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Hometown report: End of season review of 32 local players playing professional baseball

Published: Saturday, July 4 2015 4:50 p.m. MDT

St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese (23) looks for the call as Miami Marlins catcher John Buck shows the ball in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 8, 2012, in St. Louis. Freese scored from second on a single by Rafael Furcal as the Cardinals won 5-4. (Tom Gannam, Associated Press) St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese (23) looks for the call as Miami Marlins catcher John Buck shows the ball in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 8, 2012, in St. Louis. Freese scored from second on a single by Rafael Furcal as the Cardinals won 5-4. (Tom Gannam, Associated Press)

James Brooks

Shortstop played at the University of Utah

Organization: Nationals

Seasons as pro: Rookie

Note: Started in the Gulf Coast League, promoted to single-A for a short time before being sent back down

2012 numbers: .214, 0 HRs, 1 SB, 14 RBI

Tyson Brummett

Pitcher from Spanish Fork High School

Organization: Phillies

Seasons as a pro: 6

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 archives) 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 archives)

Note: Started with the double-A Reading, spent most the season with triple-A Lehigh Valley

2012 numbers: 3.20 ERA, 90 inns., 83 Ks, 29 BBs

John Buck

Catcher played for Taylorsville High

Organization: Marlins

Seasons as a pro: 14 (9 in the majors)

Note: Struggled to his worst year at the plate, ceded the starting catcher job to Rob Brantly

2012 numbers: .192, 12 HRs, 0 SBs, 41 RBIs

Chris Capper

Pitched for BYU

Organization: Diamondbacks

Cat's Stephen Parker catches the ball to make an out on Bees Matt Long as the Salt Lake Bees (in Trapper's uniforms) play the Sacremento River Cats in  Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News archives) Cat's Stephen Parker catches the ball to make an out on Bees Matt Long as the Salt Lake Bees (in Trapper's uniforms) play the Sacremento River Cats in Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News archives)

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Helped the Missoula Osprey defeat Ogden in Game 1 of the Pioneer League Championship series

2012 numbers: 3-2, 3.77 ERA, 44 Ks, 14 BBs

Matt Carson

Outfielder played for BYU

Organization: Twins

Seasons as a pro: 11 (3 in the majors)

Note: Started in triple-A Rochester, called up late to the majors for the first time since 2010 (when he was with Oakland)

2012 numbers: .282, 14 HRs, 9 SBs, 53 RBI with Rochester; .227, 0 HRs, 0 SBs, 4 RBIs with Minnesota

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

Taylor Cole

Pitched for BYU

Organization: Blue Jays

Seasons as a pro: 2

Note: Had an outstanding year, leading the Vancouver Canadians' starters in ERA and WHIP

2012 numbers: 6-0, 0.81 ERA, 57 Ks, 17 BBs

C.J. Cron

Designated hitter played for the Utes

Organization: Angels

Seasons as a pro: 2

Note: Led the minor leagues in RBIs ... will spend offseason recovering from shoulder surgery

Houston Astros relief pitcher Brandon Lyon in action against the Cincinnati Reds in  a major league baseball game, Tuesday, April 5, 2011 in Cincinnati.  (Al Behrman, Associated Press) Houston Astros relief pitcher Brandon Lyon in action against the Cincinnati Reds in a major league baseball game, Tuesday, April 5, 2011 in Cincinnati. (Al Behrman, Associated Press)

2012 numbers: .293, 27 HRs, 3 SBs, 123 RBIs

Brandon Duckworth

Pitcher from Kearns

Organization:Rakuten

Seasons as a pro: 15 (8 in majors, 1 in Japan)

Note: Started season with triple-A Pawtucket, signed with Rakuten of Japan's Pacific League in August

2012 numbers: 9-2, 3.17 ERA, 93 Ks, 35 BBs with Pawtucket; 3-1, 3.45 ERA, 19 Ks, 5 BBs with Rakuten

Stephen Fife

Pitched for the University of Utah

Organization: Dodgers

New York Yankees' Bobby Arbeu, bottom, slides home to score on a wild pitch by Baltimore Orioles reliever Kam Mickolio, top, during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, in Baltimore. The Yankees won 9-4.  (Associated Press) New York Yankees' Bobby Arbeu, bottom, slides home to score on a wild pitch by Baltimore Orioles reliever Kam Mickolio, top, during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, in Baltimore. The Yankees won 9-4. (Associated Press)

