07/06/2011 10:38 PM ET
Dodgers announce June winners of Dodger Pride Awards
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the June 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 June are as follows:
Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes
Pitcher - RHP MERKIN VALDEZ allowed just one earned run and struck out 21 over 16.2 innings (0.54 ERA) in 12 June appearances. The right-handed reliever posted a 2-1 record with one save, while limiting opposing hitters to a .153 batting average in the month. Overall, the 29-year-old is 4-2 with four saves and a 3.55 ERA in a team-high 34 appearances.
Player - OF TRAYVON ROBINSON batted .359 (37-for-103) with five doubles, nine homers and 23 RBI in 27 June games to win the Dodger Pride Award. The 23-year-old had a 16-game hitting streak during the month, which tied a season high, and also posted a .689 slugging percentage, which ranked ninth in the Pacific Coast League. Along with teammate Dana Eveland, Robinson was selected to play in the Triple-A All-Star Game next week and leads the Isotopes with 90 hits, 20 homers and 55 RBI in 80 games.
Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts
Pitcher - RHP CHRIS WITHROW went 2-0 and ranked fourth in the Southern League with a 1.95 ERA (6 ER/27.2 IP) in his five June starts. The 22-year-old limited opposing hitters to a .196 batting average (19-for-97) with 28 strikeouts in the month and overall has held opponents to a .242 mark. Withrow, the Dodgers' 2007 first-round draft pick, is 3-5 with a 4.04 ERA in 14 starts for the Lookouts.
Player - OF ALFREDO SILVERIO won the Dodger Pride Award for the second straight month and also was selected as the Topps Southern League Player of the Month as voted on by the league's managers. The 24-year-old batted .354 (40-for-113) with six home runs and 22 RBI in 26 June games and overall ranks among the circuit's leaders in batting average (.311, 8th), slugging percentage (.566, 3rd), doubles (25, T-2nd), triples (12, 1st), RBI (57, 4th), total bases (175, 2nd) and home runs (10, T-10th). This Sunday, the Dominican Republic native will represent the Dodgers on the World Team in the XM Satellite Radio All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Pitcher - RHP ANDRES SANTIAGO went 3-1 and posted the California League's fifth-lowest June ERA with a 2.97 mark (10 ER/30.1 IP) in five starts. The 21-year-old is undefeated in three second-half starts, going 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA (6 ER/21.2 IP) in three outings since the All-Star break. Overall, Santiago is 5-2 with a 3.27 ERA in 16 games (nine starts) for the first place Quakes.
Player - OF NICK BUSS led the Quakes with a .341 batting average in June to go along with his five doubles, five homers and 11 RBI in 22 games. The 24-year-old strung together a season-long 11-game hitting streak from June 10-23 and finished the month with nine multi-hit games. Overall, Buss is batting a career-best .295 with seven home runs and 21 RBI through 60 games in his fourth professional season after being selected in the eighth round of the 2008 draft out of USC.
Single-A Great Lakes Loons
Pitcher - RHP ANGEL SANCHEZ went 3-1 and had the third-lowest ERA in the Midwest League with a 1.20 mark in six June games (five starts). The 21-year-old limited opposing hitters to a .133 batting average (14-for-105) in the month and overall has posted a .172 opponents' batting average in nine games (six starts). Overall, Sanchez is 3-2 with a 2.58 ERA in his first professional season after signing with the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in 2010 out of the Dominican Republic.
Player - OF LEON LANDRY tied for fourth in the Midwest League with two triples and ranked second on the club with six doubles in 23 June games. The 21-year-old speedster is in his second professional season after being selected in the third round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Louisiana State University.
Rookie-advanced Ogden Raptors
Pitcher - RHP GUSTAVO GOMEZ went 3-0 and allowed just one earned run over 17.0 innings (0.53 ERA) in three June starts. Overall, the 20-year-old ranks fourth in the Pioneer League with a 2.08 ERA in four starts and has limited opposing hitters to a .205 batting average with 27 strikeouts in 21.2 innings. Gomez opened the 2011 campaign with Single-A Great Lakes and is in his fourth professional season after signing with the club in 2008 out of Panama.
Player - OF SCOTT SCHEBLER hit safely in 10 of 11 games during the season's opening month and ranked ninth in the Pioneer League with a .346 batting average in June. Overall, the 20-year-old is hitting .342 with two homers and 16 RBI in 16 games, including a .417 mark with runners in scoring position (10-for-24). Schebler is in his second professional season after being selected in the 26th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Des Moines (IA) Community College.
Rookie-level Arizona Summer League Dodgers
Pitcher - RHP JOSE DOMINGUEZ went 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA (2 ER/9.2 IP) in his two June starts to win the Dodger Pride Award. The 20-year-old is in his first season playing in the United States after spending three seasons with the DSL Dodgers from 2008-10.
Player - OF JOSEPH WINKER batted .400 (12-for-30) with two doubles, a triple and eight RBI in seven June games. Overall, the 21-year-old has hit safely in nine of his first 10 professional games and is batting .526 with runners in scoring position (10-for-19). Winker was selected by the Dodgers in the 28th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Mercer University in Georgia.
Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Dodgers
Pitcher - RHP JACKSON MATEO ranks eighth in the Dominican Summer League with a 1.42 ERA and has posted a .183 opponents' batting average in six starts. The 18-year-old has allowed just one hit this season with runners in scoring position (1-for-22, .045) and has given up just one home run in 25.1 innings. Mateo is transitioning to a starting role this year after leading the DSL Dodgers with seven saves in 2010, which was his first professional season.
Player - IF FAUSTINO OGUISTEN ranked second in the Dominican Summer League with a .373 batting average (22-for-59) in 21 June games and overall leads the club with a .333 batting average in 24 games. The 20-year-old also leads the club with nine steals and ranks fourth with seven RBI. Oguisten is in his third season with the DSL Dodgers after signing with the organization in 2009.