With award season underway, several Dodger players are awaiting announcements to see if they earned awards for their performance during the 2013 season.
At least two Dodgers have been recognized so far this season following the announcement of the Players’ Choice Award for National League Outstanding Pitcher of the Year that Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw won last night.
According to MILB.com, another player in the Dodger organization was recognized for his performance at Triple A this season:
Nick Buss (27) of Southfield, Mich., finished the season as the Pacific Coast League’s leader in RBIs (100). He also finished in the top 10 in hits (139), runs (84), slugging percentage (.525) and OPS (.888). The Albuquerque Isotopes outfielder also hit 11 triples, good for second in the PCL. The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Buss in the eighth round of the 2008 Draft.
This was Buss’ first season in Triple-A and he turned in a .303 batting average with 17 home runs, 29 doubles, 100 RBI and 21 stolen bases to earn the honors. Buss was named a starter in the Triple-A All-Star game during the season.
Buss is a 26-year-old outfielder who was drafted by the Dodgers in the eighth round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of USC. He’s continued to climb the ranks year-by-year from Rookie ball up to the majors, where he made his debut this season.
The Dodgers called Buss up in September when they needed an outfielder and he made his debut September 14 as a pinch-hitter in the third inning and remained in the game. He recorded his first major league hit that night off Giants starter Tim Lincecum. Buss finished the season 2-19 with two singles and a walk in eight games after starting four games in September, but was left off the postseason roster.
The left-handed hitter is playing Winter Ball for the Cardenales de Lara in Venezuela. He will come into spring training looking to compete for a spot on the team as an extra outfielder.
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