Los Angeles Dodgers Announce
June Winners of Dodger Pride Awards
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the June winners of the Dodger Pride Awards, presented by Under Armour – The New Prototype. The Dodger Pride Awards were created 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.
“These awards are given to the players who not only perform on the field, but who provide leadership to teammates by the example they set,” Colletti said.
The winners for June are as follows:
Triple-A Las Vegas 51s
Pitcher – RHP Brian Falkenborg posted five saves and a 0.82 ERA (1 ER/11.0 IP) in 10 appearances…he struck out 11 and walked just two in that time…the 30-year-old, who signed with Los Angeles as a minor league free agent in December, had his contract purchased by the Dodgers on June 25…he is 1-2 with 6.43 ERA in nine games with Los Angeles…Falkenborg went 1-1 with 13 saves and a 3.60 ERA in 32 games overall with Las Vegas.
Player – OF Jason Repko hit .375 (39-for-104) with eight doubles, two homers, 15 RBI, eight steals, and 23 runs scored in 26 games…the 27-year-old was summoned to the big league club on June 30 after Juan Pierre went down with a knee injury…Repko appeared in four games (one start) with the Dodgers before being optioned back to Las Vegas on July 4…the right-handed hitter, who was selected 37th overall by the Dodgers in the 1999 draft, is batting .282 with 18 doubles, six homers, 31 RBI, and 63 runs scored in 83 games overall with Las Vegas.
Double-A Jacksonville Suns
Pitcher – RHP Jesus Castillo went 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA (5 ER/30.2 IP) in five starts…opponents hit just .179 against the Mexico-born 24-year-old, who also was a co-winner of this award in May…Castillo is 6-4 with a 2.99 ERA in 19 starts overall.
RHP Travis Schlichting went 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA (4 ER/19.0 IP) in nine relief outings…the 23-year-old, who was signed as a free agent last October, is 3-1 with a 2.86 ERA in 17 games overall…he is limiting left-handed hitters to a .146 average (6-for-41).
Player – INF Adolfo Gonzalez hit .313 (10-for-32) with four doubles and three RBI in 13 games…the 23-year-old has played third base, second base, first base, and has served as the designated hitter and as a pinch hitter on several occasions…he also has been called upon to pitch on four occasions…the switch-hitter is batting .531 (17-for-32) thus far in July to up his season average to .338 in 58 games.
Single-A Inland Empire 66ers
Pitcher – LHP David Pfeiffer struck out 17 in 11.2 innings of work (eight appearances), including seven K’s in 4.0 innings of relief in his final outing of the month, June 28 at Lancaster (Red Sox)…during the month, the 22-year-old changed his arm angle, which is much lower now, with great improvement and has had a positive attitude throughout the process…Pfeiffer is 1-2 with one save and a 7.45 ERA in 23 games overall…he has 36 strikeouts in 29.0 innings of work.
Player – OF Ryan Rogowski batted .329 (26-for-79) with seven doubles, 15 RBI, 12 steals, and 21 runs scored in 22 games…after seven games in July, he was promoted to Double-A Jacksonville…the 24-year-old, who was signed as a non-draft free agent in August 2005, hit .270 with 13 doubles, 35 RBI, 30 steals, and 48 runs scored in 74 games overall with the 66ers before his promotion.
Single-A Great Lakes Loons
Pitcher – LHP Victor Garate went 1-3 with a 1.85 ERA (7 ER/34.0 IP) in six starts…he struck out 45 in his 34.0 innings of work, an average of 11.9 strikeouts per 9 innings…the Venezuelan was selected by Los Angeles in the minor league phase of the 2007 Rule 5 Draft, and is 5-3 with a 2.04 ERA in 16 games (11 starts) overall this year…he has 95 strikeouts in 70.2 innings, an average of 12.1 K’s per 9 innings.
Player – OF Andrew Lambo batted .320 (32-for-100) with eight doubles, three homers, 12 RBI, and 15 runs scored in 26 games…the left-handed hitter had four straight multi-hit games June 5-8, going 10-for-17 in that span…the 19-year-old, who was selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2007 draft out of Newbury Park High School, is hitting .294 with 24 doubles, 11 homers, and 62 RBI in 88 games overall…the Midwest League All-Star is tied for second in the league in RBI.
