Offensive Players of the Week

For the week ending Aug. 2

Bobby Bradley has put together a career .371 on-base percentage in two Minor League seasons. (Lianna Holub/

By Sam Dykstra / | August 3, 2015 5:43 PM

Here's a look at the top offensive performers in each league for the week ending Aug. 2:

International League
Reynaldo Rodriguez, Rochester (MIN)
(.385/.385/.846, 6 G, 10-for-26, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 SB)
Rodriguez's hot run goes beyond last week -- he's currently on a 10-game hitting streak, during which he's batting .415 with three homers, a triple, six doubles and nine RBIs. During that stretch alone, the 29-year-old outfielder, who is playing in his first full season at the Triple-A level, has raised his season average from .248 to .265. In his third year in the Twins system, Rodriguez has a .265/.310/.454 line with 12 homers, 61 RBIs and six steals in 102 games.

Pacific Coast League
Wilin Rosario, Albuquerque (COL)
(.667/.667/1.733, 3 G, 10-for-15, 4 2B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 SB)
That's right. Rosario played only three games with the Isotopes after being optioned to Triple-A on Tuesday, and he made every one of those contests count. After going deep in each of his first two games with Albuquerque, his biggest game came Saturday when he homered twice -- once off Fresno starter and No. 2 Astros prospect Mark Appel -- and drove in five in a 9-7, 12-inning loss. Playing only at first base this season rather than catcher, the 26-year-old had a .273/.293/.426 line with only five homers in 69 games -- one more than he hit all last week in the PCL -- with the Rockies at the time of his demotion. 

Eastern League
Dean Green, Erie (DET)
(.476/.522/1.048, 5 G, 10-for-21, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 K)
Green left Erie with some fantastic numbers -- namely a .316 average and .872 OPS -- for a promotion to Triple-A Toledo, and after that didn't go quite to plan, he added to them last week. The 26-year-old designated hitter, who went 9-for-44 (.205) in 12 games with the Mud Hens, collected multiple hits in each of his first four games back with the SeaWolves and added four homers in that span. He has a .328/.402/.524 line with 14 homers and 51 RBIs in 75 games with the SeaWolves -- stats that should ensure he gets another look at the International League before the season is out. 

Southern League
Willson Contreras, Tennessee (CHC)
(.478/.556/.739, 6 G, 11-for-23, 3 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB, 4 K)
You've heard plenty about a Cubs catching prospect who's played most of his season for Tennessee. How about another? Like Kyle Schwarber, Contreras was a Southern League midseason All-Star and has progressed in some interesting ways in the second half. Namely, he's walked more times (23) than he's struck out (16) since the Southern League All-Star Game after producing a 32/19 K/BB ratio in the first half. That command of the strike zone, along with a 60-grade arm and .324/.406/.482 line this season, is a big reason why he jumped from outside the top 30 to No. 11 in the Cubs system when updated its rankings last week.

Texas League
Ryon Healy, Midland (OAK)
(.444/.467/.741, 7 G, 12-for-27, 2 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 5 K)
Sometimes, it takes one big performance to jolt a player. That's what happened to Healy, who went 5-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs on Wednesday. Those five hits matched the 23-year-old third baseman's total from his previous six games combined during which he went 5-for-20 (.250). Although Healy was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his game right after that breakout performance, he went 6-for-12 the rest of the week with a homer and two doubles. His .288 average and .411 slugging percentage are now both at their highest levels since late May.

California League
Brandon Dixon, Rancho Cucamonga (LAD)
(.433/.452/1.100, 7 G, 13-for-30, 2 2B, 6 HR, 11 RBI, 11 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 SB)
We'd like to say that Dixon put together a quintessential California League week, but even by the circuit's standards, this was rather incredible. The right-handed-hitting second baseman homered twice at Lancaster and then added four more blasts -- including two Saturday alone -- in a home series with Lake Elsinore. Of his 13 hits, six left the yard. That power surge comes after the 2013 third-rounder had managed only eight homers in 89 games between Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa entering the week. Since being sent back to the Cal League on June 20, Dixon ranks 12th in the circuit with a .565 slugging percentage.

Carolina League
Dorssys Paulino, Lynchburg (CLE)
(.455/.500/.773, 7 G, 10-for-27, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R, 5 BB, 6 K, 1 SB, 2 CS)
After three straight years at Class A Lake County, Paulino has celebrated his first promotion to the Class A Advanced level appropriately. After acclimating through his first 14 games in the Carolina League, he went 8-for-11 with four extra-base hits over a three-game stretch from Wednesday to Friday. The sample is still fairly small, but through his first 19 games with the Hillcats, Paulino -- a former top-20 Indians prospect who has tumbled out of the top 30 completely -- is hitting .338 with three homers, a triple, five doubles, three steals and a .990 OPS.

