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Brignac wins Lopez award as top rookie



INF Reid Brignac's strong March performance won him a spot on the opening day roster. It also won him the Al Lopez Award given annually to the top rookie of spring training.

Brignac, who hit .359 with 18 RBIs, will receive the award prior to Thursday's game from Al Lopez III, grandson of the Hall of Famer.

Previous winners include:
2000: P Dan Wheeler
2001: INF Brent Abernathy
2002: P Steve Kent
2003: OF Rocco Baldelli
2004: P Chad Gaudin
2005: P Scott Kazmir
2006: OF Elijah Dukes
2007: C Shawn Riggans
2008 INF/OF Elliot Johnson
2009: P Jeff Niemann

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 12:15am]


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