The Dodger Pride Awards were created in 2008 by Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti, and 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.
Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes
Pitcher – RHP JOHN ELY went 2-2 and ranked fifth in the Pacific Coast League with a 2.52 ERA (11 ER/39.1 IP) in six May starts. The 26-year-old limited opposing hitters to a .236 batting average in the month while striking out 43 and walking only 10 in 39.1 innings. Ely made five quality starts during the month, including an 11-strikeout effort on May 10 at Tacoma and his May 26 start against Oklahoma City in which he allowed only four hits in 8.0 scoreless innings. Overall, Ely leads the PCL with 78 strikeouts in 72.2 innings and ranks seventh among league qualifiers with a 3.22 ERA in 12 starts.
Player – SS LUIS CRUZ batted .317 (32-for-101) with 18 runs scored, four home runs and 20 RBI in 26 May games. Cruz tied for fourth in the Pacific Coast League with 18 extra-base hits in the month, including tying for the league lead with 13 doubles. Overall, the native of Navajoa, Sonora, Mexico leads the PCL with 21 doubles and is batting .309 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 53 games. Cruz is batting .429 (27-for-63) against left-handed pitching and has come through in the clutch with a .389 average (21-for-54) with runners in scoring position. The 28-year-old is in his first season with the Dodger organization after signing with the club as a free agent this past offseason and batted .308 with a home run and eight RBI in 24 Spring Training games with the Dodgers.
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