William Beckwith drove in 17 runs this week while putting up a 1.211 OPS.
William Beckwith, Todd Cunningham, and Stefan Garetrell were all blazing hot at the plate, Gus Schlosser threw up nothing but zeros, and Dan Brewer hit for the cycle. Lynchburg teammates Edward Salcedo, Adam Milligan, and Matt Weaver all struggled, as did Phil Gosselin and Robby Hefflinger.
William Beckwith 1B, Rome Braves -Beckwith had a phenomenal week, putting up a .370/.433/.778/1.211 slash line while collecting 28% of his RBI for the season. The 21 year old was on fire, with 7 of his 10 hits going for extra bases, and he had a pair of 4 RBI games and a 5 RBI game. He's having a fine season overall, hitting .301 with a .852 OPS, 19 doubles, 12 homers, 60 RBI, and 12 steals in 286 at bats.
Todd Cunningham CF, Mississippi Braves - Cunningham had a hit in every game he played in this week, rapping out a .435 average and adding a new dimension to his game with a .739 slugging percentage, helping him to a 1.258 OPS. The 23 year old is in the midst of a 9 game hitting streak that's seen him hit .371 with a 1.150 OPS, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 2 homers, 7 RBI, and 2 steals. He's currently leading the Southern League with a .322 batting average, and has already set career highs in at bats, hits, doubles, triples, RBI, total bases, and steals.
Gus Schlosser RHP, Lynchburg Hillcats - 1-0, 2 GS, 14 IP, 0 R, 9 H, 1 BB, 15 K - Schlosser didn't allow an earned run in either of his starts this week, tossing a complete game shutout on Monday and striking out 9 over 5 shutout innings on Saturday. He hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 4 starts, allowing 14 hits, 3 walks, and striking out 27 in 28 innings over that span. The 23 year old leads the Carolina League with 11 wins and 134.1 innings, has the lowest ERA of pitchers still in the league at 2.88, and the lowest WHIP of pitchers still in the league at 1.06.
Stefan Gartrell OF, Gwinnett Braves -14-30, 4 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, SB - Gartrell had more hits than any Braves farmhand this week, helping him to a .467 batting average and a 1.300 OPS for the week. The 28 year old has been outstanding in July, hitting .397 with a 1.136 OPS, 6 doubles, 5 homers, and 12 RBI, and he has 8 stolen bases this year, as many as he had in the last 2 years combined.
Dan Brewer OF, Lynchburg Hillcats - 8-22, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, SB - Brewer capped off his week with the best single game performance from a Braves hitter this season, hitting for the cycle against the Salem Red Sox on Sunday. The Braves acquired the 25 year old from the Yankees organization to provide a veteran presence to the Lynchburg lineup, and he did his job this week, hitting .364 with a 1.099 OPS.
Honorable Mention: Randall Delgado, Yohan Flande, Ernesto Mejia, Terry Tiffee, Luis Durango, Felix Pie, Gwinnett Braves; Evan Gattis, Gary Moran, Jaime Pedroza, JR Graham, Zeke Spruill, Christian Bethancourt, Mississippi Braves; Aaron Northcraft, Emerson Landoni, Mike Lee, Cody Martin, Lynchburg Hillcats; Navery Moore, David Peterson, David Stern, Alex Wood, Chase Anselment, Cory Brownsten, Ross Heffley, Rome Braves; Carlos Franco, Danville Braves; Donovan Drake, Patrick Scoggin, Justin Black, Abraham Espinosa, GCL Braves
Phil Gosselin 2B, Mississippi Braves - 2-20, 2 RBI - Gosselin struggled mightily this week, hitting a punchless .100, and he's struggled for most of the year, hitting .246 with a .648 OPS, 21 doubles, 1 homer, 35 RBI, and 10 steals in 366 at bats. Mississippi's park tends to stymie hitters, and the 23 year old has been no exception, hitting .227 with a .594 OPS in 194 at bats at home, compared to a .267 average and a .707 OPS in 172 at bats on the road.
Matt Weaver UTL, Lynchburg Hillcats -3-20, BB, 8 K, 2 SB - Weaver had a rough week, hitting just .150 and striking out in 40% of his at bats, and he's struggled in the second half, hitting .204 with a .600 OPS, striking out in 50% of his 98 at bats, after hitting .243 with a .794 OPS in 107 at bats in the first half. The 22 year old has also struggled at home, hitting .206 with a .523 OPS in 97 at bats compared to a .241 average and a .861 OPS in 108 at bats on the road.
Edward Salcedo 3B, Lynchburg Hillcats - 4-26, 2 2B, RBI, BB, 12 K - Salcedo struck out in half of his at bats this week, which led to him hitting just .154 with a .493 OPS. The Dominican native, who turned 21 yesterday, has had his ups and downs this year, but has had a solid, if unimpressive season, hitting .256 with a .716 OPS, 21 doubles, 10 homers, and 20 steals in 356 at bats.
Adam Milligan OF, Lynchburg Hillcats -4-23, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, BB, 10 K - Milligan hit only .174 this week, though 3 of his 4 hits did go for extra bases, but he still finished with a .556 OPS. The 24 year old was hoping for a healthy, breakout season this year, but while he's set career highs in games played and at bats, he's struggled at the plate, combining to hit .219 with a .666 OPS, 19 doubles, 12 homers, and 45 RBI in 343 at bats between Mississippi and Lynchburg, striking out in 40% of his at bats.
Robby Hefflinger OF, Rome Braves - 3-26, HR, RBI, BB, 8 K - Hefflinger has had a nice month, hitting .283 with a .783 OPS, 3 homers and 16 RBI in 92 at bats, but he hit just .115 with a .417 OPS this week. The 22 year old has seen his career stagnate, as this is the third year he's primarily played at Rome, and he's combined to hit .253 with a .701 OPS, 63 doubles, 19 HR, and 138 RBI in 989 plate appearances with the R-Braves.
Dishonorable Mention: Jaye Chapman, Josh Wilson, Gwinnett Braves; Joe Leonard, David Hale, Mississippi Braves; Matt Chaffee, Mike Spina, Lynchburg Hillcats; Rafael Briceno, Danville Braves; Luis Merejo, Jackson Laumann, Fernelys Sanchez, Connor Lien, GCL Braves