Midwest League pitcher of the week
Burke Badenhop, West Michigan
2-0, 0.75 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 12.0 IP, 11 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO
Badenhop picked up two wins this week and now leads the Midwest League with 14 victories. Last Monday, the right-hander allowed a run over six innings as the Whitecaps defeated Lansing, 3-1. He was even better against Fort Wayne on Saturday, scattering five hits over six shutout frames as West Michigan coasted to a 3-0 win. Badenhop's 166 innings leads the league, while his 2.82 ERA ranks ninth.
International League offensive player of the week
Ryan Ludwick, Toledo
.400 (10-25), 7 R, 4 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 3 BB, 9 SO, 0 SB, 1.040 SLG
The Mud Hens are tied for first with the Indianapolis Indians in the IL's West Division, and the stellar play of Ludwick is a big reason why they've been able to stay in the race. The 28-year-old bashed four homers this week to increase his team-leading total to 27. On Tuesday, Ludwick homered twice and drove in three runs as Toledo rolled to a 10-5 win over Columbus. He homered and drove in three runs the next night against Indy, and smoked a two-run dinger in Friday's 10-4 win over the Indians.
Eastern League offensive player of the week
Chris Maples, Erie
.464 (13-28), 6 R, 3 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 0 BB, 6 SO, 1 SB, .786 SLG
The red-hot Maples has hit safely in 11 straight games, and 20 of his last 21. The 26-year-old has collected two hits in each of his last four games, and homered on both Thursday and Saturday. Maples is hitting .364 in August after hitting just .239 in July and .241 in June. His 70 RBIs lead the SeaWolves, while his 19 home runs rank second.
Yeah, I know, not very "sexy" names but still good to see some Tigers minor leaguers have a good week.