ALBANY, Ore. — Former Roadrunner slugger Seth Brown is starting for the Triple A Las Vegas Aviators this season, leading the team with 19 home runs and 60 RBI's.
The left-handed first baseman from Medford, Ore. played for LBCC from 2011-13. Brown went on to play at Lewis & Clark State College and was drafted in the 15th round by the Oakland A's in 2015.
The Aviators recently posted a story about Brown's success. Here is an excerpt:
"By Matt Jacob / Las Vegas Aviators | July 14, 2019
Down in the Aviators' clubhouse, outside of manager Fran Riordan's office, is a dry-erase board that regularly lists the day's starting lineup, the scouting report on the opposing team's pitcher and other pertinent information. On Friday afternoon, that board also included a message written in black ink:
"Optional Batting Practice Saturday - Sign Up."
Given that the season is more than three months old and that recent midafternoon temperatures have soared well into triple digits, it's no surprise that the majority of the Aviators' players politely declined the offer, choosing instead to take their hacks in the air-conditioned indoor batting cage.
It's also no surprise that one of the two players who printed their names on the dry-erase board was Seth Brown.
Not because the first baseman is trying to work his way out of a slump - quite the contrary, he extended his hitting streak to six games during the Aviators' 13-9 victory over the Salt Lake Bees on Saturday. What's more, going back to June 23, Brown has hit safely in 14 of the 16 games in which he's had an official at-bat, hitting .353 (24-for-68) with eight doubles, one triple, three home runs, 16 RBI and 18 runs scored.
So why was the 6-foot-1, 225-pound native of Medford, Oregon, standing at home plate at Las Vegas Ballpark on Saturday afternoon, taking swings against Riordan in the searing 103-degree heat some two hours before first pitch? And doing so barely an hour after hitting in the indoor cage? On his 27th birthday, no less? ..."
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