Offensive Players of the Week

For the week ending May 8

Tim Wheeler had eight extra-base hits and three singles this week. (Shawn E. Davis/FutureStarPhotos)

By Josh Jackson / Special to | May 9, 2011 12:35 PM ET

International League
Justin Ruggiano, Durham
.476/.560/.857, 10-for-21, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 6 RS, 4 BB, 4 K, 5 SB, 1 CS
Justin Ruggiano, who's been a strong offensive presence with Durham for the past four seasons, has started May on fire. He had two hits, two RBIs and a triple in the opener of a Tuesday doubleheader, and in the nightcap he stole three bases and scored twice. The Rays farmhand homered, doubled and ripped off another bag on Cinco de Mayo, and on an 0-for-3 Friday, he still managed an RBI, base-on-balls and stolen base. His best game came Saturday, when he went 4-for-6 with two doubles, three RBIs, another stolen base and a run scored. He stole another base and scored another run Sunday.

Pacific Coast League
Wily Mo Pena, Reno
.520/.571/1.280, 13-for-25, 2 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 9 RS, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 SB, 0 CS
Former big leaguer Wily Mo Pena grabs his second PCL Player of the Week award, having torn the cover off the ball from Monday to Sunday. He tripled, singled and walked Monday, homered twice to plate five Tuesday, doubled in each game Wednesday and Thursday. Pena saved the big performance for a Saturday doubleheader, though. He homered in Game 1 and slugged two more round-trippers in the second game, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored in that nightcap.

Eastern League
Archie Gilbert, Harrisburg
.348/.444/1.000, 8-for-23, 0 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 6 RBI, 8 RS, 3 BB, 1 K, 2 SB, 0 CS
Nationals Minor Leaguer Archie Gilbert was 0-for-7 (although he did have a stolen base and a run scored) through Wednesday, but on Thursday he foreshadowed his big weekend by bopping a solo home run at Bowie. On Saturday against visiting Reading, he hit two more homers during a 4-for-5 game, plating three runs and crossing the dish three times himself. He wasn't finished yet, though; Gilbert socked two more humdingers Sunday, going 3-for-4.

Southern League
Luke Montz, Jacksonville
.438/.450/1.188, 7-for-16, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 8 RS, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 SB, 0 CS
Backstop Luke Montz signed a Minor League contract with the Marlins in January, and he's been solid while catching and filling in as DH and first baseman for the Double-A Suns. He entered Monday's tilt as a pinch runner but stayed in the game and ended up having some fun with his bat. He homered and doubled, scoring twice. On Wednesday, he worked a walk in his only trip to the plate and came around to score. After combining for a double, a homer, a single and four RBIs over the course of a Thursday doubleheader, he knocked in five in a single game Friday, homering and doubling again.

Texas League
Tim Wheeler, Tulsa
.524/.643/1.190, 11-for-21, 5 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 10 RS, 6 BB, 2 K, 1 SB, 2 CS
Tim Wheeler, one of the Rockies' two first-round picks from the 2009 Draft, hit safely and scored a run in every game this week, and he collected at least one RBI in every game except for one. Wheeler got a hit in more than half of his trips to the plate, and he got on base one way or another nearly 65 percent of the time. He homered Tuesday and then doubled in three straight games -- smacking two two-baggers in Thursday's affair and also homering in Friday's. He homered again Saturday, marking his ninth longball of the season, and earned four RBIs and four runs scored. On Sunday, he doubled, singled and scored twice.

California League
Gary Brown, San Jose
.433/.500/.700, 13-for-30, 5 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 4 RS, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 SB, 3 CS
Giants prospect Gary Brown already has 11 multiple-hit games in his first full-length pro season, and he slugged his way aboard five times on Friday, ripping three doubles and totaling six RBIs. That game was the fourth of a five-game stretch in which Brown knocked in at least one run, and he was 3-for-4 with yet another double Saturday. He finished the week with a 1-for-3 Sunday, also walking, stealing a base and scoring a run in that Mother's Day game. Brown enters the new week fourth in the Cal League in hits and RBIs.

Carolina League
Braeden Schlehuber, Lynchburg
.455/.480/.909, 10-for-22, 4 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 RS, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 SB, 0 CS
Braeden Schlehuber doubled in four straight games from Monday to Friday, and he homered in two straight over Friday and Saturday. The Braves catching prospect also had two hits in each game from Tuesday to Saturday, and he added a stolen base at the beginning of that stretch. On Wednesday, he went 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI, for his second perfect game at the plate in six days. Schlehuber struggled to a .115 over a 27-game stint in the Carolina League in 2010, but he's clearly catching on this season.

Florida State League
Nelson Perez, Daytona
.455/.500/.773, 10-for-22, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 6 RS, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 SB, 0 CS
Nelson Perez is off to a particularly hot start to his Class A Advanced campaign, and this week was his best yet. The Dominican Cubs prospect homered Monday and Tuesday, collecting five RBIs, slapping out four hits and scoring three times over those two games. He knocked in another run, walked and stole a base Wednesday, and he was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored in his next game. On Saturday, Perez singled three times to collect another RBI and two runs scored.

Midwest League
Anthony Gallas, Lake County
.433/.452/.700, 13-for-30, 5 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 6 RS, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB, 0 CS
Anthony Gallas, who signed with the Indians after going undrafted last year, has a 10-game hitting streak dating back to April 29, and he doubled at least once and scored at least once in each game from Friday through Sunday. He kicked off the week with a homer and doubled, singled and stole a base in his next game. On Friday, he had three hits and two runs scored, and he worked a walk in Sunday's game. Gallas is hitting .353 with 14 doubles in 26 Midwest League games.

South Atlantic League
Bryce Harper, Hagerstown
.500/.571/.792, 12-for-24, 4 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 RS, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 SB, 0 CS
Expectations have been so high for 2010 No. 1 overall pick Bryce Harper that it's nearly impossible that any human being could live up to them. What Harper did this week, though, shows exactly the kind of player Washington hopes he can develop into at the big league level. The 18-year-old phenom rides a 12-game hitting streak into the new week, and he had three hits Monday, one hit on Thursday, and two hits in each of his other four games this week. He stole a base and knocked in a run Tuesday, homered Thursday and doubled twice Friday. His 24 RBIs in 20 games put him in the top five in the Sally League.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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