Manny drops in NL All-Star balloting

NEW YORK (AP) _ Suspended slugger Manny Ramirez has dropped to sixth among NL
outfielders in latest fan voting for starting spots in the All-Star game.
The Los Angeles Dodgers star is serving a 50-game penalty for violating baseball’s drug
policy. He is eligible to return July 3, and the All-Star game is 11 days later in St.
Louis.
Philadelphia’s Raul Ibanez leads NL outfielders with 1,897,905 votes in results released
Monday. He is followed by Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun (1,667,029), the Mets’ Carlos Beltran
(1,367,412) and the Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano (1,340,669). Philadelphia’s Shane Victorino
moved into fifth with 1,116,524 and Ramirez was sixth at 999,800.
Ramirez hit .348 with six home runs and 20 RBIs in 27 games before he was suspended May 7.

Let’s go ‘Topes!

From the Seattle Times’ Sideline Chatter …

Babe Ruth would have been so (burp) proud.
Fans of the minor-league Albuquerque (N.M.) Isotopes, the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate, broke their own hot-dog eating record Monday night by downing 37,669 — or 3.42 dogs for each of the 11,110 fans — at the team’s seventh annual 50-Cent Hot Dog Extravaganza, shattering the 2003 mark of 35,468.
Tuesday’s game, we assume, featured the equally popular Tums and Pepto Bismol Night.

Dodgers draft picks

The Dodgers selected 51 players in 50 rounds, including 21 pitchers and 29 position players. Los Angeles selected five catchers, nine outfielders, and 15 infielders.

The list of Dodgers draft picks:

Rd./Pick
Name
Pos.
DOB
B-T
Ht./Wt.
School
Scout

Sand./36
Aaron Miller
LHP
9/18/87
L-L
6-3/220
Baylor University (TX)
Chris Smith

2/56
Blake Smith
OF
12/9/87
L-R
6-2/225
UC – Berkley
Fred Costello

2/65
Garrett Gould
RHP
7/19/91
R-R
6-4/190
Maize High School (KS)
Scott Litte

3/96
Brett Wallach
RHP
12/2/88
R-R
6-2/180
Orange Coast College (CA)
Brian Stephenson

4/127
Mario Songco
OF
9/9/88
L-R
6-0/190
Loyola Marymount University
Bobby Darwin

5/157
Jeremy Wise
C
6/2/86
R-R
6-1/207
University of Oklahoma
Calvin Jones

6/187
Jan Vazquez
C
4/29/91
S-R
5-10/170
Puerto Rico Baseball Academy
Manny Estrada

7/217
Brandon Martinez
RHP
11/25/90
R-R
6-4/150
Fowler (CA) High School
Fred Costello

8/247
John Garcia
OF
11/11/91
R-R
5-11/175
Luis Munoz Marin High School
Manny Estrada

9/277
Bryant Hernandez
SS
3/4/88
R-R
5-8/170
University of Oklahoma
Calvin Jones

10/307
Andy Suiter
LHP
6/10/87
L-L
6-3/210
UC – Davis
Fred Costello

11/337
Connor Powers
1B
12/31/87
R-R
6-3/230
Mississippi State University
Dennis Moeller

12/367
Brian Cavazos-Galvez
OF
5/17/87
R-R
6-0/215
University of New Mexico
Calvin Jones

13/397
Joe Paxton
RHP
7/28/86
R-R
6-4/250
Western Kentucky University
Marty Lamb

14/427
Casio Grider
SS
8/17/87
R-R
6-1/165
Newberry College (SC)
Lon Joyce

15/457
Jeff Hunt
3B
2/13/91
L-R
6-2/185
St. Benedictine High School (ON)
Manny Estrada

16/487
Mike Pericht
C
5/23/88
R-R
6-5/235
St. Joseph’s College (IN)
Chet Sergo

17/517
Stephen Ames
RHP
3/15/88
R-R
6-2/205
Gonzaga University (WA)
Hank Jones

18/547
Greg Wilborn
LHP
6/3/87
L-L
6-1/170
Univ. of Louisiana – Lafayette
Matt Paul

19/577
Nick Akins
OF
12/25/87
R-R
6-1/190
Vanguard University (CA)
Brian Stephenson

20/607
Frederick Palo
RHP
11/30/90
R-R
6-4/217
Houston High School
Marty Lamb

21/637
Chris Henderson
3B
6/23/88
L-R
5-11/190
George Mason University (VA)
Clair Rierson

