Hometown report: End of season review of 32 local players playing professional baseball

Published: Friday, Oct. 5 2012 4:48 p.m. MDT

St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese (23) looks for the call as Miami Marlins catcher John Buck shows the ball in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 8, 2012, in St. Louis. Freese scored from second on a single by Rafael Furcal as the Cardinals won 5-4.

Tom Gannam, Associated Press

James Brooks

Shortstop played at the University of Utah

Organization: Nationals

Seasons as pro: Rookie

Note: Started in the Gulf Coast League, promoted to single-A for a short time before being sent back down

2012 numbers: .214, 0 HRs, 1 SB, 14 RBI

Tyson Brummett

Pitcher from Spanish Fork High School

Organization: Phillies

Seasons as a pro: 6

Note: Started with the double-A Reading, spent most the season with triple-A Lehigh Valley

2012 numbers: 3.20 ERA, 90 inns., 83 Ks, 29 BBs

John Buck

Catcher played for Taylorsville High

Organization: Marlins

Seasons as a pro: 14 (9 in the majors)

Note: Struggled to his worst year at the plate, ceded the starting catcher job to Rob Brantly

2012 numbers: .192, 12 HRs, 0 SBs, 41 RBIs

Chris Capper

Pitched for BYU

Organization: Diamondbacks

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Helped the Missoula Osprey defeat Ogden in Game 1 of the Pioneer League Championship series

2012 numbers: 3-2, 3.77 ERA, 44 Ks, 14 BBs

Matt Carson

Outfielder played for BYU

Organization: Twins

Seasons as a pro: 11 (3 in the majors)

Note: Started in triple-A Rochester, called up late to the majors for the first time since 2010 (when he was with Oakland)

2012 numbers: .282, 14 HRs, 9 SBs, 53 RBI with Rochester; .227, 0 HRs, 0 SBs, 4 RBIs with Minnesota

Taylor Cole

Pitched for BYU

Organization: Blue Jays

Seasons as a pro: 2

Note: Had an outstanding year, leading the Vancouver Canadians' starters in ERA and WHIP

2012 numbers: 6-0, 0.81 ERA, 57 Ks, 17 BBs

C.J. Cron

Designated hitter played for the Utes

Organization: Angels

Seasons as a pro: 2

Note: Led the minor leagues in RBIs ... will spend offseason recovering from shoulder surgery

2012 numbers: .293, 27 HRs, 3 SBs, 123 RBIs

Brandon Duckworth

Pitcher from Kearns

Organization:Rakuten

Seasons as a pro: 15 (8 in majors, 1 in Japan)

Note: Started season with triple-A Pawtucket, signed with Rakuten of Japan's Pacific League in August

2012 numbers: 9-2, 3.17 ERA, 93 Ks, 35 BBs with Pawtucket; 3-1, 3.45 ERA, 19 Ks, 5 BBs with Rakuten

Stephen Fife

Pitched for the University of Utah

Organization: Dodgers

Seasons as a pro: 5 (1 in the majors)

Note: Started the year in Albuquerque, pitched well in his five starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers

2012 numbers: 11-7, 4.66 ERA, 93 Ks, 44 BBs with Albuquerque; 0-2, 2.70 ERA, 20 Ks, 12 BBs with Los Angeles

Willie EyreRound RockAAARangers

Pitcher played for Cyprus High and CEU

Organization: Rangers

Seasons as a pro: 12 (4 in majors)

Note: Started season with Orioles' triple-A team, Norfolk, before being released. Signed with Round Rock on June 20.

