Oeltjen's Impressive Week Earns Him Top Honors

Trent Oeltjen is turning into a big-time prospect within the Twins organization, and this past week he was so impressive, that the Twins named him their Minor League Player of the Week. The past two months he has hit well over .300, and has lifted his average from .242 to .287. Here is a look at the 22-year old outfielding prospect.

Trent Oeltjen was named Twins' Minor League Player of the Week for the week ending August 28, after putting up some impressive numbers. For the week, Oeltjen batted .414, as he continues to raise his stock within the organization.

Oeltjen got off to a rough start to the season, and on June 30, was only batting .242. However, in the past two months, the 22-year old has raised his average to .287, thanks to two great months at the plate.

In July, Oeltjen began his renaissance, batting .330 in 27 games. He stroked 32 hits, including six for extra bases, and had eight multi-hit games. For good measure, the outfielder hit safely in 15 of the last 18 games of the month, as the rest of the Fort Myers offense struggled.

August has been just as good for Oeltjen, as he has batted .322 through the first 26 games of the month. He has 28 hits this month, including his first home run since June 14. It was that home run that basically won him this award.

Against Dunedin on August 25, Oeltjen had what could be his best game as a professional. With the Miracle fighting for a playoff spot, Trent went 4-4, and blasted a game winning grand slam.

His big day at the dish earned him MiLB.com's Star of the Day honors, and the Miracle finished the day 2.5 games behind Dunedin for a playoff spot.

For the season, Oeltjen is batting .287, and has driven in 44 runs. He has also been productive on the bases, swiping 21 bags in 30 tries. He seems to be more comfortable playing left-field, as he is batting .320 in 281 at-bats there.

Fort Myers is still in playoff contention with seven games remaining. They start a three-game home set against Tampa on Monday, and then finish with a split four-game series with Sarasota. As of August 28, Fort Myers is in second place in the Florida State League West Division, 2.5 games back of Dunedin and Lakeland.


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