Offensive Players of the Week04/29/2013 4:48 PM ET
By John Parker / MLB.com
Here's a look at the top offensive performers in each league for the week ending April 28:
Vince Belnome, Durham
(.500/.545/1.050, 5 G, 10-for-20, 2 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 7 R, 2 BB, 3 K)
Acquired from the Padres this past winter, Belnome has fit right in with the Bulls, hitting .364/.463/.652 in his first 20 games. The 25-year-old West Virginia product had a pair of four-hit games this week and has homered three times and driven in 10 runs in his last four contests. On Friday night Belnome slugged a grand slam and helped turn Durham's first triple play since 2005 in a 5-4 win over visiting Toledo.
Belnome hits grand slam
Pacific Coast League
Nick Franklin, Tacoma
(.474/.600/.789, 5 G, 9-for-19, 3 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R, 6 BB, 1 K, 1 SB)
Franklin, MLB.com's No. 47 prospect, seems to have fully recovered from the flu-like symptoms that kept him out of the lineup for the first week of the season. He's had at least one hit in all but one of his 15 games so far, including a 5-for-5 outburst in Tacoma's 13-12 win over Las Vegas on Thursday night. It's a small sample, but with Franklin hitting .382/.514/.618 in Tacoma and Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley hitting .241/.275/.276 up the road in Seattle, it may not be long before the 22-year-old Franklin gets his shot in the Show.
Chun-Hsiu Chen, Akron
(.471/.591/.647, 5 G, 8-for-17, 3 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 2 R, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 SB)
Chen is in his third season with the Aeros, despite being an Eastern League midseason All-Star and Indians organization All-Star in both 2011 and 2012, and he's off to his best start this year. The 24-year-old had multiple hits in four of his five games this week and torched visiting Trenton for six RBIs total on Tuesday and Wednesday. Chen ranks third in the league in batting (.348) and fourth in walks (16), combining for a league-best .477 on-base percentage.
Akron's Chen clears the bases
Marcell Ozuna, Jacksonville
(.367/.441/1.408, 7 G, 11-for-30, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 SB)
Ozuna started the season late thanks to a broken wrist suffered in Spring Training, but the injury doesn't seem to have affected his power. Miami's No. 7 prospect joined the Suns on April 20 and is slugging .816 over his first nine Double-A games, highlighted by a five-game stretch this week in which he went deep five times and drove in 11 runs. Ozuna and fellow Marlins prospect Christian Yelich combined for two homers and eight RBIs on Wednesday as Jacksonville rallied with seven runs in the ninth to stun visiting Chattanooga, 12-9. After Yelich doubled in two runs to tie the game, Ozuna sent the first pitch he saw over the left field wall for a three-run walk-off shot.
Suns' Ozuna delivers walk-off blast
Mike O'Neill, Springfield
(.550/.700/.600, 7 G, 11-for-20, 1 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 9 R, 10 BB, 2 K, 1 SB)
At 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, O'Neill doesn't pack a lot of power -- of his 25 hits this season, three were doubles and 22 singles -- but he knows how to get on and around the bases. The University of Southern California product -- he was a 31st-round pick in 2010 -- leads the Texas League with a .479 on-base percentage and 20 walks, including at least one in each of his last nine games. After a week that saw him reach base 21 times and score nine runs, O'Neill has fanned just four times in 23 games this season. In 234 career games since 2010, O'Neill owns a .337 batting average and a phenomenal .446 on-base mark.
Devin Harris, San Jose
(.370/.379/1.074, 6 G, 10-for-27, 1 2B, 6 HR, 14 RBI, 9 R, 6 K)
The Modesto Nuts have seen more than enough of Devin Harris over the past six days. After going 1-for-6 in the Giants' 6-5 loss on Tuesday, Harris has homered in each of his last five games -- and twice on Friday -- as the Giants reeled off five straight wins over the Nuts. The East Carolina product, who turned 25 on Tuesday, contributed his third four-RBI contest in three games Saturday night as San Jose crushed the Nuts, 10-0. The surge has pushed Harris into the Cal League lead with eight homers and 24 RBIs on the season.
Giants' Harris hits solo homer
Garin Cecchini, Salem
(.478/.586/.957, 6 G, 11-for-23, 2 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 10 R, 6 BB, 3 K, 1 SB)
Another young hitter who excels at getting on base, Cecchini also has some pop in his bat. Boston's No. 8 prospect closed out the week with five consecutive multi-hit games, drawing five walks and scoring nine runs over that stretch, which kicked off in Salem's 8-1 win over Wilmington Tuesday night. Cecchini homered and drove in three runs in that game as fellow Boston prospect Henry Owens notched his first victory of the season. Cecchini leads the Carolina League with a .373 batting average and .466 on-base percentage and ranks third in slugging at .640 while also stealing eight bases for the Sox.
Florida State League
Javier Baez, Daytona
(.435/.480/.826, 6 G, 10-for-23, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 6 K)
The ninth overall pick in the 2011 Draft, Baez began the season as the Cubs' top prospect and is ranked No. 16 overall. The 20-year-old shortstop got off to a slow start, however, and remained below the Mendoza line through his first 12 games. A three-hit outing last Monday lifted Baez to .234, and after three more multi-hit games this week he sits at a respectable .263 with a .526 slugging percentage. Though the youngster's bat is coming around, Baez's fielding remains a work in progress -- he's committed five errors over his past three games.
Adam Brett Walker II, Cedar Rapids
(.381/.480/1.238, 5 G, 8-for-21, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 8 R, 4 BB, 3 K)
A third-round pick in 2012, Walker demonstrated his power last summer by slugging an Appalachian League-leading 14 homers and driving in 45 runs for champion Elizabethton. He hasn't missed a beat in his full-season debut with Cedar Rapids, having collected 25 RBIs in just 20 Midwest League games. The 21-year-old Walker went on a tear this week, slugging five homers in four games between Monday and Saturday, including a two-longball, seven-RBI performance against Great Lakes Friday night. The week's outburst has pushed him into the league lead for home runs as well, with six.
South Atlantic League
Viosergy Rosa, Greensboro
(.421/.500/.895, 5 G, 8-for-19, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, 3 K)
Though Rosa is batting just .184 on the road this season, he seems perfectly at home at Greensboro's NewBridge Bank Park. The Grasshoppers were at home this week, and Rosa responded with an offensive outburst, going deep twice on Tuesday, adding a third longball on Friday, and collecting hits in five straight games. The 22-year-old Rosa is now batting .348/.423/.717 with four of his six home runs at home.