Mejias-Brean Hits Game-Winning HR

Seth Mejias-Brean experiences both a College World Series championship and a successful debut at Billings last year. Now his bat is coming around while he's playing in his first professional full season at Dayton and yesterday he finished with his fourth consecutive multi-hit game.

Dayton jumped out to an early three-run lead in the first inning at South Bend and led the game until the Silver Hawks tied it with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. The Dragons won 4-3 in extra innings on Seth Mejias-Brean's solo home run in the tenth. Earlier Mejias-Brean knocked the first run of the game with a single and scored on Jesse Winker's two-run homer. Mejias-Brean finished with three hits to give him a streak of four consecutive multi-hit games. Winker and Jeff Gelalich both had two hits while Zach Vincej reached safely twice with a hit and walk.

On the mound Drew Cisco turned in a nice outing, allowing one run on four hits in six innings. He also struck out seven hitters without a walk. Cisco handed a lead to the bullpen when he left the game, but finished with no decision when his team lost it later. Sean Lucas did not allow a run while pitching the final three innings and was rewarded with the win.

Mejias-Brean is on a 9-13 tear over his last three games and has raised his average up to .242/.325 OB%. He started this season at Dayton after hitting .313/.389 OB with eight home runs over the short season at Billings last year. Before that he was drafted in the eighth round by the Reds after helping the University of Arizona to a College World Series championship.

Now 22 years old, it's no surprise that Mejias=Brean entered the Cincinnati system with polished skills after playing at a strong college program. Thus far his glove has been slower to come around than expected. He arrived with the reputation as a strong defensive third baseman, but committed thirteen errors in 45 games at the hot corner for Billings last season. That has improved at Dayton and he's only made three in twenty games at the position. The Dragons have also been giving him time at first base where he's played almost half his action.

He's been slow to add power to his game this season and last night's homer was his first of the year. That wasn't the case in 2012 when he slugged .536. It's no surprise to see power output decline when a hitter leaves the high-altitude venues of the Pioneer League for ballparks closer to sea level, but Mejias-Brean's still has only nine extra base hits thus far in 2013 after hitting two last night. That total should be expected to jump now that it appears he's advancing along the learning curve against Midwest League pitching. He also has a good plate discipline, striking out once every seven plate appearances while walking in over 10% of them, giving a nice .080' AVG/OB differential.

Seth Mejias-Brean continues to be a climber on the Reds Prospect list in his second professional season. He would help his value if his glove allows him to stick at third base. His move over to first was probably done more to fit Tanner Rahier, last year's second round selection, into the lineup and he'll have plenty of opportunity to flash his leather at the hot corner in the future. Right now he's letting his bat do the talking for him and it's been getting louder this past week. He was a little older when he started after playing three years collegiately, but at he's already playing in a full season league and there's no reason to fast-track him right now. Whenever he gets the call for the next level it appears he's going to be ready.

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