Utahns in baseball: C.J. Cron remains hot, as does former Utes pitcher Tyler Wagner

Published: Monday, April 21 2014 10:45 a.m. MDT

Bees' infielder C.J. Cron catches the ball during the baseball game against Albuquerque at Spring Mobile Ballpark Sunday, April 20, 2014 in Salt Lake City.

Hugh Carey, Deseret News

While former Utes slugger C.J. Cron has been on a tear in the Pacific Coast League, another former Ute has jumped out to an equally impressive start in the Florida State League.

Sure, the leagues are completely different, but the numbers still remain notable.

In the PCL, Cron has driven in 18 RBIs in 18 games for the Salt Lake Bees. He's also batting .319 on the year. The former Ute picked up five extra base hits over the week, including two home runs.

In the FSL, former Ute Tyler Wagner boasts a 3-0 record with a slight 1.17 ERA in four starts for Brevard County. Wagner started twice over the past week, combining to allow three runs (two earned) in 12 2/3 innings while striking out nine in those starts.

Meanwhile, in Double-A ball, Spanish Fork High School alumnus Tyson Brummett continued his hot start to the 2014 season over the week. Brummett tossed seven scoreless innings in a 12-0 victory over Jackson on Sunday to improve to 1-1 on the season with a 0.56 ERA in three starts for Chattanooga.

BYU alumnus Adam Law also extended his hitting streak to eight games for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga over the week. Law went 8-for-20 on the week for the Quakes, driving in his first five RBIs of the season in the process.

MLB

John Buck (Taylorsville H.S.), Seattle: Two hits and one walk in six at-bats over the week. Buck picked up a single in Seattle’s 3-2 at Miami on Sunday.

The Taylorsville High School alum has played just four games this season. He’s batting .231 with no extra base hits or RBIs in those games, but has a .333 on-base percentage.

Jeremy Guthrie (BYU), Kansas City: Six hits, four runs, two walks and four strikeouts in six innings, picking up a no-decision in Kansas City’s 6-4 win over Houston on Wednesday.

Guthrie remains 2-0 on the season, but his ERA jumped to 4.34 after Wednesday’s start. He’s expected to start Monday night at Cleveland.

Triple-A

Matt Carson (BYU), Columbus (Cleveland Indians): Four hits in 14 at-bats over the week. He also picked up an RBI in an 8-1 loss to Toledo on Saturday.

After a hot start to the season, the BYU product has cooled with a .242 batting average over his past 10 games; he is, however, hitting .295 with eight runs scored and four RBIs on the season.

C.J. Cron (Utah), Salt Lake (Los Angeles Angels): Seven hits in 22 at-bats over the week, including two home runs, three doubles and six RBIs.

The former Ute has continued his good start in Salt Lake, batting .319 three weeks into the season. He also has four home runs, 10 doubles, 18 RBIs and 11 runs scored in 18 games.

Stephen Fife (Utah), Albuquerque (Los Angeles Dodgers): Six hits, four runs (three earned), six walks and three strikeout in a no-decision last Monday. The righty has struggled in Triple-A, with an 0-2 record and a 11.91 ERA in three starts.

Fife was scheduled to start in Salt Lake City on Saturday, but was a late scratch and is not expected to start in the series with the Bees, which wraps up on Tuesday.

Brandon Lyon (Taylorsville H.S.), Salt Lake (Los Angeles Angels): 2 1/3 innings in three appearances over the week, allowing five hits and two runs. Lyon allowed two hits and walked two more in 1/3 inning Friday at Tacoma, but atoned for his poor outing with a scoreless inning against Albuquerque Sunday.

Double-A

Tyson Brummett (Spanish Fork H.S.), Chattanooga (Los Angeles Dodgers): Allowed six hits and one run in five innings, falling to Jackson 4-0 on Tuesday. Brummett toed the slab again against Jackson on Sunday, pitching seven scoreless innings in a 12-0 win.

The Spanish Fork alum is 1-1 with a 0.56 ERA in three starts with the Lookouts this season.

Parker Morin (Utah), Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City Royals): One hits in eight at-bats over the past week. He also drew a walk. Morin is hitting .240 in eight games this season.

Matt Neil (BYU), Montgomery (Tampa Bay Rays): Five hits, one run, two strikeouts in an extended relief appearance for the Biscuits on Friday. Neil picked up the win for Montgomery in his 2014 season debut.

The BYU alum signed with Montgomery this week after being released from the Miami Marlins organization at the tail end of spring training.

Braeden Schlehuber (Viewmont H.S.), Mississippi (Atlanta Braves): Zero hits in six at-bats in three games played over the week. The Bountiful native picked up his second RBI of the season on an RBI groundout during the Braves’ 3-0 victory over Huntsville on Wednesday.

Matt Spring (Dixie State), Portland (Boston Red Sox): Did not play this week. The Dixie State alum is batting .200 on the season with two doubles, three RBIs and one run scored.

Keenyn Walker (Judge Memorial H.S.), Birmingham (Chicago White Sox): Three hits in 18 at-bats over the week, scoring four runs and driving in two more for the Barons. He also stole his first base since the first week of the season on Sunday.

However, Walker has continued to struggle with his strikeout to walk numbers this season. He has drawn just one walk over his last 10 games, while striking out 16 times.

Single-A

Chris Capper (BYU), South Bend (Arizona Diamondbacks): Remains on the 7-Day disabled list. Has yet to appear in a game with the Silver Hawks this season.

Taylor Cole (BYU), Dunedin (Toronto Blue Jays): Six hits over six innings, allowing two runs, walking two and striking out seven in a 10-3 win over Daytona.

Cole (2-0, 2.55 ERA) is slated to pitch again Monday night at Lakeland.

Jake Hannemann (BYU), Kane County (Chicago Cubs): Five hits, one walk and seven strikeouts in 23 at-bats over the week. The former BYU player also added four stolen bases.

After a solid start to the season, Hannamann is batting just .195 over his last 10 games and wields a .226 batting average on the young season. He’s also stolen eight bases in 13 games.

Adam Law (BYU), Rancho Cucamonga (Los Angeles Dodgers): Eight hits (two doubles) in 20 at-bats over the past week. The BYU alum is currently enjoying an eight-game hitting streak and drove in five RBIs over the past three games. He’s batting .279 on the season for the Quakes.

Marcus Littlewood (Pine View H.S.), Clinton (Seattle Mariners): Three hits (each extra base hits) in four games over the week, scoring four times and driving in two more.

Littlewood also cranked out his first home run of the season, blasting a solo shot in Clinton’s 7-1 victory over Bowling Green on Friday. He’s batting .385 after 10 games this season, with six RBIs and 11 runs scored.

Tyler Wagner (Utah), Brevard County (Milwaukee Brewers): Allowed eight hits, two walks and three runs (two earned), while striking out three in 6 2/3 innings, picking up win over Lakeland on Monday. Wagner also scattered just four hits in six shutout innings in a no-decision against Dunedin on Saturday, collecting six more strikeouts.

The ex-Ute is 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA in 23 innings for the Manatees.

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