Young, Meloan Players of the Month, June

The Dodgers haver named Las Vegas outfielder Delwyn Young and Jacksonville pitcher Jonathan Meloan as the organization's Player and Pitcher for the month of June, according to Dodger Director of Player Development De Jon Watson.

Young, 25, led all Dodger Minor Leaguers with a .400 average (46-for-115), 13 doubles, 26 runs scored, seven home runs and a whopping .730 slugging percentage during the month. After scuffling with a .245 average in April, Young rebounded to hit .315 in May, before catching fire in June and July (.375 to date).

His red-hot bat earned him a spot in the Triple-A All Star Game on July 11 in Albuquerque, NM. The Dodgers' fourth-round draft choice in the June 2002 First-Year Player Draft is tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in runs scored (69), is fifth in batting (.335), first in extra-base hits (52) and first in doubles (35). The Los Angeles native also put together a 15-game hitting streak from June 23-July 7 in which he batted .441 (30-for-68), drove in 18 runs, scored 15 runs and hit 13 doubles.

"Delwyn just had a tremendous month," Watson said. "His plate discipline was great and he was swinging at quality strikes. He's making huge strides and seems to be inching closer to the big leagues with every at-bat."

Young leads the 51s in nearly every offensive category, including games (83), at-bats (337), runs, hits (113), doubles, RBI and total bases (195) while making only one error as the primary left fielder. The switch-hitter is currently hitting .368 from the right side, .322 from the left, and is batting .330 with 55 RBI while runners are in scoring position.

Meloan was flat-out dominating for the Suns during the month of June, firing 13.1 innings in which he allowed just one earned run and six hits. The right-handed closer's ERA was a microscopic 0.68 and batters hit just .130 against him during the month. Meloan fanned 22 batters and walked just two in his 11 games, while also saving nine games in nine chances.

"We've been stretching Jon out to more than 1.0 inning and he's really impressed the staff," Watson said. "His fastball command keeps improving and he continues to utilize his above-average breaking ball."

On the season, the 6'3 Texas native is 5-2 with a 2.11 ERA and 17 saves. The Dodgers' fifth-round draft choice in the June 2005 First-Year Player Draft has saved 12 straight contests, with his last blown save coming on May 12.

Both Young, who is on the 40-man roster and made his Major League debut last September, and Meloan participated in big league camp during Spring Training this winter. Young batted .333 (9-for-27) with a homer, five RBI and six runs scored. Meloan was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA (2 ER/8.0 IP) and was 3-for-3 in save opportunities while in Vero Beach.

Every Dodger Minor League manager nominates players from his team for the monthly honors with the Minor League coordinators selecting the winners.

Other candidates up for consideration were: Double-A Jacksonville catchers Alberto Concepcion (.274, five homers, 29 RBI, hit for the cycle) and AJ. Ellis (.365, 18 RBI) and pitcher Joey Norrito (3-0, 2.73 ERA); Single-A Inland Empire infielder Blake Dewitt (.390, four homers, 25 RBI, .650 slugging percentage) and pitcher Kyle Wilson (13.1 scoreless innings, six saves); Single-A Great Lakes infielder Eduardo Perez (.361, three homers, 19 RBI, .515 slugging pct.) and pitcher Cody White (4-0, 0.72 ERA).

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