Utahns in baseball: Former Cougars Jake Hannemann and Jaycob Brugman heating up in the minors

Former Ute Stephen Fife returns off the disabled list

Published: Sunday, June 29 2014 10:20 p.m. MDT

Brigham Young University baseball player Jacob Hannemann waits to bat during the game with San Francisco in Provo Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hannemann was as a recruited as a football player and is now getting looked at by MLB scouts.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Former BYU standout Jake Hannemann had a mammoth week for Single-A Kane County, but he wasn't the only former BYU baseball player raking it in in the Midwest League over the week.

Both Hannemann and Jaycob Brugman tore the cover off the ball over the week, highlighting another interesting week of baseball from players with Utah ties.

Hannemann collected 12 hits during the week, while driving in five runs and scoring nine runs in six games for Kane County, Illinois. He now has 16 hits over his last 10 games and boosted his batting average to .262 on the year from .237, where it was three weeks ago.

However, the former Cougar did as much damage on the base pads this past week as at the plate. He stole nine bases during the week on 10 attempts to move up to 28-of-32 stealing bases this year.

“When he does what he does, he creates havoc,” Kane County manager Mark Johnson told Naperville Sun Times reporter Mike Knapp, after Kane County's game on Wednesday. “He just keeps improving. Every day it’s something, either on defense or the bases or at the plate, he keeps improving and keeps learning.”

Not to be outdone, Brugman had a stellar week at the plate too. Brugman collected nine hits in six games over the week for Single-A Beloit, Iowa, while smacking three home runs in the process.

The outfielder has collected a hit in seven of his last eight games and picked up at least one hit in all six games he played over the week.

The two hot-hitting BYU alums' teams are even in the midst of a four-game series against each other, where Hannemann is winning both battles — out-hitting Brugman 7 to 3 in the series, while Kane County has won three of the first four games in the series.

Elsewhere, former Dixie State catcher Matt Spring also had a big week at the plate for Double-A Portland.

Spring hit three home runs in the only two games he played over the week. The Dixie State alum did most of his damage on Sunday, going 3-for-4 at the plate with two home runs and five RBIs, helping Portland sweep Reading in a four-game series.

Former Ute Stephen Fife returned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday and fared well in his first start since May 10. The righty allowed just five hits and one run over five innings, helping the Isotopes to a 3-2 win over Reno.

Fife had been on the disabled list with tightness in his pitching forearm.

Another former Ute, C.J. Cron, had another successful week in the majors. Cron put together his first career multi-home-run game on Friday. He's batting .290, with eight home runs and 22 RBIs this season.


John Buck (Taylorsville H.S.), Seattle Mariners: One hit in seven at-bats during the week. Buck picked up his first hit since June 15 on Sunday, picking up a single in Seattle’s 3-0 victory over Cleveland.

Buck is batting .224 on the season and has a .298 on-base percentage.

C.J. Cron (Utah), Los Angeles Angels: Six hits, two home runs, four RBIs and three runs scored in 19 at-bats throughout the week. Cron hit a pair of home runs in Los Angeles’ 8-6 loss to Kansas City on Friday, picking up his first career multi-home-run game.

The former Ute and Salt Lake Bee is batting .290 on the season, with eight home runs and 22 RBIs as he approaches two full months of major league service.

Jeremy Guthrie (BYU), Kansas City Royals: 1-0, 2.51 ERA in 14 1/3 innings in two combined starts over the week. Guthrie picked up his third consecutive win on Monday, allowing seven hits and just two runs in 7 2/3 innings, as the Royals beat the Dodgers 5-3.

Guthrie then picked up a no-decision on Sunday, allowing eight hits and four runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings. Kansas City went on to beat the Angels 5-4.

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