Dayton Wins on Walkoff Granny

One year ago Seth Mejias-Brean came into the Cincinnati organization from the Reds tenth round selection on the draft. He arrived with a polished set of skills after playing in a strong collegiate program and now at the age of 22 he is playing a full professional season and has an average on the rise in the Midwest League.

Dayton picked up a 7-6 win over visiting Beloit in a wild finish. The score was tied at three going into the final inning and the Snappers looked to be in control after scoring three in the ninth. However, the Dragons loaded the bases from three walks in the bottom of the inning and Seth Mejias-Brean brought home the victory for his team with a walk-off grand slam. Earlier he had driven home the first run of the game with an RBI-double in the first and a run-scoring single in the seventh. Tanner Rahier had his team's other RBI from a single in the sixth.

Mejias-Brean finished the day with three hits to raise his average to .287. Daniel Piggot stroked a couple of doubles and scored a run. Sammy Diaz reached twice and scored two times from a hit and a walk while Jesse Winker arrived safely three times from walks. On the mound Ismael Guillon had another short outing and left after four innings over which he allowed three runs, six hits, and three walks while striking out five. Tony Amezcua relieved him with two scoreless innings while navigating around four walks and a hit. Michael Lorenzen threw a scoreless eighth to keep his zero ERA after six appearances. Joel Bender allowed three runs in one inning pitched, but the ninth inning homer gave him the win.

Mejias-Brean has been on a torrid pace recently going 23-52 (.442) with a .500 OB% over his last thirteen games. He's also slugged .635 over that period to bring his overall average over .400. He started the season slowly and was hitting under .200 over April, but if a racehorse had performed like he has this year it would be considered a deep closer because his average has jumped each month of the season (April: .190/May: .279/ June: .305/July: .400).

He's been seeing a little more action at third base this past week which is the position he was considered when the Reds drafted him in the tenth round last year right before he helped the University of Arizona to a College World Series championship. He came into the organization with the reputation of solid defense, but he committed thirteen errors at the hot corner while playing 45 games at Billings last season. That rate has gone down to only four miscues in 35 games at the position for Dayton while most of his action has been at first base to make way for last year's second round selection Rahier.

Mejias-Brean is a good athlete and has shown a nice plate discipline since signing with the Reds. Thus far in 2013 he's walked in 8.7% of his plate appearances to provide a .070' differential between his average and on-base percentage. It's not surprising that he isn't showing the same power like he did last year when he burst onto the scene with five homers in his first eighteen Pioneer League games. However, he's got a solid build (6'2"/215#) and there's reason to believe that can develop with the rest of his game. His gaudy July average has pumped up his slugging percentage to .567 thus far this month.

Even though he completed a junior year collegiately he's still only 22 years old and appears ready for high-A next season. The Reds pipeline is getting crowded with third base prospects but he's outhitting Rahier, and a couple of others at Pensacola. Mejias-Brean still looks like a sleeper from last year's draft and given his previous history in the Pioneer League it would be no surprise to see him put up big numbers in the hitter-friendly California League when he arrives.

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