Offensive Players of the Week

For the week ending Aug. 3

Jorge Alfaro represented the Carolina League at the California-Carolina League All-Star Game in June. (Ken Inness/

By Sam Dykstra / | August 4, 2014 5:45 PM ET

Here's a look at the top offensive performers in each league for the week ending Aug. 3:

International League
Kevin Pillar, Buffalo
(.345/.387/.690, 7 G, 10-for-29, 1 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 5 SB)
Pillar raised his profile with a strong 2013 season at Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo and earned a spot in the Majors by mid-August last year. This season, the 25-year-old outfielder has been unable to stick with the Blue Jays during two separate stints but continues to make his case for a big league spot with the Bisons. Pillar, who was also an IL Player of the Week winner in early May, homered in three of his first four games, giving him five long balls in July after entering the month with only two to his name. He has hits in 10 straight games and is batting .381 with a 1.076 OPS over that stretch to raise his season slash line to .319/.360/.493 at Triple-A. In 26 games in the Majors, the right-handed hitter has a .225/.200/.300 line.
Pillar slugs solo homer

Pacific Coast League
Matt Reynolds, Las Vegas
(.533/.588/.767, 7 G, 16-for-30, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 SB, 1 CS, 1 HBP)
There were a lot of question marks surrounding Reynolds entering the 2014 season. The 2012 second-rounder batted just .226 with a .639 OPS in his first full season at Class A Advanced St. Lucie in 2013, and he needed to show an improved bat if he wanted to climb the ladder in the Mets system. Then, the 23-year-old shortstop hit .355 with a .430 OBP in his first 58 games at Double-A Binghamton, prompting a June promotion to Las Vegas. Last week, he showed just how much his bat has improved when he collected six multi-hit games, including a 4-for-5 showing with a homer, a double and three RBIs on Sunday. His slash line with the 51s is now up to .340/.399/.487, and it's likely he'll get a call to the Majors during September roster expansion. Not bad for a guy who told Newsday he didn't expect to reach the PCL this season.
Reynolds hits two-run homer

Eastern League
Quincy Latimore, Harrisburg
(.391/.481/.957, 7 G, 9-for-23, 1 2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 6 R, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 SB)
Latimore essentially won this award over a three-game stretch from Tuesday to Thursday. He lifted a pinch-hit, two-run homer in his only at-bat Tuesday and carried that momentum into a 4-for-7 performance that featured a 13th-inning grand slam Wednesday. A day later, he collected two more roundtrippers -- one of which was a walk-off shot -- for his first multi-homer game since Aug. 13, 2011, when he was with Altoona. Now in his fourth straight season in the Eastern League with a third different team, the 25-year-old outfielder, who signed with the Nationals in the offseason after spending one season in the Indians' system, owns a .294/.362/.452 line with nine homers and 37 RBIs in 85 games with the Senators. He will set career highs in each of those slash-line categories if he can find a way to maintain that pace in the season's final month.
Latimore's second homer wins it

Southern League
Cameron Seitzer, Montgomery
(.367/.387/.667, 7 G, 11-for-30, 3 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 K)
With a .230 average in the month, Seitzer probably couldn't wait to see July come to a close. But before flipping the calendar, the Biscuits first baseman closed out the month with a bang, going 2-for-6 with a homer, a double and career-high five RBIs on Thursday in a 12-2 win over Jackson. Three days earlier, he collected his first three-hit showing since June 12 and added another one Sunday. In his second season with Montgomery, Seitzer's power numbers are up as he's more than doubled his homer total (14 vs. 6) and topped his 2013 slugging percentage (.411 vs. .360). His .250 average and .336 OBP, however, are both down from their 2013 numbers (.268 and .380 respectively).
Seitzer homers in five-RBI game

Texas League
Kent Matthes, Midland
(.375/.464/.958, 7 G, 9-for-24, 2 2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 5 R, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 SB)
Matthes was a candidate to take this award for July 21-27, thanks to a two-homer, nine-RBI night on July 26 but was overshadowed by Joey Gallo putting up even crazier numbers. Instead, the right-handed slugger continued to hit more homers -- four in total -- and grabbed the title this week. He started the week with dingers in three of his first four games and added another on Sunday to round out his powerful effort. Six of his seven homers in July came in the last six days of the month, and seven of his 12 homers this season have come in his last nine games.
Matthes clubs grand slam

California League
Marquez Smith, Bakersfield
(.520/.613/1.040, 7 G, 13-for-25, 4 2B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 8 R, 4 BB, 4 K)
Smith has statistically been one of the best hitters in the Cal League this season, and it showed in a big way last week. He went 4-for-5 with two homers, five RBIs and three runs scored Monday and followed that up with another blast and four more RBIs the next day. He had a double in four straight contests from Wednesday to Saturday. The 29-year-old first baseman leads the Cal League in OBP (.433), OPS (1.044) and RBIs (98) but went only 5-for-32 (.156) with 12 strikeouts in a 14-game stint with Double-A Pensacola earlier this season.

