Cody Puckett, Louisville
(.560/.656/.720, 7 G, 14-for-25, 1 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 9 R, 7 BB, 4 K, 1 SB, 1 CS)
Puckett began the week mired in an 0-for-13 slump over his previous four games but broke out on Monday with a double, two singles and two RBIs in the Bats' 9-2 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. It was his first multi-hit game since June 3. The 25-year-old, who splits time between second base and left field for Louisville, followed with his two hits, including his first Triple-A homer, on Tuesday. Puckett added two more three-hit outings on Thursday and Saturday, leading the Bats to a 7-0 week.
Pacific Coast League
Andrew Brown, Colorado Springs
(.520/.571/1.040, 6 G, 13-for-25, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 10 R, 3 BB, 5 K)
Brown won the PCL's Triple Crown this week, leading the circuit in hitting, home runs and RBIs. Though he's not threatening to claim a season-long Triple Crown, Brown's big week pushed him into second place in RBIs with 65 in 68 games. The 27-year-old slugger torched visiting Salt Lake for 10 hits and 12 RBIs in a four-game series, with homers in each of the last three games of the set. Twice missing the cycle by one hit -- he needed a double on Wednesday and a triple on Friday -- Brown had at least one hit, one run and one RBI in each of his six outings, leading the Sky Sox to a 5-1 record.
Evan Bigley, New Britain
(.583/.600/1.000, 6 G, 14-for-24, 4 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 7 R, 0 BB, 2 K)
Bigley struggled in May, batting just .165, and hadn't fared too much better in June apart from a pair of three-hit games at Erie. The 25-year-old outfielder broke out in a big way this week, with four multi-hit games and at least one extra-base hit in five of his six outings. Bigley collected three hits on Tuesday, went 4-for-5 with a homer, double and three RBIs on Friday and tacked on three more hits on Sunday as the Rock Cats won their fourth straight. Bigley drove in seven runs in the first three games of New Britain's four-game set at Richmond.
Alfredo Marte, Mobile
(.556/.600/1.111, 3 G, 5-for-9, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB, 1 K; 2-for-2, 2B, RBI, R, MVP in SL All-Star Game, 6/19)
Marte kicked off his week by helping the South Division break a seven-year losing streak in the Southern League All-Star Game on Tuesday, going 2-for-2 with a double to earn MVP honors. Back in Mobile, the 23-year-old outfielder remained hot, delivering an extra-base hit and at least one RBI in each of his three games against visiting Montgomery. Marte leads the Southern League in slugging and OPS and ranks second in homers and RBIs.
Kiel Roling, Tulsa
(.368/.350/.842, 6 G, 7-for-19, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 CS)
Roling has split time at first base and designated hitter for the first-half North champion Drillers, but he's also proven to be a clutch pinch-hitter, a role in which he's 5-for-12 (.417) with six RBIs this season. This week he homered and doubled in a pair of pinch-hit situations Friday and Saturday after falling a triple shy of the cycle as a first baseman Thursday. The 25-year-old Roling doesn't draw many walks but has cut down on his strikeouts while contributing nine homers, second-most on the club.
Casey McElroy, Lake Elsinore
(.667/.737/1.000, 4 G, 10-for-15, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R, 4 BB, 1 K)
An 11th-round pick out of Auburn in the 2011 Draft, McElroy was hitting .237/.305/.377 in 59 Midwest League games before receiving the summons to California. The west coast air seems to agree with him, as he homered and scored three runs in his Storm debut Thursday before adding four hits Friday, three on Saturday and a pair on Sunday, leading Lake Elsinore to a four-game sweep of visiting Lancaster. A left-handed hitter, the 22-year-old McElroy was batting just .130 against southpaws in Fort Wayne; thus far in the Cal League, he's 1-for-1 with a walk.
Aaron Baker, Frederick
(.400/.400/1.133, 4 G, 6-for-15, 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R, 0 BB, 4 K)
Getting some time off for the All-Star break apparently agreed with Baker. After going 0-for-3 on Thursday, the Keys first baseman homered in each of three games Friday through Sunday, adding a pair of doubles and seven RBIs. Frederick broke out of an eight-game slide to win both weekend games as the 24-year-old Baker took over the Carolina League lead with 14 homers -- four shy of his personal season high, set in 125 games for Class A West Virginia in 2010.
