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.