Tony Abreu, Carlos Alvarez Honored

LOS ANGELES, California -- Single-A Vero Beach second baseman Tony Abreu and left-handed reliever Carlos Alvarez, who pitched for both Single-A Columbus and Double-A Jacksonville, have been selected as the Los Angeles Dodgers' Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for June, according to Dodger Director, Player Development Terry Collins.

In 20 games during June, Abreu batted .453 (39-for-86), compiling five doubles, two triples, a home run, 11 RBI, 17 runs scored and a .467 on-base percentage, as he helped Vero Beach clinch the Florida State League's East Division first-half championship. He reached base safely via a hit or walk in 19 of the 20 games, getting at least one hit in 18 of them.

Abreu, who started at second base for the East Division team in the June 18 FSL All-Star Game, closed out the month with a 10-game hitting streak in which he batted .444 (20-for-45). He had a pair of four-hit games in the month, June 12 vs. Brevard County and June 27 at Daytona. Abreu entered June with a .273 batting average and ended it with a .326 mark.

Overall this season, the right-handed hitting Dominican Republic native is batting .326 with three homers, five triples, 19 doubles, 33 RBI, 42 runs scored and 12 stolen bases in 81 games.

Abreu, 20, signed with the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in October 2002. Last season, he hit .302 in 104 games for Columbus before moving up to Vero Beach, where he batted .429 in 11 games.

Alvarez pitched in a combined eight June games for Columbus and Jacksonville, going 1-0 with two saves and a 2.55 ERA, recording 31 strikeouts in 17.2 innings. Before making the jump to Jacksonville on June 24, he appeared in six June contests for Columbus and picked up a victory and two saves, while putting together a 1.98 ERA. He surrendered just three earned runs, nine hits and three walks with 25 strikeouts in 13.2 innings for the Catfish.

In three of his June outings, Alvarez went 3.0 innings. He earned the win on June 5 vs. Asheville by tossing 3.0 shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out five batters. Alvarez notched the save and also struck out five, yielding no earned runs and one hit in a three-inning stint on June 22 vs. Greenville. On June 9 at Greensboro, he recorded seven strikeouts in 2.2 innings.

The Venezuela native has pitched in a combined 26 games for Columbus and Jacksonville this season and is 3-2 with three saves and a 1.58 ERA, allowing eight earned runs, 33 hits and 74 strikeouts in 45.2 innings. While with Columbus, Alvarez was 2-2 with three saves and a 0.93 ERA in 20 appearances. In 38.2 innings, he gave up four earned runs, 24 hits and 12 walks while striking out 63 batters and limiting opponents to a .176 batting average. In his first 16 games with the Catfish, he gave up just one earned run in 29.0 innings. During May, he allowed no earned runs in 13.0 innings over seven outings.

The 20-year-old Alvarez was signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in August 2001. He split the 2004 season with Columbus and Rookie-level Ogden and was a combined 4-0 with 70 strikeouts in 51.2 innings. In his four minor league seasons, Alvarez has struck out 225 batters in 156.1 innings, an average of 13.0 strikeouts per nine innings.

Each Dodger minor league manager nominates players from his team for the monthly honors with the minor league coordinators selecting the winners.

Others receiving consideration for June honors were: Jacksonville - catcher Russell Martin (.387 batting average, .531 on-base percentage), outfielder Jon Weber (.365, six home runs, 14 RBI), right-handed pitcher Jonathan Broxton (2-1, 2.22 ERA); Vero Beach - right-handed pitcher Mark Alexander (five saves), right-handed pitcher Justin Orenduff (2-1, 2.50 ERA), right-handed pitcher Julio Pimentel (2-1, 2.86 ERA); Columbus - second baseman Travis Denker (.286, five home runs, 23 RBI), center fielder Jamie Hoffman (.384 batting average, 38 hits, .436 on-base percentage).

Vero Beach third baseman Andy LaRoche was selected as the Dodger Minor League Player of the Month for both April and May. Left-handers Luis Gonzalez of Jacksonville and Chuck Tiffany of Vero Beach shared Pitcher of the Month accolades for April. Columbus right-handers Blake Johnson and Chris Malone were Dodger Minor League Co-Pitchers of the Month in May. print this page