Seasons as a pro: 5 (1 in the majors)

Note: Started the year in Albuquerque, pitched well in his five starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers

2012 numbers: 11-7, 4.66 ERA, 93 Ks, 44 BBs with Albuquerque; 0-2, 2.70 ERA, 20 Ks, 12 BBs with Los Angeles

Willie EyreRound RockAAARangers

Pitcher played for Cyprus High and CEU

Organization: Rangers

Seasons as a pro: 12 (4 in majors)

Note: Started season with Orioles' triple-A team, Norfolk, before being released. Signed with Round Rock on June 20.

2012 numbers: 1-3, 7.92 ERA, 20 Ks, 15 BBs with Norfolk; 1-2, 4.09 ERA, 32 Ks, 8 BBs with Round Rock

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Mitch Talbot throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning of a baseball game in Cleveland on Friday, July 8, 2011. (Associated Press) Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Mitch Talbot throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning of a baseball game in Cleveland on Friday, July 8, 2011. (Associated Press)

Jeremy Guthrie

Pitcher played for BYU

Organization: Royals

Seasons as a pro: 10 years (9 in majors)

Note: Tale of two halves ... cut ERA in half after being traded to Kansas City from the Colorado Rockies

2012 numbers: 3-9, 6.35 ERA, 45 Ks, 31 BBs with Colorado; 5-3, 3.16 ERA, 56 Ks, 19 BBs with Kansas City

Austin Hall

Pitched (and played infield) for BYU

Organization: Brewers

Seasons as a pro: Rookie

Pleasant  Grove's pitcher Egan Smith.  Pleasant Grove vs. Timpanogos High baseball.   May 4, 2006  (Stuart Johnson, Deseret News archives) Pleasant Grove's pitcher Egan Smith. Pleasant Grove vs. Timpanogos High baseball. May 4, 2006 (Stuart Johnson, Deseret News archives)

Note: Drafted in the 33rd round of the 2012 draft, played 13 games in the Arizona Rookie League

2012 numbers: 2-2, 4.41 ERA, 31 Ks, 13 BBs

Steven Hirschfeld

Pitcher from Moab

Organization: Twins

Seasons as a pro: 7

Note: Spent most of the season in double-A New Britain, but also played a lot for triple-A Rochester

2012 numbers: 9-12, 4.94 ERA, 94 Ks, 35 BBs

Travis Huber

Pitched for West Jordan High

Organization: Twins

Former University of Utah baseball player C.J. Cron makes his debut after being picked up by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2011 draft at Brent Brown Ballpark in Orem on Friday, July 1, 2011. (Mike Terry, Deseret News archives) Former University of Utah baseball player C.J. Cron makes his debut after being picked up by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2011 draft at Brent Brown Ballpark in Orem on Friday, July 1, 2011. (Mike Terry, Deseret News archives)

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Drafted in the 23rd round after pitching for Nebraska Huskers, assigned to rookie-level Elizabethton (Tenn.)

2012 numbers: 1-0, 7.71 ERA, 10 Ks, 8 BBs, 1 save

Goose Kallunki

Played first base for UVU and Orem High

Organization: Padres

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Drafted in the 27th round, assigned to single-A Eugene (Ore.) of the Northwest League

2012 numbers: .254, 2 HRs, 1 SB, 13 RBIs

Brady Lail

Cottonwood Pitcher #23 Tanner Robles delivers the pitch as Cottonwood and Spanish Fork play at Cottonwood Thursday March 22, 2007. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News archives) Cottonwood Pitcher #23 Tanner Robles delivers the pitch as Cottonwood and Spanish Fork play at Cottonwood Thursday March 22, 2007. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News archives)

Pitched for Bingham High School

Organization: Yankees

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Drafted in 18th round, assigned to Gulf Coast League allowed a run in just one of his five games

2012 numbers: 1-0, 1.42 ERA, 10 Ks, 2 BBs

Marcus Littlewood

Second baseman played for Pine View High

Organization: Mariners

Seasons as a pro: 2

Note: The 20-year-old showed improvement in his second season with single-A Everett, upping his average 70 points.

