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2013-05-27T13:00:00Z 2013-05-28T14:19:53Z The Home Team: Walk-off squeeze bunt boosts ex-Wildcat MejiaAndrew Cockrum Special To The Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Triple-A Tacoma's Stefen Romero and High-A Bakersfield's Steve Selsky both had walk-off hits this week for their respective teams, but Class-A Peoria's Alex Mejia may have topped them.

The former Wildcat came up to the plate in the bottom of 14th inning Thursday with the game between the Chiefs and the Kane County Cougars tied 8-8. Peoria had a runner on third with one out, setting Mejia up to be the hero. On a 1-1 count, Mejia laid down a squeeze bunt in front of the plate, allowing the winning run to score and end the game.

You won't see a walk-off squeeze play very often, but considering Mejia's history of winning at the University of Arizona, it may not be that surprising.

Three up

Brad Glenn • RF, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays' Double-A affiliate)

• The Arizona product went on a six-game hitting streak with eight RBIs, and had three straight games with doubles. He is tied for seventh in the Eastern League with 13 doubles.

Kurt Heyer • RHP, Palm Beach Cardinals (Cardinals' High-A affiliate)

• Heyer tossed a career-high seven innings in a victorious last start for Class-A Peoria on Wednesday. Three days later, the former Wildcat was promoted to High-A Palm Beach.

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

• Brown was called up to Miami on Monday after playing in 37 games and compiling 31 hits in Triple-A. The trip to the major leagues is the first for the UA grad since 2010.

Three Down

Tim Crabbe • RHP, Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds' Double-A affiliate)

• The Sabino product lost his third game of the season Tuesday in Mobile. In that outing, Crabbe went 5 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits, four earned runs and one walk.

Tim Wood• RHP, Rochester Red Wings (Twins' Triple-A affiliate)

• The Pima College and Sabino High School alum pitched in seven rehab games before being placed on the 60-day DL Friday. He's been battling inflammation in his right rotator cuff.

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

• The former UA catcher went hitless in nine at-bats this week, but did manage to reach base on three walks. Butler's batting average has fallen to .181 through 26 games this year.

Player of the week

Erik Castro • 1B, Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros' Double-A affiliate)

After a slow start to the season with a batting average barely over .200 in April, Castro has had an offensive tear in May. Last week he batted .571 with 12 hits in six games. During that span, the Astros' prospect raised his season average to .302.

Castro had a three-game stretch in which he had three hits and at least two RBIs in each contest. One of those games, on Monday against Midland, he scored three times, produced three RBIs and knocked his fourth homer of the year. The first baseman, who played his freshman year at Arizona, appeared in 40 games for the Wildcats in 2007, batting .253 with 12 RBIs.

After that, Castro transferred to San Diego State where he was drafted by the Astros in the 10th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

The big number

.339

Former Wildcat Andy Burns' batting average that ranks third in the Florida State League. The third baseman for High-A Dunedin is also eighth in RBIs with 33.

He said it:

"Well, that guy should be thinking about what I'm going to throw him on a 2-2 count in the top of the eighth for about two weeks."

Kyle Simon on Twitter Thursday after his game for Double-A Reading was suspended in the eighth inning because of rain. The conclusion of the game will be June 4, with the former Arizona pitcher looking to preserve a 2-2 tie for the Fightin Phils.

Coming up: 

Saturday: Daniel Vavrusa begins his third season in the Yankees' organization when the Rookie Dominican Summer League holds its season opener. The Pusch Ridge Christian alum has hit .289 over two years.

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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