22/667
Stetson Banks
OF
1/14/88
R-R
6-1/185
BYU
Brian Stephenson

23/697
Jimmy Marshall
RHP
4/13/87
R-R
6-1/210
Florida State University
Scott Hennessey

24/727
Chad Kettler
SS
9/24/90
S-R
6-1/192
Coppell (TX) High School
Calvin Jones

25/757
Richard Shaffer
3B
3/15/91
R-R
6-3/195
Providence (NC) High School
Lon Joyce

26/787
Alex McRee
LHP
6/18/88
R-L
6-7/240
University of Georgia
Lon Joyce

27/817
Chris Johnson
LHP
12/7/90
L-L
6-3/220
Cocoa Beach (FL) High School
Scott Hennessey

28/847
John Hernandez
RHP
6/21/87
R-R
6-1/200
Barry University (FL)
Manny Estrada

29/877
RaShawn Payne
2B
7/13/89
R-R
6-1/195
Middle Georgia College
Scott Hennessey

30/907
Nick Gaudi
RHP
8/2/86
R-R
6-5/215
Pepperdine University (CA)
Chuck Crim

31/937
Austin King
OF
12/1/88
R-R
6-2/205
Jackson State CC (TN)
Marty Lamb

32/967
Paul Miller
LHP
10/18/86
L-L
6-2/205
The Masters College (CA)
Chuck Crim

33/997
Steve Cilladi
C
3/15/87
R-R
5-9/182
Kansas Wesleyan University
Scott Little

34/1027
Justin Dignelli
RHP
2/26/87
R-R
6-4/220
George Washington Univ. (DC)
Clair Rierson

35/1057
David Iden
2B
3/4/87
R-R
5-9/170
California Lutheran University
Chuck Crim

36/1087
Kevin Childs
RHP
4/21/87
R-R
6-3/195
Culver-Stockton College (CA)
Scott Little

37/1117
Joel Effertz
RHP
9/27/90
R-R
6-3/240
Ladysmith (WI) High School
Chet Sergo

38/1147
Jon Pellant
2B
7/13/90
L-R
5-10/170
Corona Del Sol High School (AZ)
Brian Stephenson

39/1177
Ryan Hander
RHP
8/1/90
R-R
6-3/175
Lincoln High School (CA)
Chet Sergo

40/1207
Ryan Christenson
LHP
1/11/89
L-L
6-1/185
South Mountain CC (AZ)
Brian Stephenson

41/1237
Chris Handke
RHP
3/19/88
R-R
6-10/235
Cornell College (NY)
Scott Little

42/1267
Tony Renda
SS
1/24/91
R-R
5-10/170
Junipero Serra High School (CA)
Fred Costello

43/1297
Chad Fortenberry
C
5/4/90
R-R
5-9/210
Northshore High School (CA)
Matt Paul

44/1327
Robert Orlan
LHP
9/28/90
R-L
6-0/190
Deep Run High School (VA)
Clair Rierson

45/1357
Steve Piscotty
SS
1/14/91
R-R
6-3/185
Amador Valley High School (CA)
Fred Costello

46/1387
Cooper Smith
2B
6/25/90
R-R
5-11/180
Second Baptist School (TX)
Chris Smith

47/1417
Cole Pembroke
OF
4/2/91
R-R
6-0/200
Desert Vista High School (AZ)
Brian Stephenson

48/1447
Travis Burnside
OF
11/28/90
R-R
6-3/184
Laurens District 55 HS (SC)
Lon Joyce

49/1477
Christian Walker
3B
3/28/91
R-R
6-2/225
Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic HS (PA)
Clair Rierson

50/1507
David Garcia
SS
8/9/91
R-R
6-0/140
Kennedy High School (CA)
Chuck Crim

Minor-league report

From the Dodgers’ crack PR staff …

Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes

Pacific Coast League American South Division

26-27, 1st Place, 1.5 Games Ahead

LUNA TUNES: INF Hector Luna ranks fifth in the Pacific Coast League with a .359 batting average and second with a 1.106 on-base-plus-slugging percentage (OPS)…the 29-year-old batted .382 (39-for-102) with eight homers and 29 RBI in 28 games in May…the Dominican Republic native is hitting .436 (17-for-39) against left-handed pitchers… Luna appeared in 15 Cactus League games for the Dodgers as a non-roster invitee, batting .204 (5-for-24) with a homer and four RBI.

