Utahns in baseball: Ex-BYU slugger Matt Carson comes up big in return off disabled list

Published: Sunday, July 6 2014 11:20 p.m. MDT

Cleveland Indians outfielder Matt Carson tracks down a fly ball against the Milwaukee Brewers in a spring training exhibition baseball game Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Goodyear, Ariz.

Mark Duncan, Associated Press

Former BYU slugger Matt Carson made a splash in his return off the disabled list Saturday night.

Carson, playing for Triple-A Columbus, went 2-for-3 at the plate in his first game back since spraining his ankle on May 24. However, Carson’s biggest hit came in the bottom of the sixth inning, when he hit a go-ahead two-run double to give the Clippers a 6-4 lead over Toledo.

Columbus went on to win 6-5.

“Sitting on the sidelines for six weeks like that is difficult,” Carson told The Columbus Dispatch’s Jim Massie after the game Saturday. “Fortunately, the team was doing well when I was on the DL. Hopefully, we can keep that going. It was good to come back and contribute to a win.”

Carson was just one of a few baseball players with Utah ties to make an impact on the diamond this week.

Former Ute Tyler Wagner was named Baseball America’s Prospect of the Day on Wednesday morning, following his latest start on Tuesday.

Wagner allowed just three hits and three walks in seven shutout innings, while striking out seven batters in Single-A Brevard County’s 3-0 win over Daytona. He lowered his ERA to 1.81 on the season in the process, which is currently the second-lowest ERA in the Florida State League this season.

“Wagner has had himself a fine season and on Tuesday, he was superb,” wrote the baseball gurus in their daily prospect report. “He hasn’t had an ERA above 2.04 in any month this season.”

Meanwhile, fellow Utah alum C.J. Cron continues to impress in the major leagues. Cron hit a three-run home run on Saturday, capping an 8-run seventh inning by the Angels in an 11-5 victory over Houston.

He has a .288 average this season, with nine home runs and 27 RBIs in 48 games.

Finally, a pair of BYU alums continue to impress at the plate in Single-A action. Former Cougar Jake Hannemann went 2-for-5 on Thursday for Single-A Kane County (Illinois), scoring a run to extend his streak to nine consecutive games with at least one run scored.

He’s batting .264 this season and has scored 53 runs in 76 games.

Former BYU infielder Adam Law, on the other hand, went 11-for-20 on the week, picking up four multi-hit games in five contests for Single-A Ranco Cucamonga (California). Law has at least one hit in five straight games and seven of his last 10. He’s batting .315 on the year for the Quakes.


John Buck (Taylorsville H.S.), Seattle Mariners: Two hits and one RBI in eight at-bats throughout the week. Buck helped Seattle beat Houston 5-2 on Wednesday with a two singles and an RBI. He’s batting .226 on the season, with one home run and six RBIs.

C.J. Cron (Utah), Los Angeles Angels: Six hits, one home run, five RBIs and four runs scored in 17 at-bats throughout the week. Cron’s biggest hit came on Saturday, when he hit a 3-run home run during an 8-run Los Angeles inning. The Angels went on to beat Houston 11-5.

Cron is batting .288, with nine home runs and 27 RBIs after his first two full months in the majors.

Jeremy Guthrie (BYU), Kansas City Royals: Allowed 11 hits, two walks and six runs in four innings, as the Royals fell to Cleveland 7-5 on Saturday. It was Guthrie’s shortest outing of the season.

The former Cougar entered the game 3-0 in his last four starts and had gone at least five innings in all but one of his starts this season. He’s now 5-7, with a 4.02 ERA in 18 starts.

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