Wiel highlights Player of the Week winners

Twins prospect takes Midwest League honor after seven-RBI outburst

Zander Wiel boosted his slugging percentage from .389 on June 23 to .459 after slugging .525 in the second half. (Kernels)

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com | September 6, 2016 3:04 PM

Zander Wiel racked up a week's worth of RBIs in one game Monday, capturing the Midwest League's 2016 RBI crown as well as its last Player of the Week award of the season in the process.

"Having the league lead in RBIs, that doesn't really matter to me," the 23-year-old Twins first base prospect said after his seven-RBI outburst for Cedar Rapids on Monday. "It's cool at the end of the year when you look back."

Minnesota's 12th-round pick last summer, Wiel leads the latest list of Minor League Player of the Week honorees after going 10-for-30 (.333) with four homers, 11 RBIs, a walk and seven runs scored in six games from Aug. 29 to Sept. 5.

"I was aware of [the stats] coming into this game, but I wasn't really thinking of that when I was playing," Wiel said after the seven-RBI day. "I was more than anything trying to do what I do every game -- take it one game at a time and help my team however I can. I know I'm supposed to be a run producer and that's what I want to do."

He accomplished that mission, going deep on consecutive days Sept. 2-3 while collecting three hits in each contest. His seven-RBI game included two home runs and a walk. Still, the Vanderbilt product downplayed the accomplishment despite never having more than four RBIs in a game in his pro career.

"I didn't do anything different today -- just trying to treat it like any other game," Wiel said. "I had some opportunities for some RBIs and wanted to put some barrel on the ball, and good stuff happened."

Wiel finished the season batting .259 with 19 homers and 86 RBIs in 128 games. He drew 55 walks but struck out 125 times in 501 at-bats for the Kernels. He ranked second in homers in the Midwest League, and 11 of his 86 RBIs came in his final four games.

"I'd say more than anything I just tried to focus on staying short, sometimes I'll get a little big or try to do too much," he said. "It makes me long and that's when I kind of lose my swing and get beat by pitches. I've been just trying to focus this week on being as short as I can and direct to the ball, and it's paid off for sure."

Here is the complete list of Minor League Offensive Players of the Week for Aug. 29 - Sept. 5:

International League -- Jesus Aguilar, Columbus (CLE) (.406/.441/.875, 8 G, 13-for-32, 3 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 1 IBB, 4 K, 1 CS)

Pacific Coast League -- O'Koyea Dickson, Oklahoma City (LAD) (.500/.500/1.038, 6 G, 13-for-26, 3 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 5 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 CS)

Eastern League -- Rafael Bautista, Harrisburg (WAS) (.475/.523/.600, 9 G, 19-for-40, 1 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB, 7 K, 6 SB, 1 CS)

Southern League -- Niko Goodrum, Chattanooga (MIN) (.500/.545/.867, 8 G, 15-for-30, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, 5 K, 3 SB, 1 CS)

Texas League -- Mauricio Ramos, Northwest Arkansas (KC) (.441/.459/.559, 8 G, 15-for-34, 4 2B, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R, 2 BB, 10 K)

California League -- Josh Fuentes, Modesto (COL) (.438/.455/.844, 7 G, 14-for-32, 3 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 8 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 SB)

Carolina League -- Robert Pehl, Wilmington (KC) (.440/.481/.680, 7 G, 11-for-25, 3 2B, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 7 K)

Florida State League -- Gavin LaValley, Daytona (CIN) (.429/.478/.952, 6 G, 9-for-21, 5 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 8 R, 2 BB, 3 K)

Midwest League -- Zander Wiel, Cedar Rapids (MIN) (.333/.355/.733, 6 G, 10-for-30, 0 2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 7 R, 1 BB, 6 K)

South Atlantic League -- Cedric Mullins, Delmarva (BAL) (.433/.433/.833, 7 G, 13-for-30, 3 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 1 K, 3 SB)

New York-Penn League -- Josh Lester, Connecticut (CT) (.419/.406/.806, 8 G, 13-for-31, 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 5 R, 0 BB, 4 K)

Northwest League -- Zack Bowers, Salem-Keizer (SF) (.467/.526/1.067, 5 G, 7-for-15, 3 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 3 SB)

Appalachian League -- Bradley Jones, Bluefield (TOR) (.600/.600/1.200, 4 G, 9-for-15, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 0 BB, 3 K)

Pioneer League -- DJ Peters, Ogden (LAD) (.452/.514/.903, 8 G, 14-for-31, 2 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 SB, 1 CS)

Danny Wild is an editor for MiLB.com. Follow his MLBlog column, Minoring in Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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