Utahns in baseball: Former Ute Tyler Wagner, former Cougar Taylor Cole finally face off in Florida

Published: Monday, Sept. 1 2014 12:05 a.m. MDT

Utah pitcher #34 Tyler Wagner delivers a pitch as Utah and Stanford play Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Spring Mobile ballpark. Stanford won 4-1.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

After dominating the Florida State League together, former Utah pitcher Tyler Wagner and former BYU pitcher Taylor Cole finally faced off in an FSL matchup this season — however, neither won.

Wagner's Brevard County defeated Cole's Dunedin 2-0 in the advanced Single-A matchup Saturday. Wagner allowed just two walks and no hits, but pitched just four innings before reaching his season pitch count, thus making him unable to qualify for the win.

Cole, on the other hand, hit his pitch count after two innings. In that time, he allowed two hits and one unearned run. He also struck out four batters.

The matchup concluded an eventful season for both pitchers in the league. Wagner ended the season with 13 wins and a 1.86 ERA — top two for both categories in the league. Cole ended the regular season with 171 strikeouts, which led the FSL.

Cole, who may start for the Dunedin Blue Jays in their playoff game this week, may also have a shot at breaking the Single-A franchise's single-season strikeout record of 174.

Both have also seen growth this season. Cole received a promotion earlier this year to Double-A New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Wagner found out Tuesday that he will pitch in the Arizona Fall League in October — the premier winter league for minor league prospects.

Former BYU standout Jake Hannemann will also participate in the Arizona Fall League.

Meanwhile, former Ute Parker Morin received a promotion to Triple-A Omaha in the Kansas City Royals organization on Sunday. Morin was batting .206 in 55 games with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Fellow former Ute Tanner Banks also received a promotion this week. Banks was promoted from the Arizona Rookie League to lower Single-A Kannapolis. He pitched 2 1/3 innings of shutout baseball in his debut with the Intimidators.


Jeremy Guthrie (BYU), Kansas City Royals: Allowed nine hits, two walks and five runs in six innings, picking up a no-decision in Kansas City’s 11-5 loss to Minnesota on Thursday. The former BYU pitcher is 10-10 on the year, with a 4.43 ERA.

Brandon Kintzler (Dixie State), Milwaukee Brewers: 0-0, 0.00 ERA in two separate appearances over the week. Kintzler allowed two hits in one inning of work against San Diego on Monday. He then allowed just one hit in 1 2/3 innings of relief against San Francisco on Friday.

Kintzler, who has allowed just one earned run in his last nine appearances, lowered his ERA down to 3.26 on the season.


John Buck (Taylorsville H.S.), Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels): Three hits, one RBI and three runs scored in 14 at-bats over the week. Buck is batting .291, with two home runs and 15 RBIs in 32 games with the Bees.

Matt Carson (BYU), Columbus (Cleveland Indians): Eight hits, one home run, three RBIs and six runs scored in 13 at-bats throughout the week. Carson went 5-for-5 for Columbus on Monday, finishing a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. He’s batting .259 in 82 games with the Clippers.

C.J. Cron (Utah), Salt Lake (Los Angeles Angels): Two hits and one run scored in 17 at-bats throughout the week. Cron is batting .316 in 49 games with the Bees, with 22 extra base hits and 33 RBIs. The former Ute, who is on the Angels’ 40-man roster, is expected to rejoin the Angels this week when the major league roster limit expands from 25 to 40 on Monday.

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.

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