Farm fresh: Cotton and Calhoun collect weekly honors
By Cary Osborne
There has to be some extra satisfaction for two highly touted Dodger prospect this week.
Jharel Cotton and Willie Calhoun, two players who got off to quiet starts in 2016, were named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week and Texas League Player of the Week, respectively.
The time period covers May 23-29.
Cotton, the Dodgers’ No. 8 prospect, threw 10 innings, struck out 15 and allowed four hits, three walks and two runs (1.80 ERA/0.70 WHIP) in two starts (May 23 and 29). The May 23 start was Cotton’s first in a month. He had a 5.49 ERA/1.32 WHIP in four starts to begin the season, before pitching out of the bullpen and appearing in six games (9.00 ERA/1.60 WHIP).
Overall, Cotton has a solid WHIP (1.24) and K/BB (3.9) numbers and is averaging 11.6 K/9, but he’s been hurt by the long ball, having surrendered eight in 39 2/3 innings.
Calhoun, the No. 15 prospect, started the week with a 4-for-4 performance, including two doubles and a home run, on May 23. He went 11 for 26 during the week with three homers and three doubles, slashing .423/.483/.885.
Prior to that, in 41 games, Calhoun hit .240/.298/.390 with four home runs in 41 games. However, he started heating up mid-May and has OPSed 1.113 in his last 16 games.