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May Winners of Dodger Pride Awards

May Winners of Dodger Pride Awards

The Los Angeles Dodgers Announce May Winners of Dodger Pride Awards

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the May 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 May are as follows:

Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes

Pitcher – LHP JUAN PEREZ tossed scoreless relief in 10 of his 11 May appearances, posting a 1.29 ERA (2 ER/14.0 IP) and limiting opposing hitters to a .196 (10-for-51) batting average. Overall, the 31-year-old has limited left-handed hitters to a .179 average (7-for-39) and is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA in a team-leading 21 appearances.

Player – INF JOHN LINDSEY won his second straight Dodger Pride Award, leading the Pacific Coast League with a .415 batting average (44-for-106) and 20 extra-base hits, tying for second with seven homers and ranking sixth with 25 RBI in 27 May games. The Mississippi native won his second PCL Hitter of the Week award last week, when he batted .407 (11-for-27) with five homers and 13 RBI in seven games for the Isotopes. The 33-year-old continues to lead the league with a .402 overall batting average, is tied for seventh with 10 homers and ranks fourth with 42 RBI in 47 games.

Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts

Pitcher – LHP ALBERTO BASTARDO went 3-1 with a 2.56 ERA (9 ER/31.2 IP) and an average of 10.23 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in five May starts.  The native Venezuelan allowed just one earned run over his final three May starts, going 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA (1 ER/20.0 IP) and 25 strikeouts. Overall, the 26-year-old is 5-3 with a 4.85 ERA and leads the team in wins (5), strikeouts (57) and innings pitched (59.1).

Player – INF COREY SMITH batted .326 (28-for-86) with seven doubles, five homers and 22 RBI in 28 May games.  The 28-year-old was named Southern League Hitter of the Week for the week of May 3-9, batting .412 (7-for-17) with two homers, eight RBI and three stolen bases. Overall, Smith is batting .277 with six homers and 32 RBI in 48 games, including .341 (14-for-41) with runners in scoring position.

Single-A Inland Empire 66ers

Pitcher – RHP NATHAN EOVALDI went 1-2 with a 2.97 ERA (12 ER/36.1 IP) in six starts, including a five-hit complete game shutout on May 31 at Lancaster (Astros). Overall, the 20-year-old has limited opposing hitters to a .196 average (9-for-46) with runners in scoring position and is 1-2 with a 2.91 ERA in eight starts.

Player – OF KYLE RUSSELL batted .350 (36-for-103) in 27 May games to win his second consecutive Dodger Pride Award, tying for the California League lead with 10 home runs and leading the circuit with 33 RBI and a .709 slugging percentage.  The 23-year-old earned his second California League Hitter of the Week Award for the week ending May 23 after batting .440 (11-for-25) with four homers and 15 RBI, which led all of the minor leagues during the seven-day stretch. Overall, the University of Texas alum is batting .349 and leading the league with 14 homers and 50 RBI in 51 games.

Single-A Great Lakes Loons

Pitcher – RHP WILL SAVAGE earned Midwest League Pitcher of the Week honors for the week ending May 23 after striking out six in a 7.0-inning complete game shutout on May 22 at Lansing (Blue Jays) and went 3-0 with a 2.38 ERA (9 ER/34.0 IP) in five May starts. Overall, the 25-year-old from West Hills is tied for third in the league with five wins (5-1) and ranks 11th with a 2.26 ERA in 10 starts.

Player – INF/OF JERRY SANDS won his second consecutive Dodger Pride Award, batting .336 (36-for-101) with a league-leading seven home runs and 15 RBI in 30 May games. The 22-year-old was also named Midwest League Player of the Week for the third time this season, hitting .400 (10-for-25) with three home runs and five RBI from May 3-9.  Overall, Sands ranks third in the league with a .352 average, leads the circuit with 15 homers and a .689 slugging percentage, and is tied for the league lead with 38 RBI in 54 games.

