DiNardo Named to 2009 All-PCL Team
OMAHA, NE - Omaha Royals pitcher Lenny DiNardo was named today as one of two starting pitchers on the 2009 All-PCL Team. The 29-year old southpaw, in his first season in the Kansas City Royals' organization, was selected as the top left-handed pitcher in the Pacific Coast League. He's the first member of the Omaha Royals to be named to the post-season All-Star squad since 2005, when outfielder Aaron Guiel was honored.
DiNardo is 10-5 so far this season with one start remaining and his 3.33 ERA ranks fifth in the league. He has chalked up 126 strikeouts, second most in the circuit and the most for a Royals pitcher since 1989, when Jose DeJesus fanned 158 batters. In 148-and-two-thirds innings, DiNardo has issued just 35 walks. He has been involved in six of the Royals' league-leading 17 shutouts, starting five of them and earning a save in another.
After opening this season in Omaha's bullpen, DiNardo filled the rotation spot that opened in April when Brian Bannister was called up by Kansas City. In five relief outings, he had no record with a 5.06 ERA and two saves, matching his career saves total compiled in his first eight professional seasons. Since moving into the rotation, he has posted a 3.12 ERA in 22 starts. DiNardo, who made his last home start Sunday, wound up 5-2 with a 1.43 ERA at Rosenblatt Stadium.
He was also selected to the PCL's mid-season All-Star team, but started on the final day of the first half of the season and declined to attend the July 15th Triple-A All-Star Game in Portland, Oregon.
DiNardo was signed by Kansas City as a minor league free agent last December. In his career, he has pitched in 89 big league games with Boston and Oakland, posting a 10-15 record and a 4.93 ERA. He was the New York Mets' third round selection in the 2001 draft out of Stetson University.
Others named to the 2009 All-PCL team, which is selected annually by a vote of the league's field managers and media representatives, include former Kansas City Royals infielder Esteban German and former Bellevue University star Randy Ruiz. German, named as the team's third baseman, has hit .317 with 35 stolen bases as a utility player for the Oklahoma City RedHawks. Ruiz, the Las Vegas 51s All-Star first baseman, hit .320 with 25 home runs and still leads the league with 106 RBI despite being called up by the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this month. He also leads the circuit with 43 doubles and 70 extra-base hits.
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