07/09/2007 7:32 PM ET
Offensive Players of the Week
For the week ending July 8
By Jeff Birnbaum / MLB.com
Pedro Lopez, Louisville
.545 (12-22), 4 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 1 SO, .607 OBP, .773 SLG
Lopez had four multi-hit games, including three in a row at the end of the week, to stretch his overall hitting streak to 12 contests. He was batting .339 with a homer and 17 RBIs in 34 games since the Reds claimed him off waivers from the White Sox on May 21. As a reward, the 23-year-old earned his second career call-up to the Majors, joining Cincinnati on July 8.
Pacific Coast League
Seth Smith, Colorado Springs
.462 (12-26), 5 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0 SB, .923 SLG
Smith provided plenty of fireworks for Colorado Springs last week. The 24-year-old lit up the night sky on the Fourth of July by going 3-for-4 against Salt Lake City with a home run, a double and two RBIs. Even though there were no fireworks, Smith kept the celebration going the next night with another home run in his second straight 3-for-4 performance.
Tyler Von Schell, Connecticut
.464 (13-28), 9 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 0 BB, 6 SO, 0 SB, .857 SLG
Even though he won't be participating in the Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday, Von Schell sure played like on last week. In nine games since getting promoted to Double-A Connecticut a few weeks ago, the just-turned 28-year-old has hit four homers (three this week), 12 RBIs (10 this week) and boasts a blistering .400 average. The 230-pound first baseman capped his memorable week Sunday by going 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs against Binghamton.
Alberto Concepcion, Jacksonville
.625 (10-16), 9 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 4 SO, 0 SB, 1.250 SLG
Concepcion's final game before the Southern League All-Star break was one to remember, as the 26-year-old hit for the cycle and drove in five runs on Saturday against Carolina. The California native doubled in the second, singled in the third and laced his first triple of the season in the fourth before he completed the rare feat with a sixth-inning homer. Concepcion's cycle marked the second day in a row in which he collected four hits, and he is now batting a season-high .291.
Geraldo Valentin, Wichita
.480 (12-25), 4 R, 0 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 SB, .857 SLG
Valentin went 6-for-8 with four RBIs in Thursday's doubleheader against Corpus Christi. The 24-year-old outfielder has moved into 10th place in the Texas League in batting at .305.
Eric Young Jr., Modesto
.500 (14-28), 13 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 2 SO, 8 SB, .893 SLG
If Eric Young Jr. keeps putting up numbers like he did last week, he's sure to garner as much adoration from Rockies fans as his father did years ago. Young helped the Nuts go 6-1 in their last seven games by recording eight of his California League-leading 44 stolen bases. The 22-year-old also proved he knows how to get on base, going 14-for-28 with five walks as the team's leadoff man.
Javier Castillo, Winston-Salem
.385 (10-26), 2 R, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 2 BB, 6 SO, 0 SB, .682 SLG
Castillo helped improve his team's record as well as his own stat line by putting up some big-time numbers last week. The Warthogs third baseman hit home runs in back-to-back wins against Frederick, tallying six of his 11 RBIs in that two-day span. Castillo also drove in a run in every game during the team's three-game series at Kinston.
Florida State League
Lorenzo Scott, Jr., Jupiter
.389 (7-18), 7 R, 0 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 5 SO, 3 SB, .722 SLG
Although Scott has been struggling at the plate for much of the season (he leads the team with 82 strikeouts), he showed teams around the Florida State League just how dangerous he can be when he gets into a groove. The St. Louis native hit two of his three home runs last week and went 7-for-18 for an astounding .398 average and .722 slugging percentage.
Rayner Contreras, Fort Wayne
.440 (11-25), 3 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 3 SO, 0 SB, .760 SLG
Only a few days removed from driving in seven runs in the Wizards' 14-5 win over Dayton on June 30, Contreras kept his RBI tear going by driving in eight more runners this past week. The 20-year-old third baseman is tied for first on the team with seven home runs and second in RBIs (31), slugging percentage (.795) and stolen bases (seven).
South Atlantic League
Brahiam Maldonado, Savannah
.500 (14-28), 3 R, 3 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 0 BB, 4 SO, 4 SB, .964 SLG
Maldonado continues to be the saving grace for a in last place in the Sally League in batting. The Puerto Rico native had at least two hits in five games last week, including a 3-for-5 night against Rome on Friday in which he had three RBIs and fell a single short of the cycle. Maldonado leads the Sand Gnats in home runs (9), total bases (118), slugging percentage (.509) and OPS (.843).
New York-Penn League
Tyler Mach, Williamsport
.414 (12-29), 7 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO, 0 SB, .724 SLG
It's hard to imagine that a 12-for-29 week could actually bring down a player's average, but that's exactly what it did to Mach, who is hitting a blistering .438 in 12 games this season. Three of those hits came in the team's 13-3 win over Jamestown on Monday. The former Oklahoma State second baseman had two doubles, a triple and five RBIs in the win. Mach drove in three more runs the next game in a 3-for-4 night.
Matthew Downs, Spokane
.500 (13-26), 12 R, 5 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 3 SO, 1 SB, .606 SLG
Downs is proving to be one of the best players on the best team in the Northwest League so far this season. The Volcanoes are off to a lava-hot 17-3 start and are on a current eight-game winning streak. Downs has been equally hot with 13 hits, 12 runs and five doubles for a .606 slugging percentage. The 23-year-old is second in the league in hits (24) and tied for second in doubles with nine.
Adam Coe, Danville
.462 (12-26), 6 R, 6 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 SB, .808 SLG
It's hard to vie for individual accolades on a team that includes eight players who are batting over .300, but Coe claimed this week's honor in large part because of the number six. Coe had six RBIs, six doubles and scored six runs. The 19-year-old celebrated Independence Day in grand style by going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and two RBIs.
Clint Robinson, Idaho Falls
.500 (11-22), 5 R, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB, 1.045 SLG
The Chukars' 6-foot-4, 225-pound first baseman has been tearing the leather off the ball lately. Robinson had three home runs, 11 hits and 13 RBIs in five games last week for an unbelievable 1.045 slugging percentage. The lefty from Jefferson City, Mo., capped a five-game streak of at least two hits by going 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs in the team's 13-3 win over Casper on Friday.
Jeff Birnbaum is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.