Josh Reddick, Pawtucket
.464/.464/.964, 13-for-28, 5 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 5 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
Red Sox prospect Josh Reddick got off to a slow start to the season and struggled in 11 Major League games split between April and June. This week, though, he laced hit after hit, usually with men on base. His production at the plate helped the PawSox take their first three games of the week, and he put up a good fight in their three weekend losses. On Monday, he collected a season-high five RBIs, knocking a three-run homer and doubling twice. He added another homer Tuesday and doubled again in each of the two following games. His Friday two-bagger combined with a homer and a single to make him 3-for-5 in a four-RBI game in which he also stole a base. He singled Saturday and doubled Sunday.
Pacific Coast League
Micah Hoffpauir, Iowa
.536/.563/1.000, 15-for-28, 4 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 9 R, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 SB
Micah Hoffpauir becomes the second straight I-Cubs player to take home this award, following Bryan LaHair's nod last week. Hoffpauir's 87 RBIs are good for third in the PCL, and his dynamite hot stretch has helped Iowa win nine of its last 10, including five in a row. He was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored Monday, and over the course of his next two games, he had a double, two singles, two runs scored and another RBI. On Thursday, he plated four runs with a homer and a double and homered again Friday, but the best was yet to come. He was 4-for-4 with a homer and two doubles to knock in three and score three times on Sunday. Hoffpauir rides a 17-game hitting streak into the new week.
Anthony Rizzo, Portland
.444/.444/.926, 12-for-27, 4 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 7 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 SB
Anthony Rizzo doubled three times, singled, crossed the plate three times and knocked in four runs in his first game of the week, on Tuesday. The Boston prospect homered twice to center field and doubled for three more RBIs on Wednesday. He was 1-for-9 from Thursday through Saturday, but he broke out of the skid in style Sunday. His home run in that game cleared the seating in Hadlock Field's raised right-field pavilion -- something the Sea Dogs say only one other ball hit by a Portland player has done. The long ball was one of Rizzo's four hits in that game, and he knocked in four runs and scored twice.
Osvaldo Martinez, Jacksonville
.519/.548/.889, 14-for-27, 4 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 8 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Osvaldo Martinez has been a beacon of consistency on a Jacksonville club that claimed the South Division title in the first half and has a chance to do it again in the second half. The Marlins prospect leads all Double-A batters with 138 hits, and he leads the Southern League in runs scored (81) and is near the top in batting average (.317) and games played (110 out of 113, so far). Martinez's play this week sparked the Suns to win five of seven. He had his second consecutive two-hit game with a double Monday, and he homered, drove in three runs, scored two and stole a base during a 3-for-4 Tuesday. He plated a run with a squeeze bunt and doubled in two to put together another three-RBI game Wednesday, and he bounced back from a hitless Thursday by going 3-for-3 with two runs scored Friday. Another double Saturday warmed him up for Sunday, when he was 4-for-5 with a homer, a double, two runs scored and three RBIs.
Matt Carpenter, Springfield
.593/.647/.815, 16-for-27, 3 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 10 R, 6 BB, 5 K, 2 SB
Matt Carpenter, a 2009 19th-round pick of the Cardinals, has hit .338 since coming up to the Texas League in May, and this week's performance shows he's just getting hotter and hotter against Double-A pitching. He doubled, singled and scored a run Monday, and he was 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored Tuesday. An 0-for-3 Wednesday only seemed to motivate him for the rest of the week. He banged out his third double in four games Thursday, going 3-for-5 with another run scored. A solo homer spiced things up Friday, which was one of four hits in the game, and he stole a base and scored twice. On Saturday, Carpenter plated a run with a sacrifice fly and collected three more hits. He walked three times Sunday -- he was once put on intentionally in that game -- and he ended up going 1-for-2 with his 10th run scored since Monday.
Jermaine Mitchell, Stockton
.458/.536/.875, 11-for-24, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R, 4 BB, 7 K, 3 SB
Jermaine Mitchell, playing in the Cal League for his third straight season, could be hard to hold back much longer if he keeps swinging the way he has been lately. He had a hit in each of three games from Monday to Wednesday, going 4-for-11 with a double, a triple, a run scored, an RBI and three walks. But it was the second half of the week when the A's farmhand really turned it on. He homered on Thursday and again on Friday, collecting five hits -- including another double -- three RBIs and four runs scored over the course of those two games, also stealing two bases in Thursday's action. He finished the week by legging out two infield singles Sunday.
