Kevin Howard came up big for the Arizona Fall League's Mesa Solar Sox this past week. On Monday, he went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and scored as Mesa edged the Peoria Saguaros, 6-5.
The 24-year-old infielder was even better on Wednesday, driving a homer and three singles in a 4-for-4 effort as the Solar Sox topped the Peoria Javelinas, 8-5.
Howard and six other Reds prospects are continuing their 2005 campaigns with Mesa. Here's how they fared during the week ending Oct. 27:
OF Chris Denorfia: One of Denorfia's four hits last week was his first homer of the AFL season, complementing the 20 he collected with Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville in 2005.
C Ryan Hanigan: The 25-year-old backstop delivered two hits in seven at-bats, and even picked up a stolen base on Wednesday against the Javelinas.
Howard: The red-hot Howard collected nine hits in 19 at-bats to raise his average to a team-leading .396. He has hit safely in 12 of 15 games this season.
RHP Luke Hudson: Hudson turned in a solid start on Saturday, allowing three runs on seven hits over five innings while striking out six.
RHP Bubba Nelson: The 24-year-old right-hander struggled through a rough relief outing on Tuesday, allowing three runs on five hits in just two innings, raising his ERA to 5.91.
RHP Allan Simpson: Simpson tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings on Saturday and two more on Tuesday to run his streak to 7 2/3 frames on the season.
3B Joey Votto: Votto had a breakout game on Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. It was first extra-base hit and first RBI of the AFL season for the 21-year-old infielder.
Ben Hill is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.