2012 numbers: 1-3, 7.92 ERA, 20 Ks, 15 BBs with Norfolk; 1-2, 4.09 ERA, 32 Ks, 8 BBs with Round Rock

Jeremy Guthrie

Pitcher played for BYU

Organization: Royals

Seasons as a pro: 10 years (9 in majors)

Note: Tale of two halves ... cut ERA in half after being traded to Kansas City from the Colorado Rockies

2012 numbers: 3-9, 6.35 ERA, 45 Ks, 31 BBs with Colorado; 5-3, 3.16 ERA, 56 Ks, 19 BBs with Kansas City

Austin Hall

Pitched (and played infield) for BYU

Organization: Brewers

Seasons as a pro: Rookie

Note: Drafted in the 33rd round of the 2012 draft, played 13 games in the Arizona Rookie League

2012 numbers: 2-2, 4.41 ERA, 31 Ks, 13 BBs

Steven Hirschfeld

Pitcher from Moab

Organization: Twins

Seasons as a pro: 7

Note: Spent most of the season in double-A New Britain, but also played a lot for triple-A Rochester

2012 numbers: 9-12, 4.94 ERA, 94 Ks, 35 BBs

Travis Huber

Pitched for West Jordan High

Organization: Twins

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Drafted in the 23rd round after pitching for Nebraska Huskers, assigned to rookie-level Elizabethton (Tenn.)

2012 numbers: 1-0, 7.71 ERA, 10 Ks, 8 BBs, 1 save

Goose Kallunki

Played first base for UVU and Orem High

Organization: Padres

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Drafted in the 27th round, assigned to single-A Eugene (Ore.) of the Northwest League

2012 numbers: .254, 2 HRs, 1 SB, 13 RBIs

Brady Lail

Pitched for Bingham High School

Organization: Yankees

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Drafted in 18th round, assigned to Gulf Coast League allowed a run in just one of his five games

2012 numbers: 1-0, 1.42 ERA, 10 Ks, 2 BBs

Marcus Littlewood

Second baseman played for Pine View High

Organization: Mariners

Seasons as a pro: 2

Note: The 20-year-old showed improvement in his second season with single-A Everett, upping his average 70 points.

2012 numbers: .262, 9 HRs, 2 SBs, 37 RBIs

Brandon Lyon

Pitcher played for Taylorsville High

Organization: Blue Jays

Seasons as a pro: 12 (10 in the majors)

Note: Was traded from Houston to Toronto (his first MLB club) on July 20.

2012 numbers: 0-2, 3.25 ERA, 35 Ks, 11 BBs with Houston; 4-0, 2.88 ERA, 28 Ks, 9 BBs, 1 save with Toronto

Taylor Mangum

Pitched for American Fork High and UVU

Organization: Brewers

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Signed as free agent, working his way up from the Arizona League (where he had a 0.79 ERA) to the Pioneer League

2012 numbers: 2-2, 3.42 ERA, 23 Ks, 12 BBs

Kam Mickolio

Pitcher played for Utah Valley University

Organization: Hiroshima

Seasons as a pro: 7

Note: Pitched well as the closer for the Carp of the Japan's Central League

2012 numbers: 2-5, 19 saves, 2.89 ERA, 54 Ks, 14 BBs

Parker Morin

Catcher played for the Utes and Park City High

Organization: Royals

Seasons as a pro: Rookie

Note: Drafted in the 14th round and was assigned to Idaho Falls' rookie-league team

2012 numbers: .267, 4 HRs, 1 SB, 21 RBIs

Matthew Neil

Pitched for BYU

Organization: Marlins

Seasons as a pro: 2

Note: After baffling batters in the Florida State League (2.06 ERA), he was promoted to double-A Jacksonville.

2012 numbers: 8-7, 3.90 ERA, 94 Ks, 28 BBs

Stephen Parker

Played third base for BYU and American Fork

Organization: Athletics

Seasons as a pro: 4

Note: Played the entire season with triple-A River Cats

2012 numbers: .256, 7 HRs, 5 SBs, 47 RBIs

Tanner Robles

Pitched for Cottonwood High

Organization: Reds

Seasons as a pro: 3

Note: Continued to move up the ranks, going from single-A Dayton to advanced-A Bakersfield this season

2012 numbers: 8-8, 3.87 ERA, 92 Ks, 46 BBs

Braeden Schlehuber

Catcher played for Viewmont High

Organization: Braves

Seasons as a pro: 5

Note: Had career-bests in average, home runs and RBIs for the advanced-A Lynchburg Hillcats

2012 numbers: .270, 8 HRs, 1 SB, 42 RBIs

Egan Smith

Pitched for Pleasant Grove High

Organization: Blue Jays

Seasons as a pro: 4

Note: Played all season for double-A Dunedin (Fla.), ended season on disabled list

