The Home team: Minor leaguers with Southern Arizona ties

2013-08-19T00:00:00Z 2013-08-19T01:05:35Z The Home team: Minor leaguers with Southern Arizona tiesAndrew Cockrum Special To The Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Ex-Cat Wade picks up first win after rough start

Konner Wade did not have best start to his minor-league career. The Arizona alum had gone 0-7 with a 5.11 ERA in his first 10 games with Low-A Tri-City, a Colorado Rockies' farm team.

Wade put the rough start behind him Saturday by pitching five shutout innings to earn the first win of his professional career.

In that outing, the right-hander had five batters reach base against him on three hits, a walk and a fielding error. He also collected two strikeouts in the game to bring his season total to 29 in 48 innings.

The victory for Wade came against the Chicago Cubs' Low-A affiliate, the Boise Hawks, who had defeated the former Wildcat back in July.

Three up

Robert Ravago • RHP, Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins' Class-A affiliate)

• After striking out 20 batters in 20 relief innings for the Low-A Batavia Muckdogs, the Pima College and Pueblo High School product was promoted up to Greensboro on Friday.

Dan Butler • C, Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox' Triple-A affiliate)

• Butler set a new career high in home runs Friday when he launched his 13th homer of the season for Pawtucket. The UA alum hit three home runs over a recent 10-game span.

Daniel Slania • RHP, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants' Low-A affiliate)

• The Salpointe Catholic grad saved his third game of the season Tuesday in a win at Hillsboro, Ore. Slania has lowered his ERA to 2.08 and has struck out eight batters in 8 2/3 innings.

Three Down

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

• The Quakes put the ex-Wildcat on the seven-day disabled list Wednesday. Coyle had been batting .274 with 15 home runs and 25 RBIs for Rancho Cucamonga before his injury.

Stefen Romero • LF, Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners' Triple-A affiliate)

• Romero played in only two games last week after being hampered with back spasms. The Pima and Sunnyside product did steal his eighth bag of the season Wednesday in a win.

Alan Garcia • RHP, Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers' Class-A affiliate)

• The former Tucson Badger was placed on the DL list for the second time this year. Garcia was assigned to the Loons Aug. 4, but appeared in only game before being sidelined.

Player of the week

Brad Glenn • LF, Buffalo Bison (Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate)

For the first time in the Arizona alum's five-year professional career, Glenn has reached the Triple-A level of minor league baseball.

The outfielder was promoted on Thursday to the Blue Jays' highest affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons, after playing in 111 games this season for Double-A New Hampshire. At the Double-A level he hit .264 with 17 home runs and 69 RBIs.

Glenn started his Triple-A career on a high note by hitting a two-run homer in his first at-bat with the Bisons on Thursday afternoon. He has scored three runs and hit safely in each of his first four games for Buffalo. In the Bisons' 7-2 win at Pawtucket on Saturday, Glenn collected two hits, two RBIs and two walks.

The UA product is 12 home runs away from 100 in his career with the Blue Jays' organization.

Toronto selected Glenn in the 23rd round of the 2009 draft.

The big number


Innings former Wildcat Kurt Heyer went without allowing a run for High-A Palm Beach. The streak ended Thursday when he surrendered a homer in the sixth inning to the Bradenton Marauders.

Coming up

Wednesday: Tucson High grad Tom Wilhelmsen will return to his hometown for the first time as a Triple-A player with the Tacoma Rainiers for a five-game series at Kino Stadium against the Tucson Padres.

He said it

"Seeing guys like J.D. Drew, Darryl Strawberry and even guys a couple of years ago who were signed, it shows the history this club has. That was something I considered and I knew this was a first-class club, and coming here it's been one of the best experiences in baseball I've had since I signed out of Arizona."

Brad Boyer said on the St. Paul Saints' website about leaving the Independent League team to sign a minor-league contract with the Minnesota Twins on Saturday. The infielder on UA's 2004 College World Series team has been assigned to the Twins' Double-A affiliate, the New Britain Rock Cats. Boyer last appeared in affiliated baseball in 2010 in the San Francisco Giants' farm system.

Andrew Cockrum is a Tucson-based freelance writer who operates Reach him at On Twitter @baseballtucson

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