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Minor League Player & Pitcher of the Year

Minor League Player & Pitcher of the Year


LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today named right-hander Rubby De La Rosa and infielder/outfielder Jerry Sands as the Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively.  General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.

The 21-year-old De La Rosa went a combined 7-2 with six saves and a 2.37 ERA in 22 games (13 starts) with Double-A Chattanooga and Single-A Great Lakes. This was De La Rosa’s fourth year in the organization after he signed as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2007.

The Dominican Republic native opened the season as a reliever with the Loons, picking up six saves and making just one start in 10 appearances before the All-Star break. Following the break, De La Rosa was moved into a starter’s role and earned his July 23 promotion to Double-A by going 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA (5 ER/27.0 IP) and limiting opposing hitters to a .165 average in four starts.

In eight starts with the Lookouts, De La Rosa went 3-1 with a 1.41 ERA (8 ER/51.0 IP), which led the Double-A Southern League during his time on the circuit, and limited opponents to .215 batting average. He did not allow an earned run in his first three starts (18.0 IP) and won the August Dodger Pride Award for Chattanooga after going 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA in six starts during the month. He is currently pitching in the Fall Instructional League in Arizona, which opened last Thursday.

Jerry Sands tied for the third in all of Minor League Baseball with 35 home runs in a combined 137 games with Great Lakes and Chattanooga. The 23-year-old was selected as an outfielder on Sporting News’ All-Minor League Team and batted a combined .301, drove in 93 runs and posted a .586 slugging percentage in his third professional season. Sands was selected by the Dodgers in the 25th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Catawba College in North Carolina.

The North Carolina native had a decorated season, garnering league Player of the Week honors four times (three times with Great Lakes, once with Chattanooga) and winning the Top Star MVP Award in the Single-A Midwest League All-Star Game. Sands also won the April and May Dodger Pride Awards for Great Lakes, batting .355 (65-for-183) with 15 homers and 37 RBI in 51 games over the season’s first two months.

Sands led the Lookouts with 17 home runs for the season despite only playing in 68 games for the club and batted .270 with 47 RBI following his June 24 promotion from Great Lakes. In 69 games with the Loons, Sands ranked among the league leaders in batting average (.333, T-2nd), home runs (18, 1st), RBI (46, 2nd), on-base percentage (.432, 2nd) and slugging percentage (.646, 1st). He will play for Don Mattingly and the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League, which opens play on October 12.

Both De La Rosa and Sands will be honored in a pregame ceremony on Saturday, October 2 prior to the Dodgers game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Representatives from each of the Dodgers’ minor league partners will be on hand for the ceremony.

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11 Responses to “Minor League Player & Pitcher of the Year”

  1. Jared Massey says:

    Bah, Mark, you beat me by seconds!

  2. Mark Timmons says:

    Sorry about that Jared. I just was doing nothing at the time the Press Release popped up.

    2 Players who could be in the Dodgers near future…

  3. AnewBlueDay/Roger Dodger says:

    Mark, that might be the most positive thing this entire season. Solid chips for the near future.

    Just saw the Cubs beat the Padres and slow that wagon train down.

    I finished Ken Burns’ 10th Inning chapters. In essense, I remember most that it was about the Yankees, Red Sox, Yankees, Red Sox, and the Yankees, plus some on drugs and testing and the cheaters. Bunches on Bonds’s life.

    Like nothing on the Dodgers save the Bulldog and mention that Dave Roberts stealing 2nd for the Red Sox and then scoring a run — came over from the Dodgers.

    Folks, we have a lot of work to do to get the Dodgers more playing time on his next chapter, Chapter 11.

  4. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I just can’t resist this. Chapter 11 and the Dodgers, seems so apropos.

  5. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Then again, maybe that’s what Roger was thinking.

  6. Badger says:

    We have 10th Inning recorded, the first night was almost depressing. The strike and then the PED’s. But he did give Ripken his due. Ripken put the butts back in the seats after the strike, but it was the home run chase that people paid to see, and caused them to forget the fact that millionaire baseball players were striking against billionaire owners. It worked well, don’t you think?

    Burns is an east coast guy, who probably knows Frank McCourt well. I believe he is an admitted Red Sox fan. He is no Dodger fan, that’s for sure. And let’s face it, the Yankees are the flagship of MLB. The Dodgers are fading fast. No championships, or World Series appearance for over 20 years? Something very wrong with that.

    Not much we can do Roger, just hang on and see which way the wind is going to blow.

  7. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Wake up brain, that’s exactly what Roger was thinking. OK, I have a small excuse. Been home the last couple of days nursing a fever that reached near 103. It’s getting back to normal, but some of my morons (oops, neurons) are probably fried.

  8. lawdog says:

    Don’t feel bad roger. My morons have been fried for years now. :mrgreen:

  9. Badger says:

    As time goes by, more nuerons turn into morons. It’s just part of the aging process.

    Not seeing any McSleeze news this morning. It’s the waiting game now. Lots of speculation over at Dodger Divorce, but nobody knows what the gray haired man in the black robe will do. No matter what, McGrease has his juevos in a vice and it’s going to cost him plenty. Already has. Jamie will not just “walk away”. That’s not what kept women do. She is going to require plenty to live the life to which she has become accustomed. Chapter 11 actually makes real sense.

    I read the following this morning:

    “The Dodgers have over $430 million in debt on their books. Blue Land Co LLC, the McCourt holding company that includes the Dodgers has something like $619 million in liabilities. The McCourts are carrying a huge debt load, and they are making a small profit after all their overhead is covered. They also have some pretty big loans, one with the stadium as collateral, another with ticket sales as the revenue, to a $60 million loan from the parking lot.

    An upfront cash deal for the broadcasting rights, would help with investment and some cash in the bank for interest. Frank isn’t going to sell unless he is forced to. I see the private placement investors and the banks have more sway over Frank than the courts and public opinion. He is going to sell when he is drowning more into an ocean of red ink.”

    Frank is in serious trouble, just like most of us said he was. I don’t know how this will settle out, but to believe the Dodgers can actually add payroll is naive. It just cannot be done without adding more debt to the pile.

  10. AnewBlueDay/Roger Dodger says:

    Badger, Brooklyn, Lawdog . . . somehow, the great Dodger tradition is now at the bottom of the major league establishment.

    There have been a few splashes of light with several early post season plays in the past 20 season — but with all of the fans coming in the gates, great weather to play in, in L.A. — and all, the pain has really set in.

    A club that finishes .500 or below this season, and has real money problems — the future looks dim.

    Just watching both of the 10th Inning Ken Burns productions — the Dodgers and Dodger fans are becoming closer to understanding just what the Cubs, Pirates, Royals, Mariners, Orioles, Indians, A’s, Nationals, D-Backs, and even the Mets (now) — feel like.

    It is embarrassing. Who knows, maybe Jeff Kent was on to something as he watched our young guys several years ago — having their fun, but not seeing the real purpose of the game — to win, play hard, work the count-game-plays-seaons — and win.

  11. Badger says:

    Kent WAS on to something. Bowa saw it too. Maybe when Torre starts talking we will hear more about Bad Mattitude. I think we can count on people opening up once the last out of the season is recorded.

    Speaking of recorded, I am on record, I am firmly with the camp that is calling for new ownership. If McCourt somehow pulls this out of his ass, I will step forward and say I was wrong. So far, it has played out just as worse as I thought it would.

    Off to Prescott to see the Social Network. Turns out the Winklevoss twins are my wife’s second cousins. They have never talked, but I keep telling her she should introduce herself to them. She doesn’t agree.


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