Russ Canzler, Columbus
(.381/.444/.857, 7 G, 8-for-21, 1 2B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 4 R, 4 BB, 4 K, 2 CS)
The 26-year-old Canzler was the International League's Most Valuable Player
last season, hitting .314 with 18 homers and 83 RBIs for Durham. He's been less productive in his first 65 games in the Indians organization, but came up big for the Clippers this week, driving in 13 runs -- he'd had just 17 in his first 58 contests -- and belting three of his six homers on the season. Canzler went 7-for-16 with three longballs and 12 RBIs as the Clippers took three of five games at Gwinnett.
Columbus' Canzler smacks a grand slam
Pacific Coast League
Mike Wilson, Tacoma
(.500/.571/1.083, 6 G, 12-for-24, 2 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB, 3 K)
A second-round pick in 2001, Wilson is now in his 11th season in the Mariners organization. He slugged a solo homer for the Rainiers on Opening Day, but played in just three April games before a shoulder injury sidelined him for six weeks. After returning in late May, Wilson shook off any remaining rust this week, going 8-for-12 with four homers and seven RBIs in three games from Wednesday to Friday. With Wilson back on form -- he hit 41 homers for the Rainiers the last two seasons -- Tacoma may be ready to emerge from the PCL Pacific Northern basement.
Rainiers' Wilson slugs a solo homer
Zoilo Almonte, Trenton
(.455/.500/.682, 6 G, 10-for-22, 2 2B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 8 K, 4 SB)
The Yankees' No. 15 prospect, Almonte had multiple hits in four of his six games this week and drove in three runs three different times. The 23-year-old switch-hitter has done most of his damage against right-handed pitching, against which he is batting .323/.365/.469, while posting a .174/.204/.283 line against southpaws. Though Almonte still has more strikeouts than hits on the season (and has drawn just eight walks in 36 games), the center fielder's big week helped the Thunder win four of six road games this week and maintain a tie with Reading atop the Eastern Division.
Trenton's Almonte hits a two-run shot
Top prospects: Zoilo Almonte
Joseph Dunigan, Jacksonville
(.320/.370/.800, 6 G, 8-for-25, 3 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 13 K, 1 SB, 1 CS)
Dunigan kicked off his week with two hits -- including a two-run blast -- on Monday as Jackson clinched the first-half title in the North Division. As the Generals cruised to the end of the first-half slate on Sunday, Dunigan collected hits in each of his next five games, adding three RBIs against Chattanooga on Wednesday and solo homers, his 11th and 12th of the season, on Thursday and Saturday. The 26-year-old slugger is third in the league in both home runs and slugging percentage.
Generals' Dunigan hits two-run homer
Jair Fernandez, Corpus Christi
(.524/.565/.810, 6 G, 11-for-21, 3 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R, 1 BB, 3 K)
Fernandez has played sparingly for the Hooks this season, and his performance at the plate hardly provided an argument for an increase -- until this week, during which he got regular playing time and raised his batting average 100 points to .270. The 25-year-old backstop, who also saw time at third base, collected two hits in each of his first three games and closed out the week by going 3-for-6 with a homer and three RBIs on Sunday. That longball, his second of the season, was one of three the Hooks hit in the 11th inning of their 14-5 win over first-half champion Frisco -- though to be fair, the nine runs came off outfielder Val Majewski and shortstop Guilder Rodriguez.
Miles Head, Stockton
(.500/.533/1.250, 7 G, 14-for-28, 3 2B, 0 3B, 6 HR, 11 RBI, 8 R, 2 BB, 7 K)
Part of the deal that sent Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney to Boston in December, Head has wreaked havoc in the California League, which he leads in hits, homers, average, slugging and on-base percentage while ranking second in RBIs. After hitting 22 longballs in the South Atlantic and Carolina Leagues last season, the 21-year-old first baseman already has 18 this year -- with six of them coming this week as Head laid waste to the Bakersfield and Visalia pitching staffs. He went 7-for-7 with a pair of homers on Monday and Tuesday, cooled down slightly in the middle of the week, then went 5-for-9 with three longballs and a double on Friday and Saturday.
Stockton's Head goes yard against the Giants
Top prospects: Miles Head
Brady Shoemaker, Winston-Salem
(.526/.630/.895, 6 G, 10-for-19, 4 2B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 5 R, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 SB)
The 25-year-old Shoemaker leads the Carolina League in RBIs and is among the top three in hitting, homers, slugging and on-base percentage. His biggest contributions to the Dash's season may have come on Saturday night as the club clinched the first-half title in the North Division behind Shoemaker's three hits and three RBIs. Shoemaker, who will represent the circuit in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game, had kicked off the week with six RBIs against Potomac on Monday and ultimately plated 13 over six games as Winston-Salem won six of seven to hold off the surging Salem Red Sox.
Florida State League
Anthony Hewitt, Clearwater
(.375/.444/1.000, 4 G, 6-for-16, 1 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 SB)
Hewitt's first Class A Advanced season has featured long stretches of scuffling punctuated by outbursts of prodigious hitting. The 23-year-old, whom the Phillies took with the 24th overall pick in the 2008 Draft, was hitting .161 through May 4 before going 11-for-16 in his next four games to lift his average 108 points. Hewitt was just 5-for-33 (.151) in June before going 5-for-8 with three homers and eight RBIs in two games against Tampa on Wednesday and Thursday. Unfortunately for the Phillies' No. 19 prospect, his surge was interrupted by the FSL All-Star break -- he and the Threshers will be back at it Monday.
Top prospects: Anthony Hewitt
Bobby Crocker, Burlington
(.391/.548/.870, 7 G, 9-for-23, 2 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 7 R, 7 BB, 5 K, 1 CS)
Crocker's bat seems to have warmed up along with the weather -- the 22-year-old outfielder had more home runs this week than he'd had in his first 41 games. After homering on both Monday and Tuesday, Cedar Rapids decided to avoid the California native, walking him five times in his next two outings. Beloit apparently didn't get the message, as Crocker went 5-for-11 with another longball and five RBIs in three games over the weekend as Burlington closed out the first half of the season with a pair of road victories.
South Atlantic League
Gary Sanchez, Charleston
(.500/.550/1.000, 5 G, 9-for-18, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 5 K)
Sanchez earned Sally League honors for the second time in three weeks and fourth time in his career with four multi-hit games and three longballs in just five outings this week. MLB.com's No. 44 prospect led all vote-getters for the circuit's All-Star Game, which takes place on his home field Tuesday evening. Sanchez headed into the break by torching first-half Northern Division champs Greensboro for seven hits -- two of them homers -- in his last three games.
Top prospects: Gary Sanchez