Offensive Players of the Week

For the week ending Aug. 12

(Shari Sommerfeld/

By John Parker / | August 13, 2012 1:30 PM ET

International League
Blake Davis, Norfolk
(.565/.630/.696, 6 G, 13-for-23, 1 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 SB)
After going 0-for-8 in three home games against Columbus last weekend, Davis hit the road with the Tides and hit the base paths in Gwinnett and Charlotte. The 28-year-old second basemen reached base at least twice in all six of his games this week, capped by a four-hit, three run performance in the Tides' 12-7 win at Charlotte on Friday night. Following a rough start to the season -- he hit .181 in April and May -- Davis is batting .337 since the All-Star break.

Pacific Coast League
Mitch Maier, Omaha
(.389/.455/1.056, 5 G, 7-for-18, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, 0 K)
Maier has struggled at the Major League level this year, hitting .172 in 32 games with the Royals, but the 30-year-old outfielder lit up the PCL this week, driving in 10 runs in five contests. Five of his seven hits went for extra bases, with three of them leaving the yard. The Storm Chasers closed out the week with three wins at Tucson and with Maier contributing two of Omaha's 33 hits in a 20-3 obliteration of the Padres on Sunday.

Eastern League
Oswaldo Arcia, New Britain
(.455/.533/.955, 7 G, 10-for-22, 5 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 4 R, 6 BB, 4 K)
After being named the Eastern League's Player of the Month for July, Arcia has yet to cool off in August. The 21-year-old outfielder had hits in each of his seven games this week, doubled in five of them, and twice plated four runs. Since joining the Rock Cats on June 19, Arcia has hit .330/.406/.553 with seven homers and 47 RBIs in 49 games. He ranks third in the Twins organization in batting, fourth in RBIs and fifth in longballs.

Southern League
Brahiam Maldonado, Chattanooga
(.500/.524/.900, 6 G, 10-for-20, 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB)
Maldonado began the season with Mississippi, but went a brutal 3-for-32 in 10 games before being released on April 18. A month later the 26-year-old outfielder resurfaced in Chattanooga, where he's been a reliable contributor for the Lookouts, hitting .297/.358/.506 in 55 games. After starting the month in an 0-for-10 slump, Maldonado has hits in each of his last seven games and added a pair of solo homers, his fifth and sixth of the year.

Texas League
Xavier Scruggs, Springfield
(.429/.538/.857, 6 G, 9-for-21, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 6 R, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 SB)
Scruggs kicked off the week in style, going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs against Tulsa on Monday. The 24-year-old first baseman notched his first triple of the season and plated four more runs at San Antonio on Thursday before collecting an extra-base hit in each of his three games over the weekend. Scruggs ranks sixth in the Texas League in home runs and fourth in RBIs, just behind teammate Oscar Taveras in both categories.

California League
Leon Landry, High Desert
(.560/.593/.960, 6 G, 14-for-25, 6 2B, 2 3B, 8 RBI, 9 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB)
It's been a busy few weeks for Landry, who leads the Minors with 18 triples this season. He was the Cal League's top player in the last week of July while playing for Rancho Cucamonga, then was traded by the Dodgers (who took him in the third round of the 2010 Draft) to Seattle for Brandon League at the deadline. The speedster cycled in his third game for High Desert on Aug. 3 and has yet to slow down. The 22-year-old Landry has multiple hits in seven of his last nine games, has doubled and scored in each of his last five, and fell short of another cycle by a home run on both Friday and Sunday. In 11 games with the Mavericks, Landry is hitting .490/.519/.878.

Carolina League
Giovanny Urshela, Carolina
(.520/.520/1.080, 6 G, 13-for-25, 5 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 0 BB, 2 K)
Following a slow start to the season, Urshela has warmed up in the second half, hitting .303 with eight of his 10 homers and 32 of his 52 RBIs coming since the All-Star break. The 20-year-old Colombian native went 7-for-12 with two homers, four doubles and four RBIs in the Mudcats' three-game set at Salem this week. Though Urshela is hitting the ball well -- his .279 batting average is at its highest since the second game of the season -- he owns just a .311 on-base percentage. After drawing a walk in each of his first three games in April, Urshela has walked just 11 times in his last 91 contests, with none in his last 12.

