Here's a look at the top offensive performers in each league for the week ending May 11:
Matt Carson, Columbus
(.550/.609/1.050, 6 G, 11-for-20, 4 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 10 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 SB)
The veteran Carson last won a league Player of the Week award in 2009 as a member of the PCL's Sacramento River Cats. The 33-year-old outfielder is in his second season in the Indians organization and hitting better than ever with a .316/.400/.480 line in his first 31 games. Carson had hits in all six of his games last week and scored twice in each of his first five -- among Triple-A players, only Reno's Didi Gregorius scored more than Carson's 10 runs.
Clippers' Carson hits two-run shot
Pacific Coast League
Nick Evans, Reno
(.483/.500/.793, 7 G, 14-for-29, 6 2B, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 4 K)
Evans is enjoying his first taste of the Pacific Coast League. The 28-year-old slugger has won his share of awards in other leagues, but never has he hit quite like this. After collecting 14 hits (seven of them for extra bases) and driving in 15 runs -- most in the Minors last week -- Evans ranks second in the Minor Leagues with 36 RBIs and third in slugging at .709. With 10 homers on the season, he's more than halfway to eclipsing the 19 he hit all last year with Double-A Mobile. And he's only struck out 18 times for a 13.7 percent rate, well below his career mark of 24.3 percent. Offensive numbers may be inflated in the PCL, but it's tough to look past stats on this scale.
Reno's Evans cranks second homer
Matt Duffy, Richmond
(.556/.594/.815, 7 G, 15-for-27, 4 2B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K, 3 SB, 1 CS)
The jump to Double-A is said to be the hardest for players to handle, but it doesn't seem to have been an issue for the 23-year-old Duffy. The second baseman's power numbers are understandably down in comparison to those from his Cal League stint last summer, but Duffy's batting average and on-base percentage have been higher with Richmond in 2014. Duffy opened the week with a 4-for-5 outing at Harrisburg and wrapped it up by homering, doubling and driving in four runs in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against Erie.
Kris Bryant, Tennessee
(.464/.516/.929, 7 G, 13-for-28, 1 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 12 R, 2 BB, 8 K)
We knew Bryant was supposed to be good -- he was the second pick in the Draft last year, after all -- but the speed with which he is tearing through the Minors is startling nonetheless. The 22-year-old third baseman owns a .331/.437/.624 line in the Southern League after a dominant week that saw him club four homers. No one in the Minors scored more often than Bryant did last week and only one collected more than Bryant's 14 RBIs. Wednesday was a career night for the Cubs prospect as he went deep twice and drove in six runs, but he had four other multi-hit games during the week. Bryant still strikes out in more than 27 percent of his at-bats and has benefitted from a .425 average on balls in play, but those are minor caveats in the face of his excellence.
Kris Bryant hits his 10th home run
Anthony Aliotti, Midland
(.533/.840/1.373, 7 G, 11-for-25, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R, 4 BB, 5 K)
Aliotti is a two-time Texas League Midseason All-Star, so it's no surprise that he might appear in this list -- he was also the circuit's Player of the Week for the second week of May last year. The 26-year-old first baseman has hits in eight straight games and has reached base in each of his last 15 contests. He clubbed his first two homers of the year in back-to-back games Monday and Tuesday. Though Aliotti lacks the power one might want from the first-base or designated-hitter position (.405 career slugging percentage), he knows how to get on and around the bases (.393 career on-base percentage).
Anthony Kemp, Lancaster
(.548/.576/.645, 7 G, 17-for-31, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 9 R, 2 BB, 2 K)
Tony Kemp is not a large man -- he's listed at 5-foot-6 and 165 pounds -- but that hasn't stopped him from becoming an outstanding hitter in the Astros organization. Kemp went 0-for-5 last Monday before going on a hitting spree the rest of the week with 17 hits over six multi-hit games. Kemp leads the Minors with 44 runs scored in 37 games, leads the Cal League with a .372 batting average and .463 on-base percentage, and has nearly as many stolen bases (12) as strikeouts (16). He's not likely to generate much power, although he does have a pair of homers for the JetHawks, but he's doing everything else and making it look easy.
Anthony Gallas, Carolina
(.481/.576/.815, 7 G, 13-for-27, 6 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 7 R, 6 BB, 5 K, 1 SB, 1 CS)
Limited by injuries to just 14 games in 2013, Gallas is back in the Carolina League for a fourth season and may not be there long. The Ohio native, who signed with the Indians as an undrafted free agent in 2010, had a string of four multi-hit games early last week and went 6-for-8 with four doubles in a pair of games at Salem over the weekend. Gallas leads the circuit with 13 two-baggers, ranks second with 69 total bases and is third with a .342 average.
Florida State League
Peter Lavin, Clearwater
(.500/.538/.792, 12-for-24, 1 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 4 SB, 1 CS)
Lavin has produced a power surge in his third season in the FSL -- after going deep six times over 174 games in 2012-13, the 26-year-old outfielder has five homers in his first 31 games this year. Two of the blasts came last week, which Lavin capped by going 7-for-9 against Dunedin in a pair of games Friday and Saturday. A midseason All-Star for the Threshers in 2012, Lavin seems poised to earn the honor again with his hot start in 2014.
Chris McFarland, Wisconsin
(.440/.500/.880, 6 G, 11-for-25, 1 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB, 5 K, 3 SB)
McFarland is another player who is repeating a level with great success. An 18th-round pick in 2011, McFarland hit just .238/.298/.358 in 87 games with the Timber Rattlers last year. This season he's batting .298/.370/.538 and has already doubled last season's home run and stolen base total with six dingers and 14 steals in only 32 games. Two of those homers came against Cedar Rapids during a three-game set this weekend in which the 21-year-old infielder went 7-for-14 with six runs scored.
Chris McFarland homers for the Timber Rattlers
South Atlantic League
Jantzen Witte, Greenville
(.524/.607/.905, 6 G, 11-for-21, 5 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 5 BB, 6 K)
A 24th-round pick out of TCU in 2013, Witte didn't show much in limited action with the GCL Red Sox and Lowell Spinners last summer, batting just .168 in 33 games. The third baseman has truly broken out this year in his first full-season campaign, and after an outstanding week now ranks third in the league with a .371 average. Witte has hits in 11 straight games (including a three-game stretch early last week during which he had three hits per game) and leads the circuit with 30 runs scored and a 1.065 OPS in 32 games.