NEW YORK - MAY 10: Willie Eyre #51 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on May 10, 2007 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Jim Mcisaac, Getty Images) NEW YORK - MAY 10: Willie Eyre #51 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on May 10, 2007 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Jim Mcisaac, Getty Images)

2012 numbers: .262, 9 HRs, 2 SBs, 37 RBIs

Brandon Lyon

Pitcher played for Taylorsville High

Organization: Blue Jays

Seasons as a pro: 12 (10 in the majors)

Note: Was traded from Houston to Toronto (his first MLB club) on July 20.

2012 numbers: 0-2, 3.25 ERA, 35 Ks, 11 BBs with Houston; 4-0, 2.88 ERA, 28 Ks, 9 BBs, 1 save with Toronto

Taylor Mangum

Pitched for American Fork High and UVU

Organization: Brewers

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Bees Third Baseman Jeff Baisley (left) reaches to tag Sacramento's #7 Matt Carson, Carson was called safe on the play as the Salt Lake Bees take on the Sacramento River Cats Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at Spring Mobile Ballpark. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News archives) Bees Third Baseman Jeff Baisley (left) reaches to tag Sacramento's #7 Matt Carson, Carson was called safe on the play as the Salt Lake Bees take on the Sacramento River Cats Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at Spring Mobile Ballpark. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News archives)

Note: Signed as free agent, working his way up from the Arizona League (where he had a 0.79 ERA) to the Pioneer League

2012 numbers: 2-2, 3.42 ERA, 23 Ks, 12 BBs

Kam Mickolio

Pitcher played for Utah Valley University

Organization: Hiroshima

Seasons as a pro: 7

Note: Pitched well as the closer for the Carp of the Japan's Central League

2012 numbers: 2-5, 19 saves, 2.89 ERA, 54 Ks, 14 BBs

Parker Morin

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brandon Duckworth throws during the first inning of a baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals, Wednesday, July 5, 2006 in Kansas City, Mo. (Associated Press) Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brandon Duckworth throws during the first inning of a baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals, Wednesday, July 5, 2006 in Kansas City, Mo. (Associated Press)

Catcher played for the Utes and Park City High

Organization: Royals

Seasons as a pro: Rookie

Note: Drafted in the 14th round and was assigned to Idaho Falls' rookie-league team

2012 numbers: .267, 4 HRs, 1 SB, 21 RBIs

Matthew Neil

Pitched for BYU

Organization: Marlins

Seasons as a pro: 2

Note: After baffling batters in the Florida State League (2.06 ERA), he was promoted to double-A Jacksonville.

2012 numbers: 8-7, 3.90 ERA, 94 Ks, 28 BBs

Stephen Parker

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie works against a Detroit Tigers batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. (Orlin Wagner, Associated Press) Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie works against a Detroit Tigers batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. (Orlin Wagner, Associated Press)

Played third base for BYU and American Fork

Organization: Athletics

Seasons as a pro: 4

Note: Played the entire season with triple-A River Cats

2012 numbers: .256, 7 HRs, 5 SBs, 47 RBIs

Tanner Robles

Pitched for Cottonwood High

Organization: Reds

Seasons as a pro: 3

Note: Continued to move up the ranks, going from single-A Dayton to advanced-A Bakersfield this season

2012 numbers: 8-8, 3.87 ERA, 92 Ks, 46 BBs

Utah's Tyler Yagi (16) gets caught stealing second by BYU's Austin Hall (26) as BYU faces Utah in baseball action at Miller Park in Provo Thursday, April 22, 2010.  (Jason Olson, Deseret News archives) Utah's Tyler Yagi (16) gets caught stealing second by BYU's Austin Hall (26) as BYU faces Utah in baseball action at Miller Park in Provo Thursday, April 22, 2010. (Jason Olson, Deseret News archives)

Braeden Schlehuber

Catcher played for Viewmont High

Organization: Braves

Seasons as a pro: 5

Note: Had career-bests in average, home runs and RBIs for the advanced-A Lynchburg Hillcats

2012 numbers: .270, 8 HRs, 1 SB, 42 RBIs

Egan Smith

Pitched for Pleasant Grove High

Organization: Blue Jays

Seasons as a pro: 4

Note: Played all season for double-A Dunedin (Fla.), ended season on disabled list

