LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the July winners of the Dodger Pride Awards. The Dodger Pride Awards were created in 2008 by General Manager Ned Colletti, and are issued 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 July are as follows:
Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes
Pitcher - RHP Matt Magill posted a 3-2 record with a 4.63 ERA (6 ER/11.2 IP), striking out 10 batters against four walks in nine July appearances. The right-hander held opposing batters to a .227 batting average (10-for-45), while not allowing a home run in the month. The 24-year-old Simi Valley native is in his seventh professional season with the Dodgers after being selected by the club in the 31st round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
Player - 1B Brock Peterson batted .379 (36-for-95) in 27 July games for the Isotopes. During the month, Peterson ranked among Pacific Coast League leaders in doubles (10, 4th), batting average (.379, 5th), hits (36, T-8th), RBI (22, T-8th), on-base percentage (.454, 3rd) and recorded 11 multi-hit games. Peterson was acquired by the Dodgers on July 1 from Washington for cash considerations. The Washington State native was originally drafted by the Twins in the 49th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.
Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts
Pitcher - LHP Jarret Martin posted a 3.57 ERA (7 ER/17.2 IP), fanning 17 batters against eight walks in 11 July appearances. The Bakersfield native did not allow a home run in the month, while holding the opposition to a .190 batting average (12-for-63). On the season, the left-hander has posted a 1-1 record with a 3.40 ERA (18 ER/47.2 IP) in 39 relief appearances and also has four saves. Martin was originally acquired by the Dodgers in a three-player trade with Baltimore on Dec. 8, 2011.
Player - 1B O'Koyea Dickson posted a .326 batting average (30-for-92) with a .398 on-base percentage in 26 July games to earn the Dodger Pride Award for Chattanooga. During the month of July, Dickson led the team in doubles (9), hits (30), home runs (4), and RBI (16), while earning Southern League Player of the Week honors for the period ending July 28. The Bay Area native went to school at Sonoma State University and was a 12th-round selection by the Dodgers in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Player - RHP Lindsey Caughel went 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA (8 ER/32.0 IP) and 32 strikeouts in four July starts (five games). The 23-year-old had opened the month with consecutive starts without allowing an earned run, totaling 13.0 innings with 15 strikeouts. On the year, Caughel is limiting opponents to a .172 (15-for-87) clip with runners in scoring position. Caughel was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 23rd round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.
Player - OF Jeremy Rathjen batted .363 (37-for-102) in 26 July games, while leading the team in runs (20), doubles (9), home runs (6) and RBI (20). The Houston, Texas native recorded his first multi-homer game of the year on July 24 with a season-high five RBI and on the year, he is hitting .283 (71-for-251) with 11 home runs and 36 RBI in 68 games for the Quakes. The 24-year-old was selected by the Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.
Single-A Great Lakes Loons
Player - RHP Jacob Rhame went 1-0 without allowing a run in 12 July appearances (18.1 IP) to go along with one save. Rhame limited opposing hitters to a .086 average (5-for-58) with 27 strikeouts against five walks. On July 19 against Kane County, Rhame struck out five of the six batters he faced in his two perfect frames. On the season, Rhame is 4-3 with a 2.36 ERA (14 ER/53.1 IP) in 40 relief appearances and has also notched four saves. The 21-year-old was a sixth-round selection of the Dodgers in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Player - INF Paul Hoenecke powered three home runs and plated 16 runs in 26 games in July for the Loons. The 6-2, 205-pounder had his most productive game of the season on July 20, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI in a Great Lakes 9-5 victory over Kane County. On the season, the 24-year-old is batting .253 with 13 home runs and 53 RBI. The Wisconsin native, who attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, was selected in the 24th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.
Rookie-level Ogden Raptors
Pitcher - RHP Jose DeLeon posted a 3-0 record with a 1.38 ERA (4 ER/26.0 IP) in his five July appearances for the Raptors, leading the Pioneer League in wins, ERA, strikeouts (35), opponents' batting average (.189) and WHIP (1.08). The Puerto Rico native struck out at least seven in four of his five appearances in the month. Overall, DeLeon is 4-0 with a 3.04 ERA (16 ER/ 47.1 IP) in seven starts and two relief appearances. He has been dominant against right-handed batters, limiting opponents to a .194 batting average (21-for-108). The 21-year-old was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 24th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Player - C Julian Leon batted .370 (34-for-92) with five homers, a triple, eight doubles and 23 RBI in 24 games in July, while stringing together a 12-game hitting streak (July 14-31) and recording a trio of three-RBI games. He ranked among Pioneer League leaders with a .627 slugging percentage (6th) in July. On the season, the Mexico native is performing well in clutch situations, hitting .400 (2-for-5) when the bases are loaded and .375 (18-for-48) with runners in scoring position. The 18-year-old was signed by Los Angeles as a non-drafted free agent on July 10, 2012.
Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers
Pitcher- RHP Kevin Guzman went 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA (6 ER/25.0 IP) in five starts in July for the Arizona League Dodgers. The Venezuela native limited opposing batters to a .217 batting average (20-for-92) with 22 strikeouts, while allowing only three walks in the month. In his last start during the month of July, he allowed only one hit and one unearned run in 6.0 innings, while striking out four and issuing only one walk against the AZL Reds. On the season, Guzman is 1-1 in seven starts with a 4.02 ERA (14 ER/31.1 IP) and has three starts without allowing an earned run. The 19-year-old was signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent on May 29, 2013.
Player- OF Alex Verdugo batted .324 (24-for-74) with six doubles, a home run and 11 RBI in 21 games during the month of July, leading the team in hits (24), batting average (.324) and walks (12) in the month. The 18-year-old is batting .305 (32-for-105) with nine doubles, two homers and 18 RBI in 29 games this season for the AZL Dodgers. He currently leads the team in hits (32), doubles (9), RBI (18) and runs (18). The Tucson, Arizona native was selected by the Dodgers in the second round of June's First-Year Player Draft.
Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Dodgers
Pitcher- RHP Hector Rodriguez went 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA (3 ER/31.0 IP) in six starts in July, while limiting opposing batters to a .159 batting average (17-for-107) and striking out 20. On July 24, he threw 6.0 hitless and scoreless innings while striking out five. Rodriguez shined in his last three July starts, recording consecutive wins and limiting batters to a .111 batting average (6-for-54) during that time. Overall, the Venezuela native is 4-3 on the season with a 1.63 ERA (10 ER/55.1 IP) in 11 games and has limited batters to a .173 batting average (34-for-197), which is the fifth lowest in the Dominican Summer League. The 19-year-old was signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent on December 6, 2012.
Player- OF Johan Mieses batted .378 (28-for-74) with four home runs, a triple, four doubles and 11 RBI in July. The Dominican Republic native led the DSL Dodgers in batting average, homers and stolen bases (12) during the month. On the season, he is batting .300 (48-for-160) and leads the team in home runs (5), triples (7), doubles (10), RBI (21) and stolen bases (23). Mieses is clutch when runners are in scoring position with two outs, batting .348 (8-for-23) with two triples, two doubles and six RBI this season. The 19-year-old was signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent on May 31, 2013.