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7-16-09 – Weekly Dodgers Minor League Report

7-16-09 – Weekly Dodgers Minor League Report

By Jon Chapper, Dodgers PR Staff

LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers’ minor league report is a weekly window into the Dodgers’ minor league system, with updated standings, league leaders, team and individual player stats, and the latest team and player news.  Player bios can be found in the Player Development section of the Dodgers’ Guide (Pages 411-478).

Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes

Lucas May - Chattanooga Catcher

Lucas May - Chattanooga Catcher

Pacific Coast League American South Division
45-44, 1st Place, 1.0 Game Ahead

HOFFMANN, HALF BEAST: OF Jamie Hoffmann took a 12-game hit streak into the All-Star break, batting .372 (16-for-43) with three homers and 11 RBI…he went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer and six RBI July 8 at Memphis (Cardinals)…the 24-year-old is hitting .288 overall with five homers and 21 RBI in 33 games with the Isotopes.

GETTING CLOSSER: 1B/C J.D. Closser has hit safely in nine of his last ten games, batting .472 (17-for-36) with three doubles and four RBI…the Indiana native is batting .316 (6-for-19) with seven RBI with runners in scoring position…overall, the 29-year-old is batting .364 with five doubles and seven RBI in 23 games since his promotion from Double-A Chattanooga on June 15.

HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR: RHP Charlie Haeger represented the Isotopes at last night’s Triple-A All-Star Game in Portland, allowing two runs in 1.0 inning…the knuckleballer leads the PCL with 110.2 innings pitched and is tied for second with eight wins…overall, he is 8-6 with 69 strikeouts and a 3.74 ERA in 17 starts.

Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts
Southern League North Division
Second Half: 10-10, 2nd Place, 3.5 Games Back
First Half: 30-39, 4th Place, 8.0 Games Back

ON THE LOOKOUT FOR STARS – 3B Josh Bell was named the Southern League All-Star Game Most Valuable Player on Monday after going 2-for-5 with a homer, two RBI, and two runs scored in the North Division’s 7-0 win over the South Division…the 22-year-old, who is in his first year of Double-A ball, is batting .277 with 23 doubles, eight homers, and 39 RBI in 81 games…he was selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2005 draft.

AND THEN THERE’S ANDREW – OF Andrew Lambo went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in the SL All-Star Game…the Dodgers’ No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America is batting .271 with a team-best 27 doubles, eight homers, and 36 RBI in 85 games…Lambo was selected by Los Angeles in the fourth round of the 2007 draft out of Newbury Park High School.

LUCAS, I AM YOUR FATHER – C Lucas May grounded out in his only plate appearance in the SL All-Star Game after entering in the seventh inning as a defensive replacement behind the plate…the 24-year-old, who is in his second straight year at the Double-A level, is batting .385 (10-for-26) with four doubles and seven RBI in eight games since returning from the disabled list…he had been on the DL from May 21-July 2 with a broken right wrist…May is batting .317 with four homers and 18 RBI in 35 games overall.

SARTOR A DEAL – RHP Matt Sartor tossed a scoreless seventh inning with one strikeout in the SL All-Star Game…the 24-year-old is 1-3 with eight saves and a 3.17 ERA in 33 appearances…the Irving, Texas native, who was signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in July 2007, has 55 strikeouts in 48.1 innings.

CHECK THE VECTOR, VICTOR – LHP Victor Garate has tossed 14.1 consecutive scoreless innings over his last 13 appearances, lowering his ERA to 2.10 from 3.60…the 24-year-old Venezuelan has given up only four hits while striking out 14 in that span…Garate, who was selected by the Dodgers in the minor league phase of the 2007 Rule 5 Draft, is limiting left-handed hitters to a .190 average (8-for-42).

Single-A Inland Empire 66ers
California League South Division
Second Half: 11-9, Tied for 1st Place, 1.0 Game Ahead
First Half: 32-38, 3rd Place, 11.0 Games Back

VOTE FOR PEDRO: 3B Pedro Baez represented the Dodgers at 2009 XM All-Star Futures Game in St. Louis, going 0-for-1 for the World Team and playing first base…overall, the Dominican Republic native is batting .283 with 10 homers and 57 RBI in 75 games.

MINI-VAN SLYKE: OF Scott Van Slyke is tied for second in the California League with 27 doubles and is tied for fourth in the league with 63 RBI…he has hit safely in nine of his last 11 games, batting .302 (13-for-43) with a three homers and nine RBI …the 22-year-old is batting .327 (37-for-113) with runners in scoring position…overall, the Missouri native is hitting .305 with a team-leading 14 homers in 85 games.

