Players of the Week- DeJesus, Gardner

Each week LADugout.com salutes a player and pitcher from the Dodger organization for outstanding accomplishments. The players are chosen from those at Las Vegas, Jacksonville, Inland Empire, Great Lakes, Ogden, the Gulf Coast Dodgers and the Dominican Summer League Dodgers. This week's winners:

Ivan De Jesus, Jr., ss-- Inland Empire. While one shortstop prospect in the Dodger system, Chin-Lung Hu, was winning the MVP award in the Futures game, another was having a splendid week also. DeJesus ripped 14 hits in 23 at-bats including four doubles and a home run. He drove in six runs over that span. All this raised his batting average to .281 for the season with two homers and 28 RBI. A second-round draft choice in 2005, he's also stolen 10 bases in 13 tries.

Michael Gardner, rhp-- Ogden. Going the distance is a rarity in the Pioneer League but Gardner did just that on July 7 against first-place Idaho Falls as he threw a five-hit shutout. It was the first complete game in the league this season, one in which he walked three batters while striking out four. Since being dropped back from Great Lakes, Gardner, an undrafted free agent from Dallas Baptist University in 2006, is now 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA.

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