In their 2012 National Championship season, three Arizona Wildcats earned All-American honors including Cinegea High School graduate Seth Mejias-Brean. First Team All-American selection Alex Mejia also became the first Wildcat to win Conference player of the Year since Trevor Crowe was given the honor in 2005.
After saving seven games for Notre Dame during the regular, Dan Slania (Salpointe Catholic) continued his success into the summer when he was awarded the Cape Cod League’s Russ Ford Award winner for the league’s best relief pitcher.
Ten college players from Tucson received Academic All-Conference accolades in their respective leagues in 2012.
Below is a list of honors that players with Tucson ties earned in the past year at the college level.
*Augey Bill Arizona – Honorable Mention Pac-12 All-Academic
*Kayvon Bahramzadeh (Catalina Foothills) Kansas State – 2nd Team Big 12 All-Academic
*Bobby Brown Arizona - All-Pac 12/CWS All-Tournament Team/Tucson Regional All-Tournament Team
*Arturo Carrera (Flowing Wells) Texas Permian Basin – 2nd Team All-Heartland Conference
*Shaun Cooper (Catalina) Utah – 1st Team Pac-12 All-Academic
*J.C. Crane (Santa Rita) Minnesota Crookston - NSIC All-Academic Team
*Brandon Dixon Arizona - Honorable Mention Pac-12 All-Academic
*Julio Felix (Sunnyside) Pima CC – 1st Team All-ACCAC/1st Team All-Region Division I
*Johnny Field Arizona – All-Pac 12/Tucson Regional Most Outstanding Player/Tucson...
2012 saw ten players with Tucson ties drafted in the June Major League Draft and one player, Cory Burns (Arizona Wildcat) make his MLB debut.
Ian Kinsler (Canyon del Oro High School) was selected to his third All-Star Game of his career and J.J. Hardy (Sabino High School) became the second Tucson-born player to ever receive a Gold Glove Award.
After hitting .352 in his second season of professional baseball, Stefen Romero (Pima Aztec/Sunnyside High School) picked up eight different honors including the Seattle Mariners’ Minor League Player of the Year.
Below is a list of honors that players with Tucson ties earned in the past year.
*Cory Burns (Arizona Wildcat) San Diego Padres – MLB Debut Aug. 4
*J.J. Hardy (Sabino HS) Baltimore Orioles – Rawlings American League Gold Glove/Orioles’ Wilson Defensive Player of the Year
*Nick Hundley (Arizona Wildcat) San Diego Padres - Padres Heart and Hustle Award
*Ian Kinsler (CDO HS) Texas Rangers – American League All-Star
*Kayvon Bahramzadeh (Catalina Foothills HS) Oakland A’s Rookie League – 24th Rd. Draft Pick
*Bobby Brown (Arizona Wildcat) Kansas City Royals Rookie League – Pro Debut July 7
*Eric Berger (Arizona Wildcat) Cleveland Indians Triple-A – World Baseball Classic qualifying round participant with Team Israel
*Shaun Cooper (Catalina HS) Arizona Diamondbacks Rookie League – Pro Debut June 16
*Tim Crabbe (Sabino HS) Cincinnati Reds Class-A – Arizona...
After helping Eastern Arizona College to their first winning record in ten years, Sahuaro High School graduate Josh Weyker joins a baseball program at West Texas A&M University that reached the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
The NCAA Division-II school located in Canyon, Texas, a community just outside of Amarillo, spent part of 2012 ranked in the Top-25 nationally and played in the Lone Star Conference playoffs.
WTAMU contacted Weyker in April about continuing his college career with the Buffalos and had him come to their campus for a visit.
“I decided to go to WTAMU because I loved the campus and the facilities are top of the line,” said Weyker. “The all turf field with a clay mound, a clubhouse with their own lockers, and a brand new weight lifting facility, there was definitely a D-1 level feel to it.”
The Buffalos plan to be use Weyker as a two-way player and he should have an immediate impact on the team’s pitching staff in 2013.
“I believe I can contribute most on the mound for WTAMU,” said Weyker. “I believe that I have very good control of both sides of the plate and also have a power type of arm that can blow people away. I also believe that I am a smart pitcher and can keep the hitters off balance.”
In his two junior college seasons at EAC he appeared in 52 games earning eight wins and 86 strikeouts. His sophomore year he recorded an ERA of 2.17 and had a .302 batting average.
That same season, Weyker was part of a...
