Offensive Players of the Week

For the week ending Aug. 5

(George Tuley)

By John Parker / | August 6, 2012 1:34 PM

International League
Chris Parmelee, Rochester
(.517/.563/1.138, 6 G, 15-for-29, 3 2B, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB, 5 K)
Parmelee has played in 40 big league games and 40 Minor League games this season. Though his MLB numbers haven't been great, the 24-year-old first baseman has dominated the International League in limited action -- he's hitting .367/.480/.687 with 12 homers, 34 RBIs and 30 runs scored. He's also notched more walks (31) than strikeouts (25). This week he merely rattled off four three-hit games and homered five times as the Red Wings extended their season-best winning streak to seven games.

Pacific Coast League
Tony Abreu, Omaha
(.458/.480/.917, 6 G, 11-for-24, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 6 R, 1 BB, 3 K)
The Storm Chasers shortstop has thrived all season, hitting .322 and driving in 73 runs, fifth-most in the league. It doesn't hurt that he hits in front of Wil Myers, who leads the Minors with 33 homers. This week he did a lot of base-clearing before Myers had a chance, driving in 12 runs over a four-game stretch between Monday and Thursday. The 27-year-old Abreu had multiple hits in five of his six outings and drew a rare walk -- just his 14th in 103 games -- on Friday. Abreu is hitting .375 with 23 RBIs in 22 games since the Triple-A All-Star Game.

Eastern League
Manny Machado, Bowie
(.476/.476/.810, 5 G, 10-for-21, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 SB)
After hitting just .218 in July, Machado seems ready to finish out the season in style.'s No. 3 prospect has 12 hits during a six-game hitting streak and more than made up for a pair of errors against Trenton on Saturday night by delivering the Baysox's first cycle in just over four years. The Orioles' shortstop of the future, who turned 20 last month, has the potential to produce highlight-reel feats any time he plays.

Southern League
Justin Bour, Tennessee
(.409/.536/.864, 8 G, 9-for-22, 1 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 7 R, 6 BB, 7 K, 1 SB)
With three of his team-high 14 homers coming this week, Bour has been all about production this season. The Smokies first baseman leads the Southern League in RBIs with 92, ranks second in hits (123) and doubles (30) and is third in batting average with a .304 mark. Of the 476 runs Tennessee has scored this season, Bour has driven in or scored 127 of them himself -- no other Smokies hitter has more than 40 RBIs. The 24-year-old homered twice and drove in six of Tennessee's 17 runs in three games at Jackson over the weekend.

Texas League
Marc Krauss, Corpus Christi
(.423/.500/1.077, 6 G, 11-for-26, 2 2B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 10 R, 4 BB, 4 K)
As scores of players and prospects changed teams at the trade deadline last week, general managers were telling themselves that a change of scenery can make all the difference for a player. One who proved them right was Krauss, who slugged five home runs in his first five games with Corpus Christi after the Astros acquired him from the Diamondbacks. Krauss was certainly no slouch at Mobile, where he hit .283/.416/.509 with 15 homers in 104 games, but the 24-year-old first baseman has been overwhelming in his new Texas League surroundings.

California League
Randal Grichuk, Inland Empire
(.556/.556/1.111, 6 G, 15-for-27, 4 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 9 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 4 SB)
Taken 24th overall in the 2009 Draft -- one pick ahead of fellow Angel Mike Trout -- Grichuk's pro career thus far has been solid, if not as remarkable as Trout's. Grichuk, who turns 21 next week, is hitting .346 with eight home runs in 39 games since the Cal League All-Star break and has been successful on 16 of 18 stolen base attempts this season. The Texas native racked up the hits this week, with eight of 15 going for extra bases, and torched host Rancho Cucamonga by going 9-for-15 with three homers and seven RBIs in a three-game set.

Carolina League
Xander Bogaerts, Salem
(.542/.607/.792, 6 G, 13-for-24, 6 2B, 4 RBI, 6 R, 4 BB, 1 SB, 1 CS)
Just 19 years old, Bogaerts has been one of the best hitters in the Carolina League all season -- he ranks seventh in hitting, sixth in on-base percentage, fifth in home runs and fourth in RBIs. As the calendar turned to August, the Aruban-born shortstop stepped it up a notch, delivering five consecutive multi-hit games highlighted by a 4-for-4 performance against Wilmington on Saturday night. Bogaerts also did not strike out in any of his 24 at-bats this week -- impressive indeed for a player with 84 Ks in 103 games this season.

