The Home Team: Former Wildcat Mills setting them down in PCL

2014-05-19T00:00:00Z 2014-05-19T00:00:28Z The Home Team: Former Wildcat Mills setting them down in PCLBy Andrew Cockrum Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Brad Mills remained one of the toughest pitchers to hit in the Pacific Coast League last week after tossing six innings of one-hit baseball Tuesday in a win against the Iowa Cubs.

The University of Arizona graduate has yielded a combined five hits in his last three starts for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds and has not surrendered an earned run in his past 21 innings.

The win on Tuesday was his third of the season, while his eight strikeouts against the Cubs were the most for the left-hander since July 22, 2011, when he punched out nine batters for the Las Vegas 51s.

Mills owns the second-best ERA in the PCL with a 1.45 mark and his .188 opponents batting average ranks third in the league.

Three up

  • Preston Guilmet, RHP, Norfolk Tides (Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate)

The UA’s No. 2 all-time strikeouts leader was called up Tuesday to Baltimore and retired all five batters he faced in two games against the Tigers. Guilmet was sent back down to Norfolk on Thursday.

  • Brad Glenn, OF, Buffalo Bisons (Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate)

Glenn was promoted Friday to Triple-A for the second time in his career, after a .417 slugging percentage with Double-A New Hampshire this season.

The former Wildcat had four hits in his first four games with the Bisons.

  • Alex Mejia, SS, Palm Beach Cardinals (Cardinals’ High-A affiliate)

The 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak and has accumulated 11 hits during that span.

Mejia produced two RBIs in Palm Beach’s 9-2 win over Dunedin on Wednesday.

Three down

  • Kurt Heyer, RHP, Springfield Cardinals (Cardinals’ Double-A affiliate)

Heyer allowed six earned runs off seven hits in 3º innings Friday against Arkansas. The UA product had no strikeouts that night, making it the second game in his pro career without a single strikeout.

  • Jordan Brown, 1B, Round Rock Express (Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate)

The Arizona alum was released Monday by the Rangers after batting .242 in nine games with Round Rock. The 2014 season is the 10th of Brown’s pro career since Cleveland selected him in the fourth round of the 2005 draft.

  • Kyle Simon, RHP, Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate)

Simon was charged with his second loss for the IronPigs on Friday after surrendering a run, two hits and a walk in the seventh inning against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The ex-Wildcat has allowed 13 runs this season in Triple-A.

Player of the Week

  • Brandon Dixon, 2B, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodgers’ High-A affiliate)

The 2013 Pac-12 batting champion continued his torrid pace at the plate with 10 hits in his last six games.

Dixon had extended his hitting streak to 16 games before being held hitless in four at-bats Saturday against Lancaster. The 16-game hitting streak is the longest of his career, as well as the best streak in the California League this season.

He had three multi-hit games this week including back-to-back three-hit performances.

His three-hit night on Thursday came during Rancho Cucamonga’s extra-inning victory over the Modesto Nuts. Dixon contributed with two runs in the win, giving him 50 runs scored for his career.

After hitting .148 in April to start the season, he has adjusted at the plate to bat .375 in 16 games played this May.

The second baseman remained strong defensively on the right-side of the infield increasing his season fielding percentage to .974. Dixon has not committed an error in his last 14 games for the Quakes.

The big number

38 Wins in Donnie Veal’s minor- league career after earning a victory during a relief appearance Friday for Triple-A Charlotte. The Pima College and Sierra Vista Buena High School product has not allowed a run in his last three outings.

Coming up

  • Friday
  • Brad Boyer
  • and the New Britain Rock Cats start a four-game series at Binghamton, N.Y. The Arizona alum has 15 hits and nine runs scored in his professional career against the Mets’ Double-A affiliate.

He said it

Brandon Dixon has looked good tonight and is a completely different hitter than he was just a month ago,”

Dustin Nosler, writer for Dodgers Digest said Friday on Twitter after watching the ex-Wildcat record three hits including a double in the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes’ 14-7 loss to Lancaster. Dixon’s three-hit game was the sixth of his two-year pro career.

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