Offensive Players of the Week

For the week ending June 1

Twelve of Kris Bryant's 18 home runs this season came last month. (Walter Barnard/

By Sam Dykstra / | June 2, 2014 4:15 PM ET

Here's a look at the top offensive performers in each league for the week ending June 1:

International League
Jose Pirela, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
(.406/.457/.563, 6 G, 13-for-32, 3 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 6 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB, 1 CS)
Now in his eighth season in the Yankees system, Pirela appears to be saving his best for the Minors' highest level. The 24-year-old second baseman went 5-for-6 with two doubles, a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored Sunday to finish off his first professional award-winning week. He sits sixth in the International League with a .316 average this season and has also put up an .800 OPS, three homers and 19 RBIs in 48 games with the RailRiders. His highest average for a season entering 2014 was the .295 he put up with Class A Charleston in 2009.
Pirela doubles in two

Pacific Coast League
Stephen Vogt, Sacramento
(.440/.517/.840, 6 G, 11-for-25, 4 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 4 BB, 3 K)
This award became superfluous Sunday when the A's announced they had promoted a deserving Vogt to the Majors after his big week with the River Cats. The 2013 PCL All-Star collected multiple hits in four of his six games and tacked on six extra-base knocks in those contests. Since returning from the DL (oblique strain) on May 11, Vogt batted .397 with three homers, two triples, six doubles and 16 RBIs in 16 games. This will be his second straight season in the Majors with the A's after playing in 47 games for the club last year.
Vogt lifts three-run homer

Eastern League
Robert Refsnyder, Trenton
(.500/.533/.964, 7 G, 14-for-28, 6 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 CS)
Only three leagues in and the Yankees already have two second basemen among this week's winners. Refsnyder was as steady as they come at the plate last week, collecting a hit in each of his seven games and at least two in six of the seven contests. With those hits also came an uptick in power as 10 of his 14 hits on the week went for extra bases. The 23-year-old already has five triples this season, surpassing last year's total of three between Charleston and Class A Advanced Tampa, and five home runs, which sits one shy of his 2013 total of six. Refsnyder owns an impressive .320/.367/.522 line in his first season at Double-A.
Refsnyder slugs solo homer

Southern League
Kris Bryant, Tennessee
(.478/.625/1.217, 7 G, 11-for-23, 2 2B, 5 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 9 BB, 6 K, 1 SB, 2 CS)
Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the Cubs taking Bryant with the second overall pick in the Draft, and the North Siders couldn't be happier with how everything has shaken out so far. The 22-year-old third baseman's five homers last week -- each of which came in a different game -- pushed his season total to 18. That number is seven clear of his closest competition in the Southern Leage (Jon Griffin, Mobile) and third-most in the Minors behind Joey Gallo (21) and Peter O'Brien (20). "That's the best thing in baseball, I think. When you're a little kid growing up, you want to hit home runs. I still get that kid feeling in me every time I run the bases," he told on Wednesday. If that wasn't enough, Bryant also stands as the league leader in the traditional Triple Crown (.348, 18 homers, 49 RBIs) and the slash line Triple Crown (.348/.452/.692). A move to the Pacific Coast League or even the Majors might not be far behind. In fact, Southern League pitchers might be drafting a petition for just that purpose.
Bryant belts two-run shot

Texas League
Jacob Wilson, Springfield
(.480/.536/.920, 7 G, 12-for-25, 5 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 SB)
After being promoted to Double-A ball in early May, Wilson hasn't had much difficulty acclimating to the Texas League, but he took it to another level last week. Four of his six multi-hit performances came last week, including Friday when he went 2-for-3 with a homer, a double and a season-high four RBIs. The 23-year-old second baseman has a .338/.405/.581 line in 21 games and would lead the Texas League with his .986 OPS had he accrued enough at-bats to qualify.
Wilson hits grand slam

California League
D.J. Peterson, High Desert
(.467/.515/.867, 7 G, 14-for-30, 6 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 3 BB, 8 K)
Following some early trials in his first full season, the 12th overall pick from last year's Draft is certainly coming into his own with the Mavericks. Peterson finished last week with five straight multi-hit games. That run bumped his average to .305, its highest level since April 15. The power that was expected to come from the right-handed slugger is also coming back with five of his 10 homers on the season coming in his last 10 contests.

Carolina League
Adrian Marin, Frederick
(.429/.478/.905, 6 G, 9-for-21, 7 2B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 CS)
The Orioles' No. 9 prospect hasn't developed a big reputation at the plate since being taken in the third round back in 2012, but he's certainly showing some signs of life there now. In a four-game stretch from Monday to Friday, he went 7-for-15 with six doubles and nine RBIs, despite an 0-for-4 game on Wednesday. He finished May with a .289 average and .749 OPS after putting up .211 and .515 numbers the previous month.

Florida State League
Marcus Knecht, Dunedin
(.524/.583/.762, 5 G, 11-for-21, 3 2B, 1 3B, 8 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 CS)
Now in the midst of his third straight season in the Florida State League, Knecht is starting to look like a player ready to break away from the Class A Advanced circuit at last. The Toronto native started the week going 7-for-9 with two doubles, a triple and five RBIs across a pair of contests with Charlotte on Tuesday and Wednesday. In his last 10 games, the right-handed outfielder is batting .462 with five doubles, two triples and 11 RBIs. He owns a .270/.345/.399 slash line through 40 games this season -- numbers that were hurt by a .181/.291/.264 month of April.

Midwest League
Ronnie Mitchell, Quad Cities
(.409/.440/1.000, 6 G, 9-for-22, 1 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 SB)
While George Springer was going through his own homer-filled streak in the Majors, a much less-heralded Astros outfielder was completing one of his own. Mitchell, Houston's 38th-round pick last June, homered in four straight games for the River Bandits from Tuesday to Friday. Despite playing in only 28 games this season, Mitchell is in a five-way tie for seventh in the Midwest League in homers with seven this season, five of which have come in his last 10 games.
Mitchell homers in fourth straight game

South Atlantic League
Frank Schwindel, Lexington
(.414/.455/1.138, 7 G, 12-for-29, 3 2B, 6 HR, 16 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB, 3 K)
A 2013 18th-round pick out of St. John's, Schwindel has played the roles of catcher and first baseman for the Legends. Now you can add power slugger to that list. After entering the week with only three home runs to his name, the 21-year-old connected on six long balls during the week -- the most of anyone on this list. He also doubled his RBI total to 32 in the seven-game span, helped in a big way by his six-RBI day on Wednesday. Schwindel's nine homers on the season are now tied for fourth-most in the South Atlantic League with Rockies No. 3 prospect David Dahl.
Schwindel hits second homer of day

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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