David Bell didn't get his season off to a good start, to say the least. He has come on strong lately, hitting .348 over the last week, getting at least one hit in six of the last seven games that he played and hitting at a .346 (9-for-26) clip over that span. Bell also had a homerun and five RBI this week and struck out only twice.
Aaron Fultz has been a quiet surprise out of the bullpen. While he did walk a hitter when he came into a bases loaded jam earlier in the week, he pitched 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball, giving up just one hit and two walks while striking out nine. The left-hander was supposed to be used primarily as a lefty specialist, but he's shown that he can get right-handed hitters out as well.
A special mention has to go to Jon Lieber, who won his fourth game without a loss this past week. Lieber has taken control of his ace status through his first four starts.
Danny Sandoval is one of those journeyman minor league types that the Phillies seem to find a lot of. Call him what you will, but he's been a nice addition to the Red Barons and hit .500 (7-for-14) over the past week. He has also hit in five of his last six games at a .471 (8-for-17) pace.
An honorable mention has to go to Shane Victorino. The Phillies had thought Victorino might be helping at the major league level and he still could be before too long. He hit .389 (7-for-18) this past week and came through the weekend with a five game hitting streak.
Is Rob Tejeda ready for the majors? He was impressive in spring training and has been just as impressive with Scranton. While he got his first win this past week, it's not because he's pitched badly - after all, he doesn't have a loss - it's because he hasn't gotten run support. On Saturday, Scranton got him eight runs and he breezed to a win over Syracuse, striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings of work. He didn't walk a hitter and allowed just three hits.
Chris Roberson had a strong week for the R-Phils. Roberson ended his week with a four game hitting sterak and hit .360 (9-for-25) this week. He has continued to play well defensively, playing primarily in right field, but also shifting over to play center field from time to time. On the season, Roberson is hitting .254 and leads Reading with five stolen bases.
Brian Hitchcox hit .333 (5-for-15) this week to earn an honorable mention.
Allen Davis (2-1, 3.04) has seemingly come out of nowhere to be a strong part of the Reading starting rotation. Davis logged 13 2/3 innings this week, giving up eight hits and two walks while striking out eight. For the week, he posted a 2.63 ERA and went 1-0, pitching seven strong innings against Norwich on Saturday.
Tim Moss is showing why he's a true prospect. After disappointing up until late last season, Moss is turning it up at Clearwater. He hit .375 (9-for-24) this past week and has hit in 12 of his last 14 games at a .347 (17-for-49) pace over the streak. Moss is hitting .313 with a .421 OBP and seven stolen bases for the Threshers.
Erick Arteaga is Clearwater's pitcher of the week based on his seven inning stint against Sarasota on Friday. Arteaga allowed just four hits and no walks, giving up two runs (one of which was unearned) in the process. He exited with a 3-2 lead, but the bullpen couldn't get the job done and he got a no decision.
Brad Harman is one of those guys who always seems to hit the ball hard. He went 5-for-16 (.313) over the past week for a slumping Lakewood team. Harman has hits in six of his last seven games and has a .320 (8-for-25) average over the streak. While things haven't gone very well for the BlueClaws, Harman has stood strong, hitting .308. The only true problem has been his defense. Harman has made 12 errors already this season and has DH written all over him.
It wasn't easy to find a Lakewood pitcher who had a good week. Derek Griffith suffered a tough loss to Hagerstown on Tuesday going 7 1/3 innings and allowing three earned runs on six hits and a walk. Griffith also struck out three hitters and has a 1.96 season ERA.