There are nearly 50 Southern Arizona products active in the minor leagues, and here’s a glance at how some of them fared last week:
Batter of the week
Darick Hall, 1B, Lakewood BlueClaws (A)
Missing 19 games in April probably cost Hall a spot in last month’s South Atlantic League All-Star Game, but the absence hasn’t stopped him from anointing himself as the league’s best run-producer.
The Sierra Vista Buena High School graduate sits atop the leaderboard with 18 home runs, and his 69 RBIs are well ahead of his closest contenders. Hall, a 6-foot-4-inch, left-handed first baseman, hit a solo homer Wednesday in a 1-0 win for the Phillies’ Class A club.
Pitcher of the week
Stephan Meyer, RHP, West Virginia Black Bears (A)
Except for one pitch, Meyer was lights-out dominant Saturday night. That one wayward pitch happened to result in a game-tying, three-run homer. Nonetheless, the Ironwood Ridge High alum still turned in his best outing of 2017.
Meyer struck out eight in six innings and yielded only three hits and the three runs in what became an extra-inning loss for West Virginia, Pittsburgh’s short-season affiliate. He’s 1-1 with a 4.39 ERA in six appearances and five starts.
Better luck next week
Juan Gamez, RHP, Elizabethton Twins (Rookie)
Gamez has taken the mound nine times as a professional since the Twins converted him from a catcher last August, and he has shown promise, with a fastball that reaches 95 miles per hour.
On Monday, he found out what it’s like to get shelled.
A Tucson native and Cienega High grad, Gamez gave up five runs in two relief innings. His seventh inning started like this: double, wild pitch, single, walk, single, balk, home run.
How did Gamez respond the next time out? He earned his first professional save Saturday, closing out a 9-6 win for Elizabethton.
Back on the farm
Alex Mejia, SS, Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
In between winning the College World Series with the Arizona Wildcats in 2012 and making his major-league debut with St. Louis last month, Mejia played 509 games in the minors.
In his first game since being optioned to Memphis last week, the all-time UA great hit a game-tying home run in an eventual 2-1 win Friday. He’s gone 4 for 10 in his return to Triple-A since playing 10 games for the Cardinals from June 28 to July 10.
The big number
8 Games out of 17 in which ex-Wildcat Louis Boyd has had multiple hits for the Arizona League Mariners. Boyd, a .250 hitter for the UA in 2016 and 2017, is batting .353 in rookie ball.