The Home team: Minor leaguers with Southern Arizona ties: Former Falcon Bahramzadeh earns first pro save

2013-07-29T00:00:00Z 2013-07-29T06:41:21Z The Home team: Minor leaguers with Southern Arizona ties: Former Falcon Bahramzadeh earns first pro saveAndrew Cockrum Special To The Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

After pitching in 13 games for the Oakland Athletics' rookie affiliate in Phoenix in 2012, Kayvon Bahramzadeh was promoted last week to Low-A Vermont.

In his first game for the Lake Monsters, the Catalina Foothills High School product pitched a scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts. His second outing came Saturday when he closed out a win with three scoreless innings to earn his first pro save.

Before his first game with the Lake Monsters, Bahramzadeh had yet to make an appearance this season after starting the year on the disabled list.

In Vermont, Bahramzadeh will be working with former Arizona Wildcats lefty Craig Lefferts, who is the club's pitching coach.

Three up

Seth Mejias-Brean • 1B, Dayton Dragons (Reds' Class-A affiliate)

• The UA and Cienega High product continued his hot hitting by batting .409 with three home runs and eight RBIs last week. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games on Saturday.

Steve Selsky • 1B, Bakersfield Blaze (Reds' High-A affiliate)

• Selsky finished a home run short of the cycle July 21 with four hits and three runs scored against Lancaster. The following day the ex-Wildcat hit his 11th home run of the season.

Dan Butler • C, Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox' Triple-A affiliate)

• The Arizona alum hit his fourth career multi-homer game with a pair of home runs for Pawtucket on Tuesday. Butler belted three HRs during the week bringing his season total to 10.

Three Down

David Jagoditsh • RHP, Jamestown Jammers (Pirates' Low-A affiliate)

• The Pima College and Mountain View High alum was released from the Pirates' organization last Tuesday. Jagoditsh, who had spent time on the DL with a right-ankle injury, was 0-4.

Cory Burns • RHP, Round Rock Express (Rangers' Triple-A affiliate)

• After compiling a 1.64 ERA for Texas, the former Cat was sent down Monday. In his first game back with the Express, Burns allowed two hits and an unearned run in one inning.

Konner Wade• RHP, Tri-City Dust Devils (Rockies' Low-A affiliate)

• The UA product dropped to 0-4 this season when he lasted just two-thirds of an inning, surrendering four runs, four hits and a walk against the Everett AquaSox on Thursday.

Player of the week

Bobby Coyle • LF, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodgers' High-A affiliate)

The former Wildcat is batting .259 with 16 RBIs this season, but it was his power display that stole the show last week.

Coyle led all of minor-league baseball from July 17-26 with seven home runs in a 10- game span. He hit home runs in three consecutive games last week, including a two-homer game against Inland Empire on Thursday. Both homers were solo shots in a 5-4 win for Rancho Cucamonga. The multi-homer game was the first in his four-year professional career. The outfielder now has 11 taters for the season, the fourth most on the Quakes' roster.

Coyle spent his first two years roaming the outfield for UA, before transferring to Fresno State at the end of the 2009 season. At Arizona, he batted .303 and hit four home runs in 94 games. The Dodgers selected him in the 10th round of the 2010 draft.

The big number

9

Shutout innings for Sabino product Tim Crabbe in his start for Double-A Pensacola on Thursday. He was not involved in the decision as the Blue Wahoos ended up losing the game 1-0 in 10 innings.

Coming up

Tuesday: 2011 Pima College teammates Robert Ravago and Julio Felix will play against each other when the Low-A Batavia Muckdogs and Connecticut Tigers meet up for a three-game series.

He said it

"I've been batting second in the order a lot here, so the RBI situations have been tough to come by. It's nice to help out by driving in some runs."

Robert Refsnyder said in an interview with MiLB.com on Tuesday after driving in six runs off three hits in a win for the High-A Tampa Yankees. One of the hits for the ex-Wildcat was a seventh-inning grand slam.

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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