Offensive Players of the Week

For the week ending June 29

Since being drafted fourth overall, Kyle Schwarber has won weekly awards in two different leagues. (Paul R. Gierhart/

By Sam Dykstra / | June 30, 2014 5:26 PM ET

Here's a look at the top offensive performers in each league for the week ending June 29:

International League
Carlos Rivero, Pawtucket
(.429/.484/.571, 7 G, 12-for-28, 2 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 CS)
All the noise coming from Pawtucket this past week concerned the promotion of No. 5 Red Sox prospect Mookie Betts and with good reason. Though there was plenty of hubbub about the promising youngster, Rivero quietly had perhaps the best week of his Minor League career. The 26-year-old infielder, who has split time between shortstop and third base in his first season in the Boston system, had four multiple-hit outings in seven games after having four in his last 14 entering the week. After batting .230 as late as June 16, Rivero has his Triple-A line up to .286/.336/.397 in 35 games with Pawtucket. This is his first Player of the Week honor since originally signing with the Indians back in 2005.
Rivero smacks RBI triple

Pacific Coast League
Arismendy Alcantara, Iowa
(.517/.516/.862, 7 G, 15-for-29, 4 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 8 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 SB)
As if the Iowa offense wasn't already getting more dangerous with the recent additions of Kris Bryant and Manny Ramirez, Alcantara had to go and break out with a big week at the plate. He had at least one hit in all seven games he played and had two or more in seven of those contests, including a game in which he went 4-for-6 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored against Colorado Springs on Friday. The Cubs' No. 6 prospect has never batted higher than .302 and has only put up an OPS of higher than .800 once in his previous five Minor League seasons. Those stats stand at .305 and .892 through 79 games with the I-Cubs.
Alcantara launches very big fly

Eastern League
Sean Coyle, Portland
(.524/.643/1.000, 6 G, 11-for-21, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 7 R, 7 BB, 3 K, 2 SB)
Two years ago, Coyle was consistently ranked among the top 20 prospects in the Red Sox system. But some down numbers at Class A Advanced Salem in 2012 and an injury-riddled 2013 that saw him play only 60 games led to many passing him over in the last two years. His stock is definitely back up though, as he continues to produce in his first season with Double-A Portland. After a big six-game stretch last week, the 22-year-old second baseman, who has gotten more time at the keystone following Betts' departure from Portland earlier this month, has put up a .363/.444/.615 line with nine homers, 38 RBIs and 12 steals in 52 games with the Sea Dogs.
Coyle plates three

Southern League
Cameron Seitzer, Montgomery
(.391/.500/.957, 7 G, 9-for-23, 1 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R, 4 BB, 4 K)
Seitzer hasn't been much of a power hitter in the Minors since being taken by the Rays in the 11th round of the 2011 Draft out of the University of Oklahoma. The 24-year-old first baseman hit only 10 home runs combined between his first two full seasons and had five through 63 games for Montgomery entering last week. Then, he went deep four times, including twice on Friday. After a rough May (.213/.308/.319, two homers), he broke out in a big way in June (.324/.409/.606, six homers) and has looked much more like the patient hitter who put up at least a .380 OBP in each of the last three campaigns.
Seitzer belts two-run shot

Texas League
Lane Adams, Northwest Arkansas
(.429/.458/1.095, 5 G, 9-for-21, 3 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 3 SB)
Adams has made a bigger name for himself on the basepaths this season with 27 steals, third-most in the Texas League behind notable speedsters Billy Burns (40) and Delino DeShields (30), but showed some nice pop last week with three homers, each of which came from Thursday to Sunday. His five RBIs on Sunday against Frisco were by far a season high. The Texas League All-Star outfielder enters the last day of June with a powerful .305/.352/.621 line in the month and with seven of nine homers this season coming in the last 30 days.
Adams goes yard

California League
Renato Nunez, Stockton
(.452/.500/1.065, 7 G, 14-for-31, 4 2B, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 9 R, 1 BB, 6 K)
The A's No. 6 prospect may have had the best week of anyone on this list for a couple reasons. First, he was named to the World Team roster for next month's Futures Game on Tuesday. Then, he backed it up by going deep twice on both Wednesday and Sunday. Despite playing in 57 fewer games, his 16 homers this season already sit only three shy of his 2013 total (19) at Class A Beloit. "All these guys go on runs when they're locked in like this," Stockton manager Ryan Christenson told on Wednesday. "And when they do, it's because they're putting good swings on mistakes. You're going to get those mistakes. You just have to wait to get them. That's what he's been doing, and he's been doing a lot of damage when he does get a mistake."

