John Buck is a fine, fine baseball player. I think he has been great for this club, a wonderful individual. We just felt it was time. —Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon
Taylorsville High School alum John Buck was designated for assignment, while former Utah pitcher Tyler Wagner claimed the lead in the Florida State League ERA race in an interesting week for baseball players with Utah ties.
Buck was designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners on Monday. The move was surprising and unpopular to those in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse, according to Seattle Times Mariners beat writer Ryan Divish.
Buck was batting just .226 on the year, but had only played in 27 games for the Mariners. He was used primarily in weekend games, backing up everyday starter Mike Zunino.
He also had a home run, six RBIs and nine runs scored in 84 total at-bats.
"Listen, these things are never fun. John Buck is a fine, fine baseball player. I think he has been great for this club, a wonderful individual," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon told MLB.com's Adam Lewis on Monday. " We just felt it was time."
Buck, an all-star with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010, has a career .234 batting average, but a .301 on-base percentage in 11 seasons. He has 134 career home runs and 491 RBIs for Kansas City, Toronto, Miami, New York Mets, Pittsburgh and Seattle.
The Mariners have until Thursday to trade or release Buck. If he clears waivers, he could either opt for free agency or accept reassignment in the Mariners organization. The 34-year-old signed a one-year deal with Seattle before the season started.
On a more positive note, Tyler Wagner claimed the lead in the advanced Single-A Florida State League ERA race by outdueling the previous ERA leader Wednesday night. The former Ute allowed just one run in 8 1/3 innings in a 3-1 win over Lakeland.
In the win, Wagner defeated Lakeland pitcher Josh Turley, who held the league's ERA lead entering the night, handing Turley (7-1) his first loss of the season.
The lone run Wagner allowed came off a ninth-inning home run from Lakeland outfielder Conner Harrell, and actually snapped a 27-inning scoreless streak Wagner had compiled in his last four starts. Wagner still dipped his ERA down to 1.74 on the season for Brevard County — 0.11 lower than Turley's 1.85 ERA.
The righty is 4-0, with a 0.33 ERA in his last four starts for the Manatees. He is 8-4 in 16 starts this season.
A pair of players with Utah ties were also promoted this week.
Dixie State product Matt Spring was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket during the week, and scored three runs in the PawSox's 13-8 win over Toledo on Sunday.
Former BYU outfielder Jaycob Brugman was also promoted, joining Stockton in the advanced Single-A California League. He picked up eight hits in his first week with the Pilots, including a four RBI game in his second game with the team on Tuesday.
He was batting .278, with 31 extra base hits and 37 RBIs in Beloit (Iowa) of the Midwest League before the promotion.
Meanwhile, BYU alums Taylor Cole and Adam Miller, as well as Spanish Fork High School product Tyson Brummett, each returned to the mound.
Cole allowed just three hits and one run in five innings for Dunedin (Florida) while striking out seven on Thursday to win his first game since June 9. Cole had been on the temporary inactive list and had not pitched since June 28.
Miller made two relief appearances for Single-A South Bend (Indiana) in his return to the Silver Hawks. The righty had last pitched in South Bend on May 15 before landing on the disabled list.
Brummett allowed three runs in one inning of relief for Double-A Chattanooga (Tennessee) on Sunday. It was his first relief appearance of the season and first appearance since going on the restricted list on June 21.
Finally, former Ute Parker Morin also had a productive week, picking up hits in all four games he started over the week, including his first home run of the season. Morin was playing his first full week back in Double-A Northwest Arkansas since landing on the disabled list in May.
John Buck (Taylorsville H.S.), Seattle Mariners: Designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners on Monday. He batted .226, with one home run and six RBIs in 27 games for the Mariners this season.
C.J. Cron (Utah), Los Angeles Angels: Three hits and two runs scored in 16 at-bats over the week. Cron finished the first half of the Major League Baseball season batting .278, with nine home runs and 27 RBIs in 52 games played. He also has a .307 on-base percentage.
Jeremy Guthrie (BYU), Kansas City Royals: Allowed eight hits, three walks and eight runs in four innings, as the Royals fell to Detroit 16-4 on Thursday. Guthrie entered last week winning three of his last four starts, but has gone just four innings in his last two starts, allowing 19 hits and 14 runs in eight total innings (15.75 ERA).
Guthrie heads into the all-star break 5-8 on the season, with a 4.56 ERA in 19 starts. He also has 75 strikeouts in 120 1/3 innings, but has also allowed 130 hits and 18 home runs.
Brandon Kintzler (Dixie State), Milwaukee Brewers: Allowed just two hits and no runs in three separate appearances over the week, totaling 1 2/3 innings. Kintzler ended the first half of the season 1-3 on the year, with a 3.82 ERA in 37 total appearances. He also has eight holds in 10 opportunities this season.
Matt Carson (BYU), Columbus (Cleveland Indians): Had six hits, one double, three RBIs, three runs scored and one stolen base in 22 at-bats throughout the week. After a slow start to the week, Carson picked up in a five-game series at Indianapolis. He went 3-for-5 and scored a pair of runs on Sunday.
Carson is batting .273 this season, with six home runs, 22 RBIs and 30 runs scored in 50 games.
Stephen Fife (Utah), Albuquerque (Los Angeles Dodgers): Allowed five hits and two runs in six innings, picking up a no-decision in Albuquerque’s 4-3 loss to El Paso on Tuesday.
Fife is 1-0, with a 4.86 ERA in three starts since coming off the disabled list. He’s 2-2, with a 6.08 ERA for the Isotopes.
Matt Spring (Dixie State), Pawtucket (Boston Red Sox): Two hits, one double and three runs scored in five at-bats with the Pawtucket Red Sox. Spring was promoted during the week from Double-A Portland and made his Triple-A season debut on Thursday.
Tyson Brummett (Spanish Fork H.S.), Chattanooga (Los Angeles Dodgers): Allowed five hits and three runs in one inning of relief on Sunday. Brummett was making his first appearance since going on the Dodgers’ restricted list on June 21. It was Brummett’s first relief appearance of the season, also.
The righty is 4-5 with a 2.99 ERA with Chattanooga.
Parker Morin (Utah), Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City Royals): