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Offensive Players of the Week

For the week ending July 27
July 28, 2008
International League
Jason Pridie, Rochester
.375 (12-32), 5 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 0 BB, 9 SO, 0 SB, .844 SLG
A high batting average and an immense amount of power hasn't been a regular commodity for Pridie, but last week that wasn't the case. Entering the week Pridie was batting .247 and had eight home runs, but after his most explosive week of the season, Pridie brought his average up to .257. Perhaps Pridie's most impressive performance came Sunday in Rochester's win over Scranton-Wilkes Barre when the lead-off man went 2-for-5 with a homer, four RBIs and a run scored.

Pacific Coast League
Koyie Hill, Iowa
.647 (11-17), 6 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 SB, 1.294 SLG
It's truly amazing how fast a season can turn around, just ask Koyie Hill. Hill was batting .246 11 days ago, but after a 10-game hit streak, including six multi-hit games, he brought his batting average up 44 points to .294. Hill, a former fourth-round pick (No. 117 overall) in the 2000 Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers has also been an RBI machine for Iowa, posting 10 in his last four games.

Eastern League
Pablo Sandoval, Connecticut
.421 (8-18), 3 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 SB, .842 SLG
When Pablo Sandoval entered this year as a San Jose Giant, he lived up to the high expectations. Through June 21 with the Giants, Sandoval hit .359 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs, making a callup a no-brainer. Now with the Double-A Connecticut Defenders, Sandoval is back at it again. Though Sandoval played in only four games last week, he made the most of his time. On Tuesday, in the Defenders' win over Portland, he knocked in six runs and hit a homer. He then followed that up with a 3-for-5 outing in which he had five RBIs and a roundtripper in Connecticut's win over New Britain.

Southern League
Matt Young, Mississippi
.500 (11-22), 6 R, 0 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 1 SO, 2 SB
In the first two games of last week, Matt Young probably didn't know something special was going to happen. As it turned out, Young ended up breaking a Southern League record in which he hit in 11 consecutive at-bats from Thursday through Sunday. In addition to his hits, Young also has also reached base in his last 16 plate appearances. Young, who came into the week batting .282, improved his batting average to .295 and his two stolen bases brought his total up to 17.

Texas League
Dexter Fowler, Tulsa

.444 (12-27) 9 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 6 BB, 6 SO, 3 SB
Dexter Fowler has never been a stranger to hitting for high average and last week was proof as to how he is able to do that. Fowler posted a hit in each of his seven games last week, including four multi-hit performances, and scored at least one run in every game. While Fowler is typically used toward the top of the lineup for speed, he had five RBIs on the week in addition to his three stolen bases.

California League
Carlos Triunfel, High Desert
.500 (15-30), 15 R, 3 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 3 SO, 6 SB, .800 SLG
Carlos Triunfel may be the youngest player on the High Desert Mavericks -- he was born in February of 1990 -- but he sure doesn't act like it with the stick. Triunfel had three games in which he had at least three hits and his two home runs accounted for more than half of what he previously had on the season. Triunfel also stole two bases in back-to-back games, perhaps part of the reason he scored 15 runs in just seven games.

Carolina League
Tim Torres, Salem
.375 (9-24), 6 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 6 SO, 1 SB, .833 SLG
Tim Torres, in the third season of his career, became the third Salem player to hit a home run in consecutive games last week. With five extra-base hits last week, including three home runs, the switch hitter brought his batting average up from .231 to .241. Torres boasted three multi-hit games and knocked in six runs.

Florida State League
Juan Francisco, Sarasota
.455 (10-22), 4 R, 4 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 SB, .909 SLG
Juan Francisco knows all about the roller coaster rides of a season, as he has been above and below the .280 mark so many times he has lost count. However, after last week, it must be nice to be back at .280. Francisco posted four consecutive multi-hit games, which eventually brought his average up 10 points from .270. Francisco had two mid-week monster performances in which he posted a game with four RBIs and another with five RBIs. He has 14 home runs and 70 RBIs on the season.

Midwest League
Jonathan Greene, Clinton
.417 (10-24), 5 R, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 8 SO, 2 SB, .708 SLG
Jonathan Greene's week didn't look too spectacular at its commencement (0-for-3), but five games later showed that it truly was. Greene posted four consecutive multi-hit games, bringing his average up to .245 from .229. Greene's biggest day came Saturday in Clinton's win over Lansing when he went 3-for-4 with two home runs, four RBIs and scored two runs. On top of that, the third baseman had two stolen bases on the week, bringing his season total up to five. Greene has smashed 18 home runs on the season and knocked in 69 runs.

South Atlantic League
Matthew Brown, Lake County
.400 (8-20), 3 R, 4 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0 SB, .750 SLG
In Matthew Brown's first three games of the week he had just one hit in 12 at-bats. It was what happened in the final two games that earned him a spot. In Lake County's game against West Virginia Saturday, Brown went 4-for-5 with three RBIs despite the Captains' loss. Brown's work was far from done, as he led the Captains to a win over the Power Sunday when he went 3-for-4 with a grand slam, six RBIs and a run scored. Brown's 10 RBIs last week brought his season total up to 63.

Appalachian League
Kyle Suire, Kingsport
.462 (12-26), 5 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 4 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB, .885 SLG
Kyle Suire hasn't seen a lot of action this season, so when he got into the everyday lineup last week, he made sure he impressed. Suire posted five multi-hit games last week, cranked all three of his home runs on the year, and raised his RBI total from three to 15. Over the weekend in two games against the Elizabethton Twins, Suire went 5-for-10 with two homers, eight RBIs and three runs scored. Coming into the week Suire was batting .180. Now, the second baseman's average is up to .276.

New York-Penn League
Brian Baisley, Staten Island
.304 (7-23), 3 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 0 BB, 4 SO, 0 SB, .739 SLG
After starting the season with the full season Charleston RiverDogs, where he hit .252 with five home runs and 15 RBIs, Baisley has continued to make a name for himself in the New York-Penn League. Last week was the perfect example as to why. Baisley hit safely in five of his six games last week and had a monster weekend. Saturday against Brooklyn he went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs, but didn't outdo his Sunday performance in which he went 2-for-4 with six RBIs, two runs scored and another roundtripper. With Staten Island, Baisley is hitting .351 with four home runs and 25 RBIs.

Northwest League
Michael Brenly, Boise
.500 (8-16), 6 R, 3 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1 SB, .688 SLG
The Northwest League season is just over a month in, but Brenly showed once again that his consistency at the plate is no fluke. Brenly, son of former Major League manager Bob Brenly, posted multi-hit performances in three of his four games last week and boosted his team with six RBIs. In Boise's 12-4 rout of Everett Thursday, Brenly went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Brenly, who was drafted in the 36th round of this year's Draft out of UNLV, is batting .383 for the Hawks this season.

Pioneer League
Isaias Asencio, Missoula
.471 (8-17), 5 R, 0 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 5 SO, 0 SB, 1.000 SLG
Isaias Asencio would be lying if he told you this season hasn't been difficult, but last week, he completely revamped his stat-line. Asencio posted three multi-hit games in his four appearances and brought his batting average up from .207 to .250. Asencio also found some pop in his bat, as he hit three home runs to give him five this season.

Ari Wasserman is an associate reporter for