The Los Angeles Dodgers named a trio of former Great Lakes Loons as their top minor-league players of 2014.
LHP Julio Urias was named their Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 2-2 with a 2.36 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 87.2 IP for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (High-A). He pitched for the Loons in 2013, going 2-0 with a 2.48 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 54.1 IP.
Urias turned 18 on August 12.
The Dodgers also named OF Joc Pederson and SS Corey Seager co-winners of their Minor League Player of the Year award.
Pederson batted .303 with 33 HR, 78 RBI and 30 SB in 121 games with the Albuquerque Isotopes (Triple-A). He was promoted to the major-league level this month and has hit .143 (3-for-21) with eight walks and nine strikeouts in 15 games.
He batted .160 (8-for-50) in 16 games with the 2011 Loons.
Seager split the 2014 season between High-A and Double-A, hitting a combined .349 with 20 HR and 97 RBI in 118 games. He played with the Loons in 2013, batting .309 with 12 HR and 57 RBI in 74 games.
Corey’s oldest brother, Kyle, is the starting third baseman for the Seattle Mariners. Seattle presented him with the Mariners Heart and Hustle Award as part of a pregame ceremony Friday.
Kyle Seager played 41 games with the 2009 Clinton LumberKings, batting .275 with 1 HR and 22 RBI. A third Seager brother, Justin (the middle one), played with the LumberKings this year, batting .240 with 3 HR and 37 RBI in 110 games.