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Utahns in baseball: Pine View alum Marcus Littlewood extends hit streak

Ex-Ute Tyler Wagner keeps rolling

Published: Sunday, Aug. 3 2014 11:20 p.m. MDT

Marcus Littlewood, a senior at Pineview High School, is the Deseret News pick for Mr. Baseball, seen at Pineview in St. George, Utah on Thursday, May 27, 2010. T.J. Kirkpatrick / Deseret News

T.J. Kirkpatrick, Deseret News

Two-time former Deseret News Mr. Baseball Marcus Littlewood extended his hit streak to 11 games with a single on Sunday while former Ute Tyler Wagner is 7-0 while holding a 0.52 ERA over his last eight starts.

The pair headlines the past week of baseball players with Utah ties.

Littlewood, who was named Mr. Baseball in 2009 and 2010 while at Pine View High School, went 1-for-3 on Sunday to extend his hitting streak. The former Utah prep is batting better than .400 during the streak. He also has four extra base hits, including his first two triples of the season, during the streak.

The surge has helped the catcher up his batting average back to .252 on the year at Single-A Clinton (Iowa) in the Midwest League. After a strong start to the season, Littlewood cooled off the past couple of months. He batted .197 in June.

Meanwhile, Wagner continued his dominance in advanced Single-A Brevard County (Florida) with a pair of starts during the week. The former Ute won on Monday and Saturday, allowing just two runs (one earned) in 11 total innings. The one earned run was just his third earned run he has allowed over his past eight starts, which have stretched 52 1/3 innings.

Wagner (11-4, 1.54 ERA) now finds himself in a tie for the Florida State League in wins. He also maintains the ERA lead in the league.

BYU alum Taylor Cole had the FSL lead in strikeouts heading into the week, but he was promoted to Double-A New Hampshire on Friday.

The righty was 7-6, with a 2.92 ERA in advanced Single-A Dunedin. He also led all minor leaguers with 143 strikeouts heading into the week.

However, Cole struggled in his Fisher Cats debut. He allowed eight hits and eight runs (seven earned) in 5 1/3 innings, picking up a loss as New Hampshire fell to Reading 14-3 on Saturday.

Finally, Utah resident and 2014 Winter Olympian Eddy Alverez continues to impress in the Rookie Arizona League. Alverez is batting .287 on the season in 24 games for the AZL White Sox, but .364 over his past 10 games. He also hit his first two career professional home runs heading into this week.

MLB

C.J. Cron (Utah), Los Angeles Angels: Two hits, one double and one run scored in six at-bats throughout the week. Cron is batting .271 in 58 games this season, with nine home runs and 29 RBIs.

Jeremy Guthrie (BYU), Kansas City Royals: Allowed three hits and two walks in six shutout innings, leading Kansas City to a 1-0 win over Oakland on Friday. Guthrie also struck out six batters.

The former Cougar improved to 7-9 on the year, and lowered his ERA back to 4.50 and it had ballooned to 4.70 in his previous start.

Brandon Kintzler (Dixie State), Milwaukee Brewers: Allowed zero hits and walks in a perfect frame of relief on Saturday against St. Louis. He also struck out a batter in his lone appearance of the week. The Dixie State product has a 3.35 ERA in 37 2/3 innings this season.

Triple-A

John Buck (Taylorsville H.S.), Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels): Seven hits, one double, three RBIs and two runs scored in 21 at-bats throughout the week. Buck is batting .298, with six RBIs in 11 games since joining the Bees.

Matt Carson (BYU), Columbus (Cleveland Indians): One hit and one RBI in nine at-bats throughout the week. Carson has just six hits in 32 at-bats over the span of his last 10 games (.188 average). He’s batting .256 on the year, with eight home runs and 26 RBIs in 65 games.

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