Offensive Players of the Week

For the week ending Aug. 19

By Andrew Pentis / Special to | August 20, 2012 1:30 PM ET

International League
Cord Phelps, Columbus
(.500/.538/1.000, 6 G, 12-for-24, 3 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 10 R, 2 BB, 0 K)
A third-round draftee in 2008 playing parts of a third straight season with the Clippers, Phelps' week was boosted by an unreal two-game stretch against Durham. On Wednesday and Thursday combined, the 25-year-old switch-hitter went 8-for-9 at the plate with two homers, three doubles and nine RBIs. After the latter standout performance, Phelps told, "It's not really how baseball usually goes."

Pacific Coast League
Ricardo Nanita, Las Vegas
(.414/.438/1.103, 7 G, 12-for-29, 2 2B, 6 HR, 11 RBI, 8 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB)
Most sluggers would gladly take three homers in a week. Nanita collected six -- and three in one game, on Saturday night in Sacramento. The 10-year veteran has had to wait behind younger players but has been getting regular at-bats with the season coming to a close. In 81 games overall for the 51s, he is batting .318 with 11 homers, 16 doubles and 52 RBIs.

Eastern League
Darin Ruf, Reading
(.346/.414/.923, 7 G, 9-for-26, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 4 K)
Ruf had anything but a rough seven-day stretch, book-ending it with home runs: The 26-year-old first baseman hit two against Trenton on Tuesday and one on Sunday at Akron, giving him 30 and at least six more than any other EL batter. Philadelphia's 20th-round pick in 2009 also earned Player of the Week honors in May after going deep in four straight games.

Southern League
Luis Nunez, Chattanooga
(.500/.524/.950, 5 G, 10-for-20, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 0 BB, 1 K)
A veteran of nine Minor League seasons but his first in the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization, Nunez recorded two three-hit games and homered on Saturday and Sunday to wrap his week. And it was a welcomed sight for the Venezuelan infielder, who is batting .257 in 114 games for the Lookouts this season.

Texas League
Tommy Mendonca, Frisco
(.533/.579/1.000, 5 G, 8-for-15, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, 4 K)
Mendonca proved his Texas League aptitude in 2011 and is proving it again in '12 after struggling with the bat at Triple-A Round Rock. The third baseman made a late charge for this slot, going 6-for-9 with six RBIs in three weekend games, including two homers on Sunday. Texas' second-round draftee in 2009 is still batting just .228 thanks to his .208 clip in 63 PCL games. He has hit .315 in his first 15 games back with the RoughRiders.

California League
Joc Pederson, Rancho Cucamonga
(.440/.462/1.080, 6 G, 11-for-25, 4 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 SB, 1 CS)
For a player with base-stealing ability most often slotted second in the lineup, Pederson demonstrated his ability to drive in runs. The left-handed-hitting outfielder collected two or more RBIs in four straight games, Tuesday through Friday. Los Angeles' 11th-round draftee in 2010 has 59 RBIs through 97 games, six fewer than the career-high 65 he accrued last season. He has 15 games remaining to set a new best.

Carolina League
Drew Hedman, Salem
(.364/.444/.818, 6 G, 8-for-22, 3 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 3 K)
Hedman took his his league's honor mostly because of his three-hit, two-triple line on Saturday against Potomac. This after the Boston Red Sox farmhand had a total of three three-baggers in his first three seasons as a pro. He's had a tough season with the bat, hitting .205 in 71 games at two levels, but it appears he's found a recipe for success: When possible, round second.

Florida State League
Lucas Bailey, Charlotte
(.421/.476/.947, 5 G, 8-for-19, 4 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K)
A fourth-round pick playing in his first Class A Advanced season, Bailey broke out on Saturday with a home run, two doubles and a season-high four RBIs. Twenty-one of his 50 hits in 59 games with the Stone Crabs have gone for extra bases.

Midwest League
Miguel Sano, Beloit
(.375/.444/.833, 6 G, 9-for-24, 2 2B, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 8 R, 2 BB, 8 K)
Sano, the Minnesota Twins' top-ranked prospect, has struggled at times keeping his fielding errors down and his batting average up, but one thing you can count on with the the 19-year-old: his power. Sano hit three more homers over this six-game stretch, giving him 26 longballs this season -- the most among his Midwest League peers. In fact, no one else has eclipsed 20. The home run total is just one part of his resurgence at the plate -- he has followed up his .223 May and .216 June with a .276 batting average in July and a .365 mark so far in August.

South Atlantic League
Eric Avila, West Virginia
(.423/.500/1.038, 7 G, 11-for-26, 4 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 SB)
Avila also powered up, going yard in four consecutive games, Thursday through Sunday. As a result, the 22-year-old third baseman has doubled his season total to eight through 40 games for the Power. Oddly enough, he had just four in 116 games with the same club a season ago. He batted .216 that year but is hitting at a .285 clip this time around.

New York-Penn League
Jacob Wilson, Batavia
(.455/.417/1.273, 3 G, 5-for-11, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB)
Three isn't quite four, but three is good, too. Wilson cleared the outfield fence on three straight days, Friday through Sunday, for the Muckdogs. Coincidentally, they represent Wilson's first three homers in 33 games overall. This is the third baseman's first pro season -- the St. Louis Cardinals grabbed him the 10th round of last June's Draft.

Northwest League
Royce Bolinger, Spokane
(.500/.533/.607, 7 G, 14-for-28, 1 2B, 1 3B, 6 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB, 1 K)
Bolinger, the Rangers' sixth-round draftee in 2012, recorded three three-hit games. He also collected all six RBIs over the weekend. The Gonzaga product raised his season slash line to .294/.340/.373.

Appalachian League
Trevor Martin, Johnson City
(.450/.560/1.150, 6 G, 9-for-20, 2 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 8 R, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 SB, 1 CS)
Johnson registered the second three-hit game of his season while going deep in four straight games -- including both ends of a Friday doubleheader. He now has five total homers in 27 games this season for the Class A Short-Season Cardinals.

Pioneer League
Jonathan Walsh, Orem
(.467/.529/.800, 7 G, 14-for-30, 4 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB, 5 K)
Another member of the '12 Draft class -- the Angels plucked him from the 12th round -- Walsh had five multi-hit games, including the first four-hit game of his career on Tuesday against Great Falls. The 21-year-old switch-hitting outfielder is batting .333 and has tallied 25 extra-base hits and 38 RBIs in 48 games for the Owlz.

Andrew Pentis is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter at AndrewMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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