2012 numbers: 8-7, 3.49 ERA, 70 Ks, 34 BBs

Jordan Smith

Pitcher from Pleasant Grove

Organization: Reds

Seasons as a pro: 7

Note: Spent whole season with triple-A Louisville as a part-time closer for the Bats

2012 numbers: 3-3, 4.76 ERA, 13 saves, 36 Ks, 16 BBs

Matt Spring

Catcher played for Dixie State

Organization: Red Sox

Seasons as a pro: 9

Note: Played 60 games with double-AA Portland (Me.) and 2 games with triple-A Pawtucket

2012 numbers: .203, 7 HRs, 1 SB, 23 RBIs

Mitch Talbot

Pitcher from Cedar City

Organization: Samsung Lions (Korea Professional Baseball) based in Daegu, South Korea

Seasons as a pro: 10

Note: Is having a strong showing in his first season playing for South Korea's top team

2012 numbers: 13-3, 3.88 ERA, 65 Ks, 47 BBs

Tyler Wagner

Pitched for Utah

Organization: Brewers

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Had a rough rookie campaign with the Pioneer League's Helena Brewers

2012 numbers: 1-4, 7.77 ERA, 47 Ks, 22 BBs

Keenyn Walker

Played outfield for Judge Memorial H.S.

Organization: White Sox

Seasons as a pro: 2

Note: Despite two stints on the DL, stole 56 bases for single-A Kannapolis and A-advanced Winston-Salem

2012 numbers: .267, 4 HRs, 56 SBs, 55 RBIs

Jordan Whatcott

Pitched for the University of Utah

Organization: Phillies

Seasons as a pro: 3

Note: Promoted from A-advanced Clearwater to double-A Reading early in the season

2012 numbers: 3-3, 3.78, 62 Ks, 24 BBs

Keli'i Zablan

Pitched for Southern Utah University

Organization: River City Rascals

Seasons as a pro: 3

Note: After one season in the Mariners' organization, returned to the independent Frontier League

2012 numbers: 4-4, 4.68 ERA, 44 Ks, 33 BBs; also batted .138, 1 RBI, 1 SB

James Brooks

Shortstop played at the University of Utah

Organization: Nationals

Seasons as pro: Rookie

Note: Started in the Gulf Coast League, promoted to single-A for a short time before being sent back down

2012 numbers: .214, 0 HRs, 1 SB, 14 RBI

Tyson Brummett

Pitcher from Spanish Fork High School

Organization: Phillies

Seasons as a pro: 6

Note: Started with the double-A Reading, spent most the season with triple-A Lehigh Valley

2012 numbers: 3.20 ERA, 90 inns., 83 Ks, 29 BBs

John Buck

Catcher played for Taylorsville High

Organization: Marlins

Seasons as a pro: 14 (9 in the majors)

Note: Struggled to his worst year at the plate, ceded the starting catcher job to Rob Brantly

2012 numbers: .192, 12 HRs, 0 SBs, 41 RBIs

Chris Capper

Pitched for BYU

Organization: Diamondbacks

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Helped the Missoula Osprey defeat Ogden in Game 1 of the Pioneer League Championship series

2012 numbers: 3-2, 3.77 ERA, 44 Ks, 14 BBs

Matt Carson

Outfielder played for BYU

Organization: Twins

Seasons as a pro: 11 (3 in the majors)

Note: Started in triple-A Rochester, called up late to the majors for the first time since 2010 (when he was with Oakland)

2012 numbers: .282, 14 HRs, 9 SBs, 53 RBI with Rochester; .227, 0 HRs, 0 SBs, 4 RBIs with Minnesota

Taylor Cole

Pitched for BYU

Organization: Blue Jays

Seasons as a pro: 2

Note: Had an outstanding year, leading the Vancouver Canadians' starters in ERA and WHIP

2012 numbers: 6-0, 0.81 ERA, 57 Ks, 17 BBs

C.J. Cron

Designated hitter played for the Utes

Organization: Angels

Seasons as a pro: 2

Note: Led the minor leagues in RBIs ... will spend offseason recovering from shoulder surgery

