The Home team: Minor leaguers with Southern Arizona ties: Crowe rehabs with OKC, might be here next week

2013-08-05T00:00:00Z The Home team: Minor leaguers with Southern Arizona ties: Crowe rehabs with OKC, might be here next weekAndrew Cockrum Special To The Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

After suffering a sprained right shoulder with the Houston Astros on June 20, Trevor Crowe began his rehabilitation assignment in the minors.

The ex-Arizona Wildcat started his rehab with the Gulf Coast League Astros before moving to Triple-A Oklahoma City on July 27. Since joining Oklahoma City he has hit .346 with six runs and two stolen bases. The outfielder recorded a three-hit game Wednesday.

Crowe might still be with the RedHawks when they play at Kino Stadium next Monday to start a four-game series against the Tucson Padres. He is one of three former Wildcats on Oklahoma City's roster, along with pitchers Jason Stoffel and Eric Berger.

Three up

Jason Stoffel • RHP, Oklahoma City RedHawks (Astros' Triple-A affiliate)

• The UA product improved his record to 6-1 after earning two wins last week in relief appearances for the RedHawks. In Stoffel's victory Monday, he pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Robert Refsnyder • 2B, Tampa Yankees (Yankees' High-A affiliate)

• Refsnyder produced five RBIs and a pair of three-hit games last week. The ex-Wildcat's two-run single with two outs in the seventh Friday was the decisive hit in a 2-1 victory.

Tyler Hale • RHP, Eugene Emeralds (Padres' Low-A affiliate)

• In his second game since being promoted from rookie ball to Low-A Eugene, the Arizona alum picked up his first professional win with two shutout innings of relief Monday.

Three Down

Brandon Dixon • 3B, Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers' Class-A affiliate)

• Dixon has hit .103 in his last 10 games with an on-base percentage of .206. The former Wildcat also committed three errors last week at third and now has 16 fielding errors in 36 games.

Bobby Brown • 1B, Burlington Royals (Royals' Rookie affiliate)

• The UA alum went hitless in 12 at-bats last week and with seven strikeouts in four games. Brown's average dropped 23 points during that span to .167.

Dan Slania• RHP, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants' Low-A affiliate)

• The Salpointe grad was charged with a loss in his third pro game after surrendering a walk-off HR in the 11th inning Wednesday. He bounced back Saturday with a scoreless relief appearance.

Player of the week

Carlos Ramirez • C, Arkansas Travelers (Angels' Double-A affiliate)

The 2006 Sunnyside High School graduate batted .352 with two home runs last week.

Ramirez's best day came on Friday when he had three runs and three hits, and launched his fifth home run of the season in an 11-7 win over Springfield. Two of those hits came in the bottom of the third when he led off the inning with a single and, eight batters later, hit an RBI double in an eight-run outburst for the Travelers.

His most impressive hit of the week occurred Wednesday when Ramirez jacked a two-run home run off the left field video board at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock, Ark.

Behind the plate, he caught two runners trying to steal last week, bringing his season total to 17 and his caught-stealing rate to 50 percent. Baseball America listed Ramirez as the Angels' best defensive catching prospect last winter.

The big number

8

Days between Bobby Coyle's first career two-homer game and his second, which came Friday for High-A Rancho Cucamonga. The ex-Wildcat now has 14 home runs this season.

Coming up

Thursday: UA and Tucson High product Ron Hassey, who is in his second season as manager of the New Orleans Zephyrs, and ex-Cat Jordan Brown return to town for a four-game series starting Thursday at Kino Stadium.

He said it

"It's definitely been satisfying after kind of struggling the first couple months. I hit into some hard outs, tried to get into a rhythm and it was tough. To actually get things going and win some games is nice. I feel more relaxed, not putting as much pressure on myself."

Seth Mejias-Brean said in an interview with MiLB.com's Jonathan Raymond about his recent success at Class-A Dayton. The UA and Cienega High product's hitting streak ended at 12 games last Monday, but he produced a .478 batting average and 17 RBIs during that stretch.

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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