The first set of the Dodger minor league Pride Awards today, and there weren't many surprises. According to the Dodgers press release, Pride awards "are given on a monthly basis to the players at each level of the club’s minor league system who play the game with a hustling, smart, aggressive style. The players and staff on each respective club vote for the awards."
AAA - Albuquerque Isotopes: RHP Dana Eveland and OF Trayvon Robinson
Eveland was the Topes most consistent pitcher during the month of April, and allowed 3 earned runs or less in each of his four starts. After a bit of a slow start, Robinson ended up having a very good April. He hit .342 during the month and had a 16 game hit streak. I'm guess that Sands would have won this award had he stayed in AAA long enough to qualify.
AA - Chattanooga Lookouts: RHP Javy Guerra and OF/1B Scott Van Slyke
Van Slyke was a given for this award, but Guerra was a bit of a surprise as several other pitchers had good months while throwing more innings. That being said Javy did have a sub 1 ERA, and right handers went just 2 for 29 against him in the month.
HiA - Rancho Cucamonga Quakes: RHP Steven Ames and 3B Tony Delmonico
Matt Magill and Allen Webster both were very good in the month of April, but Ames was dominate out of the bullpen so he got the nod. Ames had 6 saves, a 1.64 ERA, and has a K/9 for 14.7. Austin Gallagher had a good month and could have won this award, but Delmonico road a hot streak in the latter part of April to pick up the prize. Tony hit .406 in April with 2 homers and 14 RBI's.
LoA - Great Lakes Loons: RHP Shawn Tolleson and OF Jonathan Garcia
Even though Zach Lee was great in April, Tolleson had to win this award because of how amazing his stats were for the month. Shawn struck out 22 batters in 9.2 innings, and allowed just 4 hits without giving up an earned run. Jonathan Garcia was also a shoo in because he lead the Midwest League in homers for April, and is still just 19 years old.