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

Published: Sunday, July 6 2014 11:37 p.m. MDT

Updated: Sunday, July 6 2014 11:37 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.

MLB

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.

Brandon Kintzler (Dixie State), Milwaukee Brewers: Allowed one hit and one run in 2/3 innings in his only appearance of the week. Kintzler came into a ninth-inning jam Wednesday afternoon and served up a walk-off home run to Edwin Encarnacion in Milwaukee’s 7-4 loss on Wednesday.

Kintzler is 1-3 on the season, with a 4.02 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings.

Triple-A

Matt Carson (BYU), Columbus (Cleveland Indians): Two hits, two RBIs and one run scored in seven at-bats during the week.

Carson returned from the disabled list on Saturday and immediately made an impact, going 2-for-3 at the plate and driving in a pair of runs in Columbus’s 6-5 win over Toledo. He had a much rougher second day back, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts at the dish against Pawtucket.

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.

Stephen Fife (Utah), Albuquerque (Los Angeles Dodgers): Allowed 10 hits and six runs in 4 2/3 innings, picking up a no-decision in Albuquerque’s 7-6 loss at El Paso on Thursday. Fife is now 2-2, with 6.62 ERA in nine appearances (seven starts) with the Isotopes.

Double-A

Tyson Brummett (Spanish Fork H.S.), Chattanooga (Los Angeles Dodgers): Remains on the Dodgers’ restricted list since being placed on the list June 21. The righty is 4-5 with a 2.63 ERA with Chattanooga.

Parker Morin (Utah), Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City Royals): Zero hits in three at-bats on Sunday, returning to Northwest Arkansas after a brief rehab assignment at Idaho Falls. Morin last played with the Naturals in May, before going on the disabled list.

Braeden Schlehuber (Viewmont H.S.), Mississippi (Atlanta Braves): One hit in seven at-bats during the week. Schlehuber is batting .203, with three home runs and 25 RBIs in 45 games.

Matt Spring (Dixie State), Portland (Boston Red Sox): One hit in six at-bats during the week. Spring’s lone of the week was a double in Portland’s 2-0 at Trenton on Monday. He’s batting .238, with 13 extra base hits and 23 RBIs in 30 games this season.

Single-A

Jaycob Brugman (BYU), Beloit (Oakland Athletics): Six hits, one double, one triple, one home run, three RBIs and two runs scored in 22 at-bats throughout the week. He’s now batting .278, with eight home runs, four triples and 19 doubles in 70 games. Brugman also has 37 RBIs this season.

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): Remains on the temporary inactive list. He’s 5-5, with a 3.23 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 92 innings this season.

Jake Hannemann (BYU), Kane County (Chicago Cubs): Four hits, one double, two RBIs and three runs scored in 13 at-bats throughout the week. Hannemann has now scored in nine consecutive games played.

He’s batting .264, with five home runs, five triples, 12 doubles, 28 stolen bases, 36 RBIs and 53 runs scored in 76 games.

Adam Law (BYU), Rancho Cucamonga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 11 hits, one RBI and five runs scored in 20 at-bats throughout the week. Law has had a big series against Lancaster over the weekend, going 7-for-13 in the series thus far. The series concludes on Monday.

Law is now batting .315 on the season, with 23 RBIs and 39 runs scored in 56 games.

Brady Lail (Bingham H.S.), Charleston (New York Yankees): Allowed five hits, one walk and four runs (two earned), picking up a no-decision in Charleston’s 7-4 loss to Savannah on Wednesday. He also struck out five batters.

Lail remains 7-4 on the season, with a 3.77 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 86 innings.

Marcus Littlewood (Pine View H.S.), Clinton (Seattle Mariners): Zero hits in 17 at-bats during the week. Littlewood’s batting average slipped to .240 on the year after the week, and the St. George native has just five hits in his last 41 at-bats.

He also has five home runs, 12 doubles and 31 RBIs this season.

Dominique Taylor (Northridge H.S.), Lexington (Kansas City Royals): Placed on the 7-day disabled list. Taylor, who last played on June 24, is batting .305 this season, with five home runs, four triples, 14 doubles, 30 RBIs and 38 runs scored in 61 games this season.

Tyler Wagner (Utah), Brevard County (Milwaukee Brewers): Allowed three hits and three walks while striking out seven in seven shutout innings, improving to 7-4 on the year with a 3-0 win over Daytona on Tuesday.

Wagner has a 1.81 ERA, currently the second lowest ERA in the Florida State League, and 68 strikeouts in 89 2/3 innings.

Keenyn Walker (Judge Memorial H.S.), Winston-Salem (Chicago White Sox): Two hits, one RBI and one run scored in 23 at-bats throughout the week. Walker is batting just .187 since joining Winston-Salem.

Rookie League:

Eddy Alvarez (Salt Lake C.C.), Arizona White Sox (Chicago White Sox): Four hits in 12 at-bats over the week. Alverez, the Utah resident and 2014 Olympic speedskater, is batting .297 since joining the AZL White Sox.

Tanner Banks (Utah), Arizona White Sox (Chicago White Sox): Made two appearances over the week, allowing no runs in three innings. Banks pitched two shutout innings on Tuesday against the AZL Indians. He allowed just three hits, while striking out three.

Banks then picked up a save on Saturday, allowing just one walk while striking out one in one inning against the AZL Giants. Banks has a 1.80 ERA and one save in five innings of work this season.

Bubba Blau (Dixie State), Arizona Brewers (Milwaukee Brewers): 0-0, 1.80 ERA in two combined appearances during the week. Blau allowed one run on three hits and a walk in a three-inning start against the AZL Mariners on Monday. He then came in relief against the AZL Reds on Saturday and allowed just one hit and one walk in two innings.

The Roy native has a 0.96 ERA in 9-1/3 innings this season.

Nick Green (Utah), Idaho Falls (Kansas City Royals): Threw one shutout inning in one appearance during the week, striking out two. Green has appeared in four games, allowing just two hits in 3-2/3 innings. He also has one save.

Kavin Keyes (Alta H.S.), Arizona Mariners (Seattle Mariners): Assigned to Arizona Mariners of the Arizona Rookie League. Has not made minor league debut yet.

Trey Nielsen (Utah), State College (St. Louis Cardinals): Allowed just two hits in three innings, while picking up a win over Batavia in his lone appearance during the weekend. Nielsen is 3-0, with a 1.42 ERA in five appearances covering 12-2/3 innings in the New York-Penn short season League. He also has 14 strikeouts to just three walks.

Mitch Watrous (Utah), Arizona Padres (San Diego Padres): Remains on reserve list. Has not made minor league debut yet.

Rehab assignments:

Adam Miller (BYU), Arizona [Rookie League] (Arizona Diamondbacks): Struck out all three batters faced in one inning of work against the Arizona Angels on Wednesday in his final rehab appearance in Arizona. Miller has been activated back to South Bend, where he last pitched on May 15. He was 3-0 on the year, with a 2.80 ERA before going down with an injury.

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