Seth Mejias-Brean was not in the Reds system when the year began, but joined the organization after being drafted in 2012. The Reds sent him to Billings where he helped lead the Mustangs offense.
The Reds didn’t sign Mejias-Brean immediately, but he was ready to go by the time July rolled around. And was he ever ready to go. In 22 games on the month he went out and hit .388/.454/.671 with 7 doubles, a triple and 5 home runs to go along with 11 walks and 8 strikeouts. He also stole three bases on the month without being caught.
In August he took a step back some as he posted a .282/.363/.451 line with 4 doubles, a triple and 2 home runs. His plate discipline was solid, though a step back from his July totals with just 8 walks and 17 strikeouts. Like July, he stole 3 bases without being caught.
There was only a weeks worth of games in September, but they weren’t pretty for the third baseman as he hit just .130/.231/.304 with a double and a home run. He walked twice and struck out four times in just 23 at bats. He didn’t attempt a steal in that time frame.
With the short season leagues, it is tough to really get a say on how up and down a guy is, but Mejias-Brean was certainly a guy with two large splits between July and then August/September. He was clearly playing over his head in July where he posted an OPS over 1.100 and his peripherals were much better than the .244 he hit in in August and September. His overall numbers on the season look like a fair representation of what his year was like based on his peripherals rather than something that could be suggested by the monthly splits. The power output was a surprise given his college numbers, but swing changes made a difference and scouts believe he does have power. Defensively he has the tools, but he posted a .904 fielding percentage with the Mustangs. Cutting down on the error rate as he climbs the ladder will be necessary. Right now he is an intriguing prospect with a little bit of upside worth keeping a close eye on.
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