- The Great Lakes Loons were the last Dodger team to be eliminated from the playoffs, losing to the Ft. Wayne Tin Caps last night 4-3 in 10
innings. Dee Gordon was 1-5 with a stolen base, Kyle Russell was 1-2 with a BB and an RBI, Silverio hit a HR and Aaron Miller pitched a stellar 6 innings, allowing just 1 run and 1 hit. It was all for naught as the Loons closer, Cole St. Clair blew the save in the 8th and lost the game in the 10th. It was a good year for the Loons.
- It’s nice to play a minor league team for a change. The Pirates are AAA, at best!
- Great article on our Dynamic Duo (Kemp & Ethier) by mlb.coms Doug Miller.
- Jon Garland has been a nice pickup hasn’t he?
- Andre is going to get 30 HR it appears!
- O-Dog is playing like a guy who gets $10,000 for every at bat!
- Can Russ Martin get his BA to .270 by the end of the year? He’s hot, as is Loney.
- We just play different with Casey Blake in the lineup.
- Andy LaRoche went 2-3 against his former mates and is hitting a paltry .248.
- A Press Release from the Dodgers:
DODGERS NAME LEFT-HANDER SCOTT ELBERT AND SHORTSTOP DEE GORDON AS THE BRANCH RICKEY MINOR LEAGUE PITCHER AND PLAYER OF THE YEAR
LOS ANGELES– The Los Angeles Dodgers today named left-hander Scott Elbert and shortstop Dee Gordon as the Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively. General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.
The 24-year-old Elbert went 4-4 with a 3.84 ERA in a combined 20 games (18 starts) with Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque. In 96.0 innings, Elbert struck out 125 batters and walked only 44. He was selected to the Southern League All-Star Game after going 2-3 with 87 strikeouts and a 3.90 ERA (27 ER/62.1 IP) in 12 games (11 starts), but did not appear in the game because of his promotion to Triple-A Albuquerque on June 22. He is currently in his fourth stint with the Dodgers, and is 2-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 12 relief appearances for Los Angeles.
Elbert entered the season ranked as the Dodgers’ No. 5 prospect according to Baseball America, which rated his curveball as the best among Dodgers prospects.
In six minor league seasons, Elbert is 29-23 with 541 strikeouts in 462.0 innings and a 3.27 ERA in 113 games (84 starts). He was selected in the first round (17th overall) of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Seneca (Missouri) High School.
The 21-year-old Gordon was named Midwest League Prospect of the Year and league Co-MVP with teammate Kyle Russell after leading the league with 73 steals (22 more than his closest challenger) and 12 triples, and ranking second in the league with 162 hits and 96 runs. His numbers also rank second in steals, tied for eighth in triples, 11th in hits, and 15th in runs among all full-season minor league players. He was selected as a starter for the Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star Game, going 1-for-2 with a steal, and also named as the shortstop on the league’s post season All-Star Team.
Gordon won the Dodger Pride Award for June, batting .347 (34-for-98) with 14 steals and 22 runs in 24 games and had a season-long 16-game hitting streak in the month.
The fourth-round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft hit .301 with three home runs and 35 RBI in 131 games to help lead Great Lakes to its first playoff appearance in the club’s three-year history. The Florida native entered the season ranked as the Dodgers’ No. 7 prospect according to Baseball America. The publication also ranked him as the fastest baserunner, best athlete, and best defensive infielder in the Dodgers’ minor league system. Gordon is the son of pitcher Tom “Flash” Gordon.
In two minor league seasons, Gordon has a .311 batting average with 91 steals, 5 homers and 62 RBI.
Both Elbert and Gordon will be honored in a pregame ceremony during the final home series of the season, when the Dodgers host the Colorado Rockies from October 2-4. Representatives from each of the Dodgers’ minor league partners will be on hand for the ceremony.