Mauro Gomez, Gwinnett
.520/.556/.880, 6 G, 13-for-25, 3 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 SB
Gomez, a 26-year-old first baseman, has been a consistent force for the G-Braves in his first Triple-A season. He ranks fifth in the International League with 21 homers, fourth with 70 runs scored and second with 234 total bases in 127 games. He led Gwinnett to a 5-1 record this week with hits in each contest and multiple hits in four games. The Dominican-born Gomez capped the week by homering in back-to-back games over the weekend and went 4-for-4 against Norfolk on Sunday, finishing a triple shy of the cycle.
Pacific Coast League
Efren Navarro, Salt Lake
.593/.633/1.185, 7 G, 16-for-27, 3 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 SB
A 50th-round pick out of UNLV in 2007, Navarro is having a career year in his first Triple-A campaign. The 25-year-old first baseman is riding a 10-game hitting streak during which he's hit .525 with four home runs and seven multi-hit outings. He kicked off the week by collecting three hits in each of his first three games -- on Tuesday he went deep and drove in four runs, while on Wednesday he missed the cycle by a longball. After generating "just" four hits in his next three games (three of them for extra bases), Navarro went 3-for-4 with a solo blast Sunday.
Jeremy Hazelbaker, Portland
.444/.483/.815, 7 G, 12-for-27, 1 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 4 SB, 1 CS
Hazelbaker got off to a slow start after being promoted to Double-A in mid May, batting just .209 in his first 12 games. The 24-year-old outfielder has adjusted well to the Eastern League in the months since, however, and is batting .349 with five home runs in 21 August games. A fourth-round pick out of Ball (Ind.) State in 2009, Hazelbaker went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI against Harrisburg on Monday before going 1-for-8 in his next two games. When the Sea Dogs headed to Reading for four games in three days, the Indiana native's bat reawakened with two homers, two singles and five RBIs on Thursday, a solo shot on Friday and four singles in seven at-bats as Portland split its Saturday doubleheader against the R-Phils.
Rebel Ridling, Tennessee
.520/.533/.840, 7 G, 13-for-25, 5 2B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, 6 K
Oklahoma native Rebel Ridling is wrapping up his first Double-A campaign with a monstrous August in which he's batted .378/.438/.695 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 23 games. The first baseman ranks third in the Southern League in both hitting (.311) and OPS (.896) and leads the Smokies in most offensive categories. He opened the past week with a homer, two singles and four RBIs against Chattanooga, then reeled off three consecutive two-hit games while driving in six more runs. Ridling added three doubles over the weekend as Tennessee -- first-half champs in the Southern League's North Division -- drew within one game of first-place Chattanooga for the second-half title.
Tim Wheeler, Tulsa
.387/.441/.742, 7 G, 12-for-31, 2 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 9 R, 3 BB, 9 K, 1 SB, 1 CS
Wheeler, a first-round pick out of Cal State-Sacramento in 2009, has discovered his power stroke in his third year as a pro. After going deep just 12 times in the homer-happy California League last season, Wheeler leads the Texas League with 32 longballs (and 101 runs scored) in 130 games. The 23-year-old center fielder has also stolen 19 bases, good for eighth on the circuit. He earned his third Player of the Week nod of the season this week with four multi-hit games. The left-handed hitter scored in six of his seven games and delivered an extra-base knock in five.
Gary Brown, San Jose
.567/.606/1.033, 6 G, 17-for-30, 4 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 10 R, 3 BB, 1 K, 2 SB, 2 CS
Another first-round Draft pick having a remarkable season, Brown ranks fourth in the Cal League with a .334 batting average, leads the league in triples (12) and ranks second with 49 stolen bases and 104 runs scored. The 22-year-old center fielder, who was a 2011 All-Star Futures Game selection, notched his second Player of the Week award with 17 hits, 12 RBIs and 10 runs in six games. He had at least three hits in four of the games and delivered a remarkable 5-for-5 performance against Stockton on Thursday in which he homered twice, doubled twice, scored five times and plated four more runs.
Carlo Testa, Wilmington
.476/.560/.762, 5 G, 10-for-21, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 SB
Wilmington outfielder Carlo Testa is concluding his first Carolina League season on a high note, batting .386 with four of his six home runs coming in 19 August games. Neither earthquakes nor hurricanes rattled the 24-year-old as he went 8-for-13 in three games between Thursday and Saturday and homered in both games at Salem over the weekend. Testa has scored a run in eight of his last 10 contests.
