Offensive Players of the Week05/23/2005 3:23 PM ET
By Jason Ratliff / MLB.com
Jonny Gomes, Durham
7 G, 25 AB, 6 R, 9 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, .360 AVG, .960 SLG, 0 SB
In his first full week back in Durham after a two-week stint with the parent club Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Jonny Gomes continued to display the tools that earned him his call-up. The 24-year-old outfielder went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and four RBIs on May 16 to lead the Bulls to a 7-4 win over Ottawa. He homered again two nights later and then finished the week with home runs in consecutive games against Indianapolis. Since his return to Durham, Gomes has hit .400 (16-for-40) with six doubles, five home runs, and 14 RBIs in 11 games. Despite missing 20 games with the Bulls due to his promotion, Gomes still leads the International League in home runs (10) and RBIs (34).
Pacific Coast League
Jorge Piedra, Colorado Springs
6 G, 27 AB, 6 R, 12 H, 4 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 11 RBI, .444 AVG, .593 SLG, 1 SB
For the week of May 16-22, Piedra hit .444 while leading the Pacific Coast League in hits (12), RBIs (11) and doubles (four). The Sky Sox leadoff hitter has gone on an RBI tear as of late, driving in runs in eight consecutive games, including a trio of three-RBI games. His 15 RBIs during that span doubled his season total. The former Dodgers farmhand hit in all six games for Colorado Springs, including five straight multi-hit games, and is currently riding a nine-game hitting streak. He also scored at least one run in the first five games of the week.
Dee Haynes, Harrisburg
6 G, 25 AB, 3 R, 11 H, 5 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, .440 AVG, .880 SLG, 0 SB
Dee Haynes is back in the Eastern League, where he was an All-Star with New Haven in 2002, and playing like an All-Star once again. Acquired by the Washington Nationals in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals on May 4, Haynes hit .440 for Harrisburg last week, raising his average to .328 since joining the Senators. The former 14th round draft pick out of Delta State University had four multi-hit games during the week, highlighted by a 3-for-4 performance in a 6-4 win over New Britain on May 17. Haynes had two home runs, a double and three RBIs in the game. The 27-year-old outfielder also drove in a pair of runs in three other games and, despite playing just nine games for Harrisburg, is already fifth on the team in RBIs with 14.
Greg Sain, Mobile
5 G, 17 AB, 3 R, 9 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .529 AVG, .600 OBP, .765 SLG, 0 SB
Greg Sain did enough in just five games to earn Southern League Player of the Week honors, hitting safely in all five games and leading the league with a .529 average and .600 on-base percentage. The fifth-round draft pick of the San Diego Padres in 2001 extended his hitting streak to 10 games, including a three-hit game and a pair of two-hit games. In back-to-back games at Montgomery on May 17-18, the BayBears' first baseman went a combined 5-for-7 with a double, a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. He also went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a stolen base against the Biscuits on May 21. Sain led the BayBears with 28 home runs in 2004.
Cory Aldridge, Wichita
7 G, 34 AB, 6 R, 13 H, 4 2B, x 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, .382 AVG, .853 SLG, 0 SB
Aldridge continued his torrid hitting for Wichita, helping the Wranglers to their second and third consecutive series victories. The former fourth-round pick of the Atlanta Braves hit in all seven games, extending his hitting streak to 10 games, and also drove in at least one run in each of his last six games. Aldridge went deep in three consecutive games May 17-19 and homered again to close out the week. His four homers and nine RBIs boosted his league-leading totals to 11 and 35, respectively. The 25-year-old outfielder also leads the Texas League in extra-base hits (25) and is second in slugging percentage (.586).
