The Home team: Minor leaguers with Southern Arizona ties

2013-07-08T00:00:00Z 2013-07-08T10:52:40Z The Home team: Minor leaguers with Southern Arizona tiesAndrew Cockrum Special To The Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Ex-UA star hurler Guilmet called up by Indians

Preston Guilmet became the 68th Arizona Wildcat to reach the major leagues after the Cleveland Indians called him up from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday.

The 2007 Pac-10 Pitcher of Year has accumulated 86 saves in his five years of professional baseball. This season, his 16 saves for the Clippers were the second most in the International League and helped him earn a Triple-A All-Star selection.

Guilmet's promotion to Cleveland makes him the 10th UA alum to join the Indians, the most on any big-league team. The Montreal Expos and San Diego Padres are second with five players apiece.

Another former Wildcat, Terry Francona, is Cleveland's manager.

Three up

Donnie Veal • LHP, Charlotte Knights (White Sox' Triple-A affiliate)

• The Pima College and Sierra Vista Buena High School product picked up his first two saves of the season last week and had six strikeouts in three relief innings for the Knights.

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

• Romero bounced back from his wrist injury by batting .393 last week with two three-hit games. The ex-Aztec and Blue Devil also compiled five RBIs and scored five runs.

Carlos Ramirez• C, Arkansas Travelers (Angels' Double-A affiliate)

• The Sunnyside product hit two home runs in three games for Arkansas. Ramirez also threw out his 10th base runner of the season and now has a 53 percent caught stealing rate.

Three Down

Jordan Brown • 1B, New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins' Triple-A affiliate)

• Brown was sent back down to the minors last Tuesday after going hitless in seven games for Miami. The former Wildcat has just one hit since returning to the Zephyrs lineup Thursday.

Preston Jamison• LHP, Connecticut Tigers (Tigers' Low-A affiliate)

• The Catalina Foothills graduate yielded a season-high six walks and six runs in 2 2/3 innings last Sunday. Jamison was charged with the loss dropping his record to 0-2.

Bryce Bandilla • LHP, San Jose Giants (Giants' High-A affiliate)

• The ex-UA pitcher was placed on the seven-day disabled list on Thursday after giving up two hits including his fifth home run of the year in his previous relief outing.

Player of the week

Bobby Brown • 1B, Burlington Royals (Royals' rookie affiliate)

Brown batted .385 last week and finished a home run short of the cycle with three hits on Saturday, but it was his late-game heroics on Friday that took the spotlight.

After going 0 for 2 and being pinch-hit for in the first game of a doubleheader Friday, Brown responded with a walk-off home run in Game 2. The Arizona alum entered the second game as a defensive substitution at first base in the sixth, before coming through with the homer in the bottom of the seventh to complete a doubleheader sweep for the Royals.

The home run was Brown's second of the season, while the game-ending hit was his first since his walk-off three-run single for UA on March 30, 2012, against No. 2 Stanford.

Brown is in his second year of professional baseball after being signed by Kansas City as an undrafted free agent in 2012.

The big number

5

Stolen bases for Nogales product Jose Figueroa in his first 12 games with the Gulf Coast League Yankees. He spent his last two professional seasons with the Yankees' Dominican Summer League team.

Coming up

Thursday: Sabino High School grad Tim Crabbe will make his final start on the mound for Double-A Pensacola in Montgomery, Ala., before heading to the Southern League All-Star Game the following week.

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

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