The Home team: Minor leaguers with Southern Arizona ties: Righty Hale becomes 12th pro from UA title team

2013-07-22T00:00:00Z 2013-07-22T01:40:36Z The Home team: Minor leaguers with Southern Arizona ties: Righty Hale becomes 12th pro from UA title teamAndrew Cockrum Special To The Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Arizona has now produced 12 professional players from its 2012 national championship team.

The newest addition to that class is Tyler Hale. The right-handed pitcher went undrafted in June, but agreed to a minor-league free-agent deal with the San Diego Padres on July 10.

The former Wildcat, who appeared in only nine games his senior year, has already made two relief appearances with the rookie-level Arizona League Padres. In his pro debut last Wednesday, he went one inning, allowing two hits and one unearned run to the Mariners' affiliate.

Hale's second outing came Friday against the Dodgers' team. He yielded two runs off three hits but had two strikeouts in two innings.

Three up

Pat McCoy • LHP, Harrisburg Senators (Nationals' Double-A affiliate)

• The Sahuaro High graduate has pitched seven consecutive scoreless relief appearances for the Senators. McCoy's ERA has dropped to 3.38 and has 24 strikeouts in 29.1 innings.

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

• Coyle started last Monday with just three homers on the year, but doubled that total in the next five games. The ex-Wildcat had two hits, including a homer, for the Quakes on Wednesday.

Brad Glenn• RF, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays' Double-A affiliate)

• Glenn's two-homer game last Sunday was the fourth of his minor league career. The Arizona alum is on a seven- game hitting streak after batting .345 with three home runs last week.

Three Down

Matt Chaffee • LHP, Rome Braves (Braves' Class-A affiliate)

• After starting the year with High-A Lynchburg, Chaffee was demoted last Tuesday to Class-A Rome. The ex-UA pitcher did strike out three in his first game with the Braves on Thursday.

Preston Jamison • LHP, GCL Tigers (Tigers' Rookie affiliate)

• The Catalina Foothills grad was sent down from Low-A Connecticut to the Tigers' rookie affiliate on July 10. In his last outing, he yielded five hits, three runs and four walks in 5 1/3 innings.

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

• Refsnyder batted .174 last week and has seen his average drop 42 points since June 27. The former Wildcat has walked 46 times with Tampa, equaling his strikeout total for the season.

Player of the week

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

After batting .480 the previous week, Mejias-Brean followed up that performance with a .478 clip with eight RBIs and two home runs. His 20 hits since July 10 lead all of Minor League Baseball.

The Cienega High School graduate's biggest hit came on Thursday in dramatic fashion. Dayton was trailing by three runs in the bottom of the ninth to Beloit with the bases loaded and one out when Mejias-Brean stepped to the plate. The ex-Wildcat then launched a walk-off grand slam over the right-center field fence to end the game and hand the Dragons a 7-6 victory.

The home run was his fourth of the season and his first at home for Dayton. He also compiled three hits and six RBIs that game.

Mejias-Brean has hit safely in 16 of past 19 games and has racked up eight extra-base hits and 16 RBIs during that time.

The big number

5

Games UA product Augey Bill appeared in for the rookie level Gulf Coast League Orioles, before being promoted to Low-A Aberdeen, Md., last Monday.

Coming up

Monday: High-A Palm Beach and Tampa play the second game of their series featuring former Wildcats Kurt Heyer, Alex Mejia and Robert Refsnyder. In their last meeting the two teams split their four-game series.

He said it

"I guess they called (Brad Mills) at the All-Star game or something, and he had the chance to go. He has a chance to go (to Japan) make a little money and help his family out, so more power to him."

Bobby Jones, manager of the Texas Rangers' Triple-A affiliate, who said Thursday in The Austin American-Statesman that former UA left-handed pitcher Mills had left for the Japanese Pacific League. Mills will join the Orix Buffaloes after compiling seven wins and 73 strikeouts in 18 games for the Round Rock (Texas) Express.

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