(SPORTS)  Pitcher Stephen Fife of the University of Utah delivers a throw to a UNLV batter during their match up at Lindquist Field in Ogden Friday,  April 25, 2008.   This is the first time Utah has played in Ogden, home of the Dodger affiliate Ogden Raptors. (Brian Nicholson, Deseret News archives) (SPORTS) Pitcher Stephen Fife of the University of Utah delivers a throw to a UNLV batter during their match up at Lindquist Field in Ogden Friday, April 25, 2008. This is the first time Utah has played in Ogden, home of the Dodger affiliate Ogden Raptors. (Brian Nicholson, Deseret News archives)

2012 numbers: 8-7, 3.49 ERA, 70 Ks, 34 BBs

Jordan Smith

Pitcher from Pleasant Grove

Organization: Reds

Seasons as a pro: 7

Note: Spent whole season with triple-A Louisville as a part-time closer for the Bats

2012 numbers: 3-3, 4.76 ERA, 13 saves, 36 Ks, 16 BBs

Matt Spring

Catcher played for Dixie State

Organization: Red Sox

Seasons as a pro: 9

Note: Played 60 games with double-AA Portland (Me.) and 2 games with triple-A Pawtucket

UVU pitcher #10 Taylor Mangum delivers a pitch as UVU and Utah play Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Brent Brown Ballpark in Orem. Utah won 11-10 ending the Wolverines' 32 game winning streak.  (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) UVU pitcher #10 Taylor Mangum delivers a pitch as UVU and Utah play Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Brent Brown Ballpark in Orem. Utah won 11-10 ending the Wolverines' 32 game winning streak. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

2012 numbers: .203, 7 HRs, 1 SB, 23 RBIs

Mitch Talbot

Pitcher from Cedar City

Organization: Samsung Lions (Korea Professional Baseball) based in Daegu, South Korea

Seasons as a pro: 10

Note: Is having a strong showing in his first season playing for South Korea's top team

2012 numbers: 13-3, 3.88 ERA, 65 Ks, 47 BBs

Tyler Wagner

Pitched for Utah

Organization: Brewers

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Bingham's Quarterback #3 Brady Lail runs away from Alta's #39 Kole Afu as Alta and Bingham play in the 2011 Black and Blue Classic Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 at Rice Eccles Stadium. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News archives) Bingham's Quarterback #3 Brady Lail runs away from Alta's #39 Kole Afu as Alta and Bingham play in the 2011 Black and Blue Classic Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 at Rice Eccles Stadium. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News archives)

Note: Had a rough rookie campaign with the Pioneer League's Helena Brewers

2012 numbers: 1-4, 7.77 ERA, 47 Ks, 22 BBs

Keenyn Walker

Played outfield for Judge Memorial H.S.

Organization: White Sox

Seasons as a pro: 2

Note: Despite two stints on the DL, stole 56 bases for single-A Kannapolis and A-advanced Winston-Salem

2012 numbers: .267, 4 HRs, 56 SBs, 55 RBIs

Jordan Whatcott

Utah's #23 Parker Morin lays down a bunt as UVU and Utah play Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Brent Brown Ballpark in Orem. Utah won 11-10 ending the Wolverines' 32 game winning streak. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News archives) Utah's #23 Parker Morin lays down a bunt as UVU and Utah play Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Brent Brown Ballpark in Orem. Utah won 11-10 ending the Wolverines' 32 game winning streak. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News archives)

Pitched for the University of Utah

Organization: Phillies

Seasons as a pro: 3

Note: Promoted from A-advanced Clearwater to double-A Reading early in the season

2012 numbers: 3-3, 3.78, 62 Ks, 24 BBs

Keli'i Zablan

Pitched for Southern Utah University

Organization: River City Rascals

Seasons as a pro: 3

Viewmont's Braeden Schlehuber as Taylorsville High School and Viewmont High play in the State 5a baseball playoffs in Ogden, Utah May 18, 2005. (Tom Smart, Deseret News archives) Viewmont's Braeden Schlehuber as Taylorsville High School and Viewmont High play in the State 5a baseball playoffs in Ogden, Utah May 18, 2005. (Tom Smart, Deseret News archives)

