Former Arizona Wildcats third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean didn’t stop hitting after making the conversion from College World Series champion to minor-leaguer.
Mejias-Brean, playing for the Billings Mustangs in the Class A rookie Pioneer League, extended his hitting streak to 15 games on Sunday with an eighth-inning single.
Mejias-Brean, an eighth-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds, was batting .382 in 20 games through Sunday night. He has five home runs and 22 RBIs.
“He’s just a great hitter,” shortstop Brandon Dailey told the Billings (Mont.) Gazette. “He stays back and doesn’t chase too much. He has a knack for putting the ball in play. He’s been hitting real well lately. He’s been real hot.”
Mejias-Brean, who batted .357 as a junior, is one of five players from Arizona’s national championship team who signed after their junior seasons.
Here is a look at how the other four are doing, through Sunday night:
– Shortstop Alex Mejia (fourth round, St. Louis) is hitting .258 in 22 games for the Class A Batavia Muckdogs.
– Outfielder Robert Refsnyder (fifth round, New York Yankees) is hitting .167 in 15 games for the Class A Charleston RiverDogs.
– Starting pitcher Kurt Heyer (sixth round, St. Louis) is with the Class A Gulf Coast League Cardinals, but he has yet to pitch as the organization will ease him into some innings later in the season after leading college baseball with 153 innings pitched.
– Outfielder Joey Rickard (ninth round, Tampa Bay) is hitting .349 with four stolen bases in 17 games for the Class A Hudson Valley Renegades.