Saturday, January 26, 2013

Highlighting top Reds prospects in 2013: Seth Mejias-Brean

By: Jon Davis
Staff Writer

At #20, we find Seth Mejias-Brean a 6-foot-2, 210-pound third baseman, drafted by the Reds in the eighth round of the 2012 draft out of Arizona.  In his final year with the wildcats, he hit .355 with a .401 on base and .479 slugging, while striking out only one more time than he walked.  These contributions at the plate helped lead Arizona to their first title since 1986.  After being drafted, he immediately went to Billings where he performed very well.  He posted a .313 average with a .389 on base and .536 slugging, in just over 200 plate appearances.  In 2012, all of his offensive numbers were great, especially during his 22-game hitting streak where he had a .388 average, .671 slugging and 1.124 OPS during the streak.  

When we look at his skill set we find a guy with classic third-base size. Mejias-Brean has potential in every aspect of his game.  He stands out defensively, showing excellent instincts at the hot corner and a strong arm.  He is a quality hitter with a sound approach which allows his offensive tools to play.  He began to show some of his previously untapped power potential last year while also showing good plate discipline.  Moving forward he just needs to continue to develop his bat and glove, as he moves thought the system.

Mejias-Brean will most likely open this season with the Dayton Dragons.  If he continues to succeed as he did in 2012, he could reach majors by end of 2014.  The more likely scenario is we are talking 2015 at the earliest.  As for the possibilities, Mejias-Brean has the ceiling of a gold glove 3B, while being a .300 average 20 homer guy at the plate.  

A look back on the previous prospect posts...
No. 1 - Billy Hamilton
No. 2 - Robert Stephenson
No. 3 - Tony Cingrani
No. 4 - Daniel Corcino
No. 5 - Nick Travieso
No. 6 - Jesse Winker
No. 7 - Tanner Rahier
No. 8 - Kyle Lotzkar
No. 9 - Yorman Rodriguez
No. 10 - Ismael Guillon
No. 11 - Ryan LaMarre
No. 12 - Amir Garrett
No. 13 - Dan Langfield
No. 14 - David Vidal
No. 15 - Neftali Soto
No. 16 - Donald Lutz
No. 17 - Jeff Gelalich
No. 18 - Tucker Barnhart
No. 19 - Henry Rodriguez

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