Ezequiel Carrera, Columbus
(.485/.500/.818, 7 G, 16-for-33, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 11 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 SB)
The Triple-A All-Star break appears to have flipped a switch for Carrera -- in 76 games before the break, he hit .258 with 26 RBIs, but he's collected a hit in each of the 19 games since, posting a .439 average and driving in 16 runs. The 25-year-old outfielder has multiple hits in nine of his last 11 outings and has scored a run in 10 straight games, giving him 64 runs on the season, second-most in the IL. He's also third in the league with 25 stolen bases. Carrera's week was highlighted by a 5-for-5, four-run performance in the nightcap of Columbus' doubleheader against Toledo on Wednesday.
Pacific Coast League
Jerry Sands, Albuquerque
(.375/.412/.688, 8 G, 12-for-32, 1 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 5 K)
Sands went just 4-for-19 in his first five games of the week, but the Dodgers prospect ended the week with a bang. A pair of bangs, rather, as he became the fifth player in PCL history to hit two grand slams in a game as Albuquerque crushed Nashville, 11-0, in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader. In three games against the Sounds over the weekend, the 24-year-old Sands went 8-for-13 with three homers, a double and 11 RBIs. He's tied for fifth in the league with 18 longballs on the season.
Adalberto Santos, Altoona
(.500/.538/.958, 7 G, 12-for-24, 1 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 SB)
The 24-year-old Santos was hitting .396 on April 30 when he went down with a knee sprain from which he would not return until July 12. He's been even better since his return, posting a .415/.516/.623 line with two homers, six stolen bases and 10 RBIs in 17 games. Both homers came at Reading on Monday in the opener of a three-game set in which Santos went 5-for-10 with five RBIs. The Bronx native added seven more hits in three games over the weekend. A 22nd-round pick after his senior season at Oregon State in 2010, Santos' hot hitting is no fluke: he's batting .328/.412/.486 in 212 Minor League games.
Khris Davis, Huntsville
(.545/.615/1.182, 6 G, 12-for-22, 2 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB, 7 K, 1 CS)
Davis is another scorching hitter making up for time missed with an injury -- a calf strain limited the 24-year-old slugger to two games from May 5 to July 9. The 2010 Brewers Organizational Player of the Year is riding a 13-game hitting streak that included five straight games with a homer from July 21-27 -- one contest shy of the Southern League record. The Cal State-Fullerton product is hitting .383/.484/.641 in 44 games for the Stars this season.
Engel Beltre, Frisco
(.419/.455/.806, 7 G, 13-for-31, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 11 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 5 SB)
Beltre is one of three hitters to capture his league's Player of the Week award for the second straight week, and no wonder, as he collected multiple hits in five of his seven outings. Despite a season on-base percentage of just .299, Beltre ranks third in the Texas League with 30 stolen bases and fourth with 65 runs scored. He's also second in the Minor Leagues with 14 triples, of which a pair came this week. The 22-year-old outfielder is hitting .319 in July after posting a .180 mark in June.
Leon Landry, Rancho Cucamonga
(.467/.469/1.033, 6 G, 14-for-30, 1 2B, 5 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 9 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 3 SB)
Speaking of triples, Landry took over the Minor League lead in three-baggers with five this week, giving him 15 on the season. The 22-year-old outfielder went 4-for-6 with an inside-the-park homer, two triples, four RBIs and three runs scored against visiting Lake Elsinore on Friday night. A third-round pick out of LSU in 2010, Landry also has 26 doubles (third-most in the Cal League) and eight round-trippers to give him a league leading 49 extra-base hits.
Christian Villanueva, Myrtle Beach
(.560/.656/.840, 7 G, 14-for-25, 1 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 SB)
Villanueva kicked off his week by going 5-for-7 with a pair of homers and seven RBIs at Salem on Monday and Tuesday before adding nine more hits in his remaining five games. The 21-year-old third baseman has picked up the pace in the second half of the season, batting .346 with six of his 10 homers and 28 of his 59 RBIs in 37 games since the All-Star break. With support from Villanueva, the Pelicans own a one-game lead in the Carolina League Southern Division in the second half.