Tyler Moore, Potomac
.478/.500/1.087, 11-for-23, 2 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 8 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 SB
From Monday through Sunday, Tyler Moore continued to coast through the Carolina League to pick up his third Player of the Week award. The Nats prospect's 21 homers lead the circuit, and he's in a four-way tie for fifth in all of Class A Advanced ball -- nobody else outside of the hitter-friendly Cal League has more than 20. He went yard Monday and homered twice more during a six-RBI Wednesday and collected another on Saturday. On days when he didn't homer, he was 5-for-10 with two doubles and four runs scored.
Florida State League
Melky Mesa, Tampa
.464/.483/.786, 13-for-28, 3 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 5 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 SB, 1 CS
Coming off an 0-for-6, four-strikeout fiasco, Melky Mesa broke out on Monday and didn't let up through the week. He's lifted his average 10 points (from .264 to .274) through eight August games, including four-hit outings on Tuesday and Thursday. He homered and singled Monday, driving in three. One of Tuesday's hits was a two-run double, and he doubled again and scored a run Wednesday. His big Thursday featured a three-run homer, two runs scored and a walk-off single in the 11th inning. Mesa doubled, scored a run and stole a base across his last two games of the week.
Jason Hagerty, Fort Wayne
.500/.629/1.192, 13-for-26, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 10 R, 9 BB, 5 K, 0 SB
Jason Hagerty was on a 1-for-9 dip when he homered twice and went 4-for-5 Tuesday. The fifth-round pick of the Padres in last summer's Draft, Hagerty went yard again Wednesday, marking the first time he's homered in consecutive pro games. He liked it so much he waited just one day before doing it again. He homered, tripled and walked twice to earn four RBIs and three runs scored Friday, and he ripped another round-tripper Saturday. He worked at least one base-on-balls in each game from Wednesday to Sunday, including five over his last two games of the week.
South Atlantic League
J.P. Ramirez, Hagerstown
.464/.467/.929, 13-for-28, 1 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 12 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 SB
Nats prospect J.P. Ramirez kicked off a fine week with homers in back-to-back games, driving in four runs, scoring four times and collecting four hits between Monday and Tuesday. He was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored Wednesday, and he hit another home run Thursday. A 1-for-6 outing Saturday put an end to a four-game RBI streak, but he managed to score in every game of the week. He doubled and homered in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader and was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI in the second game.
New York-Penn League
Giovanny Urshela, Mahoning Valley
.464/.484/.750, 13-for-28, 2 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 SB, 1 CS
Giovanny Urshela, playing in his first season above Rookie ball, put together his best week of the year. The 18-year-old Indians prospect homered and plated two runs during a two-hit Monday, and had five hits in nine chances between Tuesday and Wednesday. He singled in each of his next two games, scoring a run Thursday. On Saturday, he drove in four while falling a triple shy of the cycle, and he doubled, hit a sacrifice fly and scored Sunday.
Yazy Arbelo, Yakima
.444/.467/1.000, 12-for-27, 0 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 7 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 SB
Yazy Arbelo, a late-round choice out of Keystone College (LaPlume, Pa.) by the D-backs in this year's Draft, doesn't appear to have noticed the transition to a wood-bat league. He socked a home run in each game on Monday and Tuesday, singled in a run Wednesday, knocked another homer Thursday and two Friday. He totaled eight RBIs, four runs scored and six hits between those two games heading into the weekend. On Saturday, he singled and scored a run, and he slapped out another single Sunday.
Philip Cerreto, Johnson City
.625/.684/1.063, 10-for-16, 4 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 3 SB
Philip Cerreto, picked by the Cardinals in the 40th round this year, is off to a phenomenal start to August. He had three hits in three of his four games this week, scored in all of them and notched at least one RBI in all but one of them. He was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, three runs scored, three RBIs and a stolen base on Monday, and he was 3-for-5 with another double, another run scored, two more RBIs and another stolen base on Tuesday. He doubled again and scored in Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader, and he homered and singled twice to knock in three, score twice and go 3-for-3 in the nightcap.
Nick Akins, Ogden
.550/.591/1.050, 11-for-20, 1 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 SB
Nick Akins, a Dodgers pick from last year's Draft, is back in the Pioneer League for his second season. He knocked in a run in each game this week. He got his RBI with a groundout and walked and came around to score Monday. He belted a homer and singled in his next game. He slapped out three singles and stole a base Thursday, and he missed the cycle by a triple but homered twice during Friday's 4-for-4 outburst. Akins roped two more singles and scored his 19th run in 20 Pioneer League games on Sunday.