LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers prospect Corey Seager highlighted the May winners of the Dodgers Pride Awards, given monthly at each minor league level to a position player and a pitcher who play the game with a hustling, smart, aggressive style. The awards, which were announced on Thursday, are voted on by players and coaches at each minor league level.
Here are the May winners.
Yimi Garcia got off to a slow start this season after a bruised kneecap during spring training, but was quite effective in May. The right-hander, who is on the Dodgers 40-man roster, had 13 strikeouts against just one walk in 12 innings during the month with a 1.50 ERA. Jamie Romak hit .303 with 10 home runs, most in the Pacific Coast League during the month, before the 12-year minor league veteran got his first call-up to the major leagues on May 28.
Chris Reed put up a 3.97 ERA in six starts during the month for the Lookouts, but led the Southern League with 38 strikeouts in May. Infielder Darnell Sweeney hit .325/.398/.482 with 13 extra-base hits, 19 runs scored and 18 RBI in 30 games during May.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Seager won for the second month in a row, hitting .400/.455/.700 with 15 doubles, six home runs and 24 RBI in 27 games in May, leading the California League during the month in OPS, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, batting average and doubles. Blake Smith won May honors less than a year after transitioning from the outfield to the mound. Smith saved five games with a 3.77 ERA for the month, with 13 strikeouts and four walks. Smith was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga on Sunday.
Class-A Great Lakes
Mark Pope was 5-for-5 in save opportunities and didn't allow a run in May. The 24-year-old struck out 11 during 11 innings in the month. Catcher Kyle Farmer, drafted by the Dodgers in the eighth round in 2013, hit .288/.367/.438 with seven doubles in 22 games in May.