Dodgers Minor League Recap: Jharel Cotton And Darnell Sweeney Impress

Vincent Samperio-Dodgers Nation
Vincent Samperio-Dodgers Nation

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Last week saw some outstanding individual performances, as well as a number of important rehab assignments and a few notable debuts. Los Angeles Dodgers’ fifth-rounder Brendon Davis played in his first professional game on Sunday, while Carl Crawford is inching his way back to the big leagues.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, behind a rehabbing Zach Lee, the Arizona Leauge Dodgers took a perfect game into the ninth inning, but lost it with two outs.

Hitter of the Week – Darnell Sweeney

Despite falling to the 13th round in 2012 draft, Sweeney has hit everywhere he’s played. A career .285/.358/.451 hitter in the Minors, he got on a hot streak this past week, homering three times and falling one long ball short of hitting for the cycle on July 2.

The 24-year-old Floridian has been playing second base, left and center field for the Oklahoma City Dodgers this year, giving him unique versatility that could be valuable to a Major League club.

Pitcher of the Week – Jharel Cotton

After a fluke injury during Spring Training, Cotton got a late start to his season, but he’s pitching like he hasn’t missed a beat. The 23-year-old righty had a bumpy start in the Midwest League, but has been getting stronger as the season progresses.

After four appearances with High-A Rancho that resulted in a 1.62 ERA, Cotton has been even more dominant in Double-A Tulsa, to the tune of a 0.95 ERA through three games. Last week, he went six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits while striking out seven. Cotton could be a valuable trade piece at the deadline.

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