Florida State League
Kyle Roller, Tampa
(.375/.444/1.188, 4 G, 6-for-16, 2 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R, 1 BB, 4 K)
Roller only played in four games this week, but he managed to pack a lot of punch into his 16 at-bats. The 24-year-old first baseman went 5-for-12 with three homers, two triples and eight RBIs during a three-game sweep of host Clearwater -- Roller drove in or scored 12 of the Yankees' 25 runs in the series -- and now ranks second in the league in both homers (with 18) and RBIs (78). With Roller hitting .303/.386/.588 since the All-Star break, Tampa owns a narrow one-game lead in the second-half North Division race.

Midwest League
Zeke DeVoss, Peoria
(.448/.529/.724, 7 G, 13-for-29, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 10 R, 3 BB, 8 K, 5 SB, 1 CS)
DeVoss doesn't have fabulous hitting numbers -- his batting average is .246 -- but he leads the Midwest League with 79 runs scored, thanks in part to his 70 walks (second in the league) and 34 stolen bases (sixth). This week, those numbers and all the rest were great, highlighted by a 4-for-4 performance against Clinton on Tuesday in which DeVoss tripled, doubled twice and scored four times in the Chiefs' 5-3 win. After batting just .207 (but with a .386 OBP!) in July, the 22-year-old second baseman is hitting .354 in 12 August games.

South Atlantic League
Shawn Payne, Augusta
(.409/.500/.682, 5 G, 9-for-22, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 5 SB)
A 35th-round pick out of Georgia Southern in 2011, Payne has hit, run and scored in his 154 pro games at a caliber sure to gain notice. In 97 games this season, the 23-year-old has a .416 on-base percentage (fourth-best in the league) and ranks second on the circuit with 45 stolen bases while being caught just twice. After going 1-for-4 against Charleston on Monday, Payne had two hits in each of four games at Delmarva, driving in six and scoring five. Though he has less power than one might like in a corner outfielder -- he hit his fifth homer of the year on Friday -- everything else in Payne's game impresses.

New York-Penn League
Preston Tucker, Tri-City
(.400/.429/.920, 6 G, 10-for-25, 1 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 7 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 CS)
Tucker may not get the publicity his college teammate Mike Zunino (see below) does, but the outfielder has been almost as good in his first pro season. The seventh-round pick's week was highlighted by a two-homer, six-RBI performance at Staten Island on Friday, along with two other blasts in six games. Apart from the power, Tucker boasts an advanced approach at the plate -- he's fanned just four times in 29 at-bats over his 21 games. Putting the ball in play is a good way to rack up nearly an RBI per game (he has 20).

Northwest League
Mike Zunino, Everett
(.500/.611/.929, 7 G, 14-for-28, 3 2B, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 7 R, 8 BB, 7 K, 1 SB)
Zunino didn't join the AquaSox until July 14, but in just 29 games he's turned the Northwest League MVP race into a blowout. The third overall pick in June has 21 RBIs in his last nine games and reeled off five straight multi-hit efforts this week. On Saturday night the 21-year-old backstop went 4-for-5 with a homer, double and four RBIs in Everett's 6-5 win at Spokane. It was the second time this week that Zunino missed the cycle by a triple, after going 3-for-4 with five RBIs against Boise on Tuesday. Despite the late start -- he still lacks the at-bats to qualify for the batting title, a race he would lead by 40 points -- Zunino leads the league in home runs and ranks fifth in RBIs.

Appalachian League
Adam Walker, Elizabethton
(.346/.393/.731, 7 G, 9-for-26, 1 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R, 2 BB, 9 K, 1 SB)
Though the Twins' third-round pick in June has struggled to maintain his consistency, there's no doubting Walker's ability to impress. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound outfielder is tied for the Appy League lead in both home runs and strikeouts and is just three off the pace with 38 RBIs in 45 games. Walker was up and down this week too, although the ups predominated. He blasted three solo homers in two games at Johnson City on Wednesday and Thursday, went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts on Saturday, and bounced back with three hits on Sunday.

Pioneer League
Nick DelGuidice, Idaho Falls
(.474/.545/.789, 5 G, 9-for-19, 4 2B, 1 3B, 6 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, 2 K)
A non-drafted free agent who became the AZL Royals' player of the year in 2011, DelGuidice has continued to hit in 29 games with the Chukars this season. After going 2-for-7 on Monday and Tuesday, the 23-year-old shortstop is 7-for-12 with a triple, three doubles, six RBIs and five runs scored in his last three outings. With DelGuidice hitting .386/.462/.614 in the second half, Idaho Falls is one game behind Orem in the South Division.

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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