06/16/2008 2:04 PM ET
Offensive Players of the Week
For the week ending June 15
By Tim Britton / MLB.com
Joe Thurston, Pawtucket
.345 (10-29), 8 R, 1 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 3 BB, 5 SO, 2 SB, .690 SLG
Thurston doubled his home run total for the season with his power explosion last week, hitting three homers in as many days. The long balls coincided with four consecutive multi-hit games in a series against Louisville. The left-handed hitting second baseman has been hot all season against southpaws, hitting .370 against lefties on the season. That may propel the Triple-A veteran, whose played parts of seven seasons in the Pacific Coast League and the International League, to another All-Star Game.
Pacific Coast League
John Gall, Albuquerque
.606 (20-33), 8 R, 8 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0 SB, .939 SLG
Who is John Gall? He might just be the hottest hitter in professional baseball. The outfielder had 20 hits last week, lifting his average to .352 on the season. Gall went 4-for-5 June 11 against Round Rock with three doubles, then topped that by going 5-for-5 three days later with three more doubles against Omaha. Back-to-back three-RBI games give him 56 for the season, just two fewer than he had in 2007. Gall is doing his best work in Albuquerque, where he's raking at a .445 clip with 39 RBIs in 38 games.
Wes Hodges, Akron
.522 (12-23), 9 R, 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB, 1 SO, 0 SB, .696 SLG
Hodges had four multi-hit games in six contests last week, highlighted by a 4-for-5 performance against New Hampshire. Hodges had two RBIs in that contest and three more in the series finale two days later, when he went 2-for-3 with a homer and a double. The third baseman continued his hot hitting at home, where he's hitting .341 with five of his eight home runs this season. Hodges' big week continues his recovery from a slow April in his first season in Double-A, as he's lifted his batting average from .265 up to .322 since the end of April.
Chris Coghlan, Carolina
.367 (11-30), 5 R, 3 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 SB, .733 SLG
Coghlan has made a smooth transition up to Double-A in his first season with Carolina. The second baseman had five multi-hit games last week, starting with a two-homer game against Jacksonville June 9. Coghlan proceeded to victimize Birmingham in a five-game series, collecting nine hits and six RBIs in the Mudcats' series win. The left-handed swinging Coghlan, who played in the Futures Game last season, has raised his average to .296 with 18 doubles and 42 RBIs this year.
Dexter Fowler, Tulsa
.484 (15-31), 7 R, 7 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 7 SO, o SB, .735 SLG
Fowler continued to stroke the ball for Tulsa, with seven multi-hit games in eight days dating back to last week. He had nine hits in a four-game set with Northwest Arkansas and followed it up with eight more in four games at Arkansas. The center fielder rebounded from a 1-for-7 night in Friday's 16-inning win by going 4-for-5 with two doubles in Saturday's loss. Fowler has drilled left-handed pitching all season to the tune of a .429 average with two of his six homers coming in just 49 at-bats against southpaws.
Sam Carter, Lake Elsinore
.423 (11-26), 6 R, 4 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 6 BB, 6 SO, 1 SB, .808 SLG
Carter backed up his selection to the California/Carolina All-Star Game with his best week of the season. Carter only had two multi-hit games last week, but he got the week of to a torrid start June 9 at High Desert. In a 21-4 win, Carter went 5-for-6 with three doubles, two home runs and six RBIs. Carter ended the week strong as well, with RBIs in four consecutive contests. For the season, the outfielder has 56 RBIs, with 15 of them coming in the first 15 days of June.
Travis Jones, Myrtle Beach
.385 (10-26), 6 R, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 SB, .654 SLG
Jones had been struggling a little in his first season in the Carolina League, but turned it on in a series last week against Salem. In the four-game series, the second baseman had eight hits and five RBIs. That hot streak was propelled by a 3-for-4 game Thursday night in a 5-4 win. He had three RBIs the next night in a 12-3 win and two more in a 5-3 victory Saturday. Jones has felt comfortable at home all season with a .286 average at BB&T Coastal Field.
Florida State League
Logan Morrison, Jupiter
.600 (9-15), 5 R, 4 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB, 2 SO, 3 SB, 1.067 SLG
Morrison carried a hot finish from last week into this one. After collecting five hits last weekend, the first baseman had three more multi-hit games at Sarasota to stay on fire. He also had a double in four consecutive contests, including two Tuesday night in a 9-3 win. He had three hits and two RBIs that night, following it up with three more knocks and three more runs driven in the next day. Morrison now has 21 doubles on the season to go along with seven home runs and 40 RBIs.
Ronald Garth, Wisconsin
.441 (15-34), 7 R, 5 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 2 BB, 6 SO, 3 SB, .765 SLG
After a horrendous May in which he hit just .185, Garth has heated up faster than the weather in June. The first baseman is hitting .358 in June, due largely to his performance last week. Garth had six two-hit games out of seven contests and launched his first two long balls of the season for a Timber Rattlers team that struggles to hit home runs. Garth had nine RBIs in a five-game set at Clinton, helping Wisconsin take four of five from the first-place LumberKings.
South Atlantic League
Miles Durham, Hickory
.500 (12-24), 7 R, 5 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 5 SO, 0 SB, 1.042 SLG
The South Atlantic League All-Star lived up to the billing last week, compiling five multi-hit games in six days. The first baseman finished the week with a flourish, going 4-for-8 over the weekend against Asheville with a double, two home runs and five RBIs. Durham hit over .300 in both April and May, but he's taken his game to a new level in June. For the month, he's hitting .426 with nine double and three home runs in 14 games for Hickory.
Tim Britton 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.