Ex-Wildcat Guilmet reaches 100-save mark

2014-08-17T23:00:00Z Ex-Wildcat Guilmet reaches 100-save markBy Andrew Cockrum Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Preston Guilmet reached a new milestone in his career when he closed out a 4-2 victory Thursday for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides in Buffalo, New York.

The save was the 100th of his minor-league career, making him only the second former Arizona Wildcat to reach the century mark.

The first came just last season, when Cory Burns recorded his 100th career save on May 26, 2013, for the Triple-A Round Rock Express.

The next ex-Wildcat to possibly join the list is Jason Stoffel, UA’s all-time saves leader. Stoffel, currently with Triple-A Oklahoma City, has 88 saves in six minor-league seasons.

The most famous UA baseball alum, Trevor Hoffman, had just 26 saves in his minor-league career, before becoming the first player to record 600 saves in MLB history.

Three up

Cory Burns, RHP, Durham Bulls (Rays’ Triple-A affiliate)

Burns was moved up to Triple-A Durham on Tuesday after recording a 2.00 ERA in 16 games with Double-A Montgomery. In his second outing with the Bulls on Friday, he tossed a scoreless inning of relief to earn the win.

Brandon Dixon, 2B, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodgers’ High-A affiliate)

Dixon was activated from the disabled list Wednesday after suffering an oblique strain at the start of July. In his second game back, the 2013 Pac-12 batting champ collected two hits and scored two runs for the Quakes.

Johnny Field, CF, Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays’ High-A affiliate)

The Arizona alum raised his batting average to .289 after tallying eight hits this week, including two home runs. Field now has three round-trippers with the Stone Crabs and 10 overall for the season.

Three down

Brad Boyer, SS, New Britain Rock Cats (Twins’ Double-A affiliate)

The UA grad has played his final game with New Britain after receiving his release from the club on Tuesday.

Boyer compiled a .247 average in 78 games with the Rock Cats, while stealing a team-high 14 bases.

Julio Felix, RHP, West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers’ Class-A affiliate)

The Pima College and Sunnyside High School product has allowed a combined 11 runs in his last five games. Felix was tagged for four runs and four hits in three innings Sunday against Great Lakes.

Christian Muscarello, 2B, Johnson City Cardinals (Cardinals’ rookie affiliate)

Muscarello’s professional career has got off to a slow start after accumulating just three hits in his first seven games.

Two of those hits for the Catalina Foothills High School graduate came by the way of doubles.

Player of the week

Stefen Romero, RF, Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate)

Since joining Tacoma on Aug. 1, Romero has collected 25 hits in 14 games for a .439 batting average.

The former Pima Aztec continued his surge into this week, producing 15 hits, three home runs and is currently riding a 10-game hit streak. Of the seven games he played during the week, five were multi-hit performances including a pair of three-hit games.

Romero belted out two home runs and scored a season-high four runs Saturday in an 8-7 victory at Round Rock. The multi-homer game came exactly a week after he hit a walk-off grand slam at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma.

He has amassed 53 total bases since the start of August, the most for any player in the Pacific Coast League this month.

Romero’s recent success at the plate hopes to send him back up to Seattle where he can help the Mariners in their playoff push. In 60 games with Seattle this season, he has batted .196 with 11 extra-base hits.

The big number

1 Saves in Konner Wade’s pro career after closing out the final four innings of the Class A Asheville Tourists’ victory on Thursday. The UA alum limited Augusta to three hits and walked none that day in his first career relief appearance.

Coming up

  • Wednesday: Tyler Parmenter and the AZL Reds will start a two-game set against the AZL Dodgers. The ex-Wildcat tossed two scoreless frames in his last appearance against the Dodgers’ rookie affiliate on July 29.

He said it

Alex Verdugo went 2 for 4 as he chases the batting title. His .338 average ranks him third in the league,”

Craig Minami, of True Blue LA, said about the Sahuaro High School product after his game Friday against the AZL Angels. Verdugo has hit safely in his last 13 games for the AZL Dodgers, giving him the third longest hit streak in the Arizona League this season.

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