LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the June 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 June are as follows:
Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes
Pitcher – RHP James McDonald went 1-0 with 28 strikeouts and a 1.89 ERA (4 ER/19.0 IP) in three June starts, earning a promotion to the Dodgers on June 19…the 24-year-old has allowed just one run in 6.2 innings (1.35 ERA) of relief since being recalled…the Long Beach native was selected in the 11th round of the 2002 draft, and was recognized as the Dodgers’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year both of the last two seasons.
Player – INF Chin-lung Hu batted .304 (34-for-112) with four doubles and 11 RBI in 28 June games, raising his average to .258 from .228…the Taiwan native is batting .324 (23-for-71) with two homers and 30 RBI with runners in scoring position overall.
Other Notables – OF Jamie Hoffmann is 11-for-22 (.500) with three homers and 11 RBI in seven July games…overall, the 24-year-old is batting .299 (32-for-107) with five homers and 21 RBI in 29 games with the Isotopes…OF Jason Repko is batting .370 (10-for-27) in seven July games…RHP Scott Strickland has allowed just one run in his last 10.0 innings over 10 games…the 33-year-old is tied for second in the Pacific Coast League with 17 saves…overall, he has 40 strikeouts in 28.2 innings.
Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts
Pitcher – RHP Travis Chick went 3-1 with a 1.69 ERA (6 ER/32.0 IP) in five June starts…his lone loss was a quality start of 6.0 innings and two runs June 22 at Huntsville (Brewers)…the 25-year-old, who signed with the Dodgers as a minor league free agent in November 2008, is 6-4 with a 3.78 ERA in 16 games (14 starts) overall.
Player – OF Tommy Giles batted .351 (20-for-57) with five homers and 10 RBI in 24 games in June…the Dodgers’ eighth-round pick from the 2006 draft is hitting .278 with six homers and 14 RBI in 42 games with Chattanooga since his May 12 promotion from Single-A Inland Empire…this is Giles’s first taste of Double-A action…he is batting a combined .304 with 10 homers and 31 RBI in 58 games with Chattanooga and Inland Empire…the left-handed hitter had 100 RBI in 2008 to tie for the organization lead and rank second in the California League.
Other Notables – OF Andrew Lambo is batting .385 (10-for-26) with three doubles, a homer, and eight RBI in seven games in July…he had 11 RBI in 26 games in June…C Lucas May is 6-for-17 (.353) with three doubles and six RBI in five games since returning from the disabled list on Friday…five of the RBI came last night vs. Huntsville…May missed nearly two months of action with a broken right wrist…OF James Tomlin is batting .429 (24-for-56) with 10 walks and 11 runs scored in his last 16 games to raise his average from .284 to a season-high .322…RHP J.D. Durbin tossed 7.0 innings of two-run ball in both his starts since joining the rotation June 28…he starts again tonight vs. Huntsville…LHP Victor Garate has tossed 13.1 consecutive scoreless innings in his last 12 games beginning June 11…he has allowed only three hits in that time.
Single-A Inland Empire 66ers
Pitcher – RHP Steve Johnson went 3-1 with a save and a 2.28 (7 ER/27.2 IP) in five June games (three starts)…the 21-year-old ranks third in the California League with 98 strikeouts in 90.1 innings…overall, the Baltimore native is 7-4 with one save and a 3.79 ERA in 17 games (15 starts).
Player – INF Steven Caseres batted .418 (28-for-67) with six homers and 15 RBI in 21 June games… …the New York native had a two homer and five RBI effort on June 15 at Lancaster (Astros)…overall, he is batting .292 with 11 homers and 29 RBI in 68 games.
Other notables – OF Elian Herrera is batting .357 (10-for-28) with a homer and four RBI in seven July games…overall, he is hitting .333 with three homers in 43 since being promoted from Single-A Great Lakes on May 12…RHP Tim Sexton is 4-0 with a 1.32 ERA (4 ER/27.1 IP) in his last four starts…the 22-year-old tossed 8.0 innings of one-run ball in a June 28 victory vs. Rancho Cucamonga (Angels).
Single-A Great Lakes Loons
Pitcher – RHP JonMichael Redding went 3-1 with a 2.96 ERA (9 ER/27.1 IP) in five starts in June…since being touched for six runs in 1.1 innings May 22 at Cedar Rapids (Angels), the 21-year-old is 4-1 with a 2.58 ERA (11 ER/38.1 IP) in seven starts to lower his ERA to 4.29 from 5.88…the Dodgers’ fifth-round pick from the 2008 draft is 9-3 in 16 starts overall…his nine wins rank third in the Midwest League.
Player – SS Dee Gordon batted .347 (34-for-98) with 14 steals and 22 runs in 24 games in June…the 21-year-old, who entered the season as the Dodgers’ No. 7 prospect according to Baseball America, is batting .306 with a Midwest League-best 43 stolen bases in 80 games overall…he is also tied for the league lead with 102 hits.
Other Notables – RF Kyle Russell hit his league-leading 20th home run last night at Peoria (Cubs), five more than the closest player, Peoria’s Josh Vitters…Russell also has a league-leading 63 RBI…LHP Geison Aguasviva has given up just one earned run in 24.2 innings (seven games) since joining Great Lakes from Extended Spring Training, a 0.36 ERA…RHP Javy Guerra has allowed only one run in his last 11.1 innings (seven games), lowering his ERA to 1.54 from 1.82…RHP Nate Eovaldi has a 0.59 ERA (2 ER/30.2 IP) in his last seven games (three starts), lowering his ERA to 3.90 from 7.36.
Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Dodgers
Pitcher – RHP Yimi Garcia went 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA (1 ER/19.1 IP) in eight June appearances…the 18-year-old tossed a season-high 5.0 innings of scoreless relief on June 13 vs. DSL Royals, allowing just two hits and striking out four…overall, he is 2-0 with a 0.34 ERA (1 ER/26.2 IP) with 23 strikeouts in 10 appearances.
Player – INF Bladimir Franco batted .326 (31-for-95) with six homers and 18 RBI in 25 June games…the 18-year-old is batting .326 (15-for-46) with three homers with runners in scoring position…overall, he is hitting .310 with six homers and 21 RBI and has collected 10 multi-hit games in 33 games.
Other Notable – RHP Gustavo Gomez is 0-1 with a 1.28 ERA (2 ER/14.0) in his last three starts…overall, he has 31 strikeouts in 31.0 innings.