Baseball season has officially begun, with a full slate of action Monday.
There are several players this season in the majors and many more in the minors with ties to the state of Utah.
With baseball now underway, here is a list of all the professional baseball players with Utah ties in the majors and minors.
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Brummett, a graduate of Spanish Fork High School, signed with the Dodgers before this year’s spring training. He pitched in the Venezuelan League over the offseason.
Brummett made his major league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012, but was released by the ball club after that season. He spent time with Triple-A Buffalo and Double-A New Hampshire in the Toronto Blue Jays organization last season.
The Taylorsville native certainly wasn’t the highest paid offseason acquisition by the Seattle Mariners, but the Mariners signed Buck to a one-year deal. He’s expected to split time with Mike Zunino as the Seattle’s catcher this season.
Buck hit .241 and drove in four runs in 16 games for the Mariners over spring training. He has 133 home runs and 485 RBIs to his name in his career, including stints with Kansas City, Toronto, Miami, New York Mets and Pittsburgh.
Capper, one of several BYU products in the minor leagues, posted a 2.98 ERA in 27 games for the Class-A South Bend Silver Hawks last season. Capper allowed 37 hits in 42 and 1/3 innings and remaining within the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.
Carson hit .252 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs last season for the Clippers. He hit .273 in spring training, earning some recognition to potentially land with the Cleveland Indians out of spring training, but will likely start 2014 with the Triple-A Clippers.
He has played 92 games in the majors in his career, but in stints with Oakland and Minnesota, in addition to the Indians. In fact, the BYU product hit a mythic .636 last season — in 11 major league plate appearances for Cleveland. He has 167 home runs and 642 RBIs in his minor league career.
Cole spent time with Lansing and Dunedin last season in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He ended last year with a 3.94 ERA in 137 innings, mostly with Lansing. Cole also struck out 103 batters last season, while walking just 61.
Listed as one of Los Angeles’s top prospect, Cron will start 2014 with the Bees, returning to Salt Lake City where he played with the Utes. Cron became Utah’s highest draft pick ever, going 17th overall to the Angels, and has been productive in LA’s minor league system.
Cron belted 14 home runs and drove in 83 runs for Double-A Arkansas last season. He spent most of his spring training this year with the Angels, hitting .292 with six RBIs and one home run. Cron caught the eye of many scouts over the offseason after hitting .413 with 12 extra base hits in 20 games in the Arizona Fall League.
Fife went 4-4 with a 3.86 in 58 and 1/3 innings with the Dodgers last season. He also posted a 2.25-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The Ute product will start 2014 in Triple-A Albuquerque, but remains on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster.
He made just one appearance in spring training, going just two innings.
Guthrie is expected to be in the backend of Kansas City’s starting rotation this season after a productive year with the Royals in 2013. The BYU alum put together one of his best seasons in his 10-year career, winning a career-best 15 games and pitching his first two career shutouts on his way to posting a 4.04 ERA.
He has a 70-89 record with a 4.24 career ERA for Cleveland, Baltimore, Colorado and Kansas City in his career.
Littlewood hit .230 with three home runs in 60 games for the Seattle Mariners’ Class-A affiliate last season. He remains in the Seattle organization.
Lyon has turned into quite the journeyman in professional baseball, but attempted to make the Angels’ 25-man roster out of spring training. However, the Taylorsville native will return to Utah to start the 2014 season with the Bees.
Lyon has a 4.16 career ERA in the majors, pitching for Toronto, Boston, Arizona, Detroit, Houston and the New York Mets. He posted a 4.50 ERA in eight appearances for the Angels this spring.
Mickolio has been pitching in Japan the past couple of years after a run in the majors. He’s entering his third season as the Carp’s closer. He has one save in one opportunity this season. He has 49 saves and a 2.40 ERA since joining the Carp in 2012.
Mickolio had stints with Baltimore and Arizona in the majors before heading to Japan.
Morin hit .226 with 30 RBIs for the Class-A Wilmington Blue Rocks. He’s listed on the roster of Kansas City’s Double-A affiliate, Northwest Arkansas, for the start of the 2014 season.
Neil split his 2013 season with Triple-A New Orleans and Double-A Jacksonville in Miami’s organization. He posted a 3.70 ERA in 25 appearances, with an impressive 3.12-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Neil is expected to start the 2014 season with New Orleans in the Pacific Coast League.
Parker hit .218 for the Sounds, Milwaukee’s Triple-A affiliate, in 2013. He has spent time in the Pacific Coast League since 2011.
Schlehuber hit .199 in 54 games for Double-A Mississippi last season and remains on the team’s roster. He collected a hit and RBI in five plate appearances for the Braves in spring training this year.
Spring hit .222 with 10 home runs for Double-A Portland in 2013, but will start with Triple-A Pawtucket this season. He made one appearance for the Boston Red Sox in spring training this year.
Talbot returned from pitching overseas last year to join the Miami organization, then ended up with the New York Mets by the end of the year. He was last listed as pitching for Toros del Este in South America during the offseason.
Talbot made his MLB debut for the Rays in 2008, but found his most success in Cleveland, winning 10 games for the Indians in 2010. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2011.
Wagner posted a 3.21 ERA for Class-A Wisconsin in 2013. The former Ute remains in Milwaukee’s organization, being promoted to advanced Class-A Brevard County for 2014.
Walker hit .201 for Birmingham last season, hitting three home runs. He remains with the White Sox’s Double-A affiliate for 2014. He picked up a pair of hits in 11 plate appearances for Chicago in spring training this year.