Offensive Players of the Week06/28/2010 11:36 AM ET
By Josh Jackson / Special to MLB.com
Matt Young, Gwinnett
.556/.600/.741, 15-for-27, 3 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 10 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 2 SB
Matt Young, a 27-year-old Braves prospect, is adjusting to his first full season at the Triple-A level. After finding consistency at the plate at about the beginning of June, Young really stepped into a groove at the end of the month. He had three straight three-hit days from Wednesday to Friday, banging out a triple and a double and scoring five runs during that stretch. He doubled in each game from Friday to Sunday, and he stole a base on both Friday and Sunday. He had two RBIs and scored three runs in the final day of the week, leading his last-place, 35-42 G-Braves to an 11-7 triumph over the 46-31 Columbus Clippers.
Pacific Coast League
Gregorio Petit, Oklahoma City
.400/.444/.840, 10-for-25, 2 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 SB
Gregorio Petit, whom the Rangers grabbed from the A's in a preseason deal for Edwar Ramirez, started the week hot and picked up where he left off after an 0-for-4 Wednesday and an 0-for-2 Thursday. He doubled and drove in a run on Monday, but he really got cooking with a pair of grand slams in Tuesday's 10-5 Oklahoma City win over New Orleans. He homered and doubled during a three-hit, two-RBI game Saturday, and on Sunday, he singled twice, drew a walk and scored a run.
Matt Rizzotti, Reading
.696/.708/.913, 16-for-23, 2 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 SB
When a player is making an out in fewer than three times per 10 plate appearances, chances are he's going to help his team win some games. Although the R-Phils managed to score 11 runs over their 1-3 rut at the end of the week, Rizzotti, who began the season in the Florida State League, did his part from start to finish. He began the week with six hits in his first two games and then slapped out two more singles over his next two games. In the last two games in Harrisburg on Saturday and Sunday, Rizzotti was 6-for-8 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. His best game of the week came on Wednesday, when he beat up on Bowie with a double and a homer during a 3-for-4 performance.
Jerry Sands, Great Lakes
.467/.500/1.133, 7-for-15, 1 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 SB
The Dodgers must be wondering what it will take to challenge 2008 late-rounder Jerry Sands. Sands, who made his Double-A debut on Thursday after winning three Player of the Week awards in the Midwest League this season, led the Southern League in homers in the week despite playing in just four games. He went yard in his first game at the new level, and in his second game he was 4-for-4 with another longball and a pair of runs scored. He pretended to be human on Saturday, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout, before getting tired of the charade and homering again and chipping in a double on Sunday.
Marcus Lemon, Frisco
.469/.514/.594, 15-for-32, 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 SB
Rangers prospect Marcus Lemon, who's in his second year in the Texas League, spent the week playing like he wants a change of scenery. He singled three times and knocked in a run on Monday, homered and singled for two RBIs on Tuesday and chilled off on Wednesday by doubling, driving in two and scoring twice during a 1-for-5 outing. The next day, he knocked in two more and scored twice more while going 4-for-5. He closed out the week with two consecutive two-hit days, adding a stolen base on Saturday and a run scored on Sunday.
Travis Denker, Inland Empire
.750/.765/1.125, 12-for-16, 4 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 6 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 SB
Travis Denker, after playing in the Giants, Padres, Red Sox and Mariners organizations, boomeranged back to his original organization in May. The Dodgers' 21st-rounder from 2003 is enjoying his return to Inland Empire, where he spent most of the 2007 season. Although he doesn't yet have enough at-bats to qualify on the league leaderboard, his .341 average illustrates the kind of campaign he's putting together, and he was especially formidable this week. Over a four-game stretch in High Desert, Denker was a very tough out. He was 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles on Thursday and doubled, singled and scored a run on Friday. He missed the cycle by a homer in his second four-hit game of the week on Saturday, and he singled twice, drove in a run and scored twice on Sunday.
Joseph Mahoney, Frederick
.389/.450/.722, 7-for-18, 0 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 SB
O's prospect Joseph Mahoney made good use of the All-Star Game-shortened week, bouncing back from an 0-for-5 Thursday to deliver in each of the weekend's contests. The 2007 sixth-rounder homered on both Friday and Saturday, collecting four RBIs and four hits over those two games. On Sunday, he led the way in Frederick's 10-3 rout of Wilmington, ripping three singles to plate three runs and crossing the dish twice himself.
