06/19/2006 1:13 PM ET
Offensive Players of the Week
For the week ending June 18
By Benjamin Hill / Special to MLB.com
Chattanooga's Joey Votto ranks in the Southern League's top three in batting average (.318), home runs (15) and RBIs (48) this season. (Jerry Hale/MiLB.com)
Andy Marte, Buffalo
.346 (9-26), 7 R, 1 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 SB, .962 SLG
Marte slugged five home runs in just 26 at-bats this week. For some perspective on this accomplishment, consider this: It took the 22-year-old third baseman 226 at-bats to hit his first five dingers of the season. What's more, Marte has homered in his past four games and has a chance to continue the streak on Monday night against Indianapolis.
Pacific Coast League
Luke Scott, Round Rock
.464 (13-28), 12 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1 SB, .929 SLG
When Scott's hot, so is his team. On June 12, the 27-year-old slugger went 0-for-4 as Round Rock lost to Albuquerque, 9-3. Scott went 13-for-24 the rest of the week as the Express embarked upon a still-active six-game win streak. The Florida native's three homers on the week increased his season total to a league-leading 19, while his 54 RBIs rank third.
Kory Casto, Harrisburg
.500 (11-22), 9 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 7 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB, 1.136 SLG
Casto has hit safely in seven straight games, and his average has risen to an impressive .302 on the season. His stellar week was highlighted by a pair of impressive performances. On Tuesday, the 24-year-old third baseman homered twice and drove in four runs as the Senators held on for an 11-9 victory over Altoona. Three days later, Casto went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs as Harrisburg defeated Erie, 7-4.
Joey Votto, Chattanooga
.519 (14-27), 5 R, 4 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 6 SO, 0 SB, 1.111 SLG
Votto collected five multi-hit games this week, and has hit in eight straight overall. The highlight of his current hot streak came on Sunday, as he went 3-for-5 with two home runs to lead the Lookouts to an 8-7 win over Tennessee. The victory clinched the first-half North Division title for Chattanooga. Votto hit four home runs and four doubles on the week, and leads the Southern League in both categories.
Nate Gold, Frisco
.462 (12-26), 5 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 2 BB, 6 SO, 0 SB, .923 SLG
Frisco only won two games this week, and it would've been worse if not for Gold's heroics. On Tuesday, the 26-year-old first baseman capped a 3-for-4 performance by hitting a walk-off homer as the RoughRiders defeated Midland, 4-2. Gold also went yard on Wednesday and Friday. Both came in a losing effort, unfortunately.
Sean Rodriguez, Rancho Cucamonga
.400 (12-30), 3 R, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 0 BB, 10 SO, 0 SB, .800 SLG
Rancho Cucamonga is in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, but don't blame Rodriguez. The powerful shortstop's week was a highlighted by a spectacular three-game stretch. Rodriguez went 8-for-13 with three home runs and two doubles from Wednesday through Friday. Things weren't all good, however, as the 21-year-old Miami native ended the week by going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts as High Desert completed a sweep of the scuffling Quakes on Sunday.
Bryan Pritz, Wilmington
.480 (12-25), 8 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB, 4 SO, 2 SB, .640 SLG
Wilmington's current eight-game win streak propelled the club to the Carolina League's Northern Division first half title, with Pritz leading the charge. The 24-year-old outfielder is in the midst of an eight-game hit streak, during which time his average has increased from .229 to .275. On Tuesday, Pritz's bases-loaded triple lifted the Blue Rocks to a 7-4 victory over Potomac.
Florida State League
Ryan Klosterman, Dunedin
.538 (7-13), 4 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0 SB, 1.154 SLG
Klosterman has collected seven hits over his past four ballgames, all Dunedin victories. The 24-year-old shortstop has been forced to cool his heels since Friday, however, as the Florida State League is in its All-Star break. The highlight of Klosterman's truncated week came on Thursday, as he went 3-for-4 with a homer, double and two RBIs to lead the Blue Jays to a 6-3 victory over Clearwater.
Nick Hundley, Fort Wayne
.539 (7-13), 6 R, 0 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0 SB, 1.692 SLG
Hundley collected seven hits this week, and five of them left the yard. The slugging backstop has homered in his last five ballgames, four of which occurred this past week. Hundley hit two dingers on Monday, and one each from Thursday to Saturday. The 22-year-old Oregon native had hit just one home run in 141 at-bats prior to his recent barrage of longballs.
South Atlantic League
Edgardo Baez, Savannah
.483 (14-29), 6 R, 4 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 SB, .828 SLG
Baez began the season with the Carolina League's Potomac Nationals, where he hit .103 over 68 at-bats. He was then demoted to Savannah, where he has excelled. The 20-year-old went 14-for-29 on the week to increase his average with the Sand Gnats to a scorching .423. Baez collected four hits on both Friday and Sunday, and has hit safely in 25 of the 29 games he has played with Savannah.
Benjamin Hill is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.