Offensive Players of the Week04/26/2010 4:09 PM ET
By Josh Jackson / Special to MLB.com
Roger Bernadina, Syracuse
.464/.545/.607, 13-for-28, 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 5 BB, 2 K, 3 SB
Roger Bernadina, who saw intermittent action with the Nationals in each of the last two seasons, looks like he's ready get back to Washington if the Nats run into injuries or other problems. Bernadina has had only one hitless day this season -- he was 0-for-5 with a sacrifice fly on April 15 -- and he rides a nine-game hitting streak into Monday. During that run, he's had more than one hit in six games, and he's scored in all but two of the contests. He finished the week strong, going 6-for-11 between Friday and Sunday, and his three RBIs and three runs scored over the weekend helped the Chiefs take three of four games from the Rochester Red Wings.
Pacific Coast League
Brad Snyder, Iowa
.480/.519/.960, 12-for-25, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB
Cubs farmhand Brad Snyder hasn't played in the Majors despite an expanded-roster callup with the Indians in 2006 and seven seasons of Minor League experience under his belt. His performance over the last week, though, shows what he's capable of, and if he hits consistently late into the summer, he may be hard to keep in Triple-A. Although he started the season cold, he's shaken off that 1-for-18 funk, hitting safely at least once in every game since his slump-busting 2-for-4 day on April 15. On Wednesday, he homered twice and missed the cycle by a triple, driving in four runs. He drove in two more, doubled, stole a base and scored during a 3-for-4 outing the next day.
Paco Figueroa, Bowie
.481/.500/.741, 13-for-27, 4 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB, 7 K, 2 SB
Baltimore prospect Paco Figueroa began the week with a .212 batting average and finished it hitting .351. Figueroa was picked in the ninth round of the 2005 Draft and progressed to Double-A by 2007. Shoulder injuries provided a setback, though, and Figueroa had to work his way back to Bowie slowly. On Tuesday, he homered and went 3-for-4 to begin a 12-for-23 run. He especially beat up on Akron between Thursday and Saturday, scoring six times, knocking in four runs, doubling three times and stealing a pair of bases.
Carlos Peguero, West Tenn
.333/.407/.750, 13-for-27, 4 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB, 7 K, 2 SB
The Mariners' Carlos Peguero is getting into a groove to start his first season at the Double-A level. After belting 31 homers and 98 RBIs in the hitter-friendly Cal League last year, Peguero hasn't flinched against Southern League pitchers. He scored a run in every game for the Diamond Jaxx this week, and he went yard against Huntsville on Thursday and then again on Friday. He took his show on the road and stroked another longball Saturday in Mobile before wrapping up the week with an RBI double in Sunday's game.
Mike Moustakas, Northwest Arkansas
.471/.526/1.118, 8-for-17, 2 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 SB
Former No. 2 overall pick Mike Moustakas missed the beginning of the season while nursing an oblique strain in extended Spring Training, but when he got to the Texas League, he wasted no time. The Royals prospect homered in his first Double-A at-bat on Thursday and then did it again in his next time to the plate. Before the game was done, he also chipped in a double, collecting four RBIs and three runs scored. Not a bad first impression. After taking it easy with an RBI single in four at-bats on Friday, Moustakas was swinging big again on Saturday. He homered, doubled and singled twice, driving in three runs and scoring three times.
Kyle Russell, Inland Empire
.375/.467/.792, 9-for-24, 4 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 5 RS, 3 BB, 9 K, 0 SB
Dodgers prospect Kyle Russell found some pop this week, notching an extra-base hit in five of seven games. He bashed a home run on Monday and then another on Wednesday, also contributing a sacrifice fly in that game. The next day, the 2008 first-rounder had a pair of doubles and a run scored, going 3-for-4. He repeated that day at the plate Sunday, minus the run scored. The Midwest League MVP of 2009 and a Pioneer League All-Star in 2008, Russell has many more accolades coming his way if he keeps hitting this way.
Oscar Tejeda, Salem
.440/.440/.920, 11-for-25, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 7 RS, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 SB
Oscar Tejeda had only a homer to show for his first eight at-bats of the season, but the Red Sox prospect had at least two hits in each game from the nightcap of Wednesday's doubleheader against Lynchburg through Sunday's matinee vs. the Keys. He was especially tough on the latter team on Saturday, belting two homers and scoring three times. Throughout the series, though, he was a tough out. He had four extra-base hits, five RBIs and five runs scored over the course of the trip to Frederick.
Florida State League
Corban Joseph, Tampa
.385/.433/.769, 10-for-26, 4 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 RS, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 SB
Corban Joseph's .385 average on the week masks how valuable he was at the plate in most of Tampa's games, thanks to an 0-for-7 hole in the middle of an otherwise remarkable seven-game tear. The Yankees' 2008 Draft fourth-rounder began the week with a homer in his first game and a double in each of his next two, combining for three RBIs. He went back on the attack Saturday, slugging another homer, slapping out two doubles and scoring a pair of runs. Even in Thursday's 0-for-3 showing, Joseph was productive, walking in a run and recording an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
Jerry Sands, Great Lakes
.450/.522/1.300, 9-for-20, 2 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 SB
Two weeks into the season, the Midwest League has already had a repeat Player of the Week. After opening the season with a .439 average through his first 41 at-bats, Dodgers prospect Jerry Sands kept his tear alive in the second week of action, adding the longball to his repertoire. He had two homers in his first 11 games, but it was all opposing pitchers could do to keep him in the ballpark this week. On Wednesday, the 2008 late-rounder bashed two homers. He hit another Thursday and two more on Saturday. There's no reason to think he wouldn't have belted a couple more had Sunday's tilt against Fort Wayne not been rained out.
South Atlantic League
Daniel Butler, Greenville
.450/.476/.950, 9-for-20, 4 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 SB
Red Sox prospect Daniel Butler struggled in his first eight games in full-season ball, but a five-game hitting streak shows he's catching on. His double on Monday was his first extra-base hit of the campaign, and it may have been just the confidence booster he needed. The 23-year-old backstop hit two homers on Wednesday, and in his next game he doubled twice more. He closed out the week with yet another double in a two-RBI game in which he went 2-for-4 and scored a run.