Florida State League
Jon Talley, Dunedin
.467/.467/1.133, 4 G, 7-for-15, 1 2B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 6 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Before this year, Talley had not hit more than six home runs in any of his first four seasons as a pro. The first baseman has popped 17 for Dunedin in 2011 and went deep in three consecutive games this week, then went 3-for-4 on Sunday. Despite playing in just four games, the 22-year-old Californian drove in 12 runs -- six of them against Daytona on Friday night. Talley slugged a grand slam and a two-run double as the Jays dismantled the Cubs, 16-3. Talley's surge has helped the Blue Jays take a 2 1/2-game lead in the FSL North Division with eight games to play.
Oscar Taveras, Quad Cities
.581/.606/.968, 7 G, 18-for-31, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 6 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Taveras, the Cardinals' No. 2 position prospect, missed a good portion of the first half of the season with a hamstring injury. When he's been able to play, however, he has hit at a torrid pace. His .381 average would lead the circuit by nearly 50 points had he the at-bats to qualify, and with 59 RBIs, he is just three shy of the River Bandits' club lead despite playing 39 fewer games than teammate Jonathan Rodriguez. This week he collected four hits twice, three hits three more times, and went 3-for-3 with a homer, triple and four RBIs on Sunday as the Bandits topped visiting Burlington, 10-6.
South Atlantic League
Emilio King, Lexington
.556/.613/1.000, 7 G, 15-for-27, 6 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
After hitting .169 in 24 July games, the 22-year-old King has rebounded to post a .325 mark in August, boosted by a tear that saw him double in six of his seven games this week. The right fielder went 5-for-5 with a homer, double and three RBIs against Asheville on Wednesday. Putting an 0-for-4 outing on Thursday behind him, King roared to life again as the Legends traveled to West Virginia over the weekend, going 7-for-11 with another homer and three doubles in three games. He missed completing the cycle by a triple on both Wednesday and Saturday and fanned in just one of his seven outings.
New York-Penn League
Maikel Franco, Williamsport
.429/.478/.667, 5 G, 9-for-21, 5 2B, 6 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K
With the Crosscutters trying to nail down a playoff berth -- they trail Auburn by three games in the Pinckney Division and Brooklyn by a half-game for the wild card with seven games to play -- it was a good time for infielder Maikel Franco to return to the club. After playing 17 games for Class A Lakewood, Franco (who turned 19 on Friday) was back in the Williamsport lineup Wednesday and immediately doubled twice and drove in a pair of runs. He collected three hits on Thursday and went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs Sunday as the Crosscutters crushed State College, 13-3.
Ben Thomas, Salem-Keizer
.583/.586/.792, 7 G, 14-for-24, 2 2B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, 6 K
Thomas, a 34th-round pick out of Xavier (Ohio) in this June's Draft, hit .346 with the Arizona Rookie League Giants before joining the Volcanoes earlier this month. The 22-year-old first baseman hasn't missed a beat, batting .321 with 17 RBIs in 22 Northwest League games. He opened the week with four consecutive multi-hit games, including a 4-for-5 performance against Vancouver on Tuesday that saw him plate four runs and miss the cycle by a triple. Though his bat cooled off somewhat, Thomas still drove in a run in each of his next three contests before going 2-for-4 against Boise on Sunday.
Eddie Rosario, Elizabethton
.462/.563/1.154, 7 G, 12-for-26, 3 3B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 12 R, 6 BB, 4 K, 2 SB, 1 CS
The short-season Appalachian League only has so 11 weeks in its campaign, so it seems almost unfair that Rosario has collected his third -- and second consecutive -- Player of the Week award. The 19-year-old outfielder went deep four times to take over sole possession of the Appy League home run lead and now paces the circuit with nine triples, having added three this week. (In both cases he surged past teammate Miguel Sano, who was a Player of the Week earlier this month.) Rosario homered twice and drove in five runs Thursday, then went 6-for-9 with a longball, two triples and three RBIs in two weekend games. He missed the cycle by a double Sunday.
Kevan Smith, Great Falls
.480/.519/1.000, 7 G, 12-for-25, 5 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Smith, a former quarterback at the University of Pittsburgh, played a dominant 26 games for Bristol in the Appalachian League to start the season before heading west. After a slow start, the backstop has adjusted nicely to the Pioneer League and now owns an 11-game hitting streak during which he is hitting .550 with nine doubles and 12 RBIs. Smith had at least one extra-base hit in six of his seven games this week and went deep in back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday for his first longballs as a Voyager.