Extended Spring Training

Pitcher – RHP ARISMENDY OZORIA won the Dodger Pride Award for pitchers at Extended Spring Training, allowing just one earned run in 8.0 innings (1.13 ERA) in three May games. The 19-year-old went 3-2 with 54 strikeouts and a 2.53 ERA in 15 games (eight starts) for the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Dodgers in 2009.

Player – INF CASIO GRIDER batted .288 (19-for-66) with seven RBI during Extended Spring Training to win the Dodger Pride Award. The 22-year-old hit .263 with two homers and seven RBI in 47 games for the Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers last year after being selected in the 14th round of the June 2009 draft.

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10 Responses to “May Winners of Dodger Pride Awards”

  1. Badger says:


  2. Badger says:

    Can’t keep up with the threads around here. I was going to comment about Manny on the W.I.N. thread, and it’s closed already. That was fast. You have to be quick around here.

    Hey, maybe this guy could be our LH PH.

  3. Mark Timmons says:

    He’s gotta be better than GA.

  4. Roger Dodger says:

    Mark, what is your plan on all of these threads??? 5 so far today. I know you close some for input, but some are open.

    I admit (as I have in the past), I am not on this Dodger fan board for great writing, but to share thoughts and insight with OTHER Dodger fans.

    In fact, I would prefer to have only one file or thread open at a time for posts or comments. I mean, keep the game summaries (Wayne), minor league (Jared) results as a thread, but no response or comments there. They can all be made on the one open thread.

    Just a beginning suggestion.

  5. Roger Dodger says:

    I bet some of us here, were wondering if Clayton could ever pitch a no-hitter and even a perfect games at some point in his career.

    When Koufax finally got his act together, and if he were pitching a game and had not surrendered a hit thought the 5th inning or so, Vinny would say on the radio — “and we are through 5 innings and Sandy has not given up a hit — call up your friends and have them tune in.”

    So tonight, Kershaw starts out like Sandy . . . one up, one down, two up, two down, three up, three . . . wait RUSS MARTIN screwed up — a passed ball on strike three and could not make the put-out throw in time —- gone is any chance for a perfect game.

    As Brooklyn suggested, Martin needs to just go up the middle or with the pitch, but he does not follow Brooklyn’s advice, and flies out to the warning track. Heck, two runners on base. Is Martin over matched these days? Has he peaked early in his career and now just coasting? Is he dumb to advice and his skills? Does not not listen to coaching?

    I am hard on Russ Martin, because I expect better. I want him to be a solid hitter, hitting in the clutch. Especially in the later innings — Martin needs to become a .350 hitter.

  6. mark says:

    RIP John Wooden

    Nice words by Vin – very appropriate!


    When we go with one thread, it seems that few post.

    This post was a Press Release from the Dodgers after I post a Game Time post.

  7. Badger says:

    Yeah, I saw him too when I was perusing the Isotope stats looking for a lh hitter. I think we have enough rh hitters on the bench, we need a situational lh ph and that Gibbons guy looks like he is doing fine down there. He is no prospect, so, like mover just said, he has to be better than GA.

    I see Kershaw has 82 pitches through 5. That’s better than he usually does. He could go 7 tonight.

  8. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Maybe this was Roger’s thought when posted Lindsay’s numbers, but it’s certainly mine.

    PCL numbers are useless

    Remember Greg Brock? Paul has some pretty nice numbers too, and he would get sufficient playing time considering what we’re seeing from Manny. Bring the kid up, he’s the best option available. We don’t need used up, and washed up veterans like GA and Gibbons.

  9. Badger says:

    Brooklyn, do you think Paul and the Dodgers, are best served by a few at bats a week? I still don’t. We need a bonafide Major League hitter, a guy that knows the pressure and can handle it. I feel that Paul does not have the experience to sit on his ass most of the week and come in for that one big at bat.

    Take a look around MLB. Tell me, how many lh pinch hitters are 25 year old players with 71 career at bats?

    The Dodgers do need to fill this spot. They would be doing Paul an injustice by putting him in it.


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