Dodgers Hot & Cold Minor League Players of the Week - 4/18 thru 4/24

Here is my Hot & Cold Minor League Player report for week #2.  As a reminder, this is similar to the weekly Hot Sheet on Baseball America, except that it focuses only on Dodger minor league players and will not only look at the players that are doing well, but will also feature players who are struggling.  Also included in this post in the update about where each Dodger minor league team is in terms of standings and how the teams did during the past week.

Albuquerque Isotopes: 9 - 8, 2nd place in the PCL American South Division.  The Topes went 3 and 4 this past week.

Chattanooga Lookouts: 10 - 7, 3rd place in the SOU North Division.  The Lookouts went 4 and 3 this past week.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes: 10 - 7, 1st place in the CAL South Division.  The Quakes went 4 and 2 this past week.

Great Lakes Loons: 10 - 7, 2nd place in the MID Eastern Division.  The Loons went 3 and 3 this past week.

Hot Hitters:

Scott Van Slyke (AA): 3 HR's, 7 2B's, 12 RBI's, .519 average, 1.185 SLG%, 1.752 OPS - Van Slyke had a dream week in the Southern League, recording extra base hits and multi-hit games in 6 of the 7 games he played in.  The crazy stats he recorded also raised his season OPS to 1.293 and his season average to .404.

Trayvon Robinson (AAA): 2 HR's, 1 2B, 2 3B's, 10 RBI's, 1 SB, .458 average, .917 SLG%, 1.435 OPS - Robinson was locked in at the plate all week, picking up a hit in every game and really catching fire over the weekend.  The only thing that needs improving is his strikeout rate, which is still around 30% for the season.

Austin Gallagher (HiA): 1 HR, 2 2B's, 3 RBI's, .520 average, .720 SLG%, 1.258 OPS - It's taken 4 seasons of Class A ball, but Gallagher is finally finding his groove.  The 22 year old still hasn't shown a ton of power, but is collecting singles like there's no tomorrow and has a .421 average for the season.

Jake Lemmerman (HiA): 1 HR, 3 2B's, 4 RBI's, .423 average, .654 SLG%, 1.118 OPS - Lemmerman got off to a slow start in 2011, but now has a 10 game hitting streak and is heating up.  In addition to the stats listed above, Late Night had a 1 to 1 strike to walk ratio last week, and also boasts the same rate for the season as a whole.

Pedro Baez (AA): 1 HR, 3 2B's, 5 RBI's, 1 SB, .381 average, .667 SLG%, 1.147 OPS - Baez's season stats are still pretty ugly, but he did have a few solid days at the plate last week.  Nice turnaround after making the Cold List last week.  He is another player who has shown a good eye at the plate and hasn't struck out a whole lot.

Cold Hitters:

Dee Gordon (AAA): .182 average, .182 SLG%, .399 OPS, 1 error - Gordon collected just 4 hits this week, all singles, and walked only once so he didn't really do his job as a leadoff man.  Even still, his week wasn't all that bad as he stole 3 bases and only struck out once.

Brian Cavazos-Galvez (AA): .176 average, .294 SLG%, .516 OPS, 4 K's, 1 CS - BCG got hits in his first two games in AA, but since then he's been hitless in 11 at bats.  He does already have 1 walk, which is big for him, but he's also struck out 4 times. 

Kyle Russell (AA): .174 average, .348 SLG%, .556 OPS, 10 K's - Russell is back to his old trick, striking out 10 times last week and posting a 34% strikout rate for the season.  He did homer, but is hitting just .232 for the year.

Hot Pitchers:

Allen Webster (HiA): 14 IP, 2 Wins, 1.29 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 2.49 FIP, 5.5 K/BB - After making the Cold List last week, Allen Webster was dominant in both of his starts this week.  He lasted 7 innings in each appearance, and allowed just 5 hits and 1 run in both outings.  Also, for the season Webster has almost struck out a batter per inning.

Pete Budkevics (LoA): 5 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.40 WHIP, 10.8 K/9, 0.80 FIP - This name probably isn't familiar to most Dodger fans, but Budkevics had 3 solid relief appearances for the Loons this week and posted impressive stats.  Signed as a non drafted free agent in June 2010 out of C.W. Post (aka Long Island University), Pete had a strong showing last year in Ogden and is following that up with a good start to 2011.

Steve Ames (HiA): 2 IP, 2 Saves, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 27.0 K/9, (2.80) FIP - Ames was perfect in both of his apperances last week, striking out all 6 batters he faced.  He has great season stats so far, and is a candidate to earn an early promotion to AA.  Finally, if you can't tell, that's a negative FIP that Ames had for the week.

John Ely (AAA): 7 IP, 1 Win, 0.00 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 9.0 K/9, 1 hit allowed - Ely's only start this week was his near no-hitter, in which he lasted 6.2 innings without giving up a hit in a shorted game.  Even though he didn't get his name in the record books, it was still a solid performance.

Cold Pitchers:

Travis Schlichting (AAA): 4 IP, 9.00 ERA, 2.25 WHIP, 4 HR's allowed, 15.70 FIP - This is the second week in a row that Schlichting had made the Cold List, so it hasn't been a good start to his 2011 season.  He's falling further down on the Dodgers bullpen depth chart with every apperance.

Jon Huber (AAA): 3.1 IP, 14.52 ERA, 2.90 WHIP, 2 HR's allowed, 9.97 FIP - The 29 year old Huber isn't really a prospect, but he did have a good year in AA last year and was a non roster invitee to this past Spring Training.  He didn't do himself any favors this week with one poor outing and then another terrible appearance where he allowed 7 hits in 2 innings of relief.

Greg Wilborn (HiA): 3.2 IP, 11.25 ERA, 2.81 WHIP, 4 Walks, 5.08 FIP - Wilborn wasn't terrible this week, but he did have a poor outing after picking up for Padilla in a game that he started.  The lefty will have a chance to redeem himself today in his start against Lancaster.

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