Offensive Players of the Week

For the week ending Aug. 30

A.J. Reed has hit 45 home runs in 195 Minor League games during his two-year career. (Shane Roper/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra / MiLB.com | August 31, 2015 6:34 PM

Here's a look at the top offensive performers in each league for the week ending Aug. 30:

International League
Audy Ciriaco, Columbus (CLE)
(.393/.400/.750, 7 G, 11-for-28, 1 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R, 1 BB, 3 K)
The veteran utility infielder entered the week with a .229 average and three homers in 63 games during his second season with the Clippers. Seven games later, that average is up to .249 and that homer total has doubled. Ciriaco had mutliple hits in four of his seven contests last week, including three multi-hit games in a three-game series at Toledo to start the week. Thanks to those performances, the 28-year-old, who is in his second season with Columbus, captured his first Player of the Week honor in his 11th Minor League season.

Pacific Coast League
Todd Glaesmann, Reno (ARI)
(.586/.600/1.207, 7 G, 17-for-29, 9 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 9 R, 1 BB, 3 K)
There has been no stopping Glaesmann in the final couple days of August. The 24-year-old outfielder owns an 11-game hitting streak and, after going 4-for-5 with a homer Sunday against Memphis, has multiple hits in his last five contests. We should point out that each of his seven games last week came at Reno's Aces Ballpark, where Glaesmann has a .333/.373/.652 line in 47 home games compared to .259/.292/.500 in 38 contests on the road. Overall, he is hitting .301/.338/.586 with 14 homers in 85 games during his first foray into Triple-A ball.

Eastern League
Ricky Oropesa, Richmond (SF)
(.520/.538/1.320, 7 G, 13-for-25, 5 2B, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 6 R, 1 BB, 6 K)
Oropesa said it himself: He might have to start looking into moving to Akron. All five of the Flying Squirrels slugger's five homers and 13 of his 14 RBIs came in a four-game series at Canal Park. Over the weekend, he had back-to-back two-homer games, both of which included a grand slam. After hitting just .241 with a .644 OPS in the Eastern League a season ago, the 25-year-old first baseman credits more regular playing time for his turnaround this year and has a .260/.317/.440 line with a career high 17 roundtrippers in 123 games with Richmond so far. 

Southern League
Tyler Bortnick, Jackson (SEA)
(.520/.586/.880, 7 G, 13-for-25, 3 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 10 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 SB, 2 CS)
It'd be one thing to simply point out that Bortnick's two homers Sunday against Pensacola were his first two blasts anywhere since Aug. 22, 2013, with Triple-A Reno and leave it at that. (Because that is pretty worthy of standing alone, as far as stats go.) But we should also say that it looked like Bortnick was building up to such a performance somewhat. Not exactly known for power, the 28-year-old second baseman collected three doubles between Thursday and Friday and was 11-for-22 in his previous six games before blasting off twice in Sunday's 8-2 win. Bortnick was signed out of the independent Atlantic League by the Mariners back in June and has a .275/.358/.358 line with 13 extra-base hits and 12 steals in 64 games for Jackson.

Texas League
A.J. Reed, Corpus Christi (HOU)
(.500/.519/.958, 6 G, 12-for-24, 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 8 R, 2 BB, 2 K)
The Astros' No. 5 prospect has a lot of power. Of that, there should be no doubt at this point. By going deep Friday at Midland, he grabbed the Minor League lead for home runs. Reed then added to that lead the very next day with two more homers -- his 32nd and 33rd of the year -- this time at home against San Antonio. What's more, the 2014 Golden Spikes winner is doing his best to prove that he's no one-trick offensive pony. With his performance last week, the 22-year-old has his Double-A slash line up to .355/.422/.605 through 45 games, which is very much in line with the .346/.449/.638 numbers he put up in 82 games at Class A Advanced Lancaster in the more hitting-friendly California League. Any argument about the best offensive season in the Minors in 2015 that doesn't start -- and end -- with Reed is toothless. 

California League
J.D. Davis, Lancaster (HOU)
(.483/.571/1.000, 7 G, 14-for-29, 3 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 15 R, 6 BB, 6 K, 1 SB)
Reed's former teammate in Lancaster has made sure the JetHawks haven't been wanting for offense since the slugger got the bump to Double-A in mid-July. Each of Davis' four homers came in his final three games of the week with two coming Sunday during a 4-for-5, six-RBI performance. The Astros' No. 12 prospect has a .368/.455/.829 line with 10 homers and 27 RBIs in 19 games this month. With exactly 100 RBIs this season, he joins Reed, Matt Duffy and Adam Brett Walker II as the only Minor Leaguers to cross the century mark in the category.

Carolina League
Victor Caratini, Myrtle Beach (CHC)
(.500/.529/.813, 4 G, 8-for-16, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K)
For anyone looking for Caratini to truly pop in his first full season in the Cubs system, that time looks like it came last week. From Tuesday to Friday, he went 7-for-13 with a triple, two doubles, one RBI and two runs scored and, by week's end, raised his average from .244 to .255. The 22-year-old switch-hitting catcher, who was acquired from the Braves for Major Leaguers Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell at the deadline a year ago, has seen his stock slip some this summer as he's been fairly average both offensively and defensively in the Carolina League, but an impressive final kick could do wonders heading into the offseason.

