The Home Team: Hot-hitting Selsky named to Southern League all-star team

2014-06-09T00:00:00Z 2014-06-09T00:03:52Z The Home Team: Hot-hitting Selsky named to Southern League all-star teamBy Andrew Cockrum Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Six minor leagues announced their all-star rosters last week, and only one featured a former Arizona Wildcat.

That player was Steve Selsky, who will be heading to the Double-A Southern League All-Star Game on June 17 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The All-Star Game selection is the first of Selsky’s pro career since the Cincinnati Reds selected him in the 33rd round of the 2011 draft.

The outfielder is batting .301 for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and his .410 on-base percentage ranks fourth in the league. He has also scored 17 runs and drawn 25 walks in 57 games.

Selsky had hit safely in nine consecutive games before going hitless Saturday at Montgomery. The hitting streak was tied for the longest by a Pensacola player this season.

Three up

  • Trevor Crowe RF, Toledo Mud Hens
  • (Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate)

The ex-Wildcat accumulated eight hits in seven games this week, including his sixth and seventh doubles of the season. Crowe collected three of those hits Monday against the Charlotte Knights for his sixth multi-hit game of 2014.

  • Daniel Slania RHP, Augusta GreenJackets
  • (Giants’ Class-A affiliate)

The Salpointe Catholic High School graduate converted two saves this week, bringing his season total to six. Slania has struck out 29 batters in 39 innings and has a 2.77 ERA for Augusta.

  • Seth Mejias-Brean 3B, Bakersfield Blaze
  • (Reds’ High-A affiliate)

Mejias-Brean blasted three home runs this week, including two in back-to-back games for the Blaze. The Arizona and Cienega High School product has hit 11 home runs this season, the most in his career, and has 43 RBIs to go with a .306 average.

Three down

  • Kurt Heyer RHP, Springfield Cardinals
  • (Cardinals’ Double-A affiliate)

After appearing in three games for Triple-A Memphis, Heyer was sent back Friday to Double-A. In his first start back in Springfield on Saturday, he took the loss, allowing three runs in six innings.

  • Donn Roach RHP, El Paso Chihuahuas
  • (Padres’ Triple-A affiliate)

The ex-Wildcat was optioned to El Paso on Thursday after pitching in 16 major league games for San Diego. The trip to Triple-A is the first of Roach’s five-year professional career.

  • Jason Donald 3B, Round Rock Express
  • (Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate)

Donald committed three errors, including two on throws to first base, in his first three games for Round Rock. The UA product had two hits in his debut with the Express on June 1, but is hitting just .143 in four games with the team.

Player of the week

  • Robert Refsnyder 2B, Trenton Thunder (Yankees’ Double-A affiliate)

After earning Eastern League Player of the Week honors on Monday for his offensive outburst between May 26 and June 1, Refsnyder continued his torrid pace into the next week.

Not only did the Arizona product hit safely in all six games he played, but he had two or more knocks in each of those contests. Refsnyder is currently riding a 13-game hit streak and has produced 25 hits and 12 RBIs during that span. His 22 hits since May 29th ranks No. 2 for any player in the minors.

The second baseman’s hot bat has rocketed him into the top five of several Eastern league offensive categories.

His 78 hits on the season rank third in the league, while his 19 doubles are tied for first. Refsnyder leads the Thunder with a .342 batting average, which is also fifth best in the EL.

The former Wildcat reached the 250-hit and 100-RBI milestones of his pro career this week.

The big number

12Consecutive games that Alex Mejia recorded a hit through Saturday for High-A Palm Beach, setting a new career high for the former UA shortstop. Mejia batted .378 during his hitting streak before going 0 for 3 Sunday.

Coming up

  • Thursday:
  • Donnie Veal
  • and Triple-A Charlotte head to Pawtucket for a four-game series. The Sierra Vista Buena High School and Pima College grad has six strikeouts in 7
  • innings against the Red Sox in his career.

He said it

“However, remember this with Cole Frenzel ... he had colossal Junes where he hit .425 and .325 in 2012 and 2013, respectively.”

— Dickinson (N.D.) Press reporter Royal McGregor, via Twitter. Frenzel, a former UA first baseman, has two doubles in three games so far this June with the High-A St. Lucie (Fla.) Mets.

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