Offensive Players of the Week

For the week ending May 25

Jon Griffin had hit only four homers this season before going deep six times for Mobile last week. (Mobile BayBears)

By Sam Dykstra / | May 27, 2014 4:00 PM ET

Here's a look at the top offensive performers in each league for the week ending May 25:

International League
Francisco Peguero, Norfolk
(.458/.500/.583, 6 G, 11-for-24, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 11 R, 0 BB, 4 K)
After a wrist injury kept him from making his Orioles organization debut until May 9, Peguero has been making up for lost time ever since. Of his six games played last week, four were multi-hit efforts including a pair of three-hit days on Wednesday and Sunday. After Sunday, he owned a .359/.408/.422 slash line with four doubles and nine RBIs through 15 games with the Tides.
Peguero grabs lead in 12th

Pacific Coast League
Javier Baez, Iowa
(.400/.419/.900, 7 G, 12-for-30, 6 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 1 BB, 8 K)
The Cubs' top prospect's tribulations -- he was batting .162 entering last week -- were becoming a slight worry across the prospect landscape. No longer. Baez's 12 hits in seven games last week matched his total from his previous 19 contests. What's more, the power also seems to be back as nine of his 17 extra-base hits came last week. And if you think it was a one-week thing, think again. Baez went 3-for-4 with two doubles Monday in a Memorial Day matinee. Breathe easy, Cubs fans.
Baez hits grand slam

Eastern League
Daniel Ortiz, New Britain
(.480/.500/.960, 6 G, 12-for-25, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 CS, 1 HBP)
No one wants to repeat a level. Moreover, no one wants to repeat a level, only to struggle again. That was the case for Ortiz, however, when he batted .227 with a .527 OPS in 20 games last month. But with the changing of the calendar has come a transformation in his performance. After going 12-for-25, he's batting .357 with four homers, 17 RBIs and a 1.003 OPS in 22 May games.
Ortiz's three-hit game

Southern League
Jon Griffin, Mobile
(.391/.517/1.174, 6 G, 9-for-23, 6 HR, 10 RBI, 7 R, 5 BB, 4 K)
Griffin had this wrapped up by Thursday. The BayBears first baseman/DH famously homered four times Wednesday, becoming the first player since fellow Player of the Week Javier Baez to achieve the feat in the Minors, and then went deep again in his first at-bat the following day, giving him long balls in five consecutive plate appearances. With 10 homers in 45 games this season, Griffin has already matched his 2013 total, which came in 103 contests between Mobile and Class A Advanced Visalia, and sits second in the Southern League in the category, trailing only Cubs phenom Kris Bryant, who has 14.
Griffin hits five in a row

Texas League
Yeison Asencio, San Antonio
(.500/.500/.833, 6 G, 12-for-24, 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 CS)
Having never hit more than eight homers in a single season since joining the Padres organization in 2009, Asencio hasn't exactly developed a reputation as a power hitter. But he certainly played the part Friday, going 5-for-6 with a pair of homers and five RBIs against Northwest Arkansas. He owns a .247/.274/.354 line with three homers and 12 RBIs in 48 games on the season. "He was able to stay back tonight," Missions hitting coach Francisco Morales told on Friday. "He's been working his butt off, trying to get his timing and trying to stay back, especially on breaking balls and off-speed pitches. The San Diego Padres organization, we believe in him and we believe in his tools. He finally put it together tonight. It was fun to watch."
Asencio homers again

California League
Corey Seager, Rancho Cucamonga
(.552/.567/.931, 7 G, 16-for-29, 5 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 0 BB, 3 K)
California League pitchers are used to crying "Uncle," but they're doing it even more so when Seager steps to the plate. From May 18-23,'s No. 28 overall prospect collected six straight multi-hit games, including a four-hit showing on Thursday, driving in nine runs in that span. He also doubled in five straight games from Tuesday to Saturday last week and now leads the Minor Leagues with 20 two-baggers this season. Through 43 games, he leads the California League with a .361 average and 1.003 OPS.

Carolina League
Hunter Dozier, Wilmington
(.550/.621/.750, 7 G, 11-for-20, 4 2B, 4 RBI, 8 R, 6 BB, 4 K, 1 CS)
Dozier is starting to look like the player the Royals were expecting when they took him eighth overall in the Draft last year. The 22-year-old third baseman had five multi-hit games last week, including three in a row to end it. What's more, he's continuing to show good command of the strike zone with six walks compared to four strikeouts during the week. Though he's only batting .263 on the season, Dozier does have an impressive .383 OBP through 48 games. "Early in the season, everyone wants to start well and get the ball rolling," he said. "I put a little too much pressure on myself to perform and was a little too aggressive at the plate trying to make that happen," Dozier told on May 6. "I've moved on from that now, and these past couple of series, I'm starting to feel more comfortable up there."

Florida State League
Dante Bichette Jr., Tampa
(.357/.406/.714, 8 G, 10-for-28, 1 2B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, 3 K)
Bichette had been a Yankees top-10 prospect, but two consecutive subpar seasons at Class A Charleston in 2012 and 2013 put him outside the organization's top-20 list. This season has been a different story though as Bichette has thrived despite playing in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. His best game last came Friday when he went 3-for-5, missed the cycle by only a triple and drove in five runs. The 21-year-old third baseman owns a .291/.380/.471 slash line with six homers and 30 RBIs this season.

Midwest League
Andrew Velazquez, South Bend
(.370/.419/.889, 6 G, 10-for-27, 3 2B, 4 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 SB)
Call him Mr. Triple. The Bronx native tripled twice last Monday and added two more three-baggers over the course of the week for the Silver Hawks. As of this Monday, he led all Minors Leaguers with 10 triples on the season; Myrtle Beach's Chris Garcia is the next closest with eight. Entering Tuesday, the 19-year-old switch hitter owned an 18-game hitting streak and 31-game on-base streak -- both of which are the longest in the Midwest League this season.
Velazquez legs out triple

South Atlantic League
Ryan Cordell, Hickory
(.591/.609/1.136, 5 G, 13-for-22, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 11 R, 1 BB, 2 K)
Cordell first joined the Crawdads on May 3, and he's been their best hitter ever since. All 13 of his hits last week came in only four different games -- three of which were three-hit affairs, the other a four-hit night. The Rangers' 11th-rounder from last year has put up a .369/.408/.662 line with four doubles, three triples and three homers in his first 17 Class A games.

Sam Dykstra 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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