Christian Muscarello became the sixth Catalina Foothills High School alum to play affiliated baseball when the St. Louis Cardinals signed him as an undrafted free agent last week.
The infielder reported Saturday to Johnson City, Tennessee, home of St. Louis’ rookie affiliate, the Johnson City Cardinals in the Appalachian League. He is the first former Falcon to play in the minor leagues since Preston Jamison and Kayvon Bahramzadeh pitched during the 2013 season.
Muscarello’s ride to professional baseball comes after a prolific collegiate career at Trinity University in San Antonio. The 2011 conference Freshman of the Year compiled 245 hits, 131 RBIs, and batted .345 in his four seasons at the NCAA Division III school. His assistant coach at Trinity was another Tucson native Zach Fregosi, a 2004 Salpointe Catholic graduate.
Robert Refsnyder, 2B, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate)
The ex-Wildcat accumulated seven hits this week, highlighted by his eighth three-hit game of the season on Tuesday. The following day, Refsnyder belted his seventh home run as a RailRider and his 13th overall for the season.
Brad Glenn, LF, Buffalo Bisons (Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate)
Glenn racked up four hits Tuesday and scored twice in Buffalo’s 7-6 win at Lehigh Valley. The UA product then smashed his 11th home run Friday to bring his batting average to .321 with the Bisons.
Aaron Vaughn, RHP, Tri-City ValleyCats (Astros’ Low-A affiliate)
The former Pusch Ridge Lion was sent to the New York-Penn League on Monday, joining the Tri-City ValleyCats. Two days later, Vaughn picked up his first professional win after tossing two perfect innings vs. Connecticut.
Trevor Crowe, DH, Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate)
Crowe ended his run with the Tigers’ organization when he was released on July 20 from Toledo. The former Wildcat owned a .240 batting average, 20 extra-base hits, and eight stolen bases with the Mud Hens.
Brad Mills, LHP, Buffalo Bisons (Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate)
Mills was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday after Toronto designated him for assignment earlier in the week. The UA grad appeared in one game for the Blue Jays, yielding eight runs in two innings of relief.
Donn Roach, RHP, El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres’ Triple-A affiliate)
The former Wildcat was charged with his second straight loss Friday, surrendering seven earned runs and 10 hits in five innings to Fresno. The loss brought Roach’s ERA to 5.26 in nine games with the Chihuahuas.
Player of the week
Jett Bandy, C, Arkansas Travelers (Angels’ Double-A affiliate)
The former Arizona Wildcat batted .375 this week for the Travelers, but it was his double on Thursday that stood out.
Arkansas had the winning run at second base with one out in the 11th inning that night, until Bandy stepped to plate. He ripped the first pitch he saw into the left-field corner at Dickey-Stephens Park for a walk-off double to seal a 2-1 victory over the Tulsa Drillers.
The game-winner was the second walk-off hit of his career and his first since he accomplished the feat with High-A Inland Empire on July 15, 2012.
Earlier in the week at Springdale, Arkansas, Bandy extended his career high in home runs to nine with a towering shot that nearly hit a train. For the season, he is batting .249 with 34 RBIs.
Behind the plate, Bandy has been one of best catchers in the Texas League. He leads the league with 66 assists including 39 that have caught runners attempting to steal.
The big number
Julio Felix’s scoreless inning streak ended at 23 after allowing one run Thursday to Clinton. The Pima College and Sunnyside alum bounced back by converting his 10th save of the season for Class A West Michigan on Saturday.
- Thursday: Rafael Neda will finish up the best month of his five-year career with a game against the Kane County Cougars. The Amphitheater product holds a .317 average with 20 hits in July for Class A Wisconsin.
He said it
“If you do a good enough job, if you put up the numbers, if you do the right things, your time will come. I want to focus on each day and just get better at being more consistent throughout each day,”
— Dan Butler said in the Providence Journal about being the starting catcher for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.
The Arizona alum hit safely three of the four games he played in this week and produced his 16th double of the season.