A few Dodgers prospects were announced as the winners of the Branch Rickey Minor League awards this afternoon. Zach Lee, regarded as the Dodgers top pitching prospect, won the Minor League Pitcher of the Year and outfielder Scott Schebler won the Minor League Player of the Year.
Lee, 22, went 10-10 with a 3.22 ERA with 131 strikeouts in 142.2 innings this season for Double-A Chattanooga, while Schebler, 22, batted .296 with 27 home runs and 91 RBI for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
The Dodgers official Twitter account tweeted the news making it official today:
#Dodgers today named RHP Zach Lee and OF Scott Schebler as the Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 27, 2013
Both players will be honored on the field at Dodger Stadium prior to Sunday’s season finale against the Rockies.
Lee, who was drafted 28th overall in 2010, completed his third professional season and was named a Southern League All-Star this season. He was third in the league in strikeouts and ranked in the top-10 in wins, ERA and innings pitched.
The Texas native was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 27-June 2 after throwing seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts.
Schebler, a 26th round draft pick in 2010 from Iowa, completed his fourth professional season and was selected to the California League’s Postseason All-Star team. He was top 10 in the league in home runs, runs scored, triples, RBI and slugging percentage.
The left-handed hitter was also the only Dodger minor leaguer with 20 or more doubles, 10 or more triples and 20 or more home runs. He won the California League’s Offensive Player of the Week from July 1-7 as he batted .448 with three home runs and seven RBI in seven games.
Lee figures to be in the mix for the Dodgers next season depending on how the offseason goes, while Schebler will most likely make the jump to Double-A Chattanooga.
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