Florida State League
Kirk Singer, Bradenton
(.474/.545/.789, 5 G, 9-for-19, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 CS)
Like Cal League winner Casey McElroy, fellow shortstop Singer was scuffling at Class A, posting a .262/.305/.321 line, before taking his new league by storm. The 22-year-old Singer went deep in his first Florida State League game on Monday and drove in at least one run in each of his first five games with the Marauders. With another blast at Charlotte on Friday, Singer has as many homers in five FSL games as he'd hit in 112 previous games for West Virginia and State College.
Anthony Garcia, Quad Cities
(.545/.615/.909, 3 G, 6-for-11, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB, 0 K)
The All-Star break limited Garcia to just three games this week, but what games they were. A double Friday and single Saturday were just a prelude to Garcia's 4-for-4 performance at Peoria on Sunday. The 20-year-old outfielder clubbed his fourth homer in nine games (after hitting just four in the previous 49) and did not strike out in his 13 plate appearances this week. If Garcia could replicate his road-game success, where he's hitting .336/.417/.552, at home (.237/.321/.485), he'd be even better than second on the team in homers and RBIs.
South Atlantic League
Mason Williams, Charleston
(.421/.421/1.053, 4 G, 8-for-19, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 SB)
After dominating the New York-Penn League for champion Staten Island last year, Williams was merely very good in the first half of the Sally League season. The 20-year-old outfielder has reasserted himself coming out of the All-Star break with eight hits -- including three home runs -- in his first four second-half games. Williams fell a triple shy of the cycle on Sunday to help Charleston avoid a four-game sweep in Greenville. Williams' power surge has given him seven blasts for the season after hitting only three for Staten Island last year.
New York-Penn League
David Chester, Lowell
(.448/.484/.793, 7 G, 13-for-29, 4 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 8 R, 2 BB, 5 K)
Opening Day was tough for Chester, who went 0-for-4 and struck out twice against Connecticut on Monday. Since then, the University of Pittsburgh product has been tough on everyone else, collecting multiple hits in each of his next six games. The 23-year-old scored in five straight games from Tuesday through Saturday and has driven in at least one run in his last five outings. Though "only" 7-for-21 with two homers and two doubles against right-handers, Chester is 6-for-8 against lefties so far this season.
Balbino Fuenmayor, Vancouver
(.400/.419/.750, 10 G, 16-for-40, 5 2B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 6 R, 1 BB, 10 K)
Still just 22 years old, this is Fuenmayor's sixth year in the Blue Jays system, including 242 games in the full-season Midwest League. After hitting six homers in 61 games with the Canadians last year, the Venezuelan-born slugger already has three in his first 10 games of the 2012 campaign. Fuenmayor fell a triple shy of the cycle at Spokane on Monday and went 6-for-10 with seven RBIs in three games against Tri-City between Thursday and Saturday as Vancouver won six of its seven games this week.
Rory Rhodes, Elizabethton
(.400/.552/.885, 6 G, 13-for-26, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB, 4 K)
The Australian-born Rhodes began the season with full-season Beloit, but posted a .189/.262/.289 line in 26 games before returning to extended Spring Training. The step back has been productive for the 6-foot-7 first baseman, who began the Appy League schedule with five straight multi-hit games. Rhodes has had at least one hit, RBI and run scored in each of his first six contests with Elizabethton, and his 13 hits in six games are just four shy of the 17 he collected in 26 games with Beloit.
Ryan Garvey, Grand Junction
(.500/.600/.950, 6 G, 10-for-20, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 5 BB, 6 K, 1 SB)
The Rockies' 33rd-round selection in this month's Draft, Garvey seems to have inherited more than a name from his 10-time All-Star father Steve. Ryan has hits in each of his first six games as a pro and homered in back-to-back games against Idaho Falls on Friday and Saturday. With 10 hits and five walks in six games, Garvey's ability to get on base is proving key for the Rockies in their debut season in Grand Junction.