Utahns in baseball: Ex-Ute Tyler Wagner wins Brewers' monthly award
BYU alum Jaycob Brugman goes on power tear
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Utah alum Tyler Wagner was named the Milwaukee Brewers' minor league pitcher of the month for July on Tuesday. Wagner compiled a 4-0 record in the month while posting a 0.51 ERA in 35 1/3 innings with advanced Single-A Brevard County (Florida).
In a radio interview with MiLB.com, Wagner said he woke up to the news on Tuesday.
"It's always a good thing to wake up to," he said in the interview on Tuesday.
Wagner's teammate in Brevard County, outfielder Tyrone Taylor, was named the organization's co-minor league player of the month.
Wagner is 11-5 with the Manatees this season and holds a 1.76 ERA in 21 starts this season.
Wagner went on to say he believes his work on command and fundamentals would likely be his key to success for the rest of the season and later down the road.
"I think it's probably going to be my fastball command," he said. "I learn to be more in tune with my body, trying to understand what I'm trying to do as far as where I'm trying to throw the ball and getting my body in the right position to make that happen.
"I just think taking it day-by-day and trying to learn new things," Wagner added. "I believe if you're staying the same, you're definitely not getting better. The goal every day is to go out there and learn something new and to apply it to the game."
Meanwhile, BYU alum Jaycob Brugman has hit quite the stretch in the advanced Single-A California League.
Brugman, who went 10-for-22 on the week, has hit five home runs in four straight games from Thursday until Sunday, including two home runs Sunday night in the Stockton Ports' 6-2 win over Modesto. The former Cougar has also hit safely in nine of his last 11 games.
Jaycob (@bruggy4) Brugman with his 2nd HR of the night for Stockton Ports. Has hit five homers during his 4 game home run hitting streak.— Paul (@ThatsAnError) August 11, 2014
Brugman is batting .270 in 31 games since his promotion to Stockton in the Athletics organization.
The pair highlight another week of baseball from players with Utah ties.
Former Pine View High star Marcus Littlewood extended his hit streak to 14 games over the week but had his streak snapped there after a 0-for-5 game on Friday. The St. George native rebounded on Sunday and has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games in Single-A Clinton (Iowa).
In transactions, former Ute slugger C.J. Cron was optioned back to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday. Cron was batting .266 in the majors with the Los Angeles Angels.
The move happened after the Angels' 19-inning win over Boston on Saturday. Cron was optioned to make room for relief pitchers Vinnie Pestano and Caleb Clay to help Los Angeles' taxed bullpen.
C.J. Cron (Utah), Los Angeles Angels: One hit in seven at-bats this week. Cron was sent down to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday, while Vinnie Pestano and Caleb Clay were promoted from the Bees to the Angels. The former Ute is batting .266, with nine home runs and 29 RBIs with the Angels this season.
Jeremy Guthrie (BYU), Kansas City Royals: Allowed seven hits and two runs in a 6-2 complete game win at Arizona on Thursday. Guthrie improved to 8-9 on the season while lowering his ERA back to 4.35 after it had ballooned to 4.70 on July 26.
Brandon Kintzler (Dixie State), Milwaukee Brewers: 0-0, 7.71 ERA in three separate appearances throughout the week. Kintzler allowed three hits and two runs against San Francisco on Wednesday as Milwaukee lost 7-4. The Dixie State product then pitched two perfect appearances against the Dodgers on Friday and Sunday.