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. —Tyler Wagner
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.
Kintzler has a 3.60 ERA in 44 games pitched this season, totaling 40 innings.
John Buck (Taylorsville H.S.), Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels): Eight hits, two doubles, one home run, two RBIs and one run scored in 17 at-bats throughout the week. Buck is batting .344 in 17 games since joining the Bees in late July. He also has one home run, five doubles and eight RBIs.
Matt Carson (BYU), Columbus (Cleveland Indians): One hit and one RBI in seven at-bats throughout the week. Carson is batting .252, with eight home runs, 10 doubles and 27 RBIs in 67 games with the Clippers.
Stephen Fife (Utah), Albuquerque (Los Angeles Dodgers): Remains on the 7-day disabled list with right forearm tightness. Fife is 2-2, with a 7.01 ERA in 11 appearances with the Isotopes this season. He last pitched on July 18.
Matt Spring (Dixie State), Pawtucket (Boston Red Sox): Two hits, one double, two RBIs and one run scored in four at-bats during the week. Spring made one start during the week and made the most of it. He’s batting .258 in 11 games with Pawtucket this season.
Tyson Brummett (Spanish Fork H.S.), Chattanooga (Los Angeles Dodgers): Remains on the 7-day disabled list. Brummett is 4-5, with a 2.79 ERA in 13 starts for Chattanooga. He last pitched on July 16.
Taylor Cole (BYU), New Hampshire (Toronto Blue Jays): Allowed four hits, three walks and three runs in seven innings, falling to Akron 3-1 on Friday. Cole also struck out six batters in the losing effort.
Cole is now 0-2, with a 7.30 ERA in his first two starts with the Fisher Cats.
Parker Morin (Utah), Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City Royals): Zero hits in 14 at-bats throughout the week. Morin has struggled over his past 10 games, hitting just .088 in that span. Overall, he’s batting .209 in 41 games with the Naturals this season.
Braeden Schlehuber (Viewmont H.S.), Mississippi (Atlanta Braves): One hit and one RBI in 12 at-bats throughout the week. The Bountiful native is batting .210 this season, with 10 extra base hits and 34 RBIs in 65 games this season.
Jaycob Brugman (BYU), Stockton (Oakland Athletics): 10 hits, five home runs, eight RBIs and six runs scored in 22 at-bats throughout the week, including four home runs in three games against Modesto from Friday to Sunday. He’s batting .270, with seven home runs, 20 RBIs and 17 runs scored in 31 games since joining Stockton.
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.
Jake Hannemann (BYU), Daytona (Chicago Cubs): Eight hits, two RBIs and four runs scored in 27 at-bats throughout the week. Hannamann also stole one base. He’s batting .277 with the Cubs, with 11 runs scored and five RBIs in 16 games.
Adam Law (BYU), Rancho Cucamonga (Los Angeles Dodgers): Two hits, one RBI and two runs scored in 21 at-bats throughout the week. Law is batting .277 on the year, with 16 doubles, two triples, 29 RBIs and 53 runs scored in 86 games with the Quakes.
Brady Lail (Bingham H.S.), Tampa (New York Yankees): Allowed six hits, one walk and three runs in an extended relief appearance against Brevard County on Thursday. Lail was making his first appearance since landing on the disabled list on July 23.
He is 1-0, with a 7.53 ERA since being promoted to advanced Single-A Tampa.
Marcus Littlewood (Pine View H.S.), Clinton (Seattle Mariners): Six hits, one double, two home runs, three RBIs and four runs scored. Littlewood’s hit streak was snapped after 14 games on Friday. The catcher has batted .350 over his last 10 games, with three home runs and three other extra base hits.
Littlewood is batting .254 on the year, with eight home runs, 14 doubles, two triples and 42 RBIs in 73 games.
Adam Miller (BYU), South Bend (Arizona Diamondbacks): 0-1, 16.20 ERA in two separate appearances over the week. Miller suffered his first loss in the Midwest League this season on Wednesday, allowing three runs on five hits in 2/3 innings at Bowling Green. Miller rebounded on Sunday, pitching a perfect frame against Great Lakes while picking up two strikeouts.
Miller is 4-1 on the year, with a 3.56 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 48 innings with the Silver Hawks.
Dominique Taylor (Northridge H.S.), Lexington (Kansas City Royals): Nine hits, one home run, four RBIs and two runs scored in 27 at-bats in his first full week back from the disabled list. Taylor is batting .304 with Lexington this season, with 25 extra base hits, 34 RBIs and 43 runs scored in 71 games.
Tyler Wagner (Utah), Brevard County (Milwaukee Brewers): Allowed six hits, two walks and four runs in five innings in a loss to Tampa on Thursday. Wagner allowed more earned runs in the rough outing than his previous eight starts. Wagner still holds an 11-5 record and a 1.76 ERA this season.
Keenyn Walker (Judge Memorial H.S.), Winston-Salem (Chicago White Sox): Three hits, one double and one RBI in 18 at-bats throughout the week. Walker is batting .198 with the Dash this season, with 17 RBIs and 19 runs scored in 53 games.
Short Season Leagues:
Eddy Alvarez (Salt Lake C.C.), Arizona White Sox (Chicago White Sox): Two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored in six at-bats over the week. Alverez is batting .290 in 26 games in the Arizona Rookie Leagues.
Tanner Banks (Utah), Arizona White Sox (Chicago White Sox): Allowed two hits and one run while striking out three batters in two innings. Banks is 1-1, with a 2.12 ERA in 11 games with the AZL White Sox.
Bubba Blau (Dixie State), Arizona Brewers (Milwaukee Brewers): Did not make an appearance this week. Blau is 1-3, with a 3.48 ERA in eight games in the Rookie Arizona League.
Nick Green (Utah), Idaho Falls (Kansas City Royals): 0-0, 10.13 ERA in two separate appearances throughout the week. Green allowed three hits and two runs in two innings on Monday against Helena. He then allowed three hits and two runs (one earned) on Sunday. He has a 4.38 ERA in 11 games this season.
Kavin Keyes (Alta H.S.), Arizona Mariners (Seattle Mariners): Three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored in 10 at-bats throughout the week. Keyes is batting .234 in 18 games this season, with four extra base hits and nine RBIs.
Colter Moore (Utah State-Eastern), Bristol (Pittsburgh Pirates): Moore was assigned to Bristol in the Rookie Appalachian League after signing with the organization on Monday. He has not made his minor league debut yet.
Trey Nielsen (Utah), State College (St. Louis Cardinals): Allowed seven hits and five runs in three innings, picking up a no-decision against Connecticut on Sunday. Nielsen is 3-2, with a 2.43 ERA in 12 games this season.
Mitch Watrous (Utah), Arizona Padres (San Diego Padres): Remains on reserve list. Has not made minor league debut yet.