Offensive Players of the Week08/19/2013 5:00 PM ET
By John Parker / MiLB.com
Here's a look at the top offensive performers in each league for the week ending Aug. 18:
Jeff Kobernus, Syracuse
(.375/.382/.406, 8 G, 12-for-32, 1 2B, 6 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 6 SB, 1 CS)
Though Kobernus had a 14-game hitting streak snapped Sunday, he's reached base in each of his last 23 games -- the longest active streak in the IL. The 25-year-old outfielder ranks second in the league in both hitting (.323) and stolen bases (39 in 47 attempts), but also drove in six runs last week to lift his season total to 31. Kobernus went 4-for-4 at Lehigh Valley on Thursday for his second four-hit outing of the season.
Pacific Coast League
Brad Snyder, Reno
(.444/.484/.889, 7 G, 12-for-27, 3 2B, 8 RBI, 10 R, 3 BB, 5 K)
No one in the Minors scored more than Snyder's 10 runs last week, but there was a good bit more to the 31-year-old outfielder's performance. Snyder went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs against Nashville on Tuesday, then cooled off slightly before erupting at Fresno over the weekend. The Ball State product homered twice, doubled twice and drove in three runs on Saturday and went deep again Sunday. Snyder is batting .350/.395/.534 in 30 games since the All-Star break.
Gabe Jacobo, New Hampshire
(.526/.550/1.105, 4 G, 10-for-19, 2 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 1 BB, 3 K)
Jacobo homered in his first two games after joining the Fisher Cats on July 11 and has barely let up since, collecting multiple hits in eight of his last 10 games. The 26-year-old slugger homered twice and drove in five runs in the second game of New Hampshire's doubleheader at New Britain on Tuesday, went 4-for-5 against the Rock Cats on Thursday and added three more hits -- including a two-run homer -- against Trenton on Friday night. Jacobo is batting .368/.429/.596 with six long balls in 30 Eastern League games this season.
Joc Pederson, Chattanooga
(.435/.536/.826, 6 G, 10-for-23, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R, 5 BB, 2 K, 1 CS)
Obscured by the herculean feats of Yasiel Puig, with whom he began the year in Chattanooga, the 21-year-old Pederson has had a strong season, befitting the title of top Dodgers prospect. The outfielder wrapped up the week with homers in three of his last four games and has driven in at least one run in five straight games. Though it's been a difficult second half of the season -- the Lookouts are 17-38 since the All-Star break and Pederson hit .203 in July -- the California native owns a solid .281/.381/.487 line in his first Double-A campaign.
Conner Crumbliss, Midland
(.524/.655/.667, 6 G, 11-for-21, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 R, 7 BB, 2 K)
Crumbliss is unlikely to repeat his 2012 feat of leading the A's organization in runs, walks and OBP, but the diminutive outfielder is in the top 10 in all three categories again this season. The 5-foot-8 26-year-old collected 11 hits and seven walks in six games last week, lifting his Texas League OBP to .422, good for third-best on the circuit. In four Minor League seasons, Crumbliss has never finished with an on-base percentage under .400.
Tony Thompson, Stockton
(.429/.469/.750, 6 G, 12-for-28, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 7 R, 3 BB, 5 K)
Thompson is making a habit of outlandish offensive outbursts. The 24-year-old Kansas product homered twice and drove in six runs on April 27. On May 20 he went deep twice and collected seven RBIs in a single inning. Those performances have now been overshadowed, as Thompson plated nine runs on a 4-for-5 night Friday. He added another blast and four more RBIs on Saturday, pushing him into second place in the Cal League with 87 on the season.
Drew Robinson, Myrtle Beach
(.423/.500/.692, 6 G, 11-for-26, 4 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 SB)
Robinson bookended his week with a pair of big games -- he went 4-for-5 with a homer, double and three RBIs on Monday and 3-for-3 on Sunday -- but he also had hits in his other four games as the Pelicans took five of eight. The 21-year-old third baseman has a .398 on-base percentage since the All-Star break and ranks eighth in the Carolina League with 60 RBIs in 108 games.
Florida State League
Kris Bryant, Daytona
(.360/.385/.760, 7 G, 9-for-25, 1 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 SB)
Bryant has played 27 games as a pro after being selected with the second overall pick in the June Draft. He has hits in 23 of them. A week after being named Northwest League player of the week, Bryant jumped two levels to the Class A Advanced Florida State League and went deep in his first two outings. In all, the 21-year-old University of San Diego product is hitting .344/.391/.688 with seven homers and 23 RBIs in his brief career.
Emilio Guerrero, Lansing
(.500/.483/.750, 6 G, 14-for-28, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 8 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 SB)
Guerrero is riding a 13-game hit streak and fell a homer shy of the cycle on Wednesday, but it was on Friday at West Michigan that he made his biggest mark. The shortstop, who turns 21 on Wednesday, went 6-for-6 with a grand slam and five RBIs in the Lugnuts' 14-5 win. Guerrero had never had more than four hits in a single game before tying the Midwest League record with six.
South Atlantic League
Nick Williams, Hickory
(.400/.500/.900, 6 G, 8-for-20, 4 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 SB, 1 CS)
On most teams, a guy with 17 homers would rank better than fourth on his own club. Hickory is one of the exceptions -- the Crawdads have gone deep 156 times while no other team in the Sally League reached the century mark. The 19-year-old Williams is having quite a season, with a .305/.350/.585 line and 60 RBIs in 83 games. A second-round pick in 2012, Williams racked up six extra-base hits in six games last week and has scored in four straight contests.
New York-Penn League
Eric Jagielo, Staten Island
(.438/.526/1.063, 4 G, 7-for-16, 4 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 K)
The Yankees' first-round pick in the June Draft, Jagielo capped the best game and best week of his short career in the best way possible: a walk-off blast in the 11th inning of Sunday's 3-2 win over Tri-City. It was the second homer in two games for the Notre Dame product, who went 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles. Jagielo also doubled twice at Aberdeen on Thursday, giving him seven doubles in his last nine contests.
Jeremy Sy, Salem-Keizer
(.467/.500/1.000, 3 G, 7-for-15, 2 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 6 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB)
Sy only appeared in three games for the Volcanoes last week, but you wouldn't know it from his offensive output. Seven hits -- four of them for extra bases -- nine RBIs and six runs scored is an impressive line after a full slate of games. A 12th-round pick in 2012, Sy did not debut until this summer. He's making up for lost time, however, hitting .285/.387/.507 with eight homers and 37 RBIs -- third-most in the Northwest League -- in 40 games.
Jesus Ugueto, Pulaski
(.421/.476/1.105, 5 G, 8-for-19, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 8 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 SB)
Ugueto drove in just 14 runs in his first 28 games of the season. In his last 11, he's collected 20 RBIs, highlighted by a stretch last week in which he homered and plated multiple runs in three straight games between Wednesday and Friday. The 22-year-old outfielder ranks fourth in the Appy League in RBIs after the surge and has scored in five consecutive contests.
Miguel Dilone, Grand Junction
(.455/.556/1.000, 6 G, 10-for-22, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 5 BB, 3 K)
After a slow start to his stateside career -- he was hitting just .188 at the end of July -- Dilone has turned the corner in a big way, posting a .462/.517/.769 line in 15 August games. The highlight of the 20-year-old's turnaround came on Wednesday, when Dilone went 4-for-6 with a pair of homers and six RBIs in Grand Junction's 16-12 win over host Missoula. Dilone wrapped up the week with three hits and two RBIs at Helena on Sunday.