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Utahns in baseball: BYU alums Taylor Cole, Jaycob Brugman leading their minor league teams as playoffs loom

Published: Sunday, Aug. 17 2014 11:05 p.m. MDT

Updated: Monday, Aug. 18 2014 6:28 a.m. MDT

Finally, Utah alum Mitch Watrous and Utah State-Eastern product Colter Moore each made their minor league debuts over the week. Both pitchers picked wins in their first week in the minors.

MLB

Jeremy Guthrie (BYU), Kansas City Royals: 1-1, 6.17 ERA in two combined starts throughout the week. On Tuesday, the former Cougar allowed 11 hits and six runs (four earned), picking up a loss as the Royals fell to Oakland 11-3.

Guthrie bounced back from the loss, allowing five hits and four runs in seven innings as Kansas City defeated Minnesota 12-6 on Sunday. Guthrie is now 9-10 with a 4.48 ERA with the Royals this season.

Brandon Kintzler (Dixie State), Milwaukee Brewers: 1-0, 0.00 ERA in two appearances over the week. Kintzler improved to 2-3 on the season on Friday, allowing just one hit in one inning in Milwaukee’s 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dixie State product also pitched a scoreless frame Wednesday in the Brewers’ 4-2 loss to the Cubs.

Kintzler has a 3.43 ERA in 46 games pitched this season, totaling 40 innings.

Triple-A

John Buck (Taylorsville H.S.), Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels): Six hits, one RBI and four runs scored in 18 at-bats throughout the week. Buck is batting .317 in 22 games with the Bees this season.

Matt Carson (BYU), Columbus (Cleveland Indians): Six hits, one home run, one RBI and five runs scored in 23 at-bats throughout the week. Carson went 3-for-5 at the dish against Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, including scoring one of two runs off an error that allowed Columbus to beat the Iron Pigs 6-5 in 10 innings.

He’s batting .253, with 28 RBIs and 39 runs scored in 73 games this season.

C.J. Cron (Utah), Salt Lake (Los Angeles Angels): Six hits, one RBI and five runs scored in 29 at-bats throughout the week. Cron returned to the Bees' lineup on Monday after his second stint in the majors. He’s batting .313, with 19 extra base hits and 28 RBIs with the Bees this season.

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): 1-for-3 with a run scored against Gwinnet on Tuesday before landing on the disabled list with an undisclosed injury after the game.

Spring is batting .265, with two home runs and seven RBIs in 12 games with the PawSox this season.

Double-A

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.

Parker Morin (Utah), Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City Royals): Four hits and two RBIs in 18 at-bats over the week. Morin is batting .206, with 14 RBIs in 46 games with the Naturals this season.

Braeden Schlehuber (Viewmont H.S.), Mississippi (Atlanta Braves): Five hits, two RBIs and one run scored in nine at-bats throughout the week. Schlehuber is batting .225, with three home runs and 36 RBIs in 68 games this season.

Single-A

Eddy Alvarez (SLCC), Kannapolis (Chicago White Sox): Nine hits, three RBIs and three runs scored in 19 at-bats over the week. Alverez received his first baseball promotion Monday and responded well by collecting hits in his first five games while hitting .474.

Jaycob Brugman (BYU), Stockton (Oakland Athletics): Nine hits, four home runs, eight RBIs and eight runs scored in 23 at-bats throughout the week. Brugman has homered in nine of his last 10 games. He’s batting .290, with 11 home runs, 28 RBIs and 25 runs scored in 37 games with Stockton.

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