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Sands Named LA Dodgers Minor League Player of the Year

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LOS ANGELES, CA -- Former Catawba baseball standout, Jerry Sands, has earned the Los Angeles Dodger organization’s Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year Award, which was announced on Thursday.  Rubby De La Rosa was named the club’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

The 23-year-old Sands, a 25th-round Draft pick in 2008, tied for third in all of Minor League Baseball with 35 home runs in a combined 137 games with Great Lakes (A) and Chattanooga (AA). He was selected as an outfielder on Sporting News' All-Minor League Team and batted a combined .301, drove in 93 runs and posted a .586 slugging percentage in his third professional season.

The 21-year-old De La Rosa went a combined 7-2 with six saves and a 2.37 ERA in 22 games (13 starts) with Chattanooga and Great Lakes. He opened the season as a reliever with the Loons, picking up six saves and making just one start in 10 appearances before the All-Star break. After the break, De La Rosa was moved to a starter's role and earned his July 23 promotion to Double-A by going 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA and limiting opposing hitters to a .165 average in four starts.

De La Rosa and Sands will be honored in a pregame ceremony Saturday at Dodger Stadium.

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