The Detroit Tigers have needed left-handed relievers the last two weeks, calling up three lefties from Triple-A Toledo, including Sahuaro High School alum Pat McCoy.
The team added another left-hander to their organization Tuesday when they acquired former Arizona Wildcat Daniel Schlereth in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is no stranger to the Tigers organization, having played in their system from 2010 to 2012. Schlereth heads to the Toledo Mud Hens after making 21 relief appearances for Triple-A Indianapolis this season.
At Toledo, he joins ex-Wildcat Trevor Crowe, who has been serving as the Mud Hens’ designated hitter. The two were never teammates at UA as Crowe was drafted in 2005, a year before Schlereth arrived in Tucson.
Aaron Vaughn, RHP, GCL Astros (Astros’ rookie affiliate)
After pitching 1ª scoreless innings in his pro debut Monday, the Pusch Ridge Christian graduate earned his first save Thursday for the Gulf Coast League Astros. Vaughn struck out one batter as he closed out the win.
Alex Verdugo, OF, AZL Dodgers (Dodgers’ rookie affiliate)
Verdugo collected three extra-base hits this week, including his first professional home run Wednesday against the Arizona League Brewers. The following day the former Sahuaro Cougar recorded his first multi-hit game and had a stolen base.
Bryce Bandilla, LHP, San Jose Giants (Giants’ High-A affiliate)
The UA product made three flawless relief appearances this week, accumulating a combined six strikeouts. Ten of the 12 games Bandilla has appeared in for San Jose have been scoreless outings, aiding him to a 1.64 ERA.
Cole Frenzel, 3B, Savannah Sand Gnats (Mets’ Class A affiliate)
The Arizona alum was sent down to Class A Savannah on Saturday and has transitioned over to third base with the Sand Gnats. Frenzel’s demotion comes after hitting .242 as the first baseman for High-A St. Lucie.
Augey Bill, LHP, Aberdeen IronBirds (Orioles’ Low-A affiliate)
Bill has been tagged with a loss in his last two outings for the IronBirds. The former Wildcat pitched two innings of relief Friday against Hudson Valley, yielding one run and four hits.
Luis Gamez, RHP, GCL Braves (Braves’ rookie affiliate)
The Cienega High School product had a rough pro debut Tuesday, yielding two runs and four hits in one-third of an inning to the GCL Yankees. Gamez bounced back Saturday going two innings with two strikeouts to earn his first win.
Player of the week
Brad Glenn, RF, Buffalo Bisons (Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate)
Less than a week after hitting the 100th home run of his minor-league career, Glenn received his first opportunity to swing for the fences at the major-league level.
The former Wildcat, who is second on the school’s all-time home run list, was called up Wednesday to the Toronto Blue Jays and made his MLB debut on Friday as their starting right fielder. In that game, he went 0 for 3, but did snag one fly ball in the outfield.
Glenn is the 69th former Wildcat to reach the major leagues and joins pitcher Brad Mills as the only UA alums to debut with the Blue Jays.
His promotion to the majors comes after batting .377 and hitting safely in 26 of the 31 games he played for Triple-A Buffalo.
Glenn has spent the past six seasons in the Blue Jays’ farm system, after being taken by Toronto in the 23rd round of the 2009 draft.
The big number
Robert Refsnyder’s batting average in 19 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The UA product has also knocked out three home runs for the RailRiders, including two in back-to-back games this week.
Wednesday: Konner Wade will go for his third consecutive win for Class A Ashville at Greenville, South Carolina.
The ex-Wildcat tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out five in his last game against Greenville.
He said it
“Attention Texas League runners: Don’t range too far off 2nd base with Jett Bandy and Anderson De La Rosa as catcher.”
— Arkansas Travers’ radio voice Phil Elson said on Twitter after Bandy picked off a Frisco RoughRiders’ runner at second base to end the fifth inning on Thursday. This season, the former UA catcher has thrown out 30 base runners attempting to steal, second most in the Double-A Texas League.