Utahns in baseball: Former Mr. Baseball Marcus Littlewood highlight 5 locals named to all-star game rosters
T.J. Kirkpatrick, Deseret News
Marcus Littlewood, two-time former Mr. Baseball in Utah, Spanish Fork High School alum Tyson Brummett and BYU alumnus Taylor Cole highlight five players with ties to Utah named to minor league all-star games this week.
Utah alum Tyler Wagner and Bingham High School product Brady Lail were also named to their league's respective all-star game.
Littlewood, the 2009 and 2010 Mr. Baseball winner at Pine View High School, will start in the Midwest League all-star game, representing the Clinton LumberKings — the Seattle Mariners' Class-A farm team.
Former BYU pitcher Adam Miller was also selected to participate in the all-star game, but will sit out because of injury.
Brummett was named to the Double-A Southern League all-star game this week as well. The former Spanish Fork pitcher is 4-5 on the season and has struggled of late, but has a respectable 2.63 ERA in 12 starts with the Chattanooga Lookouts.
The Florida State League all-star team will feature two pitchers with Utah ties. Both Cole, respresenting the Dunedin Blue Jays, and Wagner, a member of the Brevard County Manatees, were named to that all-star game.
Cole is 4-2 on the season, with a 2.12 ERA in 12 games this season. More impressively, he has 88 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 72 1/3 innings, while allowing opposing hitters to bat .221 against him.
Wagner has been equally impressive for his Brevard County squad, a Milwaukee Brewers farm team. Wagner is 4-4 on the year and boasts a 2.29 ERA.
Finally, Lail was named to the South Atlantic League all-star game roster. The South Jordan native had a rough week on the mound, losing just his second and third games of the season, but remains 7-3 on the year with a 3.82 ERA in 12 starts. He has 65 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings.
Meanwhile in the majors, Taylorsville High School product John Buck launched a go-ahead two-out opposite field home run on Tuesday, propelling the Seattle Mariners to a 7-5 win over the Atlanta Braves.
It was Buck's first home run of the season and first as a Mariner. He also collected two other hits and scored three runs in the game.
BYU alumnus Jeremy Guthrie also continued his winless slide over the week. The righty lost his sixth straight decision on Friday as the Royals fell to the Yankees 4-2.
However, it hasn't been entirely the former Cougar's fault on the mound. The Royals have scored just five total runs (shut out three times) in Guthrie's last five starts, while he posted a 3.09 ERA in that span. He last won on April 9.
John Buck (Taylorsville H.S.), Seattle Mariners: Three hits, one home run, two RBIs and three runs scored in eight at-bats during the week. Buck hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh to help the Mariners beat Atlanta 7-5 on Tuesday.
He’s batting .245 on the season, with one home run and four RBIs.
C.J. Cron (Utah), Los Angeles Angels: Five hits, one double, four RBIs and one run scored in 18 at-bats over the week. Cron hit a two-run double in the fourth inning on Friday to pad the Angels’ lead to 4-1 over the Chicago White Sox. Los Angeles went on to win 8-4.
The former Ute is batting .295 with the Angels. He also has three home runs and 15 RBIs in 30 games.
Jeremy Guthrie (BYU), Kansas City Royals: Allowed six hits, one walk and four runs in seven innings, as Kansas City fell to the New York Yankees 4-2 on Friday. Guthrie, who has a 4.10 ERA this season, is winless in his last 11 starts.
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