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De La Rosa, Sands receive Minors honors

De La Rosa, Sands receive Minors honors

LOS ANGELES -- Hard-throwing right-hander Rubby De La Rosa and slugger Jerry Sands were named Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively, by the Dodgers on Thursday.

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 Class A Great Lakes. He 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. After the break, De La Rosa was moved to a starter's role and earned his July 23 promotion to Double-A by going 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA and limiting opposing hitters to a .165 average in four starts.

The 23-year-old Sands, a 25th-round Draft pick in 2008 out of Catawba College, tied for third in all of Minor League Baseball with 35 home runs in a combined 137 games with Great Lakes and Chattanooga. He 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.

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De La Rosa and Sands will be honored in a pregame ceremony Saturday at Dodger Stadium.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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