Dodger Minor Leaguers Draw All-Star Honors

While Dodger farm teams did some roster shuffling in preparation for the upcoming playoffs, post-season honors have begun coming in for several. Four players and manager Scott Little were saluted on the Florida State League All-Stars while two others were selected to the Pioneer League squad. However, last-place Las Vegas was shut out in Pacific Coast League balloting. Southern League, South Atlantic and Gulf Coast league stars have yet to be announced.

Second baseman Tony Abreu, shortstop Chin-lung Hu, third baseman Andy LaRoche and outfielder Matt Kemp of Vero Beach were named to the FSL first-team with Kemp selected as the designated hitter. Little was named a coach. Abreu and LaRoche have since moved up to Jacksonville.

The Pioneer League All-Star unit included first baseman David Sutherland and third baseman Russell Mitchell.

In addition, two selected in the 2005 draft were named the top high school players in their respective states by Louisville Sluggers. Pitcher Steve Johnson was named the best in Maryland while Scott VanSlyke was picked as the top player in Missouri. Both Johnson, a 13th-round draft choice and Van Slyke, taken in the 14th round, played for the Gulf Coast Dodgers this summer.

Meanwhile, several player moves were made, most involving teams that will be in post-season play. Jacksonville, first-half winner of its division in the Southern League, already had received righthander Jonathan Broxton back from Los Angeles to once again assume the closer's role there. In addition, righthander Alvis Ojeda was promoted from Vero Beach to add to the Suns' bullpen.

Vero, in turn acquired third baseman Blake DeWitt and righthander Jarod Plummer from Columbus. Plummer had started the year with Vero before being dropped back. The Dodgers also placed lefthander Jonathan Figueroa on the disabled list and activated another lefty, Mike Megrew, who had been rehabbing with the Gulf Coast squad.

DeWitt was replaced at Columbus by Eduardo Perez, the Gulf Coast batting and RBI champion. Outfielder Trayvon Robinson was sent from the Gulf Coast, which has completed its season, to Ogden to fill the slot vacated by Derry Jackson, who was pushed all the way up to Las Vegas.

Ogden, like Jacksonville and Vero Beach, was a first-half division winner so is assured of post-season play.

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