The talented 22-year-old from Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, in his sixth season with the Dodgers, displayed his wares so well during the exhibition games, the Los Angeles brass had no trouble allowing veteran infielders Damian Jackson wander off to find employment elsewhere.
He was signed as a free agent in October of 2002 and is in his fifth season with the Dodgers
Abreu leads in batting average (.404), on-base percentage (.491) and hits (19) in the early going.
Lucas May, also 22, was a talented shortstop who led the Gulf Coast League in assists with 143 in 2003 after beind drafted in the eighth round that same year, and who is now being converted to catching, a position switch that sometimes takes a player's mind off what he is doing at the plate.
But not so with May, who tops the system in runs scored (15), home runs (5), total bases 38) and runs batted in (16).
Other batting leaders are Mitch Jones, on base plus slugging (1.232) and doubles, (6); Blake DeWitt who is the leader in triples (3) and Trayvon Robinson who has four stolen bases.
Mike Megrew is the only double winner among the hurlers, leading the way in starters earned run average with a perfect 0.00 and in innings pitched, 22.
Cody Wade has already won for games in relief; Carols Alvarez has the relief ERA leadership, along with Brent Leach and Wesley Wright (0.00); Matt White tops the list in games pitched (6) and Mike Gardner is the leader in WHIP (walks and hits per inning) with a sparkling 0.50 mark.
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Average-- ave tm Tony Abreu 2b .404 LV Choo Freeman of .400 LV Mitch Jones of .381 LV Sergio Garcia 2b .364 LV Russell Mitchell 3b .361 IE Francisco Lizarraga ss .346 GL On-base percentage-- obp tm Tony Abreu 2b .491 LV Sergio Garcia 2b .475 LV Choo Freeman of .457 LV Russell Mitchell 3b .439 IE Mitch Jones of .422 LV Lucas May c .417 IE On-base + slugging-- ops tm Mitch Jones of 1.232 LV Lucas May c 1.134 IE Tony Abreu 2b 1.108 LV Russell Mitchell 3b 1.022 IE Choo Freeman of 1.007 LV Sergio Garcia 2b .990 LV Games-- gm tm Ivan De Jesus ss 13 IE Blake DeWitt 3b 13 IE Jamie Hoffman of 13 IE James Loney 1b 13 LV Lucas May c 13 IE Luis Maza 2b 13 Jx Marshall McDougall 3b 13 Jx Xavier Paul of 13 Jx Runs-- runs tm Lucas May c 15 IE Tony Abreu 2b 14 LV Jamie Hoffman of 12 IE Ivan De Jesus ss 11 IE Russell Mitchell 3b 10 IE Andy LaRoche 3b 10 LV Hits-- hits tm Tony Abreu 2b 19 LV Lucas May c 18 IE Choo Freeman of 16 LV Jamie Hoffman of 16 IE Mitch Jones of 16 LV James Loney 1b 14 LV Ivan De Jesus ss 14 IE Doubles-- 2b tm Mitch Jones of 6 LV Russell Mitchell 3b 5 IE Ivan De Jesus ss 4 IE Tomas Perez ss 4 LV Anthony Raglani of 4 Jx Ryan Rogowski of 4 IE Triples-- 3b tm Blake DeWitt 3b 3 IE Tony Abreu 2b 2 LV Xavier Paul of 2 Jx Ryan Rogowski of 2 IE Home runs-- hr tm Lucas May c 5 IE Mitch Jones of 4 LV John Lindsey 1b 4 Jx Anthony Raglani of 3 Jx Andy LaRoche 3b 2 LV Delwyn Young of 2 LV Total bases-- tb tm Lucas May c 38 IE Mitch Jones of 34 LV Tony Abreu 2b 29 LV Anthony Raglani of 26 Jx Jamie Hoffman of 24 IE Blake DeWitt 3b 23 IE Runs batted in-- bi tm Lucas May c 16 IE Mitch Jones of 14 LV Jamie Hoffman of 12 IE James Loney 1b 11 LV Delwyn Young of 8 LV Choo Freeman of 7 LV John Lindsey 1b 7 Jx Russell Mitchell 3b 7 IE Anthony Raglani of 7 Jx Stolen bases-- sb-cs tm Trayvon Robinson of 4-1 GL Sergio Garcia 2b 3-0 LV Andrew Locke of 3-1 IE Ryan Rogowski of 3-1 IE Luke Allen of 2-0 Jx Jamie Hoffman of 2-0 IE Francisco Lizarraga ss 2-0 GL Adam Godwin of 2-1 IE PITCHING Wins-- w-l tm Cory Wade 4-0 IE Carlos Alvarez 2-0 Jx Mike Gardner 2-0 GL DJ Houlton 2-0 LV Eric Stults 2-0 LV William Juarez 2-1 Jx Jon Meloan 2-1 Jx Saves-- sv tm Ramon Troncoso 3 IE Chin-hui Tsao 2 LV Earned run average-- [starters] era tm Mike Megrew 0.00 Jx Clayton Kershaw 1.23 GL DJ Houlton 1.62 LV Eric Stults 2.30 LV Cody White 2.35 GL Greg Miller 2.57 LV Earned run average-- [relief] era tm Brent Leach 0.00 IE Carlos Alvarez 0.00 Jx Wesley Wright 0.00 Jx Cory Wade 0.71 IE Mike Gardner 0.75 GL Francisco Felix 0.82 GL WHIP-- whip tm Mike Gardner 0.50 GL Tim Hamulak 0.57 LV Francisco Felix 0.64 GL Jon Meloan 0.65 Jx Mike Megrew 0.75 Jx Chin-hui Tsao 0.75 LV Matt White 0.75 LV Games-- gm tm Matt White 6 LV Mario Alvarez 5 IE Tim Hamulak 5 LV Casey Hoorelbeke 5 LV Eric Hull 5 LV Brent Leach 5 IE Jon Meloan 5 Jx Ramon Troncoso 5 IE Cory Wade 5 IE Wesley Wright 5 Jx Games started-- gs tm William Juarez 3 Jx Marlon Arias 3 IE Eric Cyr 3 Jx Scott Elbert 3 Jx DJ Houlton 3 LV Joe Mays 3 LV Eric Stults 3 LV Innings-- in tm Mike Megrew 22.0 Jx William Juarez 18.0 Jx Joe Mays 18.0 LV DJ Houlton 16.2 LV Eric Stults 15.2 LV Eric Cyr 14.2 Jx Strikeouts-- so tm Scott Elbert 24 Jx Cory Wade 16 IE DJ Houlton 15 LV Jesus Castillo 14 IE Eric Stults 14 LV Ramon Troncoso 14 IE LV = Las Vegas JX = Jacksonville IE = Inland Empire GL = Great Lakes