Becker Reassigned to Rancho Cucamonga (A), Zawadzki to Albuquerque
The Albuquerque Isotopes have received their first roster transaction of the opening homestand, as infielder Joe Becker was transferred to Rancho Cucamonga (A) and replaced by infielder Lance Zawadzki from Extended Spring Training. The roster move was officially announced Friday afternoon (4/20/12) and Zawadzki will dress for the ‘Topes game tonight against the Iowa Cubs.
Becker, 26, had appeared in six games with Albuquerque this year, batting .126 (2×11) with a run and four RBI. The infielder collected one of his run-scoring hits last night when he delivered a pinch-hit single that ultimately drove in the winning run against the I-Cubs.
Becker was originally signed as a non-drafted free against by the Dodgers in 2007. He’s made appearances in the Dodgers organization with GCL Dodgers, Ogden (ROOK), Great Lakes (A), Rancho Cucamonga (A), Chattanooga (AA), Inland Empire (AA) and Las Vegas (AAA), before spending the majority of last season in Albuquerque with the ‘Topes, where he finished tied for second in batting average (.310) among all Isotopes who appeared in 70 or more games.
Zawadzki, 26, went 5-for-15 (.333) with one RBI in eight games with the Dodgers at big-league camp during Spring Training. During the 2011 season, he played 91 games for Omaha, batting .233 (76×362) with 13 doubles, six triples, eight homers and 40 RBI. He was a key piece in the Storm Chasers run to the PCL Pennant, batting .400 (6×15) with two doubles and five RBI in four games.
The infielder was selected by the Padres in the fourth round of the 2007 draft and signed by the Dodgers as a Free Agent on Nov. 4, 2011. During his tenure as a professional ballplayer, Zawadzki has collected a .262 average (465×1778) in 471 minor-league games and a .200 average (7×35) in 20 Major-League contests with the Padres.
Zawadszi comes to Albuquerque as a non-roster invitee from the Dodgers’ Spring Training, where he’s been listed on the Extending Spring Training roster since the beginning of the season.
“I’m just excited to be with the team now, to get going again,” Zawadzki said. “I was kind of back there (at Extended Spring Training) waiting, just following the team as much as I could.”
The Isotopes square off against the I-Cubs tonight for the final matchup of their opening eight-game homestand at Isotopes Park at 7:05 PM. The ‘Topes look to sweep a series for the first time since taking four in a row from New Orleans, July 16-19, 2009.