Carolina League
Jacob May, Winston-Salem
(.533/.563/.800, 7 G, 16-for-30, 4 2B, 2 3B, 4 RBI, 12 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 9 SB) gave the No. 7 White Sox prospect a 75 grade out of 80 for his run tool last offseason, and he showed just how much speed he had to burn last week with nine steals without being caught for the appropriately named Dash. Of course in order to steal that many bases, you have to get on base in droves, and May did that with five multi-hit performances in the week, including a 4-for-5 showing Saturday against Carolina that included a triple, three steals and three runs scored. He sits third in the Carolina League in thefts with 28 in 74 games.
May hits RBI double

Florida State League
Orlando Arcia, Brevard County
(.485/.485/.909, 7 G, 16-for-33, 6 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 8 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 SB)
The 19-year-old shortstop earns higher marks for his glove and arm than his offensive tools, but you wouldn't know that based on his last week alone. He doubled in four straight games to end the week and added his second and third homers of the season on Friday and Saturday for good measure. In terms of the season on the whole, he's proven plenty serviceable at the plate with a .286/.341/.414 line with 20 two-baggers, tied for third-most in the FSL.

Midwest League
Kyle Schwarber, Kane County
(.409/.536/.955, 6 G, 9-for-22, 3 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 8 R, 5 BB, 6 K, 1 SB, 1 CS)
After going 12-for-20 with six extra-base hits in five games at Class A Short Season Boise, this year's fourth overall pick was moved to Class A Kane County, where it was expected he'd at least be a little more tested. Guess not. In 10 games with the Cougars, Schwarber is 14-for-34 (.412) with four homers, four doubles and nine RBIs. "I'm just glad that I'm producing for the team," Schwarber told "I want to be a team guy and help this team continue our confidence going towards the playoffs."

South Atlantic League
Jordan Patterson, Asheville
(.538/.594/.923, 7 G, 14-for-26, 4 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 9 R, 4 BB, 4 K, 2 SB)
Patterson, a 2013 fourth-rounder out of the University of South Alabama, entered June with a .221 average after subpar months in April and May. The number slowly rose as the summer progressed before completely popping last week. The left-handed slugger went 12-for-18 with two homers, three doubles, 10 RBIs and two steals in a four-game stretch from Thursday to Saturday alone. He's now batting .284 with eight homers, 39 RBIs and a .817 OPS in his first full season in the Rockies system.

New York-Penn League
Michael Gerber, Connecticut
(.586/.625/1.379, 7 G, 17-for-29, 8 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 12 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 CS)
Gerber led the Big East last season with 11 homers, 49 RBIs and 104 total bases for Creighton, so he was no stranger to keeping the carousel turning, but that doesn't always translate to the pro game. It certainly has in the early going though, and that was no more evident than Saturday, when he homered twice and drove in eight for the Tigers. While it's still plenty early, he leads the New York-Penn League in all three slash line categories (.488/.543/.1.073) and ranks third with 16 RBIs. "Guys have better stuff and throw harder than they do in college," he told "Mentally, I'm just trying to stay with the same approach. I've been real comfortable at the plate and I've been real comfortable off the field. It's amazing. Coming in your first year, you want to show everyone you belong. Nights like this make me feel like I do belong."

Northwest League
Ryan McBroom, Vancouver
(.379/.400/.690, 7 G, 11-for-29, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R, 0 BB, 6 K)
Nothing quite like starting off your professional career with an award. The Blue Jays took McBroom in the 15th round out of West Virginia, where he batted .341 and led the team with eight homers, 49 RBIs and a .512 slugging percentage as a senior. With two blasts last week, the right-handed slugging first baseman is tied for second in the Northwest League with three homers in 11 games.

Appalachian League
Gerald Chin, Danville
(.625/.647/1.063, 5 G, 10-for-16, 4 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 5 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 SB)
Chin's case was very similar to Schwarber's, albeit without the fanfare that comes with being a fourth overall pick. The 21-year-old second baseman destroyed Johnson City and Greeneville pitchers with three multi-hit games and five extra-base hits over five contests last week. He was promptly promoted to Class A Rome, where he's carried his hot bat to the South Atlantic League. The left-handed hitter is 5-for-9 with a double and three RBIs since joining the Braves on Saturday.

Pioneer League
Renaldo Jenkins, Grand Junction
(.429/.455/.810, 5 G, 9-for-21, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB, 1 CS)
Jenkins signed with the Rockies during the spring after spending three seasons in the Brewers system and is making a solid first impression with Grand Junction. He had two hits in each of his final four games last week and in six of his first eight games with the Rockies. Through eight games, he is 14-for-31 (.452) with a homer, a triple, four doubles, three RBIs and three steals.
Jenkins laces RBI double

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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