1. Derek Holland (LHP, Frisco) – Earlier this week, southpaw Derek Holland strung together his second straight superior performance since breezing through Clinton and Bakersfield. He made Tulsa look downright silly on August 18th, tossing eight shutout innings and striking out 10 en route to his first Double-A victory. It was almost more of the same in his last time on the hill this past Monday as he allowed just a run on three hits over six innings of work, striking out seven. To say his microscopic 0.64 ERA (through 14 innings) and 17/2 K/BB ratio are impressive would probably be an understatement.
2. Mitch Moreland (1B, Clinton) – With former teammate Ian Gac now a member of the Bakersfield Blaze, fellow first baseman Mitch Moreland seems to have taken over the role of the slugging behemoth on the club. The reigning Midwest League Player of the Week has knocked the cover off the ball to the tune of .365 (15-for-41) with five homeruns and 11 RBI over his last ten ballgames. The beatings he's delivered have helped propel Clinton to the Midwest League playoffs.
3. Jose Vallejo (2B, Frisco) – Frisco's second baseman has been white-hot over the past week of action. He owns a sterling .435 (17-for-39) average over his last 10 ballgames, but has collected just three runs batted in during that time. Still, he has scored eight runs and finds himself in the midst of a nice looking eight game hit-streak.
4. Julio Borbon (CF, Frisco) – Yet another ‘Rider busy spraying the ball all over the place is centerfielder Julio Borbon. With a two hit night on Friday evening, the second baseman finds himself all caught up in a .391 average (18-for-46) over his last 10 ballgames, six stolen bases during that time, and a 12-game hit-streak overall.
5. Chris Gradoville (C, Bakersfield) – August has been a career month for Bakersfield's backstop. Gradoville is hitting .384 (15-for-39) over his past 10 ballgames, with two round-trippers and eight driven in. The 24-year old also owns a .389 (28-for-72) average through 19 games this month.
6. Carlos Pimentel (RHP, Spokane) – The only bad news going for Carlos Pimentel is that he recently saw a 10.2 inning-long scoreless streak come to an end at the hands of an RBI single in a game on August 17th. However, the righty remains undefeated in his last three starts with Spokane, posting an out of this world 0.60 earned run average in the process.
7. Tim Smith (OF, Clinton) – After a down month of July, Smith's bat has erupted once again in August, hitting .350 (28-for-80) in the month. He can hang a .341 (15-for-44) average on the wall over the last 10 games as well, with nine runs batted in.
8. Jared Hyatt (RHP, Frisco) – Hyatt strung together an impressive outing of his own on August 17th, holding Northwest Arkansas scoreless over his 6.1 innings of work. He also allowed just two hits, racked up eight strikeouts, and walked nobody. He's 2-1 with a 1.40 ERA in August.
9. Neftali Feliz (RHP, Frisco) – In the grand scheme of things, August has not been as kind a month to Neftali Feliz as his first July in Double-A was. The righty is just 1-2 with a 4.20 ERA with at least a couple more starts to go in the month. But back on August 19th, Feliz held Double-A San Antonio hitless for five innings and teamed with Trey Hodges to throw a combined no-hitter before rain postponed the rest of the game.
10. Joaquin Arias (2B, Oklahoma) – Arias rode a hot streak of his own into a major league promotion recently. He was in the midst of a 15-for-42 stretch when Ian Kinsler went down with an injury, and had ripped the cover off the ball basically all August long, posting a .375 average (24-for-64) on the month.
1. Steven Murphy (OF, Frisco) – Recently, Frisco's centerfielder strung together a nice performance Wednesday night against San Antonio, going 3-for-7 in an 12-inning loss with two runs batted in. Unfortunately, he could use a few more evenings like that in order to break out of a pretty bad offensive doldrum. Murphy is hitting just .119 (5-for-42) over his last 10 games, and has fanned 12 times.
2. Truan Mehl (OF, Bakersfield) – Still another outfielder whose bat could desperately use a jolt of energy, Mehl owns a .135 (5-for-37) over his last 10 ballgames. August has been a tough month for the outfielder, who is hitting well under .200 over these dog days.
3. Jason Ogata (2B, Spokane) – Ogata can't seem to buy a hit as of late, going 4-for-38 over his last 10 games for the Indians. His .105 average certainly hasn't been pretty, and neither have his 11 strikeouts at the plate.