T.J. Bohn, OF – San Antonio
Bohn's hot streak began three weeks ago and finally landed him on top of the ballot for player of the week. The 25-year-old went 8-for-17 (.471), seemingly for the umpteenth week in a row, but the difference of late has been the power stroke of the M's 2002 30th round pick. Bohn hit three home runs for the week and drove in five, including his 12th home run of the year in Monday night's 7-4 victory over Corpus Christi.
Bohn, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound right-handed hitter, is hitting .311 on the season, with 53 RBI and 26 stolen bases. The recent improvement in the power department have Bohn on track to see Triple-A in 2006.
Jaime Bubela, OF – San Antonio
Bubela continues to thrive in the leadoff spot for the Missions, going 11-for-23 (.478) with six runs scored and three steals last week. The 27-year-old added his eighth home run of the year and drove in three. Bubela is hitting .301 on the season as the center fielder in San Antonio.
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS - Tacoma
Betancourt is cruising right a long – and showing improvement in the areas he has shown to be among his weakest. When the 23-year-old was promoted to Triple-A Tacoma on June 2, he had drawn a total of nine bases on balls in 52 games. Through his first 42 games with the Rainiers, the Cuban drew just three walks. In his past five games, Betancourt has drawn three walks, two were key plate appearances late in close games. The glove man went 8-for-19 (.421) last week with a double, two triples, four RBI and, of course, his usual top drawer defense. Betancourt is hitting .299 in Tacoma.
InsidethePark.com's Pitcher of the Week
Chad Fillinger, RHP – Inland Empire
Fillinger was the Mariners 16th round pick in the '04 draft and took on a heavyweight last Thursday night. Fillinger, a Santa Clara product, went toe-to-toe with Angels first round pick Jered Weaver – and more than held his own. The 22-year-old right-hander went seven shutout innings allowing just two hits. Fillinger did not allow a hit until the fifth inning, did not walk a batter and struck out nine Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, including uber-prospect Brandon Wood twice in three at-bats. Fillinger received a no-decision for his efforts, mostly due to Weaver's seven-inning, one-hit outing and a tough 1-0 loss.
Fillinger's third start with the 66ers offset his previous two disasters and "lowered" his ERA to 8.49.
Jason Mackintosh, LHP – Inland Empire
Mackintosh followed up Fillinger's gem with a strong start of his own the very next night. The southpaw allowed an earned run on just three hits versus the Quakes. Mackintosh walked three and fanned eight in the 66ers 8-1 win. The 24-year-old is 6-8 on the season, sporting a decent 4.01 ERA in 130.1 innings of work.
Bobby Livingston, LHP – Tacoma
B-Liv made his second start in Triple-A and returned to form in a strong five-inning outing. Livingston allowed just three hits, one a solo home run in the first inning, walked just one and struck out six Tucson Sidewinders to grab his first victory in Tacoma. The win was Livingston's ninth of the year.
Jason A Churchill is the Executive Editor at InsidethePark.com and can be reached via e-mail at JasonAChurchill@InsideThePark.com