Jon Meloan (Arizona Wildcat) signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants on Friday, Dec. 14. Meloan spent 2012 with the New York Yankees' organization.
ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews reported on Tuesday, Dec. 18, that the Yankees have significant interest in signing Scott Hairston (Canyon del Oro High School). He also mentioned that that right-handed hitting outfielder has a desire to resign with previous team, the New York Mets.
Tucson Padres first baseman Matt Clark had three hits, four RBIs, and his fifth home run in the Venezuelan Winter League on Tuesday in a win for Bravos de Margarita. Clark finished the week batting .438 in five games.
Former Tucson Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera was named Nicaragua's Professional Athlete of the Year on Thursday, Dec. 20. It was the second time in his career that he has received this honor. Cabrera played in 34 games for Triple-A Tucson this season and hit .333 with 15 stolen bases before getting called up to San Diego.
The stats below are for players with Tucson connections from games on Dec. 16-22. Go to the players listing for more information and links to the players. DNP = Did not play.
Dominican Winter League
Patrick McCoy... Gigantes del Cibao - DNP
Mexican Pacific Winter League
Jesus Castillo... Naranjeros de Hermosillo - [2 gm] 1 start, 5.1 IP, 8 hits, 10 runs, 10 ER, 2 HR, 2 bb, 3 k
Jesus Cota... Algodoneros de Guasave - [6 gms] 4/19, 4 rbi, run, 4 bb, sb,...
Three Arizona Wildcats were named Louisville Slugger Preseason All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Friday, Dec. 21.
Outfielder Johnny Field and staring pitcher Konner Wade were selected to the second team, while catcher Riley Moore was honored on the third team.
Field led the Pacific-12 Conference in four offensive categories in 2012. He had a league best .370 batting average, .476 on base percentage, 72 runs scored, and 43 walks as a sophomore.
Wade returns for junior season after compiling a record of 11-3, 105 strikeouts, and an ERA of 3.96. He spent the past summer pitching for the Wareham Gatemen in the prestigious Cape Cod League.
Moore, who was named a Freshmen All-American by Baseball America, batted .301 with 38 RBIs and threw out 15 base runners in his first season as a Wildcat.
The honors come a day after the team was ranked 18th in the nation by the publication. The Wildcats were one of six Pac-12 schools to be ranked in Top 25.
The University of Arkansas earned the number one spot on the poll. Salpointe Catholic High School graduate Joe Serrano is a sophomore outfielder of the Razorbacks squad that reached the College World Series last season.
His former teammate at Salpointe and current right-handed pitcher for Notre Dame University, Dan Slania was also named a 3rd Team Preseason All-American on Friday.
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper is based out of Tucson and has the longest ongoing college baseball poll in the nation.
Charlie Montoyo’s and Tom Spencer’s baseball careers have never crossed paths in their combined 60 plus years of professional baseball.
On Tuesday, Jan. 1, that will change as the two minor league managers will share their experience and insight with players 12 and older at the “Professional Baseball Clinic” at Pima Community College.
The clinic setup by Centerfield Baseball Academy was originated by CBA’s Vice President and Director of Operations & Marketing, Ryan Lineberger.
Lineberger, who has gotten to know both coaches through the academy, wanted to setup a clinic for Montoyo and Spencer to provide advanced professional instruction on all aspects of the game.
“We wanted to make this really special. Its something you don’t get everyday here in Tucson,” Lineberger said. “With their expertise of the infield, outfield, and hitting we really wanted to target on that and give players the opportunity to get professional experience from two coaches with 60 plus years of professional playing and coaching experience.”
The clinic on New Year’s Day will last for two hours with Montoyo working with the infielders and Spencer helping the outfielders. Both coaches, who have won Triple-A International League championships, will provide hitting and base running instruction as well.
“I really thought it was a great idea when (Lineberger) called and told me about it,” said Montoyo, a former major league player with the Montreal Expos. “If these...
The Baltimore Orioles signed former Arizona Wildcat, Daniel Schlereth to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training on Wednesday, Dec. 19.
The left-handed pitcher also drew interest this offseason from his home state team, the Colorado Rockies, before signing with the Orioles. He will compete with other five left-handed relievers for a spot in Baltimore’s bullpen.
Schlereth has spent the past three seasons with the Detroit Tigers’ organization. He appeared in only six games for Detroit in 2012 and spent most of the season on the disabled list dealing with tendinitis in his left-shoulder. In his tenure with the Tigers he compiled four wins, 69 strikeouts, and an ERA of 3.98.