100K: RHP Steve Johnson ranks third in the league with 102 strikeouts…the 21-year-old is 4-0 with 32 strikeouts, one save, and a 3.12 ERA (12 ER/34.2 IP) in six games (five starts)…the Baltimore native was named California League Pitcher of the Week for the week of June 22-28, and entered the season as the Dodgers’ No. 15 prospect according to Baseball America.

Single-A Great Lakes Loons
Midwest League Eastern Division
Second Half: 8-11, 4th Place, 8.0 Games Back
First Half: 40-30, 3rd Place, 5.0 Games Back

DEE-LIGHTFUL!! – SS Dee Gordon was selected as the shortstop on Baseball America’s Mid-Season Minor League All-Star team for all levels of play…the Dodgers’ No. 7 prospect according to the same publication leads the Midwest League with 47 stolen bases is tied for the league lead with 106 hits…he also leads the circuit with 66 runs scored…the 21-year-old is batting .294 in 86 games…Gordon, a mid-season Midwest League All-Star, was selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2008 draft.

THE FILE ON KYLE – RF Kyle Russell leads the Midwest League with 21 homers, 68 RBI, and a .576 slugging percentage…he is also ranks second in the league with 26 doubles, and is hitting .280 in 89 games overall… Russell was selected by the Dodgers in the third round of the 2008 draft.

IRON NATE – RHP Nate Eovaldi has a 0.91 ERA (4 ER/39.2 IP) in his last nine games (four starts), lowering his season ERA to 3.65 from 7.36…he earned the win last night vs. Wisconsin (Brewers) with 5.0 innings of one-run ball…the Dodgers’ 11th-round selection from the 2008 draft has allowed just one home run in his 69.0 innings of work overall…the 19-year-old is the Dodgers’ No. 10 prospect according to Baseball America.

LUIS DOES IT – RHP Luis Garcia has a 0.92 ERA (2 ER/19.2 IP) in his last nine appearances, lowering his season ERA to 2.66 from 3.77…the 21-year-old Dominican Republic native is in his first season at the Single-A level.

JUSTIN MILLER TIME – RHP Justin Miller has posted three quality starts in July, going 2-1 with a 1.86 ERA (4 ER/19.1 IP)…he tossed 6.0 scoreless innings for the win at Kane County (Athletics) on Monday…Miller, the Dodgers’ sixth-round selection in the 2007 draft, is 5-5 with a 4.26 ERA in 18 starts overall.

SUPER MARIO: OF Mario Songco earned his promotion to Great Lakes last night after leading the Rookie-advanced Pioneer League with seven homers and tying for the league lead with 22 RBI…at Ogden, had a 15-game hit streak, batting .383 (23-for-60) with five homers and 19 RBI…is batting .444 (8-for-18) with a homer and 12 RBI with runners in scoring position…the Granada Hills native was selected in the fourth round of the 2009 draft out of Loyola Marymount University.

Rookie-advanced Ogden Raptors
Pioneer League South Division
12-9, 2nd Place, 1.0 Game Back

SANDS-ATIONAL: OF Jerry Sands leads the Pioneer League with a .407 average, is tied for second with six homers, and ranks fourth with 21 RBI…the 21-year-old is batting .476 (10-for-21) with runners in scoring position…the North Carolina native was selected in the 25th round of the 2008 draft and spent the 2008 season with the Gulf Coast League Dodgers.

ELI-SAUL TRAIN: RHP Elisaul Pimentel is 2-0 with a 2.78 ERA (7 ER/22.2 IP) in four starts…the 20-year-old spent last season with the Raptors and the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Dodgers, going a combined 3-7 with a 2.70 ERA (18 ER/60.0 IP) in 13 games (10 starts).

Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers
Arizona League West Division
10-10, Tied for 4th Place, 3.0 Games Back

AND AWAY WE GO – LHP Aaron Miller, the Dodgers’ first pick (36th overall) in the 2009 draft, made his pro debut yesterday, allowing two runs and three hits with one strikeout in 1.0 inning vs. the AZL Mariners…Miller was selected out of Baylor University.

BE LIKE MIKE – C Mike Pericht is batting .286 with three doubles, three homers, and 12 RBI in his first 13 pro games…the 21-year-old was selected by the Dodgers in the 16th round of this year’s draft out of St. Joseph’s College (IN).

Rookie Dominican Summer League Dodgers
DSL Boca Chica North
18-22, 5th Place, 10.5 Games Back

DOMINANT DOMINGUEZ– RHP Jose Dominguez leads the club with 40 strikeouts in 34.1 innings…in his last four starts, the 18-year-old is 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA (4 ER/20.0 IP).

THE GRAND FIN-ENLLY – DH Enlly Morales has hit safely in five straight games, going 10-for-22 (.455)…the 19-year-old leads the club with a .369 batting average and 13 doubles.

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