RUN FOR THE ROSARIO: OF Jovanny Rosario is batting .294 (10-for-34) in 12 games since his promotion from Double-A Chattnooga on May 24…the switch-hitter is batting .348 (8-for-23) against right-handed pitchers…Rosario will celebrate his 24th birthday on Sunday…he spent the 2008 season with Single-A Great Lakes, batting .270 with 35 RBI in 127 games.

CHOI IS MY BOY: RHP Hyang-Nam Choi has struck out 21 and allowed just 12 base runners in 12.2 innings…struck out four in 2.1 scoreless innings in his Isotopes debut on May 18 at Fresno (Giants)…Choi was signed as a minor league free agent on May 23, and spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons with the Korean Lotte Giants.

Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts

Southern League North Division

22-31, Tied for 3rd Place, 8.5 Games Back

FROM MAY TO JUNE: C Lucas May has hit safely in nine games in a row, batting .533 (16-for-30) to raise his average to .298 from .188…he has also hit safely in 13 straight starts, batting .467 (21-for-45) in those games…the 24-year-old was selected by the Dodgers in eighth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.

SWEET BABY JAMES: OF James Tomlin has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, batting .333 (15-for-45) to raise his average to .305 from .288…the Dodgers signed the Saint Bernard High School (Playa del Ray) alum as a minor league free agent in February 2007.

SARTOR THE MARTYR: RHP Matthew Sartor has posted a 1.20 ERA (2 ER/15.0 IP) in his last 11 games beginning May 1…the 24-year-old had a 4.32 ERA (8 ER/16.2 IP) in seven appearances in April…he is limiting the opposition to a .165 average, including an .093 mark (4-for-43) by left-handed hitters…Sartor was signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in July 2007.

Single-A Inland Empire 66ers

California League South Division

24-29, 3rd Place, 10.0 Games Back

GREAT SCOTT!!: OF Scott Van Slyke ranks seventh in the California League with a .323 average and fourth with 63 hits…he is also tied for third in the chain with 18 doubles and tied for ninth with 35 RBI…the Dodgers’ 14th-round pick from the 2005 draft has hit safely in seven straight starts, going 12-for-27 with nine RBI to raise his average from .305…the 22-year-old is batting .393 (24-for-61) with runners in scoring position overall.

ROBINSON, MY SON: OF Trayvon Robinson leads the league with 20 stolen bases and ranks second with 69 hits…the Crenshaw High School alum is batting .314 in 52 games overall…he was selected by the Dodgers in the 10th round of the 2005 draft.

HE’S THE MAN: OF Elian Herrera is batting .344 with 16 runs scored and eight steals in nine attempts in 18 games since his May 12 promotion from Single-A Great Lakes…the switch-hitter is batting .409 (9-for-22) against lefties and .310 (13-for-42) against righties…the 24-year-old Dominican Republic native was signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in May 2003.

Single-A Great Lakes Loons

Midwest League Eastern Division

27-25, 3rd Place, 5.5 Games Back

DEE-LIGHTFUL!!: INF Dee Gordon leads the Midwest League with 29 stolen bases…he is 29-for-35 overall, an 83 percent success rate…the 20-year-old also is tied for fourth in the league with 60 hits, and is batting .293 in 50 games overall…Gordon was selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2008 draft.

RUSSELL’S ATHLETIC: OF Kyle Russell leads the Midwest League with 14 home runs and ranks second in the circuit with a .585 slugging percentage…he also ranks second in the league with 42 RBI, and is tied for the league lead with 41 runs scored…the University of Texas product is batting .285 with 14 doubles in 52 games overall…the 22-year-old was selected by the Dodgers in the third round of the 2008 draft.

JAVY TALK: RHP Javy Guerra ranks second in the Midwest League with 13 saves…he has a 1.82 ERA in 21 appearances, and is limiting the opposition to a .171 average…the Dodgers’ fourth-round pick from the 2004 draft has 38 strikeouts in 29.2 innings, an average of 11.5 punchouts per nine innings.

GOSH, JOSH: RHP Josh Walter is 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA in 16 games (one start)…he made his first pro start on Sunday vs. Peoria (Cubs), and tossed 4.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball…the 24-year-old, who signed with the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in June 2008 out of Texas State University, has struck out 35 in 28.1 innings…the opposition is hitting only .172 against him.