Ruggiano Tops L.A. System with .323 Average

Outfielder Justin Ruggiano, who split the 2005 season between Vero Beach and Jacksonville, led the Dodger minor league system with a .323 average.

He reversed the normal progression, hitting .310 in 71 games with Class A Vero Beach, and then when he was promoted to AA Jacksonville, he caught fire, hitting .342 in 53 games with the Suns. Ruggiano was a 25th round selection in the 2004 draft from Texas A&M.

Vero Beach shortstop Chin-Lung Hu finished second with a .313 average, narrowly edging out Tony Abreu who had a .312 mark playing with both Vero Beach and Jacksonville. He hit .327 with the Vero Dodgers.

Third baseman Eduardo Perez led the Gulf Coast League with a .352 mark, earning the short season title. David Sutherland was a strong third with a .336 average for Ogden.

Vero's Matt Kemp won the slugging championship, posting a .569 mark. Andy LaRoche (.553) and the 51s Brian Myrow (.546) trailed him.

Andrew Locke of Ogden topped all short season players with a .556 slugging average.

Battting average--
.323 -- Justin Ruggiano of VB/J
.313 -- Chin-Lung Hu ss VB
.312 -- Tony Abreu 2b VB/J
.311 -- Russ Martin c Jx
.306 -- Matt Kemp of VB
.305 -- Andy LaRoche 3b VB/J
.300 -- Delwyn Young 2b J/LV
.300 -- Jon Weber of Jx
.297 -- Willie Aybar 3b LV
.291 -- Blake DeWitt 3b CPA/C
.291 -- Cory Dunlap 1b VB

Slugging average--
.569 -- Matt Kemp of VB
.553 -- Andy LaRoche 3b VB/J
.546 -- Brian Myrow 1b LV
.521 -- Justin Ruggiano of VB/J
.509 -- Cody Ross of LV
.496 -- Anthony Raglani of VB
.495 -- Tydus Meadows of Jx
.492 -- Delwyn Young 2b J/LV
.489 -- Travis Denker 2b C/VB
.475 -- Joel Guzman ss Jx
.495 -- Nori Nakamura ss LV

Short season


Average--
.352 -- Eduardo Perez 1b GCL
.336 -- David Sutherland 1b Og
.318 -- Josh Bell inf GCL
.318 -- Yovanny Rosario DSL
.315 -- Alexis Marte DSL
.310 -- Adam Godwin of Og

Slugging ave--
.556 -- Andrew Locke of Og
.533 -- Eduardo Perez 1b GCL
.513 -- Juan Apodaca c Og
.511 -- Russell Mitchell of Og
.453 -- David Sutherland 1b Og

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