LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the April 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 April are as follows:
Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes
Pitcher – RHP JOHN ELY went 2-1 and limited opposing hitters to a .235 average (16-for-68) with a 3.00 ERA (6 ER/18.0 IP) in three starts for the Isotopes before having his contract purchased by the Dodgers on April 28. Ely was acquired along with RHP Jon Link from the White Sox for Juan Pierre on December 17, 2009 and celebrated his 24th birthday on Thursday after picking up his first big league win last Tuesday at Arizona.
Player – INF JOHN LINDSEY stormed out of the gate in April, leading the Pacific Coast League with a .455 (30-for-66) batting average, 30 hits, 13 extra-base hits, 20 doubles, a .507 on-base percentage and a .742 slugging percentage in 17 games. The 33-year-old, who received an invite to Major League Spring Training, also tied for the league lead with 19 runs, ranked third with 49 total bases and sixth with 17 RBI. Lindsey was recognized as the PCL’s Batter of the Week after opening the season with an eight-game hitting streak, batting .538 (12-for-39) with two homers and 13 RBI in 10 games. The Mississippi native was originally selected by the Rockies in the 13th round of the 1995 draft and is in his second stint with the Dodger organization after playing for Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A Las Vegas in 2007 and 2008.
Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts
Pitcher – RHP JESUS CASTILLO went 2-1 and ranked fourth in the Southern League with a 1.48 ERA (4 ER/24.1 IP) in four April starts. The 25-year-old also ranked fifth in the league with a .186 opponents’ average against (16-for-86). In seven overall starts, Castillo has limited right-handed hitters to a .176 average (15-for-85) and posted a 2.06 ERA (9 ER/39.1 IP). He was selected by the Dodgers in the 27th round of the 2003 draft and posted a 7-9 record with a 4.31 ERA in 29 games (27 starts) for Chattanooga last season.
Player – INF DEE GORDON batted .345 (29-for-84) with four doubles, a home run and six RBI in 20 April games. The 22-year-old ranked among the April Southern League leaders in batting average (3rd), hits (29, 5th) and steals (six, 6th). Gordon was named the Dodgers’ 2009 Minor League Player of the Year and Single-A Midwest League co-MVP with Kyle Russell after hitting .301 with 32 extra-base hits and 73 steals in 131 games for Single-A Great Lakes.
Single-A Inland Empire 66ers
Pitcher – RHP KENLEY JANSEN went 1-0 and limited opponents to a .212 average (11-for-52) with 22 strikeouts and a 1.23 ERA (2 ER/14.2 IP) in eight April games for the 66ers. The 22-year-old was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga on Saturday after posting a 1.50 ERA (3 ER/18.0 IP) in 11 relief appearances with Inland Empire. Jansen was added to the 40-man roster this past offseason and is in his first full season as a pitcher after being converted from a catcher during the 2009 campaign.
Player – OF KYLE RUSSELL opened the season with a 14-game hitting streak and ranked among the California League leaders with a .337 (28-for-83) average (10th), four home runs (T-3rd) and 15 RBI (8th) in 22 April games. The 23-year-old was named league Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending April 25, batting .375 (9-for-24) with two home runs and six RBI in seven games. Russell entered the season ranked as the Dodgers’ No. 12 prospect by Baseball America after being recognized as co-MVP of the Single-A Midwest League MVP last year along with Dee Gordon.
Single-A Great Lakes Loons
Pitcher – RHP MATT MAGILL posted a 3.18 ERA (6 ER/17.0 IP) with one save in four games (two starts) in April. The 20-year-old limited opponents to a .217 average (13-for-60), while striking out 20 in 17.0 innings. In seven total games, the Simi Valley local has limited right-handed hitters to a .155 average (9-for-58) with 19 strikeouts and no home runs.
Player – INF/OF JERRY SANDS had a decorated first month of the season, winning the Midwest League’s Player of the Week honors for the first two weeks of the season (and has since added a third for the week of May 3-9). The 22-year-old ranked among the league’s leaders in batting average (.382, 2nd), home runs (8, T-1st), on-base percentage (.442, 7th), slugging percentage (.842, 1st) and RBI (22, 2nd) and hit safely in 17 of 21 April games. Currently, Sands leads the league in two of the three Triple Crown categories, leading the circuit with both a .387 batting average and 13 homers, and ranking second with 30 RBI in 35 games.
Extended Spring Training
Pitcher – RHP LUIS FERRERAS won the Dodger Pride Award for pitchers at Extended Spring Training. The 20-year-old went 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA and did not allow a home run in 18.0 innings at Rookie-advanced Ogden in 2009. Ferreras was signed as a non-drafted free agent on March 30, 2007 out of the Dominican Republic.
Player – INF RAMON JEAN batted .273 (15-for-55) with three steals and seven RBI at Extended Spring Training. The 22-year-old is in his fourth season with the organization and batted .280 with 14 steals and 23 RBI in 44 games with the Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers in 2009. Jean was signed as a non-drafted free agent on March 12, 2007 out of the Dominican Republic.
– Jon Chapper/LA Dodgers PR Department