Wes Bankston, Visalia
6 G, 23 AB, 6 R, 10 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, .435 AVG, .536 OBP, .913 SLG, 0 SB
One of the top prospects in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization, Bankston has added some much-needed pop to Visalia's offense since his eagerly anticipated return from both wrist and knee surgeries. The 21-year-old slugger hit in all six games for Visalia, putting up league-highs in home runs (three), RBIs (nine) and slugging percentage (.913). Since joining the Oaks, who are last in the California League in home runs, Bankston has hit in 10 of 11 games, including nine straight. His home run and RBI totals are already good for third and fifth on the team, respectively. The Plano, Texas, product started the week with a 3-for-3 performance against Lake Elsinore and then broke out against Rancho Cucamonga on May 21, when he went 3-for-4 with two home runs -- one a ninth-inning grand slam -- and six RBIs to lead the Oaks to a 10-8 win and their first double-digit offensive output in a month.
Noah Hall, Winston-Salem
6 G, 20 AB, 10 R, 10 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, .500 AVG, .655 OBP, 1.250 SLG, 0 SB
Hall played a huge role in helping Winston-Salem to a 5-1 mark last week. The long-time Minor Leaguer led the Carolina League in home runs (four), RBIs (10), runs scored (12), extra-base hits (seven) and slugging percentage (1.250). Hall, who played for Triple-A Syracuse in 2004, sparked the Warthogs offensive to 40 runs in a three-game sweep of Salem, which entered the series with the lowest ERA in the Carolina League. The 28-year-old veteran started off the week by hitting a two-run, walk-off homer against Salem on May 17. Two days later, he went 3-for-4 with two walks, two home runs, four runs and six RBIs as Winston-Salem buried the Avalanche, 22-8. Hall also went a combined 5-for-9 with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs to help the Warthogs take two of three from first-place Kinston and pull within a half-game of the top spot in the Southern Division.
Florida State League
Matt Kemp, Vero Beach
6 G, 25 AB, 7 R, 7 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, .280 AVG, .960 SLG, 4 SB
Matt Kemp busted out of an 0-for-17 streak with a vengeance, as he finished the week by collecting seven hits in 12 at-bats, including five home runs in a span of nine plate appearances. The Dodgers' 2003 sixth-round draft pick had a grand slam and five RBIs in a 14-9 win over Tampa on May 20, then had back-to-back two-homer, three-RBI games to close out the series. His five homers, 11 RBIs, seven extra-base hits and .960 slugging percentage were all tops in the Florida State League. And when he wasn't trotting around the bases, he was swiping them, collecting a league-high four stolen bases on the week.
Allen Mottram, South Bend
5 G, 21 AB, 10 R, 9 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, .429 AVG, 1.095 SLG, 0 SB
Mottram helped South Bend to a 4-2 week and a share of first place in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League by hitting .429 with three home runs and nine RBIs in five games. The Silver Hawks backstop got off to a perfect start, going 4-for-4 with a home run, four runs and four RBIs in a 15-5 romp over Southwest Michigan on May 16. He homered again the next night in a 9-3 win over the Devil Rays and then capped off the week by going 3-for-5 with a double, two home runs, four runs scored and three RBIs in an 8-0 blanking of Beloit. The 23-year-old Massachusetts native led the league in home runs (three), runs scored (10), slugging percentage (1.095) and extra-base hits (six). He was also second in RBIs (nine) and fourth in average (.429).
South Atlantic League
John Otness, Greenville
6 G, 22 AB, 5 R, 15 H, 5 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, .682 AVG, .741 OBP, .909 SLG, 0 SB
South Atlantic League pitchers could not find a way to retire John Otness last week, as the Greenville utility man collected 15 hits in 22 at-bats for an unearthly .682 batting average. The 23-year-old University of Washington grad had three hits in three games and a pair of safeties in the other three games. He extended his hitting streak to 15 games and also has seven consecutive multi-hit games. During one particularly hot streak, Otness reached base in 11 consecutive, and 16 of 17, plate appearances. He led the Sally League in average (.682), on-base percentage (.741), hits (15) and doubles (five). Otness' hot hitting raised his average from .336 to a league-leading .395. He's also tied for third in on-base percentage with a .446 mark.
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