Offensive Players of the Week

For the week ending August 14

Altoona's Starling Marte hit .556 with 10 runs scored this week. (Kevin Pataky/

By John Parker / Special to | August 15, 2011 1:05 PM

International League
Chad Huffman, Columbus
.591/.640/1.045, 13-for-22, 5 2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K
After a miserable month of July during which he was 6-for-73 (.082), Huffman is batting .583 in his first 11 August games. The 26-year-old outfielder is now riding a 12-game hitting streak and collected at least one extra-base hit in five of his six games this week. Having homered and doubled twice against Syracuse last Sunday, Huffman went deep again Monday, was 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles against Indianapolis on Wednesday, and went 4-for-7 with a triple and two doubles in two games at Rochester on Friday and Saturday.

Pacific Coast League
Jamie Hoffmann, Albuquerque
.556/.586/1.037, 6 G, 15-for-27, 4 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 11 R, 2 BB, 4 K, SB
The former hockey standout has been consistently good over his past two seasons for the Isotopes -- last year he hit .310 with a .369 OBP, while this year's numbers are .308 and .370. But he's already hit twice as many longballs this season -- 19 to eight -- and clubbed three this week. Hoffmann has scored in each of his last eight games, delivered an extra-base hit in seven and driven in a run in six. After a 5-for-5, two-homer, five-RBI night against Salt Lake on Tuesday, the 26-year-old outfielder tormented host Fresno by going 7-for-14 with a homer, three doubles and eight RBIs in three games over the weekend.

Eastern League
Starling Marte, Altoona
.556/.586/1.475, 6 G, 15-for-27, 4 2B, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, 10 R, 2 BB, 4 K, SB
Marte kicked off his week by collecting six hits and scoring four runs as the Curve swept a doubleheader at New Britain on Wednesday and did not let up the rest of the way. He ripped the Rock Cats for his 10th homer of the season -- and third in six games -- on Thursday, doubled and scored three runs against Reading on Friday, then delivered another pair of three-hit games over the weekend. With Portland's Chih-Hsien Chiang having been traded out of the Eastern League, the 22-year-old Marte leads all active hitters on the circuit with a .327 average.

Southern League
Henry Wrigley, Montgomery
.474/.583/1.053, 6 G, 9-for-19, 2 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R, 5 BB, 3 K, SB
Wrigley has hits in 15 of his last 16 games and has scored a run in each of his last seven. A 14th-round pick in the 2005 Draft, Wrigley is having the finest season of his career and is batting .314 with 11 home runs in 45 games since the All-Star break. The first baseman homered and doubled as the Biscuits split a doubleheader with Mobile on Tuesday, his 25th birthday. Wrigley capped his week with six hits -- two of them long balls -- in nine at-bats over three games at Carolina from Friday through Sunday.

Texas League
Grant Green, Midland
.500/.520/.708, 12-for-24, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 6 R, BB, 4 K
In mid-July, Oakland shifted Green from shortstop to center field. Since then, the A's top prospect has committed one error and hit .339/.374/.487. The 23-year-old, who was the 13th overall pick in the 2009 Draft, owns a 13-game hitting streak and has collected multiple hits in six of his last eight contests. Green went 5-for-9 with two doubles -- he's tied for second in the Texas League with 30 on the season -- and two RBIs in two games against first-place Northwest Arkansas over the weekend.

California League
Tommy Joseph, San Jose
.481/.500/1.111, 6 G, 13-for-27, 2 2B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 8 R, 2 BB, 6 K
Tommy Joseph entered Thursday's contest at Lancaster with one home run in his previous 18 games. The 20-year-old backstop, a second-round pick in the 2009 Draft, delivered a power surge that helped the Giants to a four-game sweep of the JetHawks. After going merely 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs on Thursday, Joseph went deep twice in each of his next two games. In the three contests alone, he was 11-for-15 with five home runs, 11 RBIs and eight runs scored. Joseph leads the Giants with 17 long balls and ranks second with 76 RBIs on the season.

Carolina League
Jonathan Schoop, Frederick
.467/.500/.833, 7 G, 14-for-30, 5 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 7 K
Schoop, a 19-year-old third baseman, had been struggling slightly since his promotion from Class A Delmarva in June and batted just .214 in July. No longer. He's reached base in each of his last 11 games and has rediscovered his power stroke with three homers and five doubles in his last eight. Schoop's surge came at an opportune time as Winston-Salem visited Frederick for a four-game set between the Carolina League's two first-place clubs. He went 4-for-5 with a homer, double and four RBIs on Friday and added a double, two singles and two RBIs on Saturday as the Keys took three of four.