Florida State League
Richard Lucas, St. Lucie
(.435/.480/.783, 6 G, 10-for-23, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 8 K, 3 SB)
A fourth-round pick in 2007, Lucas is back in St. Lucie, where he played in 2010, after spending last season with Brooklyn in the New York-Penn League. He was an organizational All-Star with the Cyclones in 2011. This week the 23-year-old clubbed two of his eight homers on the year and closed out the stretch by going 6-for-9 against Fort Myers over the weekend, missing the cycle by a triple on Sunday.

Midwest League
Roidany Aguila, South Bend
(.471/.500/1.176, 5 G, 8-for-17, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 1 BB, 0 K)
Aguila has not had a good year at the plate and owns a .229/.276/.349 line, but the 21-year-old Cuban backstop did significant damage this week, which the Silver Hawks finished by winning four straight. Aguila has hits in each of his last eight contests and has gone deep in each of his last three, giving him six homers for the season. He missed the cycle by a triple against Fort Wayne on Thursday but did collect the second three-bagger of his career at Lake County on Sunday.

South Atlantic League
Robby Hefflinger, Rome
(.379/.438/.828, 7 G, 11-for-29, 4 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 8 K)
2012 has been a tale of two seasons for both Hefflinger and the R-Braves. After hitting .228 over 37 games at Class A Advanced Lynchburg to start the season, Hefflinger rejoined Rome at the end of May and batted .227 in his first 19 games. Since the All-Star break, however, the 22-year-old outfielder is hitting .295 with seven homers and 32 RBIs in 42 games even as the R-Braves, who were one of the worst teams in the Minors in the first half at 18-52, have gone 29-15 -- best in the Sally League. Hefflinger plated 10 runs and clubbed three homers over a four-game stretch this week as Rome won a franchise-best 12 consecutive games before falling to Kannapolis on Sunday.

New York-Penn League
Lucas Herbst, Aberdeen
(.423/.448/.692, 6 G, 11-for-26, 3 2B, 2 3B, 6 RBI, 4 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 CS)
The hits came in bunches this week for Herbst, the Orioles' 26th-round pick in the June Draft -- he began the week with 17 in his first 20 games and collected 11 in his next six. The Santa Clara product, who is tied for second in the league with four triples despite limited playing time, also has six RBIs in his last five outings. Though the 21-year-old lefty doesn't strike out a great deal -- just 16 times in 26 games -- he's drawn just one walk in 95 professional at-bats.

Northwest League
Joe Maloney, Spokane
(.417/.500/.792, 6 G, 10-for-24, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB, 6 K)
A 10th-round pick in 2011, Maloney got off to a slow start for the Indians this summer, hitting .188 in June. He's batted .318 since, however, and had his finest stretch as a pro this week. The 22-year-old catcher had his first three-hit game as a pro at Boise on Wednesday, then homered on both Thursday and Friday. Maloney has also thrown out 31 percent of base-stealing attempts while backstopping the Indians.

Appalachian League
Bubba Starling, Burlington
(.320/.393/.760, 6 G, 8-for-25, 2 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 SB)
The Royals made Starling the fifth overall pick in last year's Draft, but the outfielder, who turned 20 on Friday, did not make his pro debut until June 28. After homering twice and driving in six runs in his fourth pro game, Starling has been a stalwart for the first-place B-Royals. He went deep three times this week, giving him seven for the season -- tied for fifth in the Appy League -- and has stolen six bases without being caught. The Royals' top prospect despite trailing Omaha's Wil Myers by 26 home runs, Starling appears to have all the tools necessary to succeed.

Pioneer League
Julian Yan, Grand Junction
(.323/.400/.968, 7 G, 10-for-31, 2 2B, 6 HR, 14 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB, 8 K)
Yan has been a lonely bright spot recently for Grand Junction, which is 2-6 in the second half of the Pioneer League campaign. None of the team's struggles can be pinned on the 20-year-old outfielder, who homered six times and drove in 14 runs as the Rockies lost five of seven contests this week. The outburst put him atop the league's home run leaders, with 10 on the season, and gave him 36 RBIs in 39 games, good for fifth on the circuit.

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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