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Dodgers Hot & Cold Minor League Players of the Week - 5/9 thru 5/15

Here is my Hot & Cold Minor League Player report for this week.  As you all know by now, 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: 20 - 16, 2nd place in the PCL American South Division.  The Topes went 3 and 4 this past week.

Chattanooga Lookouts: 19 - 18, 4th place in the SOU North Division but just 3 games out of 1st place.  The Lookouts went 3 and 4 this past week.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes: 23 - 14, 1st place in the CAL South Division.  The Quakes went 4 and 2 this past week.

Great Lakes Loons: 23 - 14, 1st place in the MID Eastern Division.  The Loons went 4 and 2 this past week.

This week, it was tough to create this list as there weren't many extremely good or bad performances.  Nevertheless this is what I came up with.

Hot Hitters:

Alfredo Silverio (AA): .414 average, .724 SLG %, 1.176 OPS, 1 HR, 4 2B's, 8 RBI's, 4 SB's - Silverio had the best week out of any Dodger minor leaguer this week, and his season stats are not starting to look pretty solid.  He has an .838 OPS and a .287 average for the season.

Eugenio Velez (AAA): .429 average, 1.038 OPS, 4 2B's, 5 Runs - I don't really like including older players in this report, but like I mentioned above this was really a slow week in terms of offensive performances. 

Jake Lemmerman (HiA): .278 average, .458 OB%, 1.014 OPS, 1 HR, 3 SB's - Lemmerman's average wasn't all that great this week, but he got on base at a good clip and even stole his first 3 bases of the season.  His season OPS stands at .855.

More after the jump


Cold Hitters:

Bryant Hernandez (LoA): .077 average, .327 OPS, 31% K rate - The 2009 9th round pick from Oklahoma has struggled all season, and really hasn't done much of anything as a hitter since turning pro.

Leon Landry (LoA): .167 average, .417 OPS, 25% K rate - Landry started the season slow then heated up in late April, but he seems to be slumping again in May.  Overall Landry is hitting just .231, although he does have 11 stolen bases for the season.

Blake Smith (HiA): .167 average, .450 OPS, 32% K rate - Smith was on the Hot List just last week, but things turned on a dime for him as he had a slow week at the plate. 

Hot Pitchers:

Allen Webster (HiA): 13 IP, 1.38 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 11.1 K/9, 3.12 FIP - I've already written about Webster at length in my daily minor league report.  He's thrown 47.1 innings thus far in 2011, and now it appears like it will only be a matter of time before he makes it up to AA.  The question is will the promotion come soon, or will he have to wait another month or two?

Shawn Tolleson (HiA): 3.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 18.9 K/9, 7.0 K/BB, -0.10 FIP - It's the same story for Tolleson, who continues to dominiate.  In his California League debut he faced 5 batters, and struck out 4 of them.

Red Pattesron (LoA): 12 IP, 2 Wins, 1.50 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 9.75 K/9, 2.53 FIP - Patterson won both his starts this week, and lowered his ERA to 2.93.  At 24 he's a little old for the Midwest League, but nevertheless he has been solid this year.

Andrew Pevsner (LoA): 4.1 IP, 2.08 ERA, 12.5 K/9, 1.82 FIP - Pevsner was just added to the Loons roster last week, and so far has had a solid debut for Great Lakes.  The 22 year old had a 1.91 ERA for Ogden last year, so he's someone to keep your eye on.

Cold Pitchers:

Jon Link (AAA): 2.3 IP, 15.43 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 0 K's, 13.92 FIP - It was no wonder that Link was passed over again when the Dodgers needed another bullpen arm.  Link has struggled all season long, so hopefully he'll turn it around soon.

Andy Suiter (HiA): 0.2 IP, 53.97 ERA, 7.50 WHIP, 13.69 FIP - Suiter blew the win for Allen Webster on Sunday, but that outing wasn't the first time he struggled last season.  The lefty flashed a very solid strikeout rate last season, but this year he has more walks than strikeouts and batters are hitting .365 against him.

Greg Wilborn (HiA): 4.1 IP, 14.54 ERA, 2.31 WHIP, 8.74 FIP - It feels like Wilborn is on the Cold List every week, so it wasn't surprising when Greg landed on the DL last last week.  I'm not sure what his injury was, but I'm guessing they are just trying to get his head on straight.  Needless to say Wilborn isn't have a very good season so far, and his 2011 ERA of 7.04 is almost triple his ERA from last season.