 issued 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 – RHP Javy Guerra notched seven saves in as many opportunities and did not allow a run in 10 appearances in July. The right-hander struck out seven and issued only two walks in 11.0 innings pitched, holding the opposition to a .211 batting average (8-for-38) in the month, while allowing just eight hits. The 27-year-old has an overall ERA of 2.32 in 18 games, including four starts, and currently has a scoreless-innings streak of 13.1 that dates to June 6. Guerra has appeared in nine games this season with the Dodgers and originally was selected by the club in the fourth round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.
Player – INF Dee Gordon posted a .350 (35-for-100) batting average in July, collecting 35 hits, 18 runs, 19 walks and 18 stolen bases. Gordon, who was recalled by the Dodgers Aug. 5, has 44 stolen bases on the season for Albuquerque, which paces the Pacific Coast League. The speedy infielder started a current 17-game hitting streak on July 14, in which he hit .366 (26-for-71). The 25-year-old Florida native is batting .307 in 80 games this season and was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts
Pitcher – RHP Yimi Garcia posted a 2-0 record and did not allow a run in eight July appearances for the Lookouts, striking out 14 batters against five walks and allowing only one hit. The right-hander also notched a save in the month to bring his total to 15 on the season, which ranks third among Southern League closers. On the season, Garcia has posted a 4-4 record with a 2.37 ERA (13 ER/ 49.1) and has not allowed a run in his last 12.0 innings since June 30. The 22-year-old out of the Dominican Republic was signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent on January 29, 2009.
Player – INF Miguel Rojas posted a .280 batting average (25-for-75) with 21 hits, three doubles, four RBI and seven runs to take home the July Dodger Pride Award for Chattanooga. The Venezuela native recorded four consecutive multi-hit performances July 27-30 and recorded his first four-hit game on July 14 at Mississippi. In 2012, Rojas was in the Reds’ organization, where he split time between Double-A and Triple-A, seeing action in 102 games. The 24-year-old was signed as a free agent on November 13, 2012.
Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Player – RHP Matt Shelton went 1-0 with two saves in as many opportunities and did not allow an earned run in 11 July appearances for the Quakes. In the month, the 24-year-old struck out 17 and allowed only five walks, while limiting opponents to a .148 batting average (8-for-54). Overall, Shelton has posted a 4-1 record with three saves and a 2.64 ERA (9 ER/30.2 IP) and has limited right-handed hitters to a .178 batting average (13-for-73). The Texas native was a four-year letterman with the Sam Houston State Bearkats, where he was named the Southland Conference MVP during the 2009 season. Shelton was selected in the 24th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
Player - OF Scott Schebler batted .348 (40-for-115) in 29 July games and topped the California League leaderboard with 29 RBI and 11 homers. On the year, Schebler has 24 home runs, the most in the Cal League and ranks among the league leaders in batting average (.310, 9th), slugging percentage (.622, 2nd), extra-base hits (58, T-1st), runs (75, 4th), triples (10, T-2nd), and total bases (227, 1st). The 22-year-old Iowa native was selected in the 26th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
Single-A Great Lakes Loons
Player - LHP Tom Windle went 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA (5 ER/27.0 IP) in six July starts for the Loons. Windle limited opposing hitters to a .221 average (23-for-104) with 24 strikeouts during the month and on the year, the left-hander has yielded just one home run in 31.2 innings, posting a 1.99 ERA. The Minnesota native, who starred at the University of Minnesota, was a second-round selection of the Dodgers in this June’s First-Year Player Draft.
Player – INF Corey Seager batted .330 (33-for-100) with four home runs, 22 RBI, 16 runs and 11 doubles in 27 games in July. Seager, who was recently promoted to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, was batting .309 (84-for-272) with 12 home runs and 57 RBI in 74 games for the Loons, ranking fourth among the Midwest League leaders in slugging percentage (.529). The 19-year-old excelled against right-handed pitching this season for Great Lakes, hitting .322 (68-for-211) with nine of his 12 homers coming against righties. The North Carolina native was selected in the first round (18th overall) in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.
Rookie-level Ogden Raptors
Pitcher – RHP Victor Araujo posted a 2-0 record with a 5.77 ERA (22 ER/34.1 IP) in his six starts for the Raptors in July. Overall, Araujo has made nine starts and has posted a 3-0 record with a 5.44 ERA (29 ER/48.0 IP) and has limited left-handed hitters to a .220 batting average (13-for-59). On the season, the 20-year-old has 48 strikeouts, which is the third-most among Pioneer League pitchers. The Dominican Republic native was signed as a non-drafted free agent on November 26, 2009.
Player – INF Brandon Trinkwon batted a team-high .361 (29-for-108) with three homers and 21 RBI in 24 games during July. The 21-year-old currently owns a 21-game hitting streak that started on July 9 and is batting .411 (39-for-95) during that span. Overall, Trinkwon ranks among the Pioneer League leaders in several offensive categories, including batting average (.362, 2nd), hits (50, T-3rd), slugging percentage (.587, 6th) and total bases (81, 6th). Trinkwon, who starred at UC Santa Barbara, was selected by the Dodgers in the seventh round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Arizona League Dodgers
Pitcher- RHP Wascar Teodo notched two saves in two opportunities and posted a 0.68 ERA (1 ER/13.1 IP) in his six July appearances. In his 13.1 innings of work in the month, Teodo limited opposing hitters to a .133 batting average (6-for-45), while striking out 12 without issuing a walk. On the year, Teodo is a perfect 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA (5 ER/24.2 IP) and is yet to allow a home run. The 19-year-old Dominican Republic native was signed as a non-drafted free agent on May 18, 2011.
Player- INF Adam Law batted an Arizona League-best .418 (38-for-91) with 11 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 23 July games. Law posted 13 multi-hit performances in the month, including a pair of four-hit games and a pair of three-hit games. Overall, the 23-year-old’s 21 stolen bases rank atop the Arizona League leaderboard. Law, who would become a third-generation big leaguer, was selected by the Dodgers in the 12th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Dominican Summer League Dodgers
Pitcher- RHP Francisco Martinez posted a 3-1 record with a 2.73 ERA (8 ER/ 26.1 IP) in his five starts for the DSL Dodgers, including a complete game shutout (7.0 IP) of the DSL Red Sox on July 18. During the month of July, Martinez limited opposing batters to a .194 clip (20-for-103) while striking out 17 batters. The 21-year-old Dominican Republic native was signed as a non-drafted free agent on June 12, 2012.
Player- OF Ibandel Isabel batted a team-high .351 (26-for-74) in 22 games during the month of July, recording nine extra-base hits to go along with 14 RBI, 12 runs and eight walks. The outfielder has excelled against right-handed pitching this season, batting .336 (37-for-110) with 16 of his 23 RBI coming against righties. The 18-year-old was signed by the Dodgers in April out of the Dominican Republic.