Offensive Players of the Week

From May 7 to May 13

(Paul Gierhart)

May 14, 2007 10:46 AM ET

International League
Lou Collier, Ottawa
.524 (11-21), 5 R, 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB, .714 SLG
Sweet Lou collected four multi-hit games this week and is now batting a team-leading .323 on the season. The 33-year-old Major League veteran had a big game against Louisville on Tuesday, as he went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Lynx to a 10-4 win. The homer was Collier's first in the Minors since Aug. 1, 2004, and vaulted him into a tie for the team lead this season. That's right -- no Ottawa player has left the yard more than once.

Pacific Coast League
Mike Fontenot, Iowa
.581 (18-31), 12 R, 5 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 1 BB, 7 SO, 0 SB, 1.129 SLG
It's hard to get much hotter than Fontenot has been lately, as the 5-foot-8 infielder has hit safely and scored in each of his past nine games, and driven in a run in his past seven. The 26-year-old collected four hits on both Tuesday and Sunday, and went 3-for-4 with a home run, two triples and five RBIs against Fresno on Wednesday. Fontenot is hitting .368 on the season, good for third in the PCL.

Eastern League
Matthew Allegra, New Britain
.464 (13-28), 7 R, 3 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 0 BB, 6 SO, 1 SB, .679 SLG
Allegra's string of six straight multi-hit games came to end on Sunday, but that's about the only blemish on his otherwise stellar week. The Georgia native hit three singles and scored three runs against Harrisburg on Wednesday, and followed that up by bashing his fourth home run of the season against Trenton on Thursday.

Southern League
Hernan Iribarren, Huntsville
.409 (9-for-22), 9 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB, 4 SO, .636 SLG
The streaking Stars plated a league-high 47 runs this past week, and Iribarren had a hand in creating 17 of them. The 22-year-old second baseman drove eight runs and scored nine en route to raising his average 32 points to .256 on the season. The highlight of Iribarren's week came on Saturday against Carolina, when he hit a two-run single and an RBI double as part of Huntsville's team-record 13-run eighth inning.

Texas League
Sean Danielson, Springfield
.423 (11-for-26), 4 R, 5 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB, .731 SLG
Danielson hit .423 this week, which actually lowered his average with Springfield to .432 over 44 at-bats since receiving a call-up from Class A Advanced Palm Beach. The 5-foot-8 outfielder has driven in two runs in three of his last four games and blasted his first home run of the season against Wichita on Saturday.

California League
Michael Saunders, High Desert
.520 (13-25), 8 R, 3 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 SB, .760 SLG
Saunders has hit safely in seven straight games, a hot stretch that has raised his season average 55 points to .282. From Wednesday through Friday his performance was otherworldly, as the 20-year-old Canadian went 9-for-14 with eight runs scored and seven driven in over the three contests. Saunders smacked his first home run of the season against Lancaster on Thursday.

Carolina League
Kila Kaaihue, Wilmington
.400 (10-25), 5 R, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 5 BB, 3 SO, 0 SB, .880 SLG
After hitting just two home runs over his first 89 at-bats this season, Kaaihue has smashed three long balls over eight games to help power the Blue Rocks to a 7-1 week. The 22-year-old Hawaiian entered the week below the Mendoza line, but is now hitting a far more acceptable .228.

Florida State League
Mark Hamilton, Palm Beach
.400 (8-20), 4 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0 SB, .950 SLG
The highlight of Hamilton's current 10-game hit streak undoubtedly came on Wednesday against Dunedin, as the 22-year-old homered twice and drove in five to lead the Cardinals to a 9-6 win. Hamilton also went yard on Friday, and now has five dingers over 102 at-bats this season.

Midwest League
K.C. Herren, Clinton
.552 (16-29), 4 R, 3 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 4 SO, 2 SB, 1.000 SLG
Herren has hit safely in 13 straight games, including two base knocks or more in each of his past seven. The 21-year-old is now hitting .366 on the season, second in the league behind LumberKings' teammate John Whittleman. After hitting just one home run over his first 26 games, Herren went yard against Burlington on Friday and Cedar Rapids on Sunday.

South Atlantic League
Justin Maxwell, Hagerstown
.450 (9-20), 10 R, 1 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 7 BB, 4 SO, 0 SB, 1.100 SLG
On Saturday against Delmarva, Maxwell went 3-for-3 with two home runs and three runs scored to lead the Suns to a 14-1 win. He followed that up on Sunday by bashing a second-inning grand slam in Hagerstown's 10-0 victory over the Shorebirds. Maxwell's recent power surge gives him nine homers on the season, tied for the second most in the league.

Benjamin Hill 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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