Offensive Players of the Week06/24/2013 4:31 PM ET
By John Parker / MLB.com
Here's a look at the top offensive performers in each league for the week ending June 23:
Chris Rahl, Syracuse
(.571/.471/.893, 7 G, 16-for-28, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 6 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 SB, 1 CS)
As the Chiefs headed south for a series at Charlotte and Gwinnett, the veteran Rahl's batting average soared toward .300. The 29-year-old outfielder collected three hits four times last week, falling a triple shy of the cycle against the G-Braves on Friday night. An aggressive approach at the plate is paying off for Rahl, who is batting .342 without drawing a walk in 19 June games. Unfortunately for Syracuse, Rahl's heroics haven't been enough -- the Chiefs lost six of their eight contests last week.
Pacific Coast League
Ike Davis, Las Vegas
(.474/.630/1.263, 6 G, 10-for-19, 3 2B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 10 R, 8 BB, 4 K)
After spending three seasons in New York, it cannot have been easy for Davis to accept his reassignment to Triple-A for the first time since 2010. Pacific Coast League pitchers are at least as unhappy to have him there, as the 26-year-old slugger is hitting .310/.463/.690 in 12 games. Davis hit four solo home runs in two games Thursday and Friday, has scored 15 times and has already drawn 12 walks -- he drew 19 in 55 National League games this season.
Jim Murphy, Reading
(.435/.500/.957, 7 G, 10-for-23, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 6 R, 4 BB, 2 K)
A 17th-round pick out of Washington State in 2006, Murphy is having a breakthrough season in his first year at Double-A. The 27-year-old slugger went deep four times last week -- two of them in a 4-for-4, four-RBI performance against Portland Wednesday -- to take over the Eastern League home run lead with 15 on the season. Murphy is hitting .301/.365/.541 in 72 games and after fanning 123 times in each of the last three years, has struck out just 55 times in 2013.
Julio Morban, Jackson
(.409/.435/.773, 6 G, 9-for-22, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 6 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 SB)
At 21, Morban is one of the younger players in the Southern League. He's also been one of the best, as he leads the circuit in batting (.328) and ranks second in slugging (.522). After going 0-for-2 with two strikeouts at Birmingham on Monday, Morban went on a tear with five extra-base hits and nine RBIs in his next five games as the Generals took three of five from visiting Mobile. For the season, Morban is hitting a blistering .426 with runners in scoring position.
Ruben Gotay, Springfield
(.391/.462/.739, 6 G, 9-for-23, 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, 3 K)
Gotay was a Texas League postseason All-Star with Wichita (Royals) back in 2004 and is well on his way to earning that honor again nine years later. The 30-year-old, who will start for the North Division at third base in the All-Star Game at Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday, has hits in each of his last 10 games and went deep in back-to-back games Wednesday and Thursday. He ranks second in the league in RBIs (55), fourth in hitting (.305) and fifth in on-base percentage (.384) and runs scored (44).
MP Cokinos, Lancaster
(.545/.647/1.000, 4 G, 6-for-11, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB, 1 K)
A 31st-round pick in the 2012 Draft, Cokinos has put together a tremendous resume in just 82 games as a pro: he's hitting .328/.402/.493 and struck out just 28 times while drawing 31 walks. Those numbers are even better this year; though he lacks the plate appearances to qualify for the Cal League batting title, his .333 mark would be third-best on the circuit. It was more of the same last week from Cokinos, who turned 23 on Tuesday -- six hits, seven runs and five RBIs as Lancaster completed a four-game sweep of visiting Rancho Cucamonga.
Michael Ohlman, Frederick
(.500/.615/1.200, 3 G, 5-for-10, 2 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 2 K)
In 2012, Ohlman was one of three players in the South Atlantic League with at least 100 at-bats and more walks than strikeouts. He's a little behind that pace this season, but after dealing with a shoulder injury and a suspension last year, the 22-year-old is settling into a groove with the Keys. Ohlman picked up where he left off before the All-Star break and is 11-for-22 with three homers in his last six contests.
Florida State League
Nick Longmire, Palm Beach
(.556/.586/.815, 7 G, 15-for-27, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 SB)
Longmire suffered through a miserable May, hitting .152/.192/.232 with 33 strikeouts in 25 games. He's gone just as far in the opposite direction in June, with a .481/.500/.759 line in 15 games. The 24-year-old outfielder went 4-for-4 against St. Lucie on Thursday, one of four multi-hit games last week. Longmire is hitting significantly better at home than on the road; his hot streak will be tested when the Cardinals set off on a seven-game road trip starting Wednesday.
Andrew Ray, Burlington
(.647/.647/1.353, 4 G, 11-for-17, 3 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 0 BB, 3 K)
Ray is another young slugger bouncing back from a difficult stretch. After batting .130 in May, the 2011 fifth-round pick is hitting .364 with six homers and 18 RBIs in 19 June games. A significant chunk of that damage was done last week, as the 22-year-old ripped visiting Clinton for 11 hits -- three of them long balls -- over four games. Though Ray has posted a potent .500 slugging percentage thus far in his first full season, his on-base percentage remains an anemic .289 after going without a walk in his last 20 games.
South Atlantic League
Barrett Barnes, West Virginia
(.350/.350/.800, 4 G, 7-for-20, 3 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 4 R, 0 BB, 7 K)
A first-round pick (45th overall) by the Pirates in 2012, Barnes has played in only 22 games for the Power this season. A significant portion of his offensive output came against Lakewood on Friday night, as the 21-year-old Texas Tech product homered twice and drove in six runs in West Virginia's 11-7 win. Barnes doubled in each of his other three outings, helping the Power take three of four from the BlueClaws.
New York-Penn League
Danny Collins, Jamestown
(.370/.452/.852, 7 G, 10-for-27, 1 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB, 6 K)
Recently drafted hitters sometimes need time to adjust to the wooden bats of pro ball. That doesn't seem to be an issue for Collins, the Pirates' 13th-round pick earlier this month. The 22-year-old first baseman went deep in his debut June 17 before homering in three straight games between Thursday and Saturday. Collins has scored in each of his seven games as a pro, leading the Jammers to an early 5-2 record.
Sam Eberle, Salem-Keizer
(.343/.452/.686, 10 G, 12-for-35, 7 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 8 R, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 SB)
Eberle played in 36 games for the Volcanoes last summer, batting .248 with four extra-base hits (all doubles). The Jacksonville State product has already surpassed that campaign in several categories after the first week of play this season. After going 0-for-7 in his first two games, Eberle cracked his first pro home run on June 16 and added seven doubles and his first career triple over the next seven games. The 23-year-old infielder also stole his first base as Salem-Keizer jumped out to an early lead in the league's South Division.