Pedroia Named Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player Of The Year

Sept. 28, 2005

Former Arizona State University All-American shortstop Dustin Pedroia has been named the Boston Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year for 2005.

Before the nightcap of Boston's doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays, Pedroia and other award winners were recognized behind home plate by general manager Theo Epstein, director of player development Ben Cherington and manager Terry Francona.

In 117 games split between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, Pedroia combined to hit .293 (135-for-460) with 28 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs and 64 RBI. He was named a Double-A All-Star (mid and postseason) after hitting .324 (83-for-256) with Portland and was also named the Eastern League's top second baseman. In 51 games at Triple-A, Pedroia hit .255 (52-for-204) with nine doubles and five home runs.

Following being drafted in the second round by the Red Sox in 2004, Pedroia has combined to hit .310 (191-for-617) with more extra base hits (63) than strikeouts (50) in 159 career minor league games.

In three years at Arizona State, Pedroia was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection and a two-time All-American. He was also named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2003 and 2004 and was the 2003 Pac-10 co-Player of the Year. He had a career .384 batting average and ranks fourth in ASU history with 298 career hits and third with 71 doubles.

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