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The Home Team: Mejias-Brean homers in High-A debut

2013-09-02T00:00:00Z 2013-09-02T01:10:15Z The Home Team: Mejias-Brean homers in High-A debutBy Andrew Cockrum Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Seth Mejias-Brean’s big season at the plate for Class-A Dayton paid off when he was moved up to High-A Bakersfield (Calif.).

The Cienega High product’s promotion comes after he batted .305 with 10 home runs, 35 doubles and 79 RBIs for the Cincinnati Reds’ Class-A affiliate.

It didn’t take long for Mejias-Brean to get acclimated to the new level. In his first game with the Blaze on Saturday he collected two hits, including a two-run homer in the eighth inning at Visalia. He also scored two runs in the contest.

Mejias-Brean joins former Arizona Wildcat Steve Selsky who plays first base for Bakersfield. The two were teammates at the University of Arizona in 2010 and 2011.

Three Up

Tim Crabbe • RHP, Louisville Bats

(Reds’ Triple-A affiliate)

• The Sabino High product made his Triple-A debut with Louisville last Sunday, pitching 7 1/3 innings while yielding one earned run. In two starts at the Triple-A level he has eight strikeouts and an ERA of 0.71.

Cole Frenzel • 1B, Savannah Sand Gnats (Mets’ Class-A affiliate)

• The ex-Wildcat hit home runs in back-to-back games, bringing his season total to seven with Savannah. Frenzel hit .368 with eight RBIs for the week for the Sand Gnats.

Matt Chaffee • LHP, Rome Braves

(Braves’ Class-A affiliate)

• The UA product struck out 10 batters in 3 2/3 innings while allowing only two batters to reach base on walks last week. Chaffee earned his second win for Rome on Friday.

Three Down

Tim Wood • RHP, Rochester Red Wings (Twins’ Triple-A affiliate)

The Pima and Sabino High product was released by the Twins organization Wednesday. Wood had been on the disabled list for most of the season with a shoulder injury, and has pitched only 9 1/3 innings.

Tom Wilhelmsen • RHP, Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate)

• The Tucson High grad surrendered seven runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings last week. Wilhelmsen’s ERA with Tacoma is now up to 10.50 and opponents are batting .380 against him.

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

The Arizona alum produced just three hits in seven games last week. One of his hits though was a go-ahead squeeze bunt to help Palm Beach to a 5-4 win on Tuesday.

Player of the Week

Eric Berger LHP, Oklahoma City RedHawks (Astros’ Triple-A affiliate)

The Arizona alum made the most of his spot start for Oklahoma City last Tuesday, allowing one run and two hits in five innings to earn his sixth win of the season.

The victory also helped the RedHawks clinch the Pacific Coast League American South Division title.

Berger recorded four strikeouts in that game and has now struck out 20 batters in his last 28 1/3 innings. During that same span he has yielded just two runs and six hits.

The left-handed pitcher has been mainly used out of the bullpen with Oklahoma City, recording a team-best 3.06 ERA among the RedHawks’ relievers. He also has 10 holds and a save this season.

Berger is in his first season with the Astros organization after spending the past five years in the Cleveland Indians system. The Indians selected Berger in the eighth round of the 2008 draft.

The Big Number

1.68

Preston Guilmet’s ERA with Triple-A Columbus this season after pitching four scoreless innings last week for the Clippers. The former Wildcat was called up to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Coming up

Today: Last regular-season games for most teams in minor-league baseball. As of Saturday night, 18 players with ties to Tucson will be continuing on to the playoffs this season.

He Said It

“I hit my first triple tonight since 2009. Just waiting for my dad to ask me if one of the outfielders ran into the wall and got knocked out.”

Shelley Duncan on Twitter after lining a triple to right field for Triple-A Durham on Thursday. The last triple the UA and Canyon del Oro High product hit at any level was Aug. 18, 2009, while playing for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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