Note: After one season in the Mariners' organization, returned to the independent Frontier League

2012 numbers: 4-4, 4.68 ERA, 44 Ks, 33 BBs; also batted .138, 1 RBI, 1 SB

James Brooks

Shortstop played at the University of Utah

Organization: Nationals

Seasons as pro: Rookie

Note: Started in the Gulf Coast League, promoted to single-A for a short time before being sent back down

2012 numbers: .214, 0 HRs, 1 SB, 14 RBI

Tyson Brummett

Pitcher from Spanish Fork High School

Organization: Phillies

Utah shortstop #10 james Brooks, right, tries to turn a double play as Stanford's #25 Stephen Piscotty slides towards second base as Utah and Stanford play Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Spring Mobile ballpark. Stanford won 4-1. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News archives) Utah shortstop #10 james Brooks, right, tries to turn a double play as Stanford's #25 Stephen Piscotty slides towards second base as Utah and Stanford play Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Spring Mobile ballpark. Stanford won 4-1. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News archives)

Seasons as a pro: 6

Note: Started with the double-A Reading, spent most the season with triple-A Lehigh Valley

2012 numbers: 3.20 ERA, 90 inns., 83 Ks, 29 BBs

John Buck

Catcher played for Taylorsville High

Organization: Marlins

Seasons as a pro: 14 (9 in the majors)

Note: Struggled to his worst year at the plate, ceded the starting catcher job to Rob Brantly

2012 numbers: .192, 12 HRs, 0 SBs, 41 RBIs

Chris Capper

Pitched for BYU

Keenyn Walker (Judges) pitches against Canyon View in 3A baseball at Kearns High.  May 15, 2008.  (Michael Brandy, Deseret News archives) Keenyn Walker (Judges) pitches against Canyon View in 3A baseball at Kearns High. May 15, 2008. (Michael Brandy, Deseret News archives)

Organization: Diamondbacks

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Helped the Missoula Osprey defeat Ogden in Game 1 of the Pioneer League Championship series

2012 numbers: 3-2, 3.77 ERA, 44 Ks, 14 BBs

Matt Carson

Outfielder played for BYU

Organization: Twins

Seasons as a pro: 11 (3 in the majors)

Note: Started in triple-A Rochester, called up late to the majors for the first time since 2010 (when he was with Oakland)

2012 numbers: .282, 14 HRs, 9 SBs, 53 RBI with Rochester; .227, 0 HRs, 0 SBs, 4 RBIs with Minnesota

BYU pitcher Matthew Neil (36) bobbles the ball as BYU faces Utah in baseball action at Miller Park in Provo Thursday, April 22, 2010.  (Jason Olson, Deseret News archives) BYU pitcher Matthew Neil (36) bobbles the ball as BYU faces Utah in baseball action at Miller Park in Provo Thursday, April 22, 2010. (Jason Olson, Deseret News archives)

Taylor Cole

Pitched for BYU

Organization: Blue Jays

Seasons as a pro: 2

Note: Had an outstanding year, leading the Vancouver Canadians' starters in ERA and WHIP

2012 numbers: 6-0, 0.81 ERA, 57 Ks, 17 BBs

C.J. Cron

Designated hitter played for the Utes

Organization: Angels

Seasons as a pro: 2

Note: Led the minor leagues in RBIs ... will spend offseason recovering from shoulder surgery

Orem first baseman Goose Kallunki makes a catch as Orem High School and Olympus High School play baseball in Orem,  Utah March 10, 2008. (Tom Smart, Deseret News archives) Orem first baseman Goose Kallunki makes a catch as Orem High School and Olympus High School play baseball in Orem, Utah March 10, 2008. (Tom Smart, Deseret News archives)

2012 numbers: .293, 27 HRs, 3 SBs, 123 RBIs

Brandon Duckworth

Pitcher from Kearns

Organization:Rakuten

Seasons as a pro: 15 (8 in majors, 1 in Japan)

Note: Started season with triple-A Pawtucket, signed with Rakuten of Japan's Pacific League in August

2012 numbers: 9-2, 3.17 ERA, 93 Ks, 35 BBs with Pawtucket; 3-1, 3.45 ERA, 19 Ks, 5 BBs with Rakuten