Florida State League
Abiatal Avelino, Tampa (NYY)
(.433/.452/.533, 8 G, 13-for-30, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 8 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 6 SB)
Upon entering the week with a .218 average, Avelino wasn't high on the list of FSL Player of the Week candidates. He changed that with hits in each of his eight contests -- three of which were multi-hit efforts -- to raise his FSL average to .241 -- its highest level since June 28. What's more, he was 6-for-6 on the basepaths. Between Tampa and Class A Charleston, he has swiped 45 bases on the season, tied for sixth-most in the Minors this season.

Midwest League
Bobby Bradley, Lake County (CLE)
(.381/.500/1.048, 6 G, 8-for-21, 2 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 9 R, 6 BB, 9 K)
Power is a big part of Bradley's game. You could make the case that it is the only part of his game. He showed off his potential in that department last week, going deep four times in a five-game span from Tuesday to Saturday. His two-homer performance Saturday against Great Lakes marked the second time this season that he's gone deep twice in a contest -- the first coming May 11 at Fort Wayne. In his first full season, the 2014 third-rounder and No. 7 Indians prospect leads the Midwest League with 18 homers this season.

South Atlantic League
Juremi Profar, Hickory (TEX)
(.450/.500/.900, 6 G, 9-for-20, 3 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, 2 K)
Rangers fans will be happy to see a Profar back in the news, even if it's not former top prospect Jurickson who hasn't played since 2013 due to shoulder problems. Juremi Profar, who is three years younger than his brother, made his stateside debut in the Rangers system a year ago and is showing signs of a breakout at Class A Hickory after fits and starts at four different levels. With four multi-hit games last week, the 19-year-old third baseman is batting .310 with an .821 OPS in 32 games with the Crawdads. Profar isn't ranked in the top 30 of the Rangers system, but he could put himself on the radar with a similarly strong finish to the season.

New York-Penn League
Ka'ai Tom, Mahoning Valley (CLE)
(.478/.538/.696, 5 G, 11-for-23, 1 2B, 2 3B, 6 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 CS)
Tom started out the week with a 5-for-5 showing and a triple, a double and four RBIs on Tuesday at Connecticut, and although that along might have been enough to capture his spot here, he followed it up by going 6-for-18 the rest of the week. The Indians' fifth-round pick this year out of the University of Kentucky is hitting .268 with a .380 on-base percentage in his first 32 games in the Cleveland system. What's stood out so far is his knowledge of the strike zone as he's walked 22 times in 146 plate appearances and has struck out only 17 times in that same span.

Northwest League
Erick Mejia, Everett (SEA)
(.429/.467/.607, 7 G, 12-for-28, 3 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI, 7 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 SB)
A 20-year-old, switch-hitting shortstop, Mejia has been sent all over the Mariners system with stops in the Arizona League, Triple-A Tacoma and Class A Clinton. Since July 15, it looks like he's settled in at Everett, and that was particularly true last week when he had multiple hits in four of his seven games. In 18 games with the AquaSox, the Dominican Republic native is 22-for-67 (.328) with a triple, three doubles and two steals -- all of which came last week.

Appalachian League
Allen Staton, Johnson City (STL)
(.357/.345/.750, 7 G, 10-for-28, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 0 BB, 8 K)
Staton hit .386 with 11 homers and a 1.142 OPS as a senior at North Greenville University in South Carolina this spring but went undrafted out of the Division II school before signing a free agent deal with the Cardinals on June 12. The 22-year-old slugger started his career in the Gulf Coast League but didn't last long at the complex level and was moved up to Johnson City after going 12-for-40 (.300) with five extra-base hits in 11 games in the GCL. He's carried that production to the Appy League, where he has a .318/.333/.576 line with four homers, a triple and eight doubles in 22 games thus far. Along with the bat, Staton is providing value by playing all over the infield with time at third, short and second thus far. For an undrafted player, you need to stick out in a positive way early, and Staton has done that in short order with the Cardinals. 

Pioneer League
Marten Gasparini, Idaho Falls (KC)
(.435/.536/.783, 7 G, 10-for-23, 4 3B, 6 RBI, 6 R, 5 BB, 5 K, 1 SB, 1 CS)
Gasparini, a native of Italy, made headlines back in 2013 when the Royals gave him a $1.3 million bonus -- the largest ever given to a European amateur. The 18-year-old shortstop -- who is from a small town in the province of Udin near the Italian border with Slovenia -- managed only 23 games in 2014 due to lower-leg injuries and is just starting to hit his stride with the Chukars. His best offensive weapon is his speed, as evidenced by his 17 steals and eight triples in 38 games this season, and that should be what helps carry him up the Royals ladder as he matures in the coming years. Now healthy, he's climbed to the No. 17 spot in the Royals system after starting the year unranked.

Sam Dykstra is a contributor to Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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