2012 numbers: .293, 27 HRs, 3 SBs, 123 RBIs

Brandon Duckworth

Pitcher from Kearns

Organization:Rakuten

Seasons as a pro: 15 (8 in majors, 1 in Japan)

Note: Started season with triple-A Pawtucket, signed with Rakuten of Japan's Pacific League in August

2012 numbers: 9-2, 3.17 ERA, 93 Ks, 35 BBs with Pawtucket; 3-1, 3.45 ERA, 19 Ks, 5 BBs with Rakuten

Stephen Fife

Pitched for the University of Utah

Organization: Dodgers

Seasons as a pro: 5 (1 in the majors)

Note: Started the year in Albuquerque, pitched well in his five starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers

2012 numbers: 11-7, 4.66 ERA, 93 Ks, 44 BBs with Albuquerque; 0-2, 2.70 ERA, 20 Ks, 12 BBs with Los Angeles

Willie EyreRound RockAAARangers

Pitcher played for Cyprus High and CEU

Organization: Rangers

Seasons as a pro: 12 (4 in majors)

Note: Started season with Orioles' triple-A team, Norfolk, before being released. Signed with Round Rock on June 20.

2012 numbers: 1-3, 7.92 ERA, 20 Ks, 15 BBs with Norfolk; 1-2, 4.09 ERA, 32 Ks, 8 BBs with Round Rock

Jeremy Guthrie

Pitcher played for BYU

Organization: Royals

Seasons as a pro: 10 years (9 in majors)

Note: Tale of two halves ... cut ERA in half after being traded to Kansas City from the Colorado Rockies

2012 numbers: 3-9, 6.35 ERA, 45 Ks, 31 BBs with Colorado; 5-3, 3.16 ERA, 56 Ks, 19 BBs with Kansas City

Austin Hall

Pitched (and played infield) for BYU

Organization: Brewers

Seasons as a pro: Rookie

Note: Drafted in the 33rd round of the 2012 draft, played 13 games in the Arizona Rookie League

2012 numbers: 2-2, 4.41 ERA, 31 Ks, 13 BBs

Steven Hirschfeld

Pitcher from Moab

Organization: Twins

Seasons as a pro: 7

Note: Spent most of the season in double-A New Britain, but also played a lot for triple-A Rochester

2012 numbers: 9-12, 4.94 ERA, 94 Ks, 35 BBs

Travis Huber

Pitched for West Jordan High

Organization: Twins

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Drafted in the 23rd round after pitching for Nebraska Huskers, assigned to rookie-level Elizabethton (Tenn.)

2012 numbers: 1-0, 7.71 ERA, 10 Ks, 8 BBs, 1 save

Goose Kallunki

Played first base for UVU and Orem High

Organization: Padres

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Drafted in the 27th round, assigned to single-A Eugene (Ore.) of the Northwest League

2012 numbers: .254, 2 HRs, 1 SB, 13 RBIs

Brady Lail

Pitched for Bingham High School

Organization: Yankees

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Drafted in 18th round, assigned to Gulf Coast League allowed a run in just one of his five games

2012 numbers: 1-0, 1.42 ERA, 10 Ks, 2 BBs

Marcus Littlewood

Second baseman played for Pine View High

Organization: Mariners

Seasons as a pro: 2

Note: The 20-year-old showed improvement in his second season with single-A Everett, upping his average 70 points.

2012 numbers: .262, 9 HRs, 2 SBs, 37 RBIs

Brandon Lyon

Pitcher played for Taylorsville High

Organization: Blue Jays

Seasons as a pro: 12 (10 in the majors)

Note: Was traded from Houston to Toronto (his first MLB club) on July 20.

