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Xavier Scruggs, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals
2014 Stats: .282/.363/.486, 49 XBH (20 HR), 85 RBI, 49 BB, 112 K (129 G)
At the end of play on July 3, Scruggs was hitting .244. Since then, the 26-year-old has hit .333, including a .351/.418/.670 slash line in August, raising his season average 38 points.
His eight home runs on the month are tied with the Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant for the Pacific Coast League's third-highest total, and he's now hit at least 20 four-baggers in four consecutive seasons.
Joey Terdoslavich, 1B/OF, Atlanta Braves
2014 Stats: .257/.339/.388, 33 XBH (15 HR), 59 RBI, 60 BB, 101 K (132 G)
Since being named Atlanta's Minor League Player of the Year in 2011, the 25-year-old Terdoslavich has been a relative disappointment. He spent part of 2013 in the big leagues, hitting only .215 with a .581 OPS over 79 at-bats, and has spent all of 2014 with Triple-A Gwinnett.
While he's not hitting for an insanely high average, Terdoslavich's power has been on display as of late, as he homered in five straight games from Aug. 17 to Aug. 21, the only player in Gwinnett history to accomplish that feat.
He's reached base 21 times over his last 10 games and is hitting .266 with seven home runs, 18 RBI and a .873 OPS in 25 August contests.
Mike Wright, RHP, Baltimore Orioles
2014 Stats: 5-11, 4.83 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 136 IP, 157 H, 38 BB, 96 K (25 GS)
Few pitchers ever enjoy the kind of roll that Wright, Baltimore's third-round pick in the 2011 draft, is currently enjoying.
He's allowed one earned run over his last 23 innings of work, allowing fewer baserunners (15) than he has strikeouts (18), and he came within one strike of throwing a no-hitter against Durham (TB) on Aug. 21.
Asked by The Virginian-Pilot's David Hall how it feels to be on such a run after flirting with baseball immortality, Wright left little doubt as to why he's throwing as well as he is:
Oh, it's tremendous. It definitely helps my confidence, but the reason I'm here now as opposed to where I was at the beginning of the season because of confidence. I decided to just go out there and stop trying so hard and just try to be as comfortable as possible and relaxed on the mound and go out there with confidence in every pitch. With an outing like that, it's just a testimony to how much confidence means.
Over his last six starts dating back to July 25, Wright has pitched to a 1.11 ERA and 0.93 WHIP, issuing only five walks while striking out 30 batters in 40.2 innings.
Aaron Northcraft, RHP, Atlanta Braves
2014 Stats (Double-A/Triple-A) 7-9, 4.49 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 126.1 IP, 140 H, 48 BB, 111 K (25 G, 23 GS)
For those who don't believe that there's a big difference between Double-A and Triple-A, meet Mr. Northcraft. After going 7-3 with a 2.88 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 13 games for Double-A Mississippi, the 24-year-old got the call to join Triple-A Gwinnett in late June.
He hasn't won a game since.
Not only is Northcraft winless (0-6) in 12 games at the highest level of the minor leagues, but he's getting his head handed to him by the opposition. He's allowed at least four earned runs in six of his 11 starts and pitched to a 6.30 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP over five August appearances.
Over his last 10.2 innings of work, Northcraft has allowed nine earned runs and 17 hits. While he's struck out 12 batters, he's also walked six and hit two.
*All statistics courtesy of MiLB.com and are current through games of Aug. 26.