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Offensive Players of the Week

For the week ending April 14
April 15, 2013

Here's a look at the top offensive performers in each league for the week ending April 14:

International League  
Brett Carroll, Indianapolis  
(.588/.650/1.118, 6 G, 10-for-17, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 CS)  
A 10th-round pick in the 2004 Draft, the veteran Carroll began the season with 113 home runs in 10 Minor League seasons. He's off to a flying start in 2013, his first campaign in the Pirates organization, with multiple hits in four of his last five outings. Carroll's .588 batting average was the best in the Minors during the week, while his .650 on-base percentage ranked second.  
Indy's Carroll homers off Bauer

Pacific Coast League  
Scott Van Slyke, Albuquerque  
(.500/.574/.947, 11 G, 19-for-38, 4 HR, 16 RBI, 11 R, 8 BB, 8 K, 1 CS)  
No one has begun the season hotter than Van Slyke, who went 4-for-5 with five RBIs on Opening Day, then smacked four longballs over his next four games. The 26-year-old slugger has cooled off slightly after leaving the friendly confines of Isotopes Park but still ranks second in the Minors in OPS, total bases and RBIs. Van Slyke hit .327/.404/.578 with 18 homers in 95 games for Albuquerque last year and is well on his way to eclipsing those numbers in 2013.  
Van Slyke hits mammoth home run

Eastern League  
Adam Duvall, Richmond  
(.378/.465/.757, 11 G, 14-for-37, 6 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 8 R, 6 BB, 6 K, 1 CS)  
Though Duvall slugged a club-record 30 homers for the San Jose Giants last year -- and hit six over a five-game span in August -- one never knows how power will translate outside the homer-happy California League. The 24-year-old Duvall is having no problem with the transition to the Double-A Eastern League, with hits in each of his last nine games and a total of nine extra-base knocks. The Louisville product ranks second on the circuit with a .757 slugging percentage and is tied for fourth with 10 RBIs.

Southern League  
Brad Miller, Jackson  
(.389/.463/.667, 10 G, 14-for-36, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 9 R, 5 BB, 7 K, 2 SB)  
The Mariners organization is suffering from a problem most teams would like to have -- too many good shortstop prospects. While No. 4 prospect Nick Franklin is hitting .350 with Triple-A Tacoma, Seattle No. 8 prospect Brad Miller is tearing up the Double-A Southern League with five multi-hit outings in his first 10 games. A second-round pick in 2011, Miller owns a .344/.417/.522 line in 161 Minor League games at three levels. The 23-year-old is swinging a bat that cannot be denied, no matter how crowded things are in the Mariners system.

Texas League  
Matt Long, Arkansas  
(.405/.452/.595, 10 G, 15-for-37, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 3 R, 4 BB, 8 K, 2 SB, 2 CS)  
Long earned Player of the Week honors in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League for the final week of last season, but if he was disappointed to start 2013 back in Double-A, it didn't show. The 25-year-old outfielder is hitting .405 (second on the circuit) with a league-leading 12 RBIs. Long almost single-handedly beat Frisco on Thursday, going 2-for-2 with a grand slam, five RBIs and three walks.  
Long clubs a grand slam against Frisco

California League  
Matt Duffy, Lancaster  
(.371/.500/.800, 13-for-35, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 8 R, 4 BB, 5 K)  
After 10 games with the JetHawks, Duffy is already a quarter of the way to his 2012 total of 16 homers in 134 games with Class A Lexington. The third baseman, a 20th-round pick out of Tennessee in 2011, leads both the Cal League and the Astros organization with 14 RBIs. Duffy has hits in nine of 10 games, at least one RBI in nine of 10 games, and has fanned just five times while drawing four walks, good for a .500 OBP. Not coincidentally, Duffy's JetHawks are 7-3 and lead the Cal League South.

Carolina League  
Jason Martinson, Potomac  
(.303/.429/.788, 9 G, 10-for-33, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 9 R, 6 BB, 14 K, 1 SB)  
The Nationals' No. 19 prospect, Martinson struggled after his promotion to Potomac late last summer, batting just .215 in 66 games. The power was still there -- Martinson hit 22 homers and drove in 106 runs in total last year -- but the 24-year-old Martinson seems to be putting it all together in his return to the P-Nats this spring. Though his strikeouts remain high, Martinson is getting on base (.409 OBP), driving in runs and generating consistent power. His 11 RBIs and .788 slugging percentage are both tops on the circuit.

Florida State League  
James Ramsey, Palm Beach  
(.417/.523/.722, 10 G, 15-for-36, 4 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 12 R, 6 BB, 5 K, 1 SB)  
The 23rd overall pick in last June's Draft, Ramsey hit just .229 last summer after reporting straight to Class A Advanced Palm Beach. The Florida State product is back in the FSL this spring, but perhaps not for long -- he's off to a scorching start, with 15 hits, six walks and only five strikeouts in his first 10 games. Ramsey, the Cardinals' No. 17 prospect, has collected multiple hits and scored at least once in each of his last four outings and reached base four times against St. Lucie on Thursday with a homer, triple and a pair of walks. Ramsey's .523 on-base percentage and 12 runs scored both lead the FSL.  
• Cardinals' Ramsey ready for challenge

Midwest League  
Dalton Hicks, Cedar Rapids  
(.387/.472/.806, 9 G, 12-for-31, 7 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R, 5 BB, 3 K)  
It's been a strange and exciting month for the Kernels in their first season as a Twins affiliate -- after three pitchers combined for a no-hitter on April 7, Cedar Rapids had four straight games wiped out by rain and snow. The first-place Kernels have been doing it at the plate too, with big contributions from Hicks, who has 12 hits -- two of them homers -- 10 RBIs and five walks while striking out just three times in his first nine full-season games. Hicks leads the league with an .806 slugging percentage and his seven doubles are only three shy of the entire Clinton LumberKings team total of 10.

South Atlantic League  
Stetson Allie, West Virginia  
(.396/.444/.792, 11 G, 19-for-48, 4 2B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 9 R, 5 BB, 13 K, 2 SB)  
A highly touted high school pitcher with a 100-mph arm, Allie was selected by the Pirates in the second round of the 2010 Draft and signed to a $2.25 million bonus. Control problems set in quickly, however, and after Allie walked eight batters while recording just two outs to kick off the 2012 season, he and the Pirates decided to change their strategy. Though he hit only .213 with three homers in 42 games with the GCL Pirates last summer, Allie has been reborn at the plate this spring with 19 hits -- five of them homers -- and 16 RBIs in his first 11 games with the Power. After delivering a walk-off blast in extra innings on April 7, Allie collected four hits Tuesday, then went 9-for-18 with three homers, two doubles and eight RBIs during a four-game set at Asheville over the weekend. Allie's ability to hit the ball the other way with power is paying big dividends, as he proved Saturday with two homers and five RBIs in West Virginia's 14-9 win over the Tourists.

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