Offensive Players of the Week

For the week ending Sept. 1

Jesus Aguilar finished the season with 19 home runs, his highest total since 2011. (Scott W. Grau/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra / MiLB.com | September 2, 2014 4:00 PM

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

International League
Jesus Aguilar, Columbus
(.462/.500/.885, 6 G, 12-for-26, 5 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 9 R, 2 BB, 2 K)
The Indians' No. 10 prospect needed to raise his average six points in the final week to finish with a Minor League average above .300 for the first time since he was in the Dominican Summer League back in 2009. He started by going 5-for-6 last Monday, with a homer, two doubles and four RBIs to boot, to bring it up to .302 and added hits in each of his final five games as well to finish at .304. Aguilar concluded his first season at Triple-A Columbus with a .304/.395/.511 line with 19 homers and 77 RBIs. The Tribe brought him up to the Majors on Monday when rosters expanded.
Aguilar hits solo homer

Pacific Coast League
Mike Jacobs, Reno
(.400/.455/.967, 8 G, 12-for-26, 2 2B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 11 R, 2 BB, 1 K)
Jacobs' banner week means, along with right-handed starter Charles Brewer, a pair of Aces sweep the PCL weekly awards, and those honors couldn't have come at a better time for Reno, who went down to the wire with Sacramento before clinching the PCL Pacific Northern Division on the last game of the season. Jacobs did his part with five multi-hit efforts in the last week, including a 3-for-5, five-RBI showing in a 9-4 win at Sacramento on Thursday. His 11 RBIs last week gave him 222 in his Reno career, making him the franchise's all-time leader in the category.
Jacobs hits second homer of game

Eastern League
Jason Krizan, Erie
(.517/.576/.793, 8 G, 15-for-29, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K, 5 SB, 1 CS)
Krizan was what you could call a second-half warrior with the SeaWolves. After batting a respectable .277 with a .733 OPS before the All-Star break, the 25-year-old outfielder put up a .327/.387/.484/.871 line afterwards. Those numbers got a big boost last week when he notched six multi-hit performances in eight games, including 3-for-3 games both Tuesday and Sunday. He also stole two bases last Monday and Sunday, marking the first time he had stolen multiple bases in a game, never mind doing it in separate contests in the same week.
Krizan legs out two-run triple

Southern League
Chris O'Brien, Chattanooga
(.474/.500/1.158, 6 G, 9-for-19, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 1 BB, 5 K)
O'Brien, a switch-hitting catcher, hasn't been one to hit many home runs since entering the Minors back in 2011. He hadn't hit more than seven in a season and entered the final week of the 2014 season with four to his name for the Lookouts. Then, he went deep in three straight contests from Tuesday to Friday to change that perception slightly. The 25-year-old backstop finished the season with hits in his final eight games, including a pinch-hit two-run triple in his final at-bat Sunday, to raise his average and OPS from .248 and .707 on Aug. 22 to .266 and .779.
Lookouts' O'Brien hits solo homer

Texas League
J.T. Wise, Frisco
(.333/.357/.963, 7 G, 9-for-27, 2 2B, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 7 R, 1 BB, 11 K)
A 2009 fifth-round pick, Wise spent five seasons in the Dodgers system, topping out at Double-A Chattanooga where he had a .245/.341/.403 line with eight homers and 35 RBIs in 106 games in 2013. After being released last offseason, he moved to Wichita of the independent American Association this spring and was second in that circuit in homers (12) and RBIs (42) across 47 games before the Rangers signed him to a Minor League deal in early July. The 28-year-old catcher/first baseman's return to Double-A ball proved fruitful, especially at the end. His five homers last week came in four consecutive games from Thursday to Sunday. In his short, 38-game stay with the RoughRiders, Wise owned a .319/.389/.645 line with 11 homers and 34 RBIs. "They expect the same things out of you as in affiliated ball," Wise told MiLB.com about his indy ball experience. "They want you to play hard, play tough, grind it out, and you have that mentality there. It's the same thing coming here. Being able to be a part of it, being given the opportunity by the Rangers to keep playing professional ball, I'm very grateful for it. I'm very thankful they gave me another shot."
Wise hits grand slam

California League
Sherman Johnson, Inland Empire
(.469/.541/1.031, 7 G, 15-for-32, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 11 R, 5 BB, 7 K, 0 SB, 1 CS)
In case there was any doubt, the California League's month of August belonged to Johnson. The 24-year-old second baseman was the Class A Advanced circuit's Player of the Week twice in the final month, and it's basically pick your favorite flavor in terms of which week was better. Johnson went 15-for-23 (.652) over a six-game stretch from Aug. 11-17, but last week's was his most powerful yet. He homered in four straight games, including going deep twice Friday at Lancaster. His five roundtrippers last week alone were one more than he hit during the entire 2013 season (111 games) with Class A Burlington and Inland Empire. After putting up a .362/.471/.690 line in August, the left-handed slugger finished with a .276/.382/.465 season line with 17 homers and 78 RBIs with the 66ers.

