The Home team: Minor leaguers with Southern Arizona ties: Cienega grad Mejias-Brean delivers 2nd 5-hit game

2013-07-15T00:00:00Z The Home team: Minor leaguers with Southern Arizona ties: Cienega grad Mejias-Brean delivers 2nd 5-hit gameAndrew Cockrum Special To The Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Since 2008, 21 former Arizona Wildcats have yet to produce a five-hit game, while 10 have accomplished the feat just once.

In just two professional seasons, Seth Mejias-Brean has already reached the milestone twice after collecting five hits on Wednesday for the Class-A Dayton Dragons in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The five-hit performance tied the Dragons' team record.

The Cienega High School graduate's first five-hit game came in only his 14th game as a pro, on July 22 with the Billings Mustangs. Before the Cincinnati Reds selected Mejias-Brean in the eighth round of the 2012 draft, he had never recorded five hits in a game in his three seasons at Arizona and four with Cienega.

Three up

Tim Crabbe • RHP, Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds' Double-A affiliate)

• In his final start before heading to the Southern League All-Star Game, the Sabino High School graduate pitched six shutout innings with no walks to earn his fourth win Thursday.

Johnny Field • OF, Hudson Valley Renegades (Rays' Low-A affiliate)

• The ex-Wildcat extended his hitting streak to eight games Friday with a first-inning single against the Jamestown Jammers. Two batters later, Field stole his fourth base of 2013.

Jose Samayoa • RHP, Arizona League Rangers (Rangers' Rookie affiliate)

• The Catalina High product struck out 11 batters in two games last week, including a season-high seven on Saturday. Samayoa has yet to allow an earned run in 16 innings this season.

Three Down

Erik Castro• 1B, Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros' Double-A affiliate)

• The one-time Wildcat earned his second career golden sombrero Thursday, striking out four times against Frisco. Castro did hit his 11th homer of the season the day before.

Shelley Duncan • 1B, Durham Bulls (Rays' Triple-A affiliate)

•After producing three RBIs on Monday for the Bulls, the UA and CDO alum went on to strike out nine times in a four-game span. Duncan is batting .171 in his last 10 games.

Ryan Perry • RHP, Harrisburg Senators (Nationals' Double-A affiliate)

• The Marana and UA alum pitched three scoreless outings before yielding a walk-off homer to James Robbins and the Erie SeaWolves on Saturday. It was Perry's second loss..

Player of the week

Augey Bill • LHP, Gulf Coast League Orioles (Orioles' Rookie affiliate)

The Arizona alum improved his season record to 3-0 after picking up two wins last week in relief outings for the GCL Orioles.

Bill did not allow a run in his combined 3 1/3 innings and punched out three batters during that time. His first win came on Wednesday against the Twins' rookie affiliate, the second time this year he has beaten that team.

The lefty's second victory occurred on Saturday vs. the Rays, landing the Orioles in first place in the Southern Division standings. In that game, Bill retired four of Tampa Bay's 2013 top-five draft picks, including a strikeout against first- rounder Nick Ciuffo in the fifth inning.

Bill is tied for the Gulf Coast League lead in wins and has 1.08 ERA in fives games pitched.

Baltimore selected the former Wildcats pitcher in the 39th round of this year's Major League draft.

The big number

13

Hit by pitches for UA product Joey Rickard this season with the Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods, second in the Midwest League.

Coming up

Wednesday: The Triple-A All-Star Game in Reno features three former Wildcats - Brad Mills, Jason Stoffel and Preston Guilmet. All three of the pitchers were members of Arizona's 2007 squad.

He said it

"It was awesome seeing all my family members and friends. It makes it that much more enjoyable just to play in front of the hometown crowd. I knew a lot of people were going to come out and it was really fun."

Stefen Romero, about returning to Tucson for the Tacoma Rainiers' three-game series at Kino Stadium. The Pima College and Sunnyside alum hit .357 with six RBIs during his homecoming.

Andrew Cockrum is a Tucson-based freelance writer who operates baseballtucson.com. Reach him at baseballtucson@yahoo.com. On Twitter @baseballtucson

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