Offensive Players of the Week07/22/2013 4:55 PM ET
By John Parker / MiLB.com
Here's a look at the top offensive performers in each league for the week ending July 21:
Andy Wilkins, Charlotte
(.438/.412/1.063, 4 G, 7-for-16, 1 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R, 0 BB, 6 K)
In his first 19 Triple-A games after joining the Knights on June 24, Wilkins hit one homer and drove in three runs. The 24-year-old Arkansas product broke out with a pair of long balls and five RBIs on July 14, the last game before the Triple-A All-Star break, and kept going when IL play resumed. Wilkins went deep in three straight games between Thursday and Saturday, giving him five homers in four games, and collected three hits in five at-bats Sunday. Each of Wilkins' last seven games have been against Norfolk: he's 13-for-28 with five homers and 10 RBIs in those contests.
Pacific Coast League
Stephen Vogt, Sacramento
(.611/.667/1.222, 4 G, 11-for-18, 2 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 7 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 CS)
Fortunately for the Salt Lake Bees, they have no more games against Sacramento and Stephen Vogt this season. The 28-year-old slugger torched the Bees for 11 hits -- three of them homers -- and 11 RBIs as the two teams split a four-game set. Vogt went 5-for-6 with two long balls and six RBIs in the River Cats' 18-7 win Friday before adding five more hits over the weekend. After the hitting spree, Vogt ranks eighth in the PCL in batting average (.325) and on-base percentage (.394) and seventh with a .543 slugging percentage.
Steven Souza, Harrisburg
(.370/.433/.815, 7 G, 10-for-27, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB, 7 K, 2 CS)
Cycles are overrated -- Souza did the feat one base better on Thursday, collecting an extra double when he needed a single, in Harrisburg's 12-3 rout of Akron. Apart from that monster game, in which he drove in three runs and scored four, Souza reached base in all seven games last week. Though he lacks the plate appearances to qualify for the EL rate titles, Souza's .560 slugging percentage and .942 OPS would rank third in the league.
Jason Rogers, Huntsville
(.500/.571/1.500, 3 G, 6-for-12, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 3 K)
Coming off a brutal June in which he hit just .126/.236/.147 in 27 games, Rogers has rebounded nicely in July for a .333/.422/.667 line through 12 contests. The 25-year-old first baseman packed a lot of wallop into his three games last week, going 4-for-6 with three homers and six RBIs at Pensacola Saturday before adding a solo blast Sunday. Rogers had gone 144 at-bats since his previous homer on May 27 before Saturday's outburst, which made him the third Huntsville player ever to hit three long balls in one game. Despite plating only seven runs in June, Rogers now ranks second in the Southern League with 60 RBIs.
Max Stassi, Corpus Christi
(.389/.381/1.222, 5 G, 7-for-18, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R, 1 BB, 1 K)
Stassi has had a streaky season, his first in the Astros organization. On June 26, he drove in eight runs after having gone 11 games without an RBI. The 22-year-old backstop went on a different run last week, homering in five consecutive games after having hit five total in his first 45 outings this season. It was feast or famine for Stassi in his first four games last week -- he was 4-for-13 with all four hits leaving the park -- but he added a pair of singles for a 3-for-5 outing against Frisco on Sunday.
Juan Duran, Bakersfield
(.476/.520/.905, 6 G, 10-for-21, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, 5 K)
Duran missed a week and a half of action before returning to the Blaze lineup on July 14, and the 6-foot-7 outfielder has been on a tear ever since, driving in at least one run in six of his last seven games. After batting .211/.255/.358 in June, the 21-year-old Duran, in his second season with Bakersfield, is hitting .406/.444/.719 in July and has hits in eight of nine games.
Michael Taylor, Potomac
(.500/.538/.708, 6 G, 12-for-24, 5 2B, 9 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 3 SB)
Taylor began the week hitting everything in sight -- he was 9-for-12 between Monday and Thursday -- and despite finishing up 1-for-8 over the weekend, drove in at least one run in all six of his outings. The 22-year-old center fielder is second in both doubles and stolen bases in the Carolina League and has lifted his OPS nearly 100 points in his second season with the P-Nats, from .680 last year to .777 in 2013.
