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Offensive Players of the Week
For the week ending July 8
07/09/2012 5:30 PM ET
Local boy makes good: Huntsville native Hunter Morris hit four homers for the Stars.
Local boy makes good: Huntsville native Hunter Morris hit four homers for the Stars. (Huntsville Stars)
International League
Nate McLouth, Norfolk
(.320/.406/1.040, 7 G, 8-for-25, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 9 R, 5 BB, 3 K)
McLouth joined the Tides on June 8 after being designated for assignment by the Pirates, where he'd spent the first two months of the season. The former National League All-Star hasn't exactly raked in the IL -- he's batting .233 with a .317 on-base percentage -- but five of his eight hits this week left the park and he's driven in 14 runs in his last eight games. The Tides won five of seven games during the week with the 30-year-old McLouth driving in or scoring 16 of their 39 runs.

Pacific Coast League
Andrew Brown, Colorado Springs
(.452/.469/1.097, 7 G, 14-for-31, 2 2B, 6 HR, 12 RBI, 9 R, 1 BB, 6 K)
It no doubt helps Brown that half his games are played at altitude in Colorado Springs, but if it were easy, everyone would be hitting six homers in seven games. The 26-year-old outfielder did just that this week, including a 5-for-5, two-homer, five-RBI performance on Independence Day. Brown had as many longballs this week as he had in all of June, and the burst gives him 18 on the season, good for third-most in the PCL. He's now second on the circuit with 79 RBIs and tied for fourth with 64 runs scored in 81 games.

Eastern League
Brad Glenn, New Hampshire
(.419/.455/1.097, 8 G, 13-for-31, 6 2B, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R, 1 BB, 6 K)
Glenn has been on a tear since spending three weeks on the disabled list in June. The 25-year-old outfielder has hits in 11 of 12 games since rejoining the Fisher Cats lineup on June 27, highlighted by seven of his 14 homers this season and 16 of his 42 RBIs. Glenn kicked off the week by going 9-for-19 with four longballs, five doubles and seven RBIs in four games between Monday and Thursday, then capped it with a homer and a pair of RBIs on Sunday to help New Hampshire snap a three-game skid with a 5-4 win over New Britain.

Southern League
Hunter Morris, Huntsville
(.517/.533/1.103, 7 G, 15-for-29, 1 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 7 R, 1 BB, 3 K)
Morris was born and raised in Huntsville and is now having an All-Star season for his hometown Stars. The 23-year-old first baseman, whom the Brewers selected out of Auburn in the fourth round of the 2010 Draft, was named the Southern League's Player of the Month for June and has been even better in July. After going 4-for-4 with a homer on Monday, Morris was just 1-for-8 in his next two games before reeling off four consecutive multi-hit games -- with four longballs in the final three contests -- to close out the week. He now ranks second in the league in batting and slugging, third in OPS and fourth in home runs.

Texas League
Jonathan Singleton, Corpus Christi
(.412/.524/.941, 5 G, 7-for-17, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, 4 BB, 3 K, 3 hits at the Futures Game)
Limited to five Texas League games this week due to his participation in Sunday's All-Star Futures Game in Kansas City (where he went 3-for-5 in the U.S. team's 17-5 win), Singleton managed to fit plenty of hits into his shortened schedule. After batting just .148/.317/.235 in 25 June games, the 20-year-old first baseman homered and doubled twice against Tulsa on Monday before adding a triple, double and pair of RBIs at Northwest Arkansas on Thursday. Singleton is third in the league in walks and sixth in runs scored as the Hooks have opened the second half of the season by going 11-5.

California League
Yazy Arbelo, Visalia
(.476/.500/1.238, 5 G, 10-for-21, 4 2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 5 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 CS)
Arbelo began the season with the Rawhide but was promoted to Double-A Mobile after two weeks. The 24-year-old slugger returned to Visalia on July 4 after posting a .213/299/.360 line in 60 games with the BayBears and celebrated Independence Day with a home run, double and four RBIs. Arbelo ripped two solo shots, adding a double, on Friday and went 4-for-5 with his fourth longball in as many games Saturday night. The Keystone College product now has eight homers in 16 Cal League games this season along with six in 60 Southern League contests.

Carolina League
Aaron Baker, Frederick
(.375/.417/.906, 7 G, 12-for-32, 3 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 7 R, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 SB)
With his four blasts this week giving him 19 for the season, Baker leads both the Carolina League and the Orioles system in home runs and RBIs. The 24-year-old first baseman opened the month with a pair of hits in each of his first four games and has reached base in 17 straight. Eight of his 12 hits this week went for extra bases, highlighted by four longballs in the first three games of the month. Now batting .361/.420/.806 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 18 games since the All-Star break, Baker is closing in on several career marks with almost two months left in the season.

