Offensive Players of the Week

For the week ending Aug. 24

Cubs prospect Kyle Schwarber blasted seven home runs for Daytona last week. (Cliff Welch/

By John Parker / | August 25, 2014 5:11 PM ET

Here's a look at the top offensive performers in each league for the week ending Aug. 24:

International League
Joey Terdoslavich, Gwinnett
(.385/.529/.962, 7 G, 10-for-26, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 9 R, 8 BB, 4 K)
Homering in five consecutive games is a good way to earn Player of the Week honors, as two Minor Leaguers proved last week. Terdoslavich claims that he views long balls as mistakes -- merely the chance by-product of hitting the ball hard. One might take issue with his word choice, but there's no arguing with his performance. The 25-year-old outfielder saw his season homer total jump from nine to 15 in eight days, and with eight walks, he reached base 18 times in seven games.
Terdoslavich belts another homer for Gwinnett

Pacific Coast League
Matt Clark, Nashville
(.536/.581/.964, 7 G, 15-for-28, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 9 R, 2 BB, 5 K)
Fighting with Memphis for the PCL's American Southern title -- the two teams are currently tied for first with identical 74-61 records -- Nashville got a huge boost from slugger Matt Clark last week. The 27-year-old LSU product collected at least two hits in each of his seven games, adding three homers total to lift his season total to 23. In 45 games since coming over from the Mets organization, Clark is batting .333/.392/.624 with 13 long balls and 33 RBIs. If the Sounds can bring the playoffs back in Greer Stadium's final season, it will be in no small part due to Clark.
Clark goes yard

Eastern League
Keon Broxton, Altoona
(.500/.625/1.167, 6 G, 9-for-18, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 6 BB, 4 K, 2 SB)
Broxton has taken a big step forward in his first season in the Pirates organization, raising his OPS from .655 in the Southern League last year to .832 with the Curve in 2014. Much of the 24-year-old's production last week was crammed into a pair of games at Akron on Tuesday and Wednesday in which he went 6-for-7 with three homers and seven RBIs. Broxton is finishing the season strong, batting .328/.434/.594 in August and bashing 10 of his 14 homers since July 1.
Altoona's Broxton hits second homer

Southern League
Kyle Waldrop, Pensacola
(.533/.545/.900, 7 G, 16-for-30, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 7 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 SB)
Waldrop began the season by tearing up the California League to the tune of .359/.409/.516 in 65 games with Bakersfield and has barely experienced a dropoff since a promotion to Double-A. After racking up 16 hits last week, the 22-year-old Florida native is hitting .310/.360/.498 for the Blue Wahoos. Not only did Waldrop collect multiple hits in six of seven games last week, he's also driven in at least one run in each of his last six.

Texas League
Brian Hernandez, Arkansas
(.526/.630/.684, 7 G, 10-for-19, 3 2B, 8 RBI, 3 R, 6 BB, 2 K, 1 CS)
There are two qualified hitters in the Texas League with a batting average above .300. Hernandez, 25, is one of them, checking in at .310 after notching 10 hits for first-place Arkansas last week. The UC Irvine product is riding an 11-game hitting streak and has at least one hit in 16 of his last 17 Texas League contests. Though Hernandez lacks the power one might like to see in a first baseman -- he's slugging .394 with nine homers on the season -- he's been a consistently strong batter in all situations for the Travs all year.
Brian Hernandez hits a home run for the Travelers

California League
Jabari Henry, High Desert
(.375/.483/.917, 7 G, 9-for-24, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R, 5 BB, 7 K)
Even an 0-for-7 weekend couldn't knock Henry out of the running after he piled up the homers and RBIs early last week. The 23-year-old outfielder, who ranks second in the Cal League with 30 homers and 95 RBIs, fourth with a .598 slugging percentage and 1.000 OPS and fifth with a .402 on-base percentage, bashed three long balls last week and has hit five dingers in his last 10 games. He's been a good on-base guy throughout his brief Minors career, but his power -- as sometimes comes when playing for High Desert -- has been particularly impressive this season.