Florida State League
Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie
(.444/.429/.722, 5 G, 8-for-18, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 SB)
The FSL is known as a pitchers' league, but Lawley is putting up power numbers that would be notable in any circuit. After a pair of three-hit games and six RBIs in five contests last week, the 24-year-old outfielder leads the league in homers (20) and RBIs (73) while ranking second in doubles (27) and slugging (.540). Lawley's average has gone up each month of the season and he's hitting .368/.389/.667 with 28 RBIs in 30 games since the All-Star break.
Seth Mejias-Brean, Dayton
(.609/.667/1.087, 6 G, 14-for-23, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 5 R, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 SB)
On July 10, Mejias-Brean went 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles. Eight days later, he only had three hits but drove in a career-high six runs capped by a walk-off grand slam. The 22-year-old Reds product added seven more hits in his next three games and is hitting a torrid .449/.519/.667 in 18 July games. Despite batting just .190 in April, Mejias-Brean is now at .300 for the season and rising rapidly.
South Atlantic League
Greg Bird, Charleston
(.391/.533/.783, 6 G, 9-for-23, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 8 R, 7 BB, 6 K)
Bird wrapped up the previous week by homering in three straight games against Augusta between July 12-14. He packed that power even more tightly on Friday, going deep three times and driving in all seven Charleston runs in the RiverDogs' 7-5 win at Greensboro. The 20-year-old first baseman, a fifth-round pick in 2011, has RBIs in eight of his last nine games and now ranks fourth in the league with 64 RBIs and sixth with a .409 on-base percentage. Unfortunately for Charleston fans, he's done the bulk of his damage on the road, where he owns a .331/.469/.601 line. Bird has hit just .238/.344/.409 at The Joe.
New York-Penn League
Nellie Rodriguez, Mahoning Valley
(.500/.520/.958, 6 G, 12-for-24, 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 7 R, 1 BB, 5 K)
A 15th-round pick out of George Washington High School in New York City last summer, Rodriguez began the season with full-season Lake County but struggled, batting .194 in 47 games through the end of May. After turning 19 on June 12, Rodriguez has recovered his stroke with the Scrappers and is slugging .504, nearly double the .256 mark he posted with the Captains. The first baseman seemed to enjoy visiting his hometown last week, going 4-for-5 with two homers, a double and five RBIs at Brooklyn on Wednesday and adding a homer and three RBIs at Staten Island on Sunday.
Yogey Perez-Ramos, Hillsboro
(.458/.594/.625, 7 G, 11-for-24, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 4 R, 6 BB, 5 K, 4 SB, 1 CS)
Hillsboro's debut season has been a difficult one thus far -- at 11-26, the Hops own the Northwest League's worst record. Perez-Ramos has been a consistent bright spot for the Hops; after collecting hits in six of his last seven games, the 24-year-old Florida native ranks second in the league with a .328 batting average and fourth with a .414 on-base percentage. Perez-Ramos has had at least three hits in six of his 35 games, including a 3-for-5 effort Sunday in which he delivered a 13th-inning, walk-off double.
Ramon Torres, Burlington
(.382/.400/.676, 9 G, 13-for-34, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 SB)
Torres has been a stalwart for the B-Royals by making tremendous contact -- the 20-year-old second baseman has fanned just nine times in 104 at-bats covering 28 games. Both of the Dominican native's home runs came last week, the first at Bluefield on Thursday and the second in a 4-for-4 effort against Pulaski on Saturday. Torres' 33 hits are second-most in the league.
Daniel Palka, Missoula
(.579/.654/1.263, 5 G, 11-for-19, 4 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 9 R, 5 BB, 1 K, 1 SB)
A third-round pick out of Georgia Tech in June, Palka went on an extra-base hit tear last week, collecting a double in four straight games -- and a homer in three of them. The spree began at Ogden on Thursday with Palka falling a triple shy of the cycle. He threatened the feat again at Idaho Falls on Saturday, going 3-for-4 with a homer, double and two RBIs. A left-handed hitter, Palka has had no trouble with southpaw hurlers in his brief pro career, going 9-for-25 (.360) against lefties thus far.