Carolina League
Ryan Cordell, Myrtle Beach
(.406/.472/.938, 8 G, 13-for-32, 1 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 9 R, 4 BB, 7 K, 3 SB)
The 22-year-old outfielder was promoted to Myrtle Beach in mid-August for two reasons: to fill the offensive and defensive hole left by Frisco-bound Nick Williams ahead of the Carolina League playoffs and to get his feet wet at the Class A Advanced level before a likely return at the beginning of the 2015 season. Mission accomplished. Thanks to a spectacular final week, Cordell went 19-for-62 (.306) with five homers and 19 RBIs in 16 games for the Carolina League Southern Division first- and second-half champions. The Pelicans could use that continued production out of the cleanup spot as they chase a Mills Cup title.
Cordell launches grand slam

Florida State League
Stuart Turner, Fort Myers
(.444/.524/.944, 5 G, 8-for-18, 3 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 SB)
The Twins' No. 16 prospect has been considered a defense-first catcher since Minnesota took him in the third round out of the University of Mississippi in 2013. In fact, he caught 32.4 percent of would-be basestealers but owned just a .698 OPS during his first full season in the Minors. Last week, however, he did show he can go through stretches where he's as capable at the plate as he is behind it. Turner finished the season with hits in five straight games, a stretch that saw him notch his second career four-hit game last Tuesday. After having a batting average below .200 as late as May 25, Turner finished his Fort Myers season with a .249/.322/.375 line heading into the FSL playoffs.

Midwest League
Nick Schulz, Fort Wayne
(.500/.536/.808, 8 G, 13-for-26, 2 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 7 K)
Make that two non-affiliated ball success stories on this week's list. (So far.) Schulz went undrafted out of San Jose State in 2013 and turned to the California Winter League -- a month-long circuit dedicated to being a showcase for potential pro ballplayers -- last January/February as a means of giving of himself another shot. He batted .465 with a .722 slugging percentage for the Oregon Lumberjacks, and by late April, the Padres signed him to his first Minor League deal. After spending his first 12 games with Class A Short Season Eugene, Schulz took off with Class A Fort Wayne starting in late July. The highlight of his season came last Tuesday when he went 5-for-5 with two homers and six RBIs against Bowling Green. His late-season surge pushed the 23-year-old outfielder to a .341/.386/.545 line with eight homers in 30 Midwest League games.

South Atlantic League
James Yezzo, Hagerstown
(.435/.458/.913, 6 G, 10-for-23, 2 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 CS)
On one hand, the Lakewood BlueClaws didn't make the South Atlantic League playoffs. On the other, at least they won't have to face Yezzo again. The 22-year-old went 7-for-12 with two homers, two doubles and six RBIs in the Suns' final three-game homestand against the BlueClaws as the Nationals' Class A affiliate clinched the SAL Northern Division second-half title. Yezzo completed his first full season with a .270/.306/.406 line, 13 homers and 56 RBIs in 123 games.

New York-Penn League
Francisco Mejia, Mahoning Valley
(.429/.515/.786, 8 G, 12-for-28, 3 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 SB, 1 CS)
Only four 18-year-old players (Mejia, Deivi Grullon, Amed Rosario, Luis Torrens) appeared in at least 45 games in the New York-Penn League, and of those four, Mejia was likely the most productive for his age. The Indians' No. 6 prospect handled the aggressive assignment to short-season ball well, with a .282/.339/.407 line in 66 games. The highlight of his season, and maybe his career, came Wednesday when he set career highs with four hits and five RBIs and smacked a walk-off single in the Scrappers' 8-7 win over Jamestown.

Northwest League
Steve Nyisztor, Hillsboro
(.424/.457/.758, 8 G, 14-for-33, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 10 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 3 SB, 1 CS)
Nyisztor's performance and backstory officially make this the week of independent league success stories. The right-handed outfielder was a Freshman All-American back in 2010 after batting .410 for Rutgers, but academic issues forced him to transfer before the 2012 season and he went undrafted out of Louisburg Junior College in North Carolina. He played two seasons with Rockland (New York) in the Can-Am League, batting .341 this summer, before the D-backs purchased his contract in July. He ended his first Minor League season with hits in 12 straight games and multiple hits in six of his final eight contests. Nyisztor owned a .309/.369/.472 line with three homers and 23 RBIs in 44 regular-season games for the Hops entering the Northwest League playoffs.

Appalachian League
Logan Moon, Burlington
(.474/.474/.632, 5 G, 9-for-19, 1 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 5 SB, 1 CS)
When the Royals took Moon in the sixth round out Division II Missouri Southern State College back in June, they were hoping the hitting ability he showed with the Lions (.386 average as a senior last season) would show in the pros. It certainly did in his first season. By going 9-for-19 in his final five games, Moon eclipsed Pulaski outfielder Arby Fields (.331) for the Appy League batting title with a .332 average for Burlington.

Pioneer League
Randy Reyes, Grand Junction
(.519/.567/1.037, 7 G, 14-for-27, 5 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 12 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 3 SB, 1 CS)
With a .514 OPS as a 20-year-old in the DSL in 2013, Reyes wasn't exactly a top pick to be a breakout player in the Pioneer League this season. Forty-seven games later, the right-handed outfielder has done his best to change some minds. The Dominican Republic native had multiple hits in four of his seven games last week and homered twice Saturday at Ogden. With three games left in the season, Reyes owns a .320/.349/.575 line with eight homers and 47 RBIs for Grand Junction.
Reyes drills solo homer

Sam Dykstra is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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