Dodgers name top Minor Leaguers

Dodgers name top Minor Leaguers

LOS ANGELES -- After posting solid seasons in the Minors, left-hander Scott Elbert and shortstop Dee Gordon were named the Dodgers' Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti made the announcement on Monday.

Elbert earned the honor by going 4-4 with a 3.84 ERA in a combined 20 appearances (18 starts) at Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque. He struck out 125 batters and walked 44 in 96 innings.

Elbert was selected to play in the Southern League All-Star Game, but he didn't play because he was called up to Triple-A.

Elbert is on his fourth stint with the Dodgers after getting recalled on Aug. 31. He is 2-0 with a 5.29 ERA in 13 appearances this season.

Gordon, 21, also was named the Midwest League Prospect of the Year and league co-MVP with Class A Great Lakes teammate Kyle Russell.

Gordon led the league with 73 steals and 12 triples. He finished second in hits (162) and runs (96).

Gordon was selected as a starter for the Midwest League All-Star Game. He also was on the league's postseason All-Star team.

Elbert and Gordon will be honored in a pregame ceremony during the final home series of the season, when the Dodgers host the Colorado Rockies from Oct. 2-4.

David Ely is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.