Utahns in baseball: Keenyn Walker wins battle of Utah prep alums; former BYU Cougar Jaycob Brugman drives in 5 in a game

Published: Sunday, June 1 2014 9:40 p.m. MDT

Keenyn Walker home run

Judge Memorial High School product Keenyn Walker got the best of Spanish Fork alumnus Tyson Brummett in a battle of Utah prep alumni in the Southern League Tuesday night in Birmingham, Alabama.

Walker, who went 2-for-3 at the plate in the game, hit a two-out solo shot off of Brummett to give the Birmingham Barons a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning. The Barons went on to hold off Brummett's Chattanooga Lookouts 2-0, handing Brummett his fourth loss of the year.

It was Walker's second home run of the season.

The Double-A battle of former Utah preps only highlighted an interesting week for Utahns in baseball.

Also in the minors, BYU alum Jaycob Brugman hit two home runs and drove in five RBIs for the Beloit Snappers (Single-A) on Wednesday, but the Snappers fell to Quad Cities (Iowa) 9-5. Brugman drove in eight runs on five hits during the week.

Former BYU pitcher Taylor Cole allowed just three hits in seven shutout innings, leading Single-A Dunedin past Charlotte 7-0 on Thursday. That same day, former Ute Tyler Wagner allowed just one run in eight innings while striking out eight to pick up his first win since April 14 for Single-A Brevard County.

In the majors, Jeremy Guthrie allowed just three runs in 13 total innings during the week, but got no run support from the Kansas City Royals' offense in two starts. Guthrie lost to Houston 3-0 on Tuesday and 4-0 at Toronto on Sunday, despite putting together two quality performances.

The one-time BYU Cougar is 0-5 over his last 10 starts with the Royals.

Former Ute C.J. Cron put together a productive series against the Seattle Mariners during the week. The slugger clobbered his third home run of the season on Tuesday and put together two multi-hit games in the series.


John Buck (Taylorsville H.S.), Seattle Mariners: One hit and one run scored in five at-bats during the week. Buck went 1-for-3 with a run scored in Seattle’s 3-2 victory over Detroit on Saturday. He also started in the Mariners’ 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.

Buck is batting .220 on the year in 13 games.

C.J. Cron (Utah), Los Angeles Angels: Seven hits, four RBIs and four runs scored in 24 at-bats during the week. Five of Cron’s seven hits during the week went for extra bases, including a home run, three doubles and his first career major league triple.

The former Ute had a productive series against the Mariners during the week. On Tuesday, he went 2-for-4 at the plate with his third home run of the season, as a well as an RBI double earlier in the game, helping the Angels to a 6-4 win. Two days later, he went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs.

Cron is batting .299 after his first month in the majors. He also has 11 RBIs and nine runs scored in 24 games.

Jeremy Guthrie (BYU), Kansas City Royals: 0-2, 2.08 ERA in two combined starts during the week. Guthrie allowed seven hits, three walks and an earned run on Tuesday, but fell to the Astros 3-0.

The former Cougar returned to the mound on Sunday, but was outdueled by MLB wins leader Mark Buehrle in a 4-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Guthrie scattered eight hits and two runs in seven frames, but failed to get any run support in a losing effort.

Despite trimming his season ERA down from 4.80 to 4.00, Guthrie has lost five straight decisions. He has gone winless since April 9.


Matt Carson (BYU), Columbus (Cleveland Indians): Remains on the 7-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain suffered on May 24. Carson is batting .273 on the season, with seven doubles, five home runs, 17 RBIs and 26 runs scored in 41 games with the Clippers.

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