BYU baseball: Cougars look to improve on their inaugural season

By Ralph R. Zobell

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7 2014 8:25 p.m. MST

At center, freshman Brennon Lund gets the nod backed by transfer Eric Urry, who can also play left field.

“Lund runs a 6.3 in the 60 and has a 90-plus arm,” Littlewood said. “We are trying to refine his skills.”

In left, it’s either freshman CJ Latham, Urry or Reber. Junior Andy Isom is in the mix anywhere in the outfield. At right field, it’s senior Kelton Caldwell, All-WCC in 2012 and a starter the past two seasons.

“With Latham, Urry and Lund all left-handers at the plate, backed by right-hander Bryan Heward (junior transfer), we can match up this year on the right-handed side,” Littlewood said.

Senior Christian Mua is coming off an injury and is a pinch-hit prospect.


“I'm excited with more options. We won't lose anything at all,” Littlewood said. “Dakota Hernandez (a junior) is coming off shoulder surgery and has progressed nicely. Clearly he is the best defender and receiver.

Bronson Larsen (a freshman) has the most tools and has more pop in his bat. He will be a high draft in a couple years and throws 1.8 to second and he will probably get the nod as our starter. (Jarrett) Jarvis looks good. We have 1 A, 1 B or 1 C.”

JC transfer Bo Fisher could see some time at the catching position or DH position.


Poulson and Jeff Barker are BYU’s one-two punch as starters with sophomore returned-missionary Kolton Mahoney as a potential third starter.

“Mahoney can run it up to 92-93 mph and it would also be nice to have him at the end of the game in relief,” Littlewood said. “He has an excellent change and curve. Hayden Rogers (freshman returned missionary) looked tremendous in the fall with a curve, great changeup and mid to upper 80's fastball. If he keeps progressing like we think he can I could see him securing the third starting spot.”

Relievers could be junior James Lengal , who will sit in the low 90's with a good slider, backed by JC transfer Brandon Kinser and freshman Arik Mack, a lefty.

Marc Oslund has potential if he makes his way back from surgery,” Littlewood said. “Chunner Nyberg is becoming a pitcher instead of just a hard thrower. Rhett Nelson (JC transfer) can throw 87-89 mph. Michael Springer throws in the low 90's and could fill a starting role on a weekday or be a weekend starter. Hayden Parker throws 84-86 mph and is not afraid of anybody and will play a role.

“Howard is a potential starter, but a bit of an unknown due to surgery and could end the game or be a matchup guy. We have moved Brendon Erickson (a sophomore) to be a pitcher now.

“We have so many more options,” Littlewood said. “We have competitive guys that can matchup. We have more depth. Last year our players answered the bell nearly every game.”

Ralph R. Zobell has worked for BYU Athletic Media Relations in various capacities for over 30 years. You can view his bio at http://byucougars.com/staff/athletics/ralph-zobell or contact him at ralph_zobell@byu.edu.

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