L.A. Scouts and Minor Leaguers to be Honored

Two minor league players and three scouts will be honored for their outstanding performance on and off the field. "It is always special when players and scouts are honored for their play and contributions to the game," said Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti.

     "As an organization, we are very appreciative of the hard work and long hours that the honorees and others put into their careers and livelihoods that continue to make the Dodger organization stronger."  

The Professional Baseball Scouts of Southern California will present Dodger minor league player Jaime Pedroza with the PBSSC Southern California First-Year Minor League Player of the Year Award.  The PBSSC will also present the Special Recognition Award to Dodger scout, Brian Stephenson, who scouted and signed Pedroza.  

On Wednesday, January 9, the Association of Professional Baseball Players of America will present Dodger minor league player Andrew Lambo with the Most Outstanding First-Year Player Award.  Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda, who is a director of the APBPA, will present Lambo with the award.   

On Saturday, January 19, the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation will present Ralph Avila with the George Genovese Lifetime Achievement Award in Scouting. Avila, who is currently Advisor, Latin America Scouting and Player Development, is one of the founders and chief architects of Campo las Palmas, the Dodgers' academy in the Dominican Republic.  He is credited with revolutionizing scouting and player development in the Dominican Republic.    

Also being honored at the PBSF dinner is Al LaMacchia, who is being presented with the Special Recognition in Scouting Award. LaMacchia, a Major League scout, has been with the Dodgers since 2003 and has been in professional baseball for eight decades.    

Pedroza was drafted by the Dodgers in the ninth round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft and was signed by Stephenson. Pedroza, who grew up in Riverside, played baseball at the University of California Riverside, posted a .354 batting average after splitting time between the Ogden Raptors and the Inland Empire 66ers.  Pedroza was named to the Pioneer League Post-Season All Star team and the Topps Class-A All Star team.   

Lambo, who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, batted .343 for the Gulf Coast League Dodgers. Lambo played in 54 games and posted a .960 OPS while hitting five home runs, 15 doubles and 32 RBI in only 181 at-bats.  The Newbury Park native hit an astounding .375 and put up a 1.017 OPS in August, the last month of the GCL season.   

Avila enters his 37th year with the Dodgers and began his career in 1967 as a "Bird-Dog" scout for Al Campanis while running free baseball clinics for Cuban children in the Miami area to keep them out of trouble. Avila was hired as a full-time scout for the Dodgers in 1971 and was later sent to the Dominican Republic to scout.    

Under Avila's direction, the Dodgers established a relationship with the Licey professional club in the Dominican and with it, a foothold in the country. It started an unprecedented flow of talent that led to the establishment of the organization's development complex in Guerra called Campo Las Palmas. Avila is responsible for sending numerous players to the Major Leagues, including such stars as Ramon and Pedro Martinez, Raul Mondesi, Jose Offerman and Mariano Duncan.   

Avila won the International Scout of the Year Award at the 2006 Scout of the Year Banquet in Orlando, Florida.