Billings scored three runs in the fifth and added two more the next inning en route to a 9-4 home win over Great Falls Monday. Brandon Dailey and Seth Mejias-Brean had three hits each for the Mustangs while Jesse Winker, Carolos Sanchez, and Robert Ramirez added two apiece. Jose Amezcua got his first win by allowing one run on two hits in five innings and striking out four. Nick Routt relieved him and kept his ERA at zero after six appearances.
Billings struck first in the first inning when Mejias-Brean reached on an error that scored Dailey. Great Falls tied the score at one in the top of the fifth before the Mustangs took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning. Matt Lentz led off with a triple and scored on a hit by Ramirez. Winker and Mejias-Brean later singled in runs. The Mustangs capped off their scoring with two in the eighth on a throwing error on a Mejias-Brean grounder.
Seth Mejias-Brean came into the Cincinnati organization out of the University of Arizona from an eighth round selection in this year’s draft. After he helped the Wildcats win the college world series he began his professional career. Since that time one thing he’s done a lot of is hit. He’s batting .395 with a .455 on-base pct. in almost 100 plate appearances. He’s no stranger to the long ball either with five homers and a .691 slugging pct., driving in 25 runs in 21 games.
Mejias-Brean stands 6’2”/210# and bats/throws right-handed while playing third base. Thus far the hot corner has been challenging for him and he’s already been charged with eight errors . He does have a good range factor over three opportunities per game. His reputation before coming to the Reds included a strong arm and freakish athletic skills.
He elected to stay close to home when attending Arizona after graduating from Cienega High School in Tucson where he was a three sport star. He was an all-state quarterback and named to the 4A Kino All-Region basketball team. During college his best season was his final one when he raised his slash line from .272 AVG/.338 OB/.323 SLG in 2011 to .308/.364.423 this year while raising his BB/K ratio over one (19/16) in 208 AB. Thus far as a rookie-leaguer he’s maintained that with 11BB/8K. He also stole nine bases out of twelve attempts at UA and is 3-3 with the Mustangs.
Now 21 years old, Mejias-Brean arrived in the Pioneer League ready to hit. He has some work to do in the field, but it’s still too early yet to determine how much. He should be able to flash leather to match what he did in college where he had a streak of 24 games without an error his final season. He has the range, and a former quarterback who can throw a football sixty yards will have plenty of arm strength for the baseball diamond. His athleticism could perhaps make him a candidate for a position change in the future but right now his bat is making a case for advancement wherever he’s playing in the field.
Other News from the Farm:
Louisville scored a go-ahead run in the eleventh and then allowed two in the bottom of the inning in a 10-9 loss at Toledo. It was the third consecutive frame that the Mud Hens erased a one run deficit to avoid losing. They tied it at eight at the end of regulation and again at nine after the tenth. Six Bats had two hits each: Denis Phipps, Henry Rodriguez, Mike Costanzo, Cody Puckett, Felix Perez, and Corky Miller. Rodriguez and Puckett both had solo homers. It appeared like Puckett’s was going to be the game winner in the ninth. Miller and Perez both had two walks. Bret Tomko got no decision when the allowed five runs on eight hits in eight innings. Donnie Joseph blew the save and took the loss.
Pensacola was swept in a double-header at Tennessee. They dropped the first game 6-3 after allowing five runs in the first inning. Mark Serrano allowed six runs on ten hits in four innings for his third loss.
In the second game the Wahoos scored two in the final inning on a home run by Mark Fleury, but came up short 3-2. Fleury and David Vidal had two hits each. Tony Cingrani took the loss when he allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits in 4+ innings.
Billy Hamilton Theft Watch:
In the first game Hamilton singled and had second base occupied in front of him. He advanced there on a fielder’s choice at third base. After that he took third and scored on a hit by the next batter. He struck out three times and never reached base in the second game. His total is now at 116 in 100 games and he’s 29 shy of the minor-league single season record.
Bakersfield was idle and will resume their schedule Tuesday at San Jose.
Dayton got walloped 11-2 at Lake County. The Dragons were held to only four hits. Jacob Johnson allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits in six innings and took the loss.
The AZL Reds lost 5-1 at the AZL Brewers. Humberto Valor, Jonathan Reynoso, and Brayan Ariz each had two hits for the Reds. Nick Massett got another rehab start and in his only inning pitched he retired the side in order while striking out two. Pedro Diaz relieved him and allowed three runs in four innings for the loss.
The DSL Reds lost in the ninth inning when the visiting DSL Twins scored three runs. Ronald Bueno had three hits and scored twice for the Reds. Rusbel Farinez added two more hits and drove in two. Starter Jose Rosario allowed two runs on three hits in five innings. Two unearned runs hung a blown save on Josue Castellano who took the loss.