Players of the Week

Each week will salute a player and pitcher from the Dodger farm system for distinguished performances.

RYAN CARTER, of Vero Beach. Although Vero Beach is off to a stumbling start, it certainly hasn't been the fault of Carter. This past week, he collected nine hits in 25 trips that included a double, three triples and a home run. So far, he's been batting .344 with a .719 slugging percentage.

MATT MERRICKS, Vero Beach. Another who's been a standout despite his team's slow beginning. Making his second start, Merricks, a lefthander, threw seven innings of shutout ball in which he allowed just three hits, walking only one while striking out 12. He now has pitched 11 innings without allowing a run, striking out 19 while walking just three during that span.