Florida State League
Rylan Sandoval, St. Lucie
.524/.630/1.143, 7 G, 11-for-21, 4 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 6 R, 5 BB, 2 K
The Mets won five of their seven games this week, thanks in large part to the emerging bat of second baseman Rylan Sandoval. After going 0-for-2 on Monday, he homered, doubled and drove in a combined five runs as St. Lucie swept a doubleheader against Jupiter on Wednesday -- Sandoval's 24th birthday. He went 3-for-4 with four more RBIs on Thursday, missing the cycle by a triple, and added a solo shot against Charlotte on Saturday. Sandoval had collected no more than six RBIs in any full month prior to August; he has 13 in his first 11 games of this month.

Midwest League
Jose Crisotomo, Burlington
.480/.462/.800, 6 G, 12-for-25, 2 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 5 R, 0 BB, 3 K, SB, CS
Though Crisotomo spent the first week of August on the disabled list, there is little doubt that he is fully recovered. The 21-year-old outfielder singled, stole a base and drove in a run in his first game back on Tuesday. As the Bees traveled to Quad Cities for a three-game series starting Wednesday, Crisotomo's bat fully woke up. He went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs on Wednesday, then followed up by going deep and driving in four more runs in a 4-for-5 performance Thursday. The left-handed hitter is now batting .320 in 34 games for Burlington this season.

South Atlantic League
Evan Gattis, Rome
.571/.625/1.048, 6 G, 12-for-21, 4 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 4 K
Gattis is tied for sixth in the South Atlantic League with 19 home runs, but he can do other things as well -- he has a higher batting average and on-base percentage than any of the circuit's other top 10 home run hitters. This week he had three three-hit outings and scored at least once in five of his six games. The 24-year-old backstop's .589 slugging percentage would lead the league had he the at-bats to qualify.

New York-Penn League
Tyler Collins, Connecticut
.409/.462/.727, 6 G, 9-for-22, 4 2B, HR, 8 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 SB
A sixth-round pick in the June Draft, Connecticut outfielder Tyler Collins is making a smooth transition to the pro ranks. The 21-year-old is batting .341 with five home runs in 22 games with the Tigers, had hits in each of his six games this week, and rattled off a four-game RBI streak between Monday and Thursday that saw him plate eight runs. Though an aggressive hitter -- he has just six walks in 22 games -- Collins is making great contact, with only two strikeouts in his 22 at-bats this week.

Northwest League
Joseph Panik, Salem-Keizer
.545/.630/.909, 7 G, 12-for-22, 2 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 5 BB, 4 K, 4 SB
The World Series Champion Giants' first-round pick in this year's Draft, Panik has been everything advertised. He leads the Northwest League in hitting, RBIs and runs scored while ranking second in on-base percentage. This week, he drove in at least one run in six straight games, scored in all seven and led the Volcanoes to a five-game sweep of visiting Spokane. On Friday and Saturday the St. John's product went 7-for-8 with two homers, five RBIs and six runs scored, and on Sunday he doubled and scored the lone run in the Volcanoes' 1-0 win.

Appalachian League
Tyler Rahmatulla, Johnson City
.500/.536/1.000, 6 G, 12-for-24, 6 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 CS
Few of his fellow 34th-round picks in this year's Draft can boast the kind of season Rahmatulla is having for first-place Johnson City. The UCLA product is third in the league with a .347 average and second with a .618 slugging percentage. During his current nine-game hitting streak, he's scored in each game, plated a run in seven and delivered an extra-base hit in six. This weekend he homered twice, doubled three times and drove in four runs as the Cardinals took two of three games from second-place Elizabethton.

Pioneer League
Ryan Jones, Orem
.556/.586/1.148, 6 G, 15-for-27, 6 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 9 R, 2 BB, 6 K, SB
There has been no shortage of hitting heroes for the Owlz this season -- they're hitting .314 as a team, have four players among league's top seven hitters and have twice hit for the cycle. This week was Ryan Jones' turn. A free-agent signee, the 23-year-old outfielder has driven in 20 runs on 21 hits in his last nine games. He's scored at least once in each of the nine outings and plated at least one run in eight straight. Jones leads the Pioneer League in slugging, is third in triples and seventh in batting.

John Parker 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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