Florida State League
Brett Jackson, Daytona
.524/.560/1.048, 11-for-21, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 8 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 SB
Brett Jackson notches his second consecutive Player of the Week nod, and what's likely his final one in the Florida State League -- the Cubs promoted the red-hot 2009 Draft prize to Double-A on Sunday. Jackson had a pair of hits and a run scored over the course of a doubleheader on Tuesday, and he homered in back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday, missing the cycle by a double in Thursday's game. On Saturday, he had doubles to spare -- he rocketed three two-baggers and was intentionally walked, scoring three times. Incidentally, he wasn't fazed by the jump to the Southern League -- the 21-year-old homered in his second Double-A at-bat.
Khristopher Davis, Wisconsin
.455/.538/1.182, 5-for-11, 2 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 SB
Brewers 2009 seventh-rounder Khristopher Davis, who enters the new week with a .300 average in his first full season, homered and doubled in the first game following the All-Star break, and he seemed intent on starting a trend. In his second game back, on Saturday, Davis swatted his 10th longball of the year. Though he didn't leave the park on Sunday, he did double in a run in the first inning and singled and came around to score in the sixth, sparking his Timber Rattlers to a 6-3 win over the Burlington Bees.
South Atlantic League
Ryan Cavan, Augusta
.474/.474/.947, 9-for-19, 3 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 SB
Giants prospect Ryan Cavan enjoyed a breakout week, lifting his batting average 15 points over four games. Cavan, who turns 23 on Monday, June 28, doubled in each game from Friday to Monday. He knocked in two runs and scored on Friday, complemented his Saturday double with a homer and added another homer on Sunday, going 4-for-6 with four runs scored on his final day as a 22-year-old. The GreenJackets needed everything they could get from Cavan in that game -- they eked out a 17-14 win over the Intimidators in Kannapolis.
Short-season stats are for all games played through June 27.
New York-Penn League
Nicholas Longmire, Batavia
.405/.442/.892, 15-for-37, 3 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 10 R, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 SB
Nicholas Longmire, whom the Cardinals selected in the fifth round of this year's Draft, likes life in the pros. Longmire, who's 21, drove in six runs with a homer, two doubles and a single in his second game in the Minors. In his fourth game in the Minors, he drove in four runs with another homer, a triple and two singles, stealing a base for good measure. In his sixth game, he belted a grand slam. On Saturday, he doubled, tripled, knocked in a run and scored three times. He tripled again and ripped a sacrifice fly, collecting his 16th RBI in nine games (nobody else in the league has more than 10) on Sunday.
Kevin Rivers, Everett
.371/.477/.657, 13-for-35, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 10 R, 7 BB, 4 K, 0 SB
M's prospect Kevin Rivers has kicked off the 2010 campaign with a 10-game hitting streak, and he's scored a run in all but one of AquaSox's tilts, leading Everett to a league-best 8-2 record. He socked a two-run homer in his first at-bat of the year, and he went yard again in his final plate appearance Sunday. Between his two longballs, Rivers has made sure to get his hits in -- he had three singles and scored a run in Thursday's 5-4 squeaker against Yakima, and although that game was only his second multi-hit contest so far, his 13 hits tie him for third in the league.
Oswaldo Arcia, Elizabethton
.565/.630/1.130, 13-for-23, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 10 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 SB
Oswaldo Arcia, who has just one season in the Dominican Summer League and one season in the Gulf Coast League under his belt, hasn't had much trouble in the Appalachian League. The Twins prospect homered in each of his first three games with Elizabethton, falling a triple shy of the cycle in his debut and also legging out a three-bagger in his second appearance. He was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI on Saturday, and Sunday's 1-for-3 performance, during which he also scored and earned an RBI, was the first game that he didn't have more than one hit in.
Michael Pericht, Ogden
.500/.567/1.077, 13-for-26, 3 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 7 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 SB
In each of his first two Pioneer League games, Dodgers prospect Michael Pericht missed the cycle by a triple -- opting instead for two homers in his second game. He was 1-for-8 over his next pair of games, but he homered again during a five-RBI game the following day. Over Saturday and Sunday, Pericht combined for a double, two singles, two runs scored and a walk. Entering the new week, Pericht leads the league in slugging and extra-base hits, and he's among circuit leaders in Triple Crown categories.