Stephen Fife

Pitched for the University of Utah

Organization: Dodgers

Seasons as a pro: 5 (1 in the majors)

Spanish Fork's Jordan Smith (16) as Timpanogos faces Spanish Fork in 5A baseball in Spanish Fork Wednesday, April 19, 2006.  (Jason Olson, Deseret News archives) Spanish Fork's Jordan Smith (16) as Timpanogos faces Spanish Fork in 5A baseball in Spanish Fork Wednesday, April 19, 2006. (Jason Olson, Deseret News archives)

Note: Started the year in Albuquerque, pitched well in his five starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers

2012 numbers: 11-7, 4.66 ERA, 93 Ks, 44 BBs with Albuquerque; 0-2, 2.70 ERA, 20 Ks, 12 BBs with Los Angeles

Willie EyreRound RockAAARangers

Pitcher played for Cyprus High and CEU

Organization: Rangers

Seasons as a pro: 12 (4 in majors)

Note: Started season with Orioles' triple-A team, Norfolk, before being released. Signed with Round Rock on June 20.

2012 numbers: 1-3, 7.92 ERA, 20 Ks, 15 BBs with Norfolk; 1-2, 4.09 ERA, 32 Ks, 8 BBs with Round Rock

Jeremy Guthrie

R-Phills pitcher Tyson Brummett (13) pitches against Akron.  AA baseball, the Akron Aeros vs the Reading Phillies at First Energy Stadium in Reading Tuesday evening. (Ben Hasty, Reading Eagle) R-Phills pitcher Tyson Brummett (13) pitches against Akron. AA baseball, the Akron Aeros vs the Reading Phillies at First Energy Stadium in Reading Tuesday evening. (Ben Hasty, Reading Eagle)

Pitcher played for BYU

Organization: Royals

Seasons as a pro: 10 years (9 in majors)

Note: Tale of two halves ... cut ERA in half after being traded to Kansas City from the Colorado Rockies

2012 numbers: 3-9, 6.35 ERA, 45 Ks, 31 BBs with Colorado; 5-3, 3.16 ERA, 56 Ks, 19 BBs with Kansas City

Austin Hall

Pitched (and played infield) for BYU

Organization: Brewers

Seasons as a pro: Rookie

Note: Drafted in the 33rd round of the 2012 draft, played 13 games in the Arizona Rookie League

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2012 numbers: 2-2, 4.41 ERA, 31 Ks, 13 BBs

Steven Hirschfeld

Pitcher from Moab

Organization: Twins

Seasons as a pro: 7

Note: Spent most of the season in double-A New Britain, but also played a lot for triple-A Rochester

2012 numbers: 9-12, 4.94 ERA, 94 Ks, 35 BBs

Travis Huber

Pitched for West Jordan High

Organization: Twins

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Drafted in the 23rd round after pitching for Nebraska Huskers, assigned to rookie-level Elizabethton (Tenn.)

2012 numbers: 1-0, 7.71 ERA, 10 Ks, 8 BBs, 1 save

Goose Kallunki

Played first base for UVU and Orem High

Organization: Padres

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Drafted in the 27th round, assigned to single-A Eugene (Ore.) of the Northwest League

2012 numbers: .254, 2 HRs, 1 SB, 13 RBIs

Brady Lail

Pitched for Bingham High School

Organization: Yankees

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Drafted in 18th round, assigned to Gulf Coast League allowed a run in just one of his five games

2012 numbers: 1-0, 1.42 ERA, 10 Ks, 2 BBs

Marcus Littlewood

Second baseman played for Pine View High

Organization: Mariners

Seasons as a pro: 2

Note: The 20-year-old showed improvement in his second season with single-A Everett, upping his average 70 points.

2012 numbers: .262, 9 HRs, 2 SBs, 37 RBIs

Brandon Lyon

Pitcher played for Taylorsville High

Organization: Blue Jays

Seasons as a pro: 12 (10 in the majors)

Note: Was traded from Houston to Toronto (his first MLB club) on July 20.

