Twins minor-league stars of the week: Aug. 21

BY foxsports • August 21, 2015

This week's FOXSportsNorth.com Minor League Star of the Week is Chattanooga center fielder Max Kepler.

Kepler, a native of Berlin, Germany, has produced exemplary stats all season, but especially this week. Since Sunday, Kepler has gone 9 for 15 (.600) at the plate, with six RBI. It'll be interesting to see how Kepler fits into the Minnesota Twins' loaded outfield picture in 2016 and beyond.

Here's a look at what Kepler and the rest of this week's minor-league stars did throughout the Twins' farm system.

TRIPLE-A ROCHESTER

Player of the Week: 2B James Beresford

2015 stats: .314/.347/.370, 19 2B, 43 RBI

Recent highlights: Beresford, arguably Rochester's most consistent hitter this season, has hit .343 (12 for 35) over his last 10 games. From Sunday through Wednesday this week, the 26-year-old native Australian went 7 for 16 (.438) at the plate.

Pitcher of the Week: LHP Pat Dean

2015 stats: 10-10, 2.92 ERA, 157 IP, 92 K, 33 BB

Recent highlights: Over the last eight days, Dean is 2-0, with two scoreless outings. That includes Wednesday's sterling start against Buffalo, in which Dean threw a complete game, striking out six while scattering six hits, in the Red Wings' 6-0 victory. The lefty has averaged just 1.4 walks over his last 10 starts.  

DOUBLE-A CHATTANOOGA

Player of the Week: CF Max Kepler

2015 stats: .336/.418/.560, 33 2B, 60 RBI 

Recent highlights: Kepler, 22, has produced countless stat lines that make you shake your head this season. Wednesday provided another memorable moment, as the center fielder went 4 for 5 with a homer and two RBI in an 11-0 win at Pensacola. In his last 10 games, the speedy Kepler -- who has 12 triples and 17 stolen bases this season -- has hit .415 (17 for 41). 

Pitcher of the Week: LHP Brett Lee

2015 stats (overall in minors): 6-7, 3.19 ERA, 115 2/3 IP, 53 K, 37 BB

Recent highlights: Lee, 24, has won in each of his last five starts. That includes Wednesday against Pensacola, when Lee threw seven scoreless frames, yielding just two hits. Opponents are hitting .247 against the lefty this season.   

HIGH-A FORT MYERS

Player of the Week: 2B Logan Wade

2015 stats: .249/.288/.363, 17 2B, 29 RBI

Recent highlights: Wade, 23, has picked up the pace in the batter's box of late. Since Sunday, the native of Brisbane, Australia has gone 7 for 14 (.500) at the plate. That includes a 3-for-4 effort on Wednesday night, in the Miracle's 6-4 win at Charlotte.  

Pitcher of the Week: LHP Mat Batts

2015 stats (overall in minors): 10-5, 2.24 ERA, 124 1/3 IP, 119 K, 26 BB

Recent highlights: Batts has managed to miss opposing bats all summer, evidenced by his impressive WHIP of 1.06. The 24-year-old lefty spurred Fort Myers' 5-1 win at Charlotte on Sunday, going eight innings and scattering four hits, striking out nine and surrendering one lone run. Batts also issued nary a walk on that day.   

LOW-A CEDAR RAPIDS

Player of the Week: 2B Pat Kelly

2015 stats: .226/.278/.325, 13 2B, 30 RBI 

Recent highlights: Kelly, a 22-year-old Nebraska product, has hit .303 (10 for 33) over his last 10 games, with a pair of three-hit games during that stretch. Last Saturday, at Fort Wayne, Kelly went 3 for 4 at the plate.

Pitcher of the Week: RHP Felix Jorge

2015 stats: 6-5, 2.83 ERA, 127 1/3, 101 K, 30 BB 

Recent highlights: Jorge, a 21-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, leads the Kernels in innings pitched (127 1/3) by a wide margin this season. The workhorse also has a .213 opponent batting average. On Wednesday, he spurred a 4-2 Cedar Rapids win over Kane County by going seven innings and scattering seven hits while surrendering just two runs.

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