The Arizona alum was a first-round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2008 before being traded to the Tigers in the December 2009 in a deal involving Ian Kennedy, Edwin Jackson, and Curtis Granderson.
Jason Donald (Arizona Wildcat) was involved in a three-team trade on Tuesday, Dec. 11, that sent him from the Cleveland Indians to the Cincinnati Reds. The shortstop hit .202 in 43 games last season for the Indians. Third baseman Stefen Romero (Pima Aztec/Sunnyside High School) was named a Seattle Mariners' 2012 Organization All-Star by Minor League Baseball's official website on Monday, Dec. 10.
Patrick McCoy (Sahuaro High School) earned his second win in the Dominican Winter League with a scoreless relief appearance on Saturday, Dec. 15, for Gigantes del Cibao. Former Tucson Padres pitcher Samuel Deduno earned his win for Aguilas Cibaenas on Thursday, Dec. 13, striking out nine batters in six innings.
Tucson Padres infielder Vince Belnome was traded on Thursday to the Tampa Bay Rays' organization. Belnome batted .275 with 33 RBIs and 11 2B for Triple-A Tucson in 2012.
The stats below are for players with Tucson connections from games on Dec. 9-15. Go to the players listing for more information and links to the players. DNP = Did not play.
Dominican Winter League
Patrick McCoy... Gigantes del Cibao - [1 gm] 0.1 IP, win (2-1)
Mexican Pacific Winter League
Jesus Castillo... Naranjeros de Hermosillo - [1 gm] 1.0 IP, 2 k
Jesus Cota... Algodoneros de Guasave - [5 gms] 5/20, 2b, run, bb, 8 k
Kenneth Sigman... Algodoneros de Guasave - DNP
Venezuelan Winter League
Eric Berger... Bravos de Margarita - [1 gm] 1 start,...
New Mexico State University reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nine years in 2012 playing in the Tucson Regional at Hi Corbett Field this past June.
For Ironwood Ridge High School and Pima Community College graduate Kyle Kilgore it was the second time he was able to see his future school play in Tucson.
Kilgore was also in attendance at Hi Corbett Field when the Aggies swept a mid-week series against the Arizona Wildcats in March. Both times he saw them play he was impressed with their style of baseball.
“I decided to attend New Mexico State because I liked the success they had last year and when you have the best hitting coach (Rocky Ward) in the nation in your own dugout, who wouldn't choose that school,” said Kilgore.
The Tucson native will have the opportunity in 2013 to help the Aggies reach the NCAA tournament for the second straight season and the fourth time in the program’s history.
“I believe I can contribute a little bit of everything to New Mexico State. We have a great team this year and everyone will contribute something beneficial to the teams success.”
NMSU first contacted Kilgore last fall, while he was representing Pima at the ACCAC Division I Sophomore All-Star Game in Phoenix.
Kilgore played two years at Pima where he batted .281 and accumulated 35 RBIs and 47 runs.
The outfielder also appeared in two games on the mound for the Aztecs his sophomore season. In one of those relief appearances he earned a win in...
Free agent outfielder Scott Hairston (Canyon del Oro High School) has drawn interest from the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, and New York Yankees according to baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal. Stefen Romero (Pima Aztec/Sunnyside High School) was named the No. 8 prospect and the best hitter for average in the Seattle Mariners' organization by Baseball America on Monday, Dec. 3.
Jesus Castillo (Tucson High School) picked up his second win in the Mexican Pacific Winter League for Naranjeros de Hermosillo on Friday, Dec. 7, against Mazatlan. The right-handed pitcher threw a scoreless frame in the top of the tenth before the Naranjeros had a walked-off home run in the bottom half of the inning.
Matt Clark (Tucson Padres) hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning on Saturday, Dec. 8, to help Bravos de Margarita defeat Zulia. The first baseman finished the week batting .400 with two home runs and four RBIs.
Outfielder Sawyer Carroll (Tucson Padres) was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday, Dec. 6. Carroll hit .263 with 56 RBIs and eight home runs last season for Triple-A Tucson.
The stats below are for players with Tucson connections from games on Dec. 2-Dec. 8. Go to the players listing for more information and links to the players. DNP = Did not play.
Dominican Winter League
Dan Butler... Toros del Este -DNP
Patrick McCoy... Gigantes del Cibao - [3 gms]
2.1 IP, 3 hits, run, ER, 2 bb, 2 k