Florida State League
Michael O'Neill, Tampa (NYY)
(.615/.706/1.154, 4 G, 8-for-13, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 SB, 1 CS)
The 2013 third-rounder and nephew of former Yankees outfielder Paul O'Neill made the most of his four games last week, collecting multiple hits in three of those contests. His best game came Friday when he matched his season highs with three hits and three RBIs and smacked his first homer since July 5. With a .224 average and .277 OBP this season in the FSL, the University of Michigan product has had a rough go of it in his second full season but has been buoyed by a solid August, during which he's produced a .271/.346/.386 line in 22 games.

Midwest League
Harrison Bader, Peoria (STL)
(.448/.448/.828, 7 G, 13-for-29, 1 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 2 CS)
Since being taken in the third round out of the University of Florida back in June, Bader has done nothing but hit in the Cardinals system. He went 11-for-29 (.379) with two homers in seven games at Class A Short Season State College before getting bumped up to Peoria, and as he showed last week, he brought his bat with him to the Midwest League. The 21-year-old outfielder has a .303/.372/.489 line with seven homers, 24 RBIs and 14 steals in 47 games with the Chiefs. In his first opportunity to be ranked, Bader was slotted as the Cardinals' No. 17 prospect by MLB.com this summer and could climb again this offseason if he continues to show this level of offensive prowess.

South Atlantic League
Roberto Ramos, Asheville (COL)
(.474/.524/1.105, 5 G, 9-for-19, 3 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R, 1 BB, 4 K)
A 16th-round pick out of California's College of the Canyons in 2014, Ramos just started to make a big name for himself this summer following a middling (.615 OPS in 39 games) debut season. The Rockies started the left-handed-hitting first baseman out at Rookie-level Grand Junction in mid-June but bumped him up two levels to Asheville on July 1. He's mashed ever since by hitting .362/.419/.652 in 38 games with the Tourists. His three homers last week give him nine over that span and 12 in 47 contests this season. Since he made his Sally League debut, only three Class A hitters (Bobby Bradley with 14, Arturo Rodriguez/K.J. Woods with 13) have hit more homers than Ramos' nine.

New York-Penn League
Trey Amburgey, Staten Island (NYY)
(.452/.455/.710, 8 G, 14-for-31, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 4 SB)
Amburgey, a 13th-round pick in June out of St. Petersburg Community College, is making one heck of an impression during his first season in the Yankees system. The 20-year-old outfielder fared well in the Gulf Coast League, batting .333 with 14 steals in 37 games but has been on another planet in the NYPL. Following his big showing last week, Amburgey is 24-for-52 (.462) with three homers, two triples, six doubles, 14 RBIs and six steals in just 14 games with Staten Island and says he's hoping to carry the banner for small-school players. "I've always carried that, even when I was in summer [ball] last year," he told MiLB.com last week. "I just wanted to prove I belonged and that I can play with the best of them. So I've always carried that motivation."

Northwest League
Dylan Moore, Spokane (TEX)
(.409/.567/.818, 8 G, 9-for-22, 3 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 8 R, 7 BB, 5 K, 6 SB)
Moore became a name on Draft boards this spring when he slashed .333/.417/.542 with 10 homers and 14 steals in 58 games as a senior at Central Florida and was eventually taken in the seventh round by the Rangers in June. He's brought his good mix of power and speed with him to the pros and has collected seven homers and 12 steals in 64 games in Spokane thus far. Half of those thefts came in the last week with a pair each coming Tuesday and Wednesday at Eugene.

Appalachian League
Austin Riley, Danville (ATL)
(.560/.600/1.000, 7 G, 14-for-25, 5 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K)
Riley was ranked as the No. 106 Draft prospect this year by MLB.com with the site looking favorably upon his abilities as powerful infielder and a hard-throwing pitcher. The Braves liked the Mississippi high schooler enough as a hitter to take him with the 41st overall pick and have used him at third base in the Gulf Coast and Appalachian Leagues. Though first-year Minor League stats are normally just gravy for high school Draft picks, the 18-year-old slugger has provided the Braves with plenty to feast on, having hit .308 with a .941 OPS and 12 homers in 58 pro games thus far.

Pioneer League
Gage Green, Ogden (LAD)
(.519/.567/.778, 6 G, 14-for-27, 1 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 SB, 1 CS)
As a 35th-round pick out of Oklahoma State, Green likely won't have too long a leash and will have to perform at every level if he's going to be given a chance to stick in the Dodgers system. So far, so good. The 23-year-old outfielder/catcher has multiple hits in each of his last four games and is riding the Pioneer League's longest active hitting streak at 13 games. Since jumping from the Arizona League to Ogden on July 10, Green is hitting .349/.418/.521 with four homers, two triples, 13 doubles, 29 RBIs and six steals in 44 games with the Raptors.

Sam Dykstra is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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