2012 numbers: 0-2, 3.25 ERA, 35 Ks, 11 BBs with Houston; 4-0, 2.88 ERA, 28 Ks, 9 BBs, 1 save with Toronto

Taylor Mangum

Pitched for American Fork High and UVU

Organization: Brewers

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Signed as free agent, working his way up from the Arizona League (where he had a 0.79 ERA) to the Pioneer League

2012 numbers: 2-2, 3.42 ERA, 23 Ks, 12 BBs

Kam Mickolio

Pitcher played for Utah Valley University

Organization: Hiroshima

Seasons as a pro: 7

Note: Pitched well as the closer for the Carp of the Japan's Central League

2012 numbers: 2-5, 19 saves, 2.89 ERA, 54 Ks, 14 BBs

Parker Morin

Catcher played for the Utes and Park City High

Organization: Royals

Seasons as a pro: Rookie

Note: Drafted in the 14th round and was assigned to Idaho Falls' rookie-league team

2012 numbers: .267, 4 HRs, 1 SB, 21 RBIs

Matthew Neil

Pitched for BYU

Organization: Marlins

Seasons as a pro: 2

Note: After baffling batters in the Florida State League (2.06 ERA), he was promoted to double-A Jacksonville.

2012 numbers: 8-7, 3.90 ERA, 94 Ks, 28 BBs

Stephen Parker

Played third base for BYU and American Fork

Organization: Athletics

Seasons as a pro: 4

Note: Played the entire season with triple-A River Cats

2012 numbers: .256, 7 HRs, 5 SBs, 47 RBIs

Tanner Robles

Pitched for Cottonwood High

Organization: Reds

Seasons as a pro: 3

Note: Continued to move up the ranks, going from single-A Dayton to advanced-A Bakersfield this season

2012 numbers: 8-8, 3.87 ERA, 92 Ks, 46 BBs

Braeden Schlehuber

Catcher played for Viewmont High

Organization: Braves

Seasons as a pro: 5

Note: Had career-bests in average, home runs and RBIs for the advanced-A Lynchburg Hillcats

2012 numbers: .270, 8 HRs, 1 SB, 42 RBIs

Egan Smith

Pitched for Pleasant Grove High

Organization: Blue Jays

Seasons as a pro: 4

Note: Played all season for double-A Dunedin (Fla.), ended season on disabled list

2012 numbers: 8-7, 3.49 ERA, 70 Ks, 34 BBs

Jordan Smith

Pitcher from Pleasant Grove

Organization: Reds

Seasons as a pro: 7

Note: Spent whole season with triple-A Louisville as a part-time closer for the Bats

2012 numbers: 3-3, 4.76 ERA, 13 saves, 36 Ks, 16 BBs

Matt Spring

Catcher played for Dixie State

Organization: Red Sox

Seasons as a pro: 9

Note: Played 60 games with double-AA Portland (Me.) and 2 games with triple-A Pawtucket

2012 numbers: .203, 7 HRs, 1 SB, 23 RBIs

Mitch Talbot

Pitcher from Cedar City

Organization: Samsung Lions (Korea Professional Baseball) based in Daegu, South Korea

Seasons as a pro: 10

Note: Is having a strong showing in his first season playing for South Korea's top team

2012 numbers: 13-3, 3.88 ERA, 65 Ks, 47 BBs

Tyler Wagner

Pitched for Utah

Organization: Brewers

Seasons as a pro: rookie

Note: Had a rough rookie campaign with the Pioneer League's Helena Brewers

2012 numbers: 1-4, 7.77 ERA, 47 Ks, 22 BBs

Keenyn Walker

Played outfield for Judge Memorial H.S.

Organization: White Sox

Seasons as a pro: 2

Note: Despite two stints on the DL, stole 56 bases for single-A Kannapolis and A-advanced Winston-Salem

2012 numbers: .267, 4 HRs, 56 SBs, 55 RBIs

Jordan Whatcott

Pitched for the University of Utah

Organization: Phillies

Seasons as a pro: 3

Note: Promoted from A-advanced Clearwater to double-A Reading early in the season

2012 numbers: 3-3, 3.78, 62 Ks, 24 BBs

Keli'i Zablan

Pitched for Southern Utah University

Organization: River City Rascals

Seasons as a pro: 3

Note: After one season in the Mariners' organization, returned to the independent Frontier League

2012 numbers: 4-4, 4.68 ERA, 44 Ks, 33 BBs; also batted .138, 1 RBI, 1 SB

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