Dodgers Announce May Winners of Dodger Pride

The Dodgers announce the May 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 May are as follows:  

Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes
Pitcher – LHP DANA EVELAND earned the Albuquerque Dodger Pride Award for the second straight month, going 2-2 with a 4.17 ERA (17 ER/36.2 IP) in six May starts. Overall, Eveland is tied for fourth in the Pacific Coast League with six wins and ties for 11th among qualifiers with a 3.90 ERA. The 27-year-old left-hander is currently on a three-game winning streak and has posted a 2.73 ERA (10 ER/33.0 IP) in five starts since May 13.   

Player – IF Dee Gordon earned his first call-up to the Majors on Monday after batting .315 with seven doubles, two triples and 18 RBI in 50 games with Albuquerque. He then had three hits the next day in his first big league start at Philadelphia and is batting .385 through his first four Major League games. The 23-year-old was selected as the Dodgers' Minor League Player of the Year in 2009, when he stole a career high 73 bases with Single-A Great Lakes, and has 166 steals over 374 minor league games in his career.   

Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts
  Pitcher – RHP NATE EOVALDI ranked seventh in the Southern League with a 2.70 ERA in five May starts, while going 2-2 with a .177 opponents' batting average and 33 strikeouts in 26.2 innings. Overall, the 21-year-old ranks fourth in the league in ERA (2.98), is fifth on the circuit in strikeouts (59) and has league's third-lowest opponents' batting average (.206) in 11 games (10 starts). Eovaldi was a 2010 Single-A California League All-Star and is in his fourth professional season after being selected in the 11th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Alvin (TX) High School.                                                                                  

Player – OF Alfredo Silverio led the Lookouts with 21 RBI and batted .298 with nine doubles and two home runs in 29 May games. The 24-year-old had eight multi-hit games during the month and also strung together a season-long nine-game hitting streak from May 9-17. Overall, Silverio ranks second on the club with a .307 batting average and leads the team with 43 RBI in 59 games.   

Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
  Pitcher – RHP Steve Smith went 1-1 with two saves and a 1.50 ERA (3 ER/18.0 IP), while striking out 23 in just 18.0 innings over his eight May appearances. Overall, the 25-year-old ties for the team lead with 17 relief appearances and has limited opposing hitters to a .212 batting average, including a .146 mark (6-for-41) with runners in scoring position. Smith is in his fourth professional season after signing as a non-drafted free agent in 2008 out of the University of New Mexico.   

Player – OF ANGELO SONGCO led the Quakes with a .331 batting average (41-for-124) in 29 May games to go along with his 10 doubles, six home runs and 25 RBI in the month. Overall, the 22-year-old is batting .342 (25-for-73) with runners in scoring position and leads Rancho Cucamonga with 44 RBI in 59 games. The former Loyola Marymount University Lion is in his first season at the advanced Single-A level and ranks among the California League leaders with 20 doubles (T-4th) and 49 runs (T-4th).   

Single-A Great Lakes Loons
  Pitcher – RHP Garrett Gould went 2-2 with a 1.69 ERA (6 ER/32.0 IP) and a .184 opponents' batting average in six May games. Overall, the 19-year-old is tied for fourth in the Midwest League with six wins and has the seventh-lowest ERA on the circuit with a 1.68 mark. This season, the Kansas native is limiting opposing hitters to a .194 average, which ties for the fifth-lowest mark in the league, including a .151 batting average (11-for-73) by right-handed hitters.   

Player – C Michael Pericht batted .282 (20-for-71) with three doubles and six RBI in 22 May games to win the Dodger Pride Award. Overall, Pericht ranks second on the Loons with a .280 batting average and has hit well in the clutch all season, batting .316 with runners in scoring position (12-for-38). The 23-year-old received an honorable mention selection on the Rookie-advanced Pioneer League All-Star team in 2010 and is in his third professional season after being selected in the 14th round of the 2009 draft out of St. Joseph's College in Indiana.   

  Extended Spring Training
  Pitcher – RHP Yimi Garcia posted a 2.77 ERA (4 ER/13.0 IP) and struck out 19 without issuing a walk over 11 games to win the pitchers' Dodger Pride Award for Extended Spring Training. The 20-year-old has gone 4-4 with a 3.61 ERA and allowed just one home run in 84.2 innings over two professional seasons since signing with the Dodgers in 2009 out of the Dominican Republic.  

  Player – OF JOC PEDERSON batted .407 (24-for-59) with seven steals, 10 doubles and 15 RBI at Extended Spring Training to win the Dodger Pride Award. Pederson was recently promoted to Single-A Great Lakes and has appeared in 10 games since joining the club. The 19-year-old is the son of former Dodger outfielder Stu Pederson and was selected in the 11th round of the 2010 draft out of Palo Alto (CA) High School.  

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