It is time for the prestigious Talking Chop Minor League Player of the Week award.
Last weeks winner, Mike Soroka, had one start and made it count giving up just 1 walk over 5.2 innings pitched. His 2 walks were the second most he's given up in a start on the season (most being 3). Once considered a reach at 28 in last years draft Soroka has absolutely thrived. He has pitched well versus left handers (.570 OPS) as well as right handers (.537 OPS), as well with runners on (.492 OPS). He now has a 1.96 ERA & 1.009 WHIP on the season.
Candidate number two: Dustin Peterson. Considered by us as the #3 best bat in the organization Dustin is on one of his patented very hot hitting streaks. While it may not look it based on his line for the week (.250/.345/.667(!!!!)) he has a near .900 OPS over his last 20 games. He came a within a single of hitting for the cycle and hammered out two homeruns in a place where homers go to die - Trustmark Park.
He has yet to put up a complete year often struggling in the second half seasons. He was red hot to start the season for the Mudcats (.314/.392/.448) last year but really struggled following the bus crash(.232/.294/.317). Is this the year he puts it all together? His .822 OPS so far on the season would pace his 2016 season as his best yet of his young career. His five homeruns also lead the organization.
All that said the winner: Joey Meneses. The 24 year old first baseman is having a career year with a .931 OPS. Last week he hit .417/.462/.792 (1.495 OPS) and for the most part is thriving in Carolina. His splits on the year: .363/.373/.513 against RHP, and .303/.452/.576 against LHP. 2015 was his worst year as a professional accumulating a .625 OPS on the season while dealing with a litany of injuries. He probably heads the Braves 1B prospects with Juan Yepez a close second (and 6 years younger) so if we want any protection for Freeman in case of injury, Meneses's development is extremely important. He needs to be dominating his competition because he is older than most players in the league and is doing so this year. It will be interesting to see how aggressive the Braves are with him, but I see a promotion in the near future for him.
So congratulations Joey on an awesome week!
Also under consideration: Johan Camargo (.348/.423/.478), Rob Whalen (6IP 4H 1ER 1BB 4K), Ozzie Albies (.292/.346/.583)