2012 numbers: 0-2, 3.25 ERA, 35 Ks, 11 BBs with Houston; 4-0, 2.88 ERA, 28 Ks, 9 BBs, 1 save with Toronto

Taylor Mangum

Pitched for American Fork High and UVU

Organization: Brewers

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Signed as free agent, working his way up from the Arizona League (where he had a 0.79 ERA) to the Pioneer League

2012 numbers: 2-2, 3.42 ERA, 23 Ks, 12 BBs

Kam Mickolio

Pitcher played for Utah Valley University

Organization: Hiroshima

Seasons as a pro: 7

Note: Pitched well as the closer for the Carp of the Japan's Central League

2012 numbers: 2-5, 19 saves, 2.89 ERA, 54 Ks, 14 BBs

Parker Morin

Catcher played for the Utes and Park City High

Organization: Royals

Seasons as a pro: Rookie

Note: Drafted in the 14th round and was assigned to Idaho Falls' rookie-league team

2012 numbers: .267, 4 HRs, 1 SB, 21 RBIs

Matthew Neil

Pitched for BYU

Organization: Marlins

Seasons as a pro: 2

Note: After baffling batters in the Florida State League (2.06 ERA), he was promoted to double-A Jacksonville.

2012 numbers: 8-7, 3.90 ERA, 94 Ks, 28 BBs

Stephen Parker

Played third base for BYU and American Fork

Organization: Athletics

Seasons as a pro: 4

Note: Played the entire season with triple-A River Cats

2012 numbers: .256, 7 HRs, 5 SBs, 47 RBIs

Tanner Robles

Pitched for Cottonwood High

Organization: Reds

Seasons as a pro: 3

Note: Continued to move up the ranks, going from single-A Dayton to advanced-A Bakersfield this season

2012 numbers: 8-8, 3.87 ERA, 92 Ks, 46 BBs

Braeden Schlehuber

Catcher played for Viewmont High

Organization: Braves

Seasons as a pro: 5

Note: Had career-bests in average, home runs and RBIs for the advanced-A Lynchburg Hillcats

2012 numbers: .270, 8 HRs, 1 SB, 42 RBIs

Egan Smith

Pitched for Pleasant Grove High

Organization: Blue Jays

Seasons as a pro: 4

Note: Played all season for double-A Dunedin (Fla.), ended season on disabled list

2012 numbers: 8-7, 3.49 ERA, 70 Ks, 34 BBs

Jordan Smith

Pitcher from Pleasant Grove

Organization: Reds

Seasons as a pro: 7

Note: Spent whole season with triple-A Louisville as a part-time closer for the Bats

2012 numbers: 3-3, 4.76 ERA, 13 saves, 36 Ks, 16 BBs

Matt Spring

Catcher played for Dixie State

Organization: Red Sox

Seasons as a pro: 9

Note: Played 60 games with double-AA Portland (Me.) and 2 games with triple-A Pawtucket

2012 numbers: .203, 7 HRs, 1 SB, 23 RBIs

Mitch Talbot

Pitcher from Cedar City

Organization: Samsung Lions (Korea Professional Baseball) based in Daegu, South Korea

Seasons as a pro: 10

Note: Is having a strong showing in his first season playing for South Korea's top team

2012 numbers: 13-3, 3.88 ERA, 65 Ks, 47 BBs

Tyler Wagner

Pitched for Utah

Organization: Brewers

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Had a rough rookie campaign with the Pioneer League's Helena Brewers

2012 numbers: 1-4, 7.77 ERA, 47 Ks, 22 BBs

Keenyn Walker

Played outfield for Judge Memorial H.S.

Organization: White Sox

Seasons as a pro: 2

Note: Despite two stints on the DL, stole 56 bases for single-A Kannapolis and A-advanced Winston-Salem

2012 numbers: .267, 4 HRs, 56 SBs, 55 RBIs

Jordan Whatcott

Pitched for the University of Utah

Organization: Phillies

Seasons as a pro: 3

Note: Promoted from A-advanced Clearwater to double-A Reading early in the season

2012 numbers: 3-3, 3.78, 62 Ks, 24 BBs

Keli'i Zablan

Pitched for Southern Utah University

Organization: River City Rascals

Seasons as a pro: 3

Note: After one season in the Mariners' organization, returned to the independent Frontier League

2012 numbers: 4-4, 4.68 ERA, 44 Ks, 33 BBs; also batted .138, 1 RBI, 1 SB

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