Carolina League
Jorge Alfaro, Myrtle Beach
(.400/.429/.720, 5 G, 10-for-25, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 8 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 CS)
Alfaro started the season as the top prospect in the Rangers' system, according to, only to be passed by the powerful Gallo when the rankings were updated last week. Of course, it's unfair to only look at it through that prism -- Gallo's earned the spot with his Minors-leading 37 homers and improved general hitting ability -- but the 21-year-old catcher is beginning to do his own improving at the plate. The 21-year-old backstop entered the week with a .252 average and raised it nine points in a five-game span, thanks to a 4-for-9 performance Wednesday and 3-for-5 game Sunday that also saw him double twice and hit a solo homer. The Colombia native's slash line is up to .261/.318/.440 on the season to go with 13 homers and a career-high 73 RBIs with the Pelicans.
Alfaro hits solo homer

Florida State League
Austin Green, Lakeland
(.409/.417/.773, 6 G, 9-for-22, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB, 2 K)
With a .233/.276/.336 line and only four homers entering June, Green wasn't a strong candidate to put up big numbers in July. Well, the Tigers' 2013 11th-round pick did just that. He finished hot, going 7-for-12 with two homers and two doubles from Tuesday to Thursday, and ended with a .301/.326/.578 line with six homers in July alone. The San Diego native's line for the season now stands at .250/.286/.396 following the power surge.

Midwest League
Tyler Marincov, Beloit
(.400/.471/.833, 8 G, 12-for-30, 4 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 9 R, 3 BB, 8 K)
In his first full season since the A's took him in the eighth round last year, Marincov has shown a solid amount of gap power with Beloit. His 28 doubles are tied for second-most in the Midwest League this season, and his .500 slugging percentage sits third. The right-handed outfielder put all of his power on display last week when he homered twice and doubled four times in a six-game stretch. Beyond just his slugging ability, he collected multiple hits in five of his eight games played and raised his season average from .248 to .261.

South Atlantic League
Ty Ross, Augusta
(.455/.520/.955, 6 G, 10-for-22, 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 CS)
A 12th-round pick by the Giants last year, Ross hasn't been one to swing for the fences since becoming a pro. He didn't go deep at all over 34 Minor League games in 2013 and had only two in 86 games with the GreenJackets entering last week. Then came the fireworks. Ross homered Monday, Thursday and Saturday to increase his 2014 total in the category by 150 percent to five. He also had multiple hits in four of his six games and now has a .254 average.

New York-Penn League
J.P. Sportman, Vermont
(.480/.519/.760, 7 G, 12-for-25, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 CS)
Guys taken beyond, say, the 25th round are often considered afterthoughts in a Draft class, but Sportman, the A's 27th-rounder this year, is putting up numbers that are worthy of attention. The right-handed center fielder out of Central Connecticut State had a .321/.414/.393 line in 22 games in the Arizona League before moving up to the New York-Penn League two weeks ago. He's shown just as much batting aptitude with Vermont. Last week when he notched five multi-hit games and smacked his first two professional homers on Tuesday and Wednesday. He's 18-for-49 (.367) with two homers, four doubles and eight RBIs in his first 13 games as a Lake Monster.

Northwest League
Auston Bousfield, Eugene
(.370/.414/.926, 6 G, 10-for-27, 5 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 11 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 4 SB)
Unlike Sportman, Bousfield's pro career didn't quite get off to the start perhaps he would have liked. The Padres fifth-rounder out of the University of Mississippi had a .222 average in his first 19 games entering last week before breaking out. Not only did he bat .370 over a six-game stretch -- two of those games being his first three-hit efforts in the Minors -- but he also collected nine extra-base hits, including his first two homers as a pro. The former Rebel outfielder is now batting .267 on the season to go with a .371 OBP and .500 slugging percentage.

Appalachian League
Matt Tellor, Danville
(.375/.429/.875, 7 G, 9-for-24, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, 9 K)
We've seen it with A.J. Reed, the 2014 Golden Spikes Award winner who has carried his momentum from a great college campaign into a solid start in the pros, and the same situation fits Tellor. The switch-hitting first baseman won the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year after hitting 15 homers and putting up a 1.102 OPS at Southeast Missouri State and is off to a hot start in the Appy League. The 10th-rounder clubbed his first four pro homers last week, including a pair Sunday, and is batting .358 with an even 1.000 OPS in his first 15 games in the Braves organization.

Pioneer League
Trevor Mitsui, Missoula
(.429/.520/.857, 6 G, 9-for-21, 3 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 CS)
You'd hate to be a pitcher that's faced Mitsui since the middle of July. First, he hit for the cycle on July 17. Then, he was named Pioneer League Offensive Player of the Week last week after batting .448 with two homers and 11 RBIs in seven games. Now he's back to capture the crown again after another big week. The D-backs' 30th-rounder out of the University of Washington is batting .492 with seven homers, a triple, nine doubles and 20 RBIs during a 16-game hitting streak that started with the cycle. It came to an end when he went 0-for-4 Sunday.

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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