Loney, Alexander, Kershaw, Jones honored

    VERO BEACH, Fla- The 23rd annual awards for outstanding performances in the Dodgers system were presented on the Holman Stadium field before the Dodgers-Indians exhibition game Sunday . Dodger manager Grady Little,  Director of Player Development De Jon Watson and assistant director Chris Haydock joined LAdugout.com editors to give the plaques to the 2006 winners.

Top Minor League Awards Presented     And the awards go to-

BILL SCHWEPPE AWARD for PLAYER OF THE YEAR- James Loney, 1b. James led all the minor leagues in batting with a .380 mark that included 33 doubles for Las Vegas. Named the AAA All-Star first baseman, he was promoted to the Dodgers three times, hitting .284 for Los Angeles. On Sept, 25 in Colorado, he drove in nine runs, tying the alltime team mark held by Gil Hodges and Ron Cey.

BEN WADE AWARD for PITCHER OF THE YEAR- Righthander Mark Alexander. He led the organization with 27 saves in all. He was named  AA Relief Pitcher of the Year by Minor League Baseball for his performance at Jacksonville where he had an 0.96 earned run average, held opposing batters to a .158 mark and struck out 72 in 47 innings.

GUY WELLMAN AWARD for ROOKIE OF THE YEAR- Lefthander Clayton Kershaw. Both Gatorade and USA Today chose him High School Player of the Year. As the Dodgers first draft choice, he was the seventh player taken overall and the first high schooler selected.  He was named Gulf Coast League Player of the Year for compiling a 2-0 record for the Dodger entry with a 1.95 ERA. He held the opposition to a 201 mark and struck out 72 batters in 47 innings while walking only five.

LARRY SUTTON AWARD for SCOUT OF THE YEAR- Calvin Jones. Jones was the scout who first spotted Kershaw and later signed him. He also had a scouting first when he signed outfielder Lyndon Poole, the initial graduate of the new Urban Baseball Academy in Compton, Cal.  to go into pro ball  He also signed pitcher Michael Gardner, who was outstanding for the Gulf Coast Dodgers.

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