LOS ANGELES -- A trio of Dodgers minor leaguers were honored this week, all at the rookie level, with first baseman Scott De Jong, pitcher Andrew Sopko and outfielder Ariel Sandoval winning awards.
Sandoval was named the Arizona League Player of the Month after hitting .329/.341/.518 with four home runs, two doubles, a triple and 15 RBI in 22 games for the AZL Dodgers in July. The 19-year-old, signed by the Dodgers out of the Dominican Republic for a reported $150,000 in January 2013, also stole five bases without getting caught for the month. He has split time between right and center field this season.
De Jong hit .381/.443/.738 with seven home runs, five doubles, two triples, 18 runs scored, 21 RBI and two steals in 22 games in July for rookie-level Ogden, named the Pioneer League Player of the Month. The 22-year-old was drafted by the Dodgers in the 32nd round in 2014.
Spoko, drafted by the Dodgers in the seventh round this year out of Gonzaga, was named Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week for last week after strikeout out eight in four scoreless innings for Ogden on Sunday in his first professional start. Sopko, who made five relief appearances before his start, retired 12 of his 13 batters faced on Sunday a Billings.
So far this season Sopko has 18 strikeouts and one walk in 14 innings in his professional career.