Offensive Players of the Week

For the week ending May 27

By John Parker / Special to | May 29, 2012 1:00 PM ET

International League
Corey Brown, Syracuse
(.474/.474/1.316, 4 G, 9-for-19, 2 3B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 5 R, 0 BB, 5 K)
Brown only needed four games to outpace the rest of the IL this week -- he had at least two hits (one of them a home run) in each contest and racked up 10 RBIs. A first-round pick by the A's who came over to the Nationals organization in a 2010 trade, Brown's two-run shot on Friday night marked his fifth straight game with a longball, setting a Syracuse team record. The power surge quickly paid dividends for the Oklahoma State product: he was summoned to the Majors over the weekend.
Brown blasts three-run shot for Chiefs

Pacific Coast League
Brooks Conrad, Nashville
(.417/.481/1.083, 6 G, 10-for-24, 1 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 7 R, 3 BB, 2 K)
After a 13-game stint with the Brewers in which he went 0-for-21 with nine strikeouts earlier this month, Conrad returned to Nashville and rapidly rediscovered his stroke. The 32-year-old switch-hitter homered in his first game back with the Sounds on Monday, went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs on Tuesday, then rattled off four straight games with a longball from Wednesday to Saturday. Having gone deep in his last three games (April 30-May 2) before his callup, Conrad has now homered in eight of his last nine PCL games while driving in 22 runs. He was recalled by the Brewers on Monday.

Eastern League
Tyson Gillies, Reading
(.500/.560/.909, 6 G, 11-for-22, 0 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 SB, 2 CS)
Going into last weekend, Gillies was mired in a six-game slump that saw him go 1-for-28 with eight strikeouts and no walks. The Vancouver native bounced back with a pair of hits last Sunday, then kept going with four more multi-hit games in a row. Gillies, a 23-year-old center fielder, had only one hit on Friday, but it was his second home run of the year. He's now riding a seven-game hitting streak in which he's scored in all but one contest.

Southern League
Andrelton Simmons, Mississippi
(.417/.500/.917, 6 G, 10-for-24, 3 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 8 R, 4 BB, 4 K)
Despite having never played above Class A, Simmons vied for Atlanta's starting shortstop job in Spring Training this year. He lost out to Tyler Pastornicky but has shown fans in Mississippi why he's's No. 59 prospect. The 22-year-old Simmons scored in each of his six games this week and ranks eighth in the Southern League with a .380 on-base percentage. Simmons' week was highlighted by a 4-for-4 performance at Pensacola on Wednesday that included a home run and a pair of doubles. His three longballs this week were his first of the season.
Mississippi's Simmons goes deep
Top prospect: Andrelton Simmons

Texas League
Jonathan Singleton, Corpus Christi
(.500/.520/1.042, 6 G, 12-for-24, 1 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 8 R, 1 BB, 3 K)
Part of the deal that sent Hunter Pence to Philadelphia at the trade deadline last year, Singleton has been all the Astros could have hoped for this season. The No. 38 prospect leads the Texas League in runs scored, ranks third in RBIs and on-base percentage, fourth in batting and sixth in slugging. Still just 20 years old, Singleton had an enormous week that featured a 4-for-5 game on Thursday followed by a two-homer, five-RBI performance the next night and yet another longball Saturday. When the southpaw slugger solves left-handed pitching -- against which he is hitting just .196/.281/.314 -- he will be fearsome indeed.
Hooks' Singleton hits his second homer of the game
Top prospect: Jonathan Singleton

California League
Travis Witherspoon, Inland Empire
(.682/.759/1.091, 6 G, 15-for-22, 2 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 8 R, 7 BB, 3 K, 3 SB, 2 CS, cycle on 5/24)
When a player can hit (.314) and hit for power (.475 SLG) and run (five triples, 19 stolen bases), good things happen. Though the rest of his week was understandably overshadowed by his cycle at Lancaster on Thursday night, the Angels' No. 19 prospect did it all with 15 hits and seven walks in six games. The 23-year-old center fielder, who leads off for the 66ers, reached base in 22 of his 29 plate appearances. After this remarkable stretch of six straight multi-hit games, Witherspoon ranks fourth in the Cal League with 40 runs scored.

Carolina League
Jake Skole, Myrtle Beach
(.500/.600/1.000, 6 G, 8-for-16, 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 SB)
It's been a tough season thus far for the 20-year-old Skole, who is hitting .217/.301/.315 in his first 42 games. This week may have marked a turning point for the 15th overall pick in the 2010 Draft, however. Skole went 4-for-4 with his second and third home runs of the season on Friday, adding a double, a walk and four runs. Along with his 3-for-3 outing the night before, the Georgia native reached base in nine consecutive plate appearances.

Florida State League
Gabe Jacobo, Dunedin
(.429/.452/.821, 7 G, 12-for-28, 5 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 5 K)
Jacobo's presence in the FSL may not be entirely fair -- he spent last season in the Double-A Texas League -- but he won't be there long at this rate. The first baseman, whom the Blue Jays acquired in the Minor League portion of the Rule 5 Draft last December, closed out his week with five consecutive multi-hit games. Jacobo doubled in each of those contests and has reached base in all 22 of his games with Dunedin this season. Had he the at-bats to qualify, the 25-year-old would rank fourth in the league in hitting.

Midwest League
Kyle Waldrop, Dayton
(.526/.571/.842, 5 G, 10-for-19, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 SB, 1 CS)
Waldrop, not to be confused with the other Kyle Waldrop, had at least two hits in four of his five games this week and smacked his first two homers of the season. Unfortunately for Dayton, Waldrop's outburst was not enough to help the Dragons avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of first-place Lansing. The 21-year-old outfielder ranks second on the Dayton club in on-base percentage, runs scored and RBIs.

South Atlantic League
Rougned Odor, Hickory
(.364/.500/.727, 7 G, 8-for-22, 5 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 7 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 SB, 1 CS)
Previously best known for his 2011 Moniker Madness semifinal performance, Odor made a name for himself with his bat this week. The 18-year-old shortstop doubled in each of his final five games and leads the Crawdads with a .488 slugging percentage despite his 5-foot-11, 170-pound frame. With a .313/.383/.506 line in 22 May games, the Venezuelan native is (of course) enjoying the sweet smell of success.

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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