In what will be a recurring series here at Talking Chop, we're proud to introduce our Minor League Players of the Week award. This will replace the "hot sheets" that some of you have grown accustomed to, and will be our way of recognizing those minor league players whose performance has been outstanding over the past week. So without further ado, let's jump right in!
Minor League Hitter of the Week:
Phil Gosselin, 2B: 9/16, 3 2B, 4 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, .563/.588/.750
Gwinnett's second baseman is the victim of a crowded infield, as he cedes playing time to Atlanta's top hitting prospect, Tommy La Stella. That said, Gwinnett moves him around the infield and uses the DH to make sure he gets a good amount of plate appearances. And did he ever capitalize on his last week. Gosselin stroked 9 hits - including 3 doubles - in 4 games; he also walked and stole his first base of the year as well. If Gosselin is to have a future with Atlanta, it will be as a defensive replacement. Think Martin Prado when he was first called up. I wouldn't expect him to hit nearly as well as Prado, but that shouldn't take away from the stellar start that he's had so far.
Minor League Pitcher of the Week
J.R. Graham, SP: 2 GS, 9.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.65 WHIP
J.R. Graham's two start line from the past week looks impressive enough by itself, but when you stop and consider that these are his first two rehab starts, it looks even better. Rehab starts are a tricky thing to judge. You obviously want to see a player do well, but results matter far less than how the guy feels and if he was able to throw his pitches pain-free. In most rehab outings, pitchers don't even have a game plan, they're just looking to throw their pitches and see how they feel, results be damned. That Graham could be so dominant while rehabbing ostensibly speaks to his stuff and to his immense talent. We're all glad that J.R. is healthy again, and we wish him the best in his continued recovery!
Horoable Mention: Shae Simmons, RP, Mississippi; Wes Parsons, SP, Lynchburg; Chuck Buchanan, SP, Rome