Florida State League
Alex Dickerson, Bradenton
(.462/.533/.846, 7 G, 12-for-26, 4 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 10 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 SB)
An outfielder and designated hitter at Indiana University, Dickerson is still working on his defense since the Pirates moved him to first base. There's been no question about his bat, though, as the 22-year-old slugger leads the Florida State League with 77 RBIs in 100 games. A left-handed hitter who once toyed with switch-hitting due to his struggles against southpaw pitchers, Dickerson is hitting .311 against lefties this season. His biggest game this week was a 4-for-5, two-homer performance against Daytona on Thursday.
Kyle Gaedele, Fort Wayne
(.353/.522/1.000, 6 G, 6-for-17, 2 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 6 BB, 3 K, 1 SB)
As June came to a close, Gaedele was hitting .216/.304/.333 with 80 strikeouts in 74 games. July has been a different and much better story for the 22-year-old Valparaiso product, who homered twice against South Bend on Wednesday and added his fifth blast of the season against Great Lakes on Saturday. A renewed effort to get on base -- he's drawn nine walks to go along with nine hits in his last nine games -- has paid off for both Gaedele and the TinCaps, who have won nine of their last 12.
South Atlantic League
Dustin Lawley, Savannah
(.375/.500/.875, 7 G, 9-for-24, 3 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 8 R, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 SB)
After going 41-26 in the first half of the season, the Sand Gnats are just 16-21 in the second half and reside in the basement of the SAL's Southern Division. Lawley has been an exception to the team's struggles, however, with 28 RBIs in 37 second-half games -- as many as he'd plated in 63 games before the All-Star break. The 23-year-old outfielder began the week with three homers and six RBIs in his first two games and added five more hits and four more RBIs in the remaining five contests.
New York-Penn League
Tyler Gaffney, State College
(.591/.690/.864, 7 G, 13-for-22, 2 2B, 2 3B, 4 RBI, 9 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 3 SB, 1 CS)
A 24th-round pick out of Stanford in the June Draft, Gaffney's first 21 pro games make one wonder why he didn't go higher. He's scored 21 runs and has more walks (12) than strikeouts (10) for a .543 on-base percentage. After going 5-for-8 against Batavia on Monday and Tuesday, the 21-year-old outfielder torched host Connecticut for eight hits and seven runs as the Spikes swept a three-game set from Wednesday to Friday.
Mike Zunino, Everett
(.308/.438/.731, 7 G, 8-for-26, 2 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 8 R, 4 BB, 8 K)
Zunino proved again why the Mariners made him the third overall pick in last month's Draft by winning Northwest League honors for the second straight week. The backstop went 6-for-12 with two homers and seven RBIs as the AquaSox took two of three against Vancouver over the weekend and has put up staggering numbers in his first 16 pro games: six homers, five doubles, 13 RBIs and 18 runs scored, helping Everett to the league's best record at 28-10.
Patrick Leonard, Burlington
(.409/.536/.773, 6 G, 9-for-22, 2 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 5 R, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 SB, 1 CS)
Leonard began the week with one hit in his previous 20 at-bats covering five games, but had hits in each of his six outings this week as the Royals won five of six to open up a seven-game lead over second-place Danville in the East Division. Leonard raised his batting average 36 points during the week and his two homers gave him a league-leading 11 blasts for the season. A fifth-round pick in 2011, the 19-year-old third baseman has driven in 23 runs in 21 July games.
Seth Mejias-Brean, Billings
(.308/.379/.731, 6 G, 8-for-26, 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 SB)
Mejias-Brean, who extended his hitting streak to 15 games this week, is another repeat winner. An eighth-round pick out of the University of Arizona, Mejias-Brean was just 2-for-14 in his first five games as a pro but has hit .435 since then and added three of his five home runs this week, which Billings closed out with four straight wins. The third baseman has 29 hits, 19 runs and 22 RBIs in his first 20 pro games.