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DiNardo snags Omaha pitching honors

DiNardo snags Omaha pitching honors

KANSAS CITY -- Left-hander Lenny DiNardo, who did so well that he started for the Royals in Thursday's 7-4 win over the Tigers, was named the Pitcher of the Year for Triple-A Omaha. He had a 10-5 record and 3.32 ERA along with two saves in 29 games.

Outfielder Cory Aldridge, who had 22 home runs and 71 RBIs in 98 games, was named Omaha's Player of the Year. Both are veterans; Aldridge is 30 and DiNardo turns 30 next week.

The top players in the Royals' Minor League system will be honored on Sept. 25 at Kauffman Stadium before a game against Minnesota. Other winners:

Northwest Arkansas (Double-A): Outfielder David Lough, 23, batted .331 with nine homers and 31 RBIs in 61 games. Reliever Ben Swaggerty, 27, was 4-1 with a 4.33 ERA and one save in 26 outings.

Wilmington (Class A Advanced): Third baseman Mike Moustakas, 21, second-overall choice in the 2007 Draft, had 16 homers, 86 RBIs and a .250 average. Reliever Brandon Sisk, 24, had 21 saves, a 1.92 ERA and a 1-3 record in 45 games.

Burlington, Iowa (Class A): Outfielder Nick Van Stratten, 24, had a .318 average, 38 RBIs and 15 steals in 69 games before his promotion to Wilmington. Lefty Mike Montgomery, 20, had a 2.17 ERA, a 2-3 record and held opponents to a .206 average before going to Wilmington.

Idaho Falls (Rookie Advanced): Infielder Deivy Batista, 21, is batting .270 with 13 homers and 55 RBIs. Lefty John Lamb, 19, is 3-1 with a 3.70 ERA in eight starts after being promoted from Burlington, N.C.

Burlington, N.C. (Class A): Outfielder Luis Del Rosario, 22, batted .268 with three homers, 17 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 57 games before being promoted to Wilmington. Right-hander Greg Billo, 19, was 2-2 with a 1.81 ERA in 13 games and had 51 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings.

Surprise (Rookie): Outfielder Alex Llanos, 18, batted .311 with three homers, 16 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in 31 games. Lefty Claudio Bavera, 22, was 4-0 with a 0.44 ERA and two saves in 15 appearances.

Dominican Royals (DSL): Catcher Rainier Bello, 17, hit .293 with eight doubles and 25 RBIs. Right-hander Jonathan Rodriguez, 20, was 3-1 with a 0.80 ERA and two saves in 17 games.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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