The Home Team: Mills, McCoy make MLB appearances

2014-06-23T00:00:00Z 2014-06-23T08:10:33Z The Home Team: Mills, McCoy make MLB appearancesBy Andrew Cockrum Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Brad Mills went from pitching for one first-place team to another last week.

After aiding the Triple-A Nashville Sounds to the top of the PCL’s American Southern Division standings, the former Arizona Wildcat was traded Monday by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Oakland Athletics. The lefty was sent straight to Oakland and will be helping the first-place club try to capture its third straight AL West crown.

Mills’ trip to the majors comes after he owned the PCL’s best ERA with a 1.56 mark for the Sounds.

The Athletics called upon his talents Friday as their starting pitcher against the Boston Red Sox.

Mills went four innings scattering four hits and four earned runs to earn a no-decision. The start was his first in the majors since 2012 with the Angels.

Three up

Brad Glenn, OF, Buffalo Bisons (Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate)

Glenn piled up 12 hits last week with two home runs and eight RBIs. The UA graduate’s homer in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Rochester was the 100th of his professional career.

Jett Bandy, C, Arkansas Travelers (Angels’ Double-A affiliate)

The Arizona Wildcats alum homered in three consecutive games last week, giving him seven on the year to match his career-high. Bandy has been on a hot streak this month, batting .348 in June with 16 hits.

Hyrum Formo, RHP, Princeton Rays (Rays’ rookie affiliate)

The former Pima Aztec received his first career start Saturday, going 3⅔ innings and yielding two unearned runs to Bristol. Formo struck out five batters and limited the Pirates to two hits and no walks.

Three down

Alex Verdugo, CF, AZL Dodgers (Dodgers’ rookie affiliate)

The 2014 second-round draft pick out of Sahuaro has gone hitless in his first two professional games, but has yet to strikeout. Verdugo produced his first career RBI on Friday with a groundout to second base.

Shelley Duncan, 1B, Louisville Bats (Reds’ Triple-A affiliate)

The Canyon del Oro and UA alum was released from Louisville on Wednesday after batting .200 in 14 games. Duncan played his final game for the Bats on Monday, coming up with one hit and an RBI.

Daniel Schlereth, LHP, Indianapolis Indians (Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate)

Schlereth was placed on Indianapolis’ disabled list Monday for the second time this month. In his lone relief appearance between the DL stints the former Wildcat allowed three unearned runs on June 14 to Durham.

Player of the week

Pat McCoy, LHP, Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate)

McCoy pitched 2⅓ scoreless innings of relief last week to lower his ERA with the Mud Hens to 2.25, leading to what would be the best day of his professional career.

The Sahuaro High School graduate received news Saturday that the Detroit Tigers had purchased his contract and that he would be going up the major leagues for the first time in his career.

The left-hander’s call to the majors comes after 246 minor league games in eight seasons. McCoy becomes the 43rd former high school player from Tucson to reach the major leagues and the fifth ex-Cougar.

McCoy made his MLB debut Sunday, tossing a scoreless eighth inning in Detroit’s 10-4 win over Cleveland.

The 2014 season has been his first in the Tigers’ organization since signing a minor-league deal with Detroit last December.

McCoy was originally selected by the Nationals in the 10th round of the 2007 draft, after helping Sahuaro reach the 4A Division-I State Championship game earlier that year.

The big number

7 Times Seth Mejias-Brean has reached base safely in his first 12 plate appearances since being promoted to Double-A Pensacola. The Arizona and Cienega High alum joins the Blue Wahoos after batting .300 in 69 games with High-A Bakersfield.

Coming up

  • Today:
  • Robert Refsnyder
  • will begin his second full week with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

He has begun adjusting to the Triple-A level as he collected 10 hits, including three doubles and a home run, last week.

He said it

“Tourists SP Konner Wade’s warm-up music is ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’ by Snap. Invoking the power of the 90’s. *He was born in ‘91,”

Ashville Tourists video board operator Seth Stewart said on Twitter before the former Wildcats’ start on June 14.

Wade took the loss that day, but rebounded Sunday to toss seven scoreless innings. He’s 5-7 with a 4.54 ERA on the year.

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