Single-A Ogden Raptors
Pitcher – LHP Geison Aguasviva went 0-1 with a 2.76 ERA (5 ER/16.1 IP) in three starts…the 20-year-old is 0-2 with a 5.20 ERA in six starts overall…he began the year with Single-A Great Lakes, where he went 1-2 with an 8.38 ERA in eight games (two starts).
Player – 3B Pedro Baez hit .281 (16-for-57) with five doubles, two homers, and eight RBI in 13 games…the 20-year-old is batting .404 (19-for-47) in 11 games thus far in July, and is hitting .336 with 24 RBI in 25 games overall…he ranks sixth in the Pioneer League in hitting and second in RBI…Baez signed with the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in January 2007, and batted .274 in 53 games that year with the GCL Dodgers.
Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Dodgers
Pitcher – RHP Edwin Contreras tossed a combined 10.0 scoreless innings in two starts…he allowed five hits and struck out four in that time…the 19-year-old is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in four starts overall…Contreras is limiting left-handed hitters to a .140 average (7-for-50), while right-handed hitters are batting .348 (8-for-23) against him.
Player – C Keyter Collado went 4-for-14 (.286) with an RBI in four games…the 22-year-old has hit safely in each of his seven games in July, and is now hitting .382 with five RBI in 11 games overall…Collado was signed by Los Angeles as a non-drafted free agent in May 2004.
Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Dodgers
Pitcher – LHP Antonio Castillo went 0-1 with a 1.86 ERA (4 ER/19.1 IP) in four games (two starts)…he struck out 24 in his 19.1 innings during the month…the 20-year-old is 2-1 with a 1.36 ERA in eight games (six starts) overall.
Player – INF Enlly Morales hit .400 (30-for-75) with 13 doubles and 12 RBI in 21 games…the 18-year-old, who is in his first year of pro ball, had a 12-game hitting streak from June 23-July 5, during which he batted .392 (20-for-51)…Morales is batting .341 with 17 doubles and 19 RBI in 37 games overall.
The May winners of the Dodger Pride Awards…
Pitcher – RHP Jason Johnson (5-0 with a 1.31 ERA (5 ER/34.1 IP) in six starts)
Player – C A.J. Ellis (.298 (14-for-47) with a homer, 13 RBI, 11 walks, and a .441 on-base percentage in 15 games)
Pitcher – RHP Jesus Castillo (3-2 with a 3.55 ERA (13 ER/33.0 IP) in six starts)
RHP James McDonald (2-1 with a 3.82 (14 ER/33.0 IP) in six starts)
Player – INF Ivan DeJesus (.299 (29-for-97) with 18 walks, 24 runs, and a .412 on-base percentage in 28 games)
Pitcher – RHP Francisco Felix (3-0 with a save and a 3.86 ERA (5 ER/11.2 IP) in eight relief appearances)
Player – OF Matt Berezay (.346 (28-for-81) with six homers, 19 RBI, and 18 runs scored in 20 games)
Pitcher – RHP Miguel Ramirez (1-2 with six saves, while tossing 13.2 innings without allowing an earned run)
Player – C Alex Garabedian (.341 (14-for-41) with four doubles and six RBI in 12 games)
Pitcher – RHP Luis Garcia
Player – INF Pedro Guerrero
The April winners of the Dodger Pride Awards…
Pitcher – RHP Dwayne Pollock (2-0, one save, 1.93 ERA (5 ER/23.1 IP) in nine relief appearances)
Player – INF/OF Terry Tiffee (.486 (51-for-105), 16 doubles, three homers, 24 RBI in 26 games)
Pitcher – LHP Clayton Kershaw (0-3, 1.40 ERA (4 ER/25.2 IP) in 10 games (nine starts))
Player – OF Jamie Hoffman (.247 (22-for-89) with six RBI in 25 games) and INF Juan Gonzalez (.329 (24-for-73), five homers, 15 RBI in 21 games)
Pitcher – RHP Paul Koss (0-0, 15 strikeouts, 1.32 ERA (2 ER/13.2 IP) in 10 relief appearances)
Player – C Carlos Santana (.294 (25-for-85), 18 RBI in 24 games)
Pitcher – RHP Matt Sartor (1-1, one save, 25 strikeouts, 1.15 ERA (2 ER/15.2 IP) in seven relief appearances)
Player – INF Joe Becker (.239 (17-for-71), eight walks, 10 runs scored in 22 games)
Pitcher – RHP Luis Garcia
Player – INF Pedro Guerrero