Carolina League
Torsten Boss, Carolina
(.467/.529/.933, 4 G, 7-for-15, 1 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K)
Acquired by the Indians in early April from the Orioles, who made him an eighth-round Draft pick in 2012, Boss has scuffled this year while being limited to 72 games by injuries. He's closing out the campaign on a strong note, however, collecting six hits -- two of them homers -- and six RBIs in a three-game series at Winston-Salem over the weekend. Originally a third baseman, then a second baseman and now an outfielder, the 23-year-old Boss seems to be settling in both in the field and at the plate for the Mudcats.
Mudcats' Boss hits fourth homer

Florida State League
Kyle Schwarber, Daytona
(.500/.529/1.333, 8 G, 15-for-30, 4 2B, 7 HR, 13 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 SB)
Not many Minor Leaguers capture Player of the Week honors in three different leagues in one season. Schwarber, after going deep in five straight games last week, is one of them. The fourth overall pick in June's Draft, Schwarber owns a .671 slugging percentage -- second in the Minors only to fellow Cubs prospect Kris Bryant. The University of Indiana product is also just the second Florida State League slugger since 2005 to go deep in five consecutive games. In all, an outstanding professional debut for Schwarber keeps becoming more and more impressive.

Midwest League
Justin Williams, South Bend
(.400/.464/.800, 7 G, 10-for-25, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB, 8 K)
Williams, who turned 19 last Wednesday, has also moved from highlight to highlight this year. A second-round pick out of high school in Louisiana in 2013, Williams strung together a 30-game hitting streak, the first 28 with rookie-level Missoula and the final two after his promotion to South Bend. Last Monday he went 3-for-4 with a homer, triple and four RBIs before adding seven more hits over his next six games. Williams hasn't shown a ton of power yet, but at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, it's likely to come. Half of his four 2014 home runs came last week.
Williams the hero in extras

South Atlantic League
Elier Hernandez, Lexington
(.640/.654/.840, 6 G, 16-for-25, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 9 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 CS)
At this point in the season, it takes something special to raise one's batting average 26 points in a matter of six games. Hernandez collected 16 hits over a six-game span last week, which fits the bill. After going 1-for-4 with a solo homer against Delmarva on Monday, the 19-year-old outfielder reeled off five straight multi-hit games in which he smacked 15 hits and scored eight times. The effort lifted his season batting average from .230 to .256 and included 16 percent of his season's hits in just 5.7 percent of his season's games.
Lexington's Hernandez hits tying home run

New York-Penn League
Jake Stone, State College
(.381/.458/.714, 5 G, 8-for-21, 4 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K)
Stone began the season with Peoria in the Midwest League, batting just .194 before being reassigned in mid-May. Starting up with the Spikes a month later, his NYPL campaign has been up-and-down, with last week very much belonging in the former category. The Tennessee Wesleyan product had seven hits and nine RBIs over a three-game stretch from Thursday through Saturday, helping State College lock up its second consecutive Pinckney Division crown.

Northwest League
Shane Hoelscher, Tri-City
(.370/.433/.704, 6 G, 10-for-27, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 5 K)
A 17th-round pick out of Rice in the June Draft, Hoelscher got off to a rough start to his pro career, going 3-for-26 (.115) in his first nine games. July and August have been a very different story, as he's batted .367 in 36 games since. Last week, in which Hoelscher hit .370, wasn't even out of the ordinary apart from a power surge that saw him contribute six extra-base hits to the Dust Devils' playoff chase. He now ranks fourth in the league in both batting average and on-base percentage.

Appalachian League
Vicente Lupo, Kingsport
(.444/.545/.833, 6 G, 8-for-18, 1 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 SB)
Like Hoelscher, Lupo has gotten stronger as the season has gone along. The 20-year-old outfielder hit .182 in June, .239 in July and is batting .375/.514/.750 in August with five homers and 18 RBIs in 18 games. The surge, which produced eight hits -- three of them for extra bases -- last week, has placed Lupo among the league's offensive leaders. Only five Appy League sluggers have hit more than Lupo's six homers, and his .508 slugging percentage is higher than that of any qualifying Appy hitter.

Pioneer League
Wes Rogers, Grand Junction
(.478/.520/.913, 6 G, 11-for-23, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 9 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 4 SB)
Rogers burst onto the Pioneer League scene fully formed in late July, opening his pro career with a 10-game hitting streak. The 20-year-old South Carolina native, a fourth-round pick in 2014, cooled off slightly in early August before picking it up again last week with 11 hits and seven RBIs in six games. Along with an impressive .322/.402/.500 line in his first 24 pro contests, Rogers is 14-for-15 in stolen-base attempts and has yet to make an error in the outfield.
Grand Junction's Rogers belts two-run double

John Parker is an editor for This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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