Florida State League
Daniel Ortiz, Fort Myers
(.333/.364/.767, 7 G, 10-for-30, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 CS)
After homering three times in his first 51 games since joining the Miracle on May 1, Ortiz has gone deep three times in his last four outings. The 22-year-old outfielder had multiple hits -- with at least one going for extra bases -- in four straight games between Tuesday and Friday. Ortiz hit just .245/.280/.373 in his first month at the Class A Advanced level but is batting .316 in the 30 games since, including .357 in the second.

Midwest League
Yorman Rodriguez, Dayton
(.464/.483/.893, 7 G, 13-for-28, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 CS)
The Reds signed Rodriguez for $2.5 million as a 16-year-old, and despite a disappointing 2011 season cut short by a shoulder injury, he began the season at Class A Advanced Bakersfield as Cincinnati's No. 9 prospect. After a miserable .156/.181/.200 start in his first 23 Cal League games, the Reds reassigned him to Dayton. Still just 19 years old, Rodriguez seems to have recovered his confidence at the plate -- he reeled off four straight multi-hit games this week and went deep on both Friday and Saturday -- and is again showing the vast potential the Reds hoped for in 2009.

South Atlantic League
Steven Souza Jr., Hagerstown
(.333/.455/1.037, 7 G, 9-for-27, 4 2B, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 9 R, 6 BB, 4 K, 1 SB, 1 CS)
A third-round pick out of the state of Washington in 2007, Souza played two full seasons for the Suns in 2009 and '10 before spending 2011 with Class A Advanced Potomac. Back in Hagerstown this year after recovering from a knee injury, the 23-year-old has already set career marks for home runs and RBIs and lifted his slugging almost 200 points over his mark last season. Though not quite matching his nine-RBI night on April 25, Souza ripped five homers this week to help the Suns to a five-game sweep of visiting Lexington. With 15 blasts in 63 games, he ranks third in the league and fourth in the Nats organization.

New York-Penn League
Christopher Serritella, Williamsport
(.379/.471/.828, 7 G, 11-for-29, 4 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 8 R, 4 BB, 7 K)
Serritella won the Missouri Valley Conference batting title (.389) this spring at Southern Illinois and has kept hitting since the Phillies made him their fourth-round pick last month. The 22-year-old homered in three straight games between Thursday and Saturday and scored in six of seven contests this week. He leads the league with 18 RBIs in 21 games while ranking second in slugging and doubles and fourth in OPS.

Northwest League
Patrick Kivlehan, Everett
(.379/.438/.862, 7 G, 11-for-29, 2 2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 10 R, 1 BB, 13 K, 2 SB)
A fourth-round pick out of Rutgers, Kivlehan hasn't needed much time to adjust to wooden bats. The 22-year-old third baseman had a pair of two-homer games amongst his five multi-hit contests this week. His approach at the plate defines the word aggressive -- he has 31 strikeouts and one walk in 22 games -- but he's put up strong numbers despite the K's. At .295/.347/.534, he leads the league in slugging and ranks second in home runs and RBIs.

Appalachian League
Felix Marte, Danville
(.400/.400/.833, 7 G, 12-for-30, 1 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 7 R, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 CS)
Marte began the season with Class A Rome but struggled, hitting .231/.264/.289 in 36 games before returning to extended Spring Training. (He wasn't alone, as the R-Braves went just 18-52 in the first half of the season.) He kicked off the Appy League season with three hits on Opening Day, however, and hasn't stopped hitting since. This week's outburst, which included four homers and five multi-hit games, has Marte ranked second in the league in hitting, second in home runs and fourth in RBIs.

Pioneer League
Ben Waldrip, Grand Junction
(.478/.500/1.087, 6 G, 11-for-23, 2 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 5 R, 1 BB, 4 K)
There's no place like home for Waldrip, a 10th-round pick out of Jacksonville State in the June Draft. The 22-year-old first baseman is hitting .407 with four homers and 10 RBIs in seven home games and .161 with no longballs and two RBIs in seven games on the road. With five of his six games this week being played at Sam Suplizio Field, Waldrip was off to the races. He went 4-for-4 with two blasts, a double and four RBIs against Orem on Tuesday, then celebrated the fourth of July with a homer, single and three more RBIs.

John Parker is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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