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Jharel Cotton, Willie Calhoun win weekly minor league honors

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Jharel Cotton struck out 15 batters in two starts after his return to the Oklahoma City rotation last week.
Jharel Cotton struck out 15 batters in two starts after his return to the Oklahoma City rotation last week.
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A pair of Dodgers minor leaguers were honored on Monday for their performances over the last seven days. Jharel Cotton was named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week, and Willie Calhoun was named Texas League Player of the Week.

It has been an up-and-down season for Cotton with Triple-A Oklahoma City, shifting between starting and relief. But after a month in the bullpen Cotton was moved back into the rotation last week and didn't disappoint. He struck out a season-high 10 in just five innings on the road against Fresno, allowing only a solo home run, with no other hits or walks.

He followed that up with another strong performance on Sunday at Sacramento, allowing one run on three hits in five innings, with five more strikeouts and two walks. For the week Cotton had a 1.80 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 10 innings, and opposing batters hit just .114 (4-for-35).

This is the third time Cotton has won a player of the week award, doing so once with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga in 2014 and again with Double-A Tulsa in 2015.

Calhoun continued his hot streak for Tulsa, going 11-for-26 (.423/.483/.885) with three home runs, three doubles, three walks, seven runs scored and seven RBI. He led the Texas League last week in extra-base hits, total bases (23), RBI, slugging percentage and OPS.

His highlight game last week came Monday at Northwest Arkansas, when Calhoun went 4-for-4 with a home run and two doubles in a 4-2 win by the Drillers.

The second baseman, drafted by the Dodgers in the fourth round in 2015, has reached base by hit or walk in each of his last 11 games. Calhoun, 21, began the season as the seventh-youngest player in the Texas League.