Hometown report: Major and minor leaguers with Utah ties

Published: Saturday, July 21 2012 8:00 p.m. MDT

Matthew NeilJacksonville AA Marlins

Pitched for BYU

On season: 4.05 ERA, 65 K, 20 BB in 100 IP

Stephen ParkerSacramentoAAAAthletics

Played third base for BYU and American Fork

Comes to Salt Lake for 4-game series on Tues.

Tanner RoblesBakersfield A Reds

Pitched for Cottonwood High

Promoted to Advanced Single-A this month

Braeden Schlehuber LynchburgA Braves

Catcher played for Viewmont High

HR away from cycle on Thursday

Egan SmithDunedin AABlue Jays

Pitched for Pleasant Grove High

Pitched 6-inning shutout for his third win Wed.

Jordan SmithLouisville AAA Reds

Pitcher from Pleasant Grove

Has 11 saves on the season

Matt SpringPortland AA Red Sox

Catcher played for Dixie State

Last 11 plate appearances: 6 walks, 1 2B

Mitch TalbotSamsung Lions S. Korea

Pitcher from Cedar City

Has allowed just 4 HRs in 882/3 innings

Tyler WagnerHelena R Brewers

Pitched for Utah

Settling down, just 2 ERs in last 52/3 innings

Keenyn WalkerWinston-SalemAWhite Sox

Played outfield for Judge Memorial H.S.

Promoted to advanced Single-A

Jordan WhatcottReading AA Phillies

Pitched for the University of Utah

Coming out of the bullpen again

Keli'i ZablanRiver City Ind.

Pitched for Southern Utah University

On season: 4-3, 3.72 ERA, 30 Ks, 20 BBs

Seeing is believing

Al Kaline, once a prodigy himself, loved watching the Angels' Mike Trout during a four-game series in Detroit.

"I've really been paying attention to what he has been doing," said Kaline, who hit .340 to lead the AL in hitting as a 20-year-old in 1955. "It has been amazing."

Kaline was hitting .373 in mid-July of 1955. Trout is hitting above .350 now. The Tigers' legend became the latest guy to compare Trout, 20, to one of baseball's legendary names.

"He's a strong guy, runs really well, power — he reminds me a little bit of a (Mickey) Mantle," Kaline told the Detroit Free Press. "You don't see the combination of power and speed that he has. ... Power guys usually are bigger and slower. You don't see too many guys with great power who really have great speed. But obviously Trout has both. He looks like he's a complete player. I know he's an outstanding outfielder."

— Chicago Tribune (MCT)

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