LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Wednesday announced the winners of the Dodger Pride Awards for June, the monthly honor given to players "who play the game with a hustling, smart, aggressive style." The Pride Awards, which were established in 2008, are voted on by players and coaches and awarded to one position player and one pitcher at each minor league level.
The June winners:
Eight-year minor league veteran Clint Robinson hit .357/.461/.631 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 23 games with the Isotopes in June before getting his second call to the big leagues, and first with the Dodgers. Right-hander Carlos Frias, 24, was 3-1 with a 3.09 ERA in June, with 29 strikeouts and six walks in 32 innings. Frias allowed one home run in five starts during the month.
Andres Santiago, 24, allowed five runs in five appearances in the month, in 20⅔ innings, with 16 strikeouts and four walks. Third baseman Daniel Mayora, 28, hit .350/.400/.417 with four doubles, a home run and 19 RBI in 26 games for the Lookouts.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
I'm sensing a theme here. One month after converted outfielder-turned-pitcher Blake Smith won the Pride Award, pitcher-turned-outfielder Aaron Miller won for June. Miller, the Dodgers' supplemental first-round pick in 2009 out of Baylor, hit .316/.382/.658 with five home runs, six doubles, three triples and 19 RBI during the month. Daniel Coulombe, the Dodgers' 25th-round selection in 2012, allowed one run in nine games in June, with three saves, 16 strikeouts and three walks in 11⅓ innings.
Class-A Great Lakes
Victor Araujo, at 21 the older of the Loons whose name starts with "Victor Ara," put up a 1.45 ERA in 12 relief appearances in June, with 17 strikeouts and three walks in 18⅔ innings, and held opposing batters to hitting .131/.185/.213. Jesmuel Valentin, the Dodgers' supplemental first-round pick in 2012, hit .321/.352/.531 with four doubles, three home runs and two triples during the month.
Right-hander Abdiel Velasquez started on opening day for the Raptors, and though he allowed 11 runs in 17⅓ innings in his three June starts, only six of the runs were earned so his shiny 3.12 ERA gets the award (not that this was the wrong choice; minor league defenses are progressively awful the deeper down the system). First baseman Justin Chigbogu, the Dodgers' fourth-round pick in 2012, hit .293/.344/.397 with three doubles and a home run in 15 June games.
Rookie-level Arizona League
Right-hander Yeuri Gonzalez, 21, allowed two runs in six innings after signing as a free agent on May 15. Dominican outfielder Deivy Castillo, 18, was 7-for-19 (.368) with a home run, a triple and four walks in six June games. There has never been a Deivy in the major leagues, and there has only been one Deivi.
Rookie-level Dominican Summer League
Right-handed pitcher Miguel Urena, 19, put up a 1.75 ERA in five June starts, with 16 strikeouts and six walks in 25⅔ innings. Hendrik Clementina, the 17-year-old catcher signed in December and finalist for best name in the system, hit .391/.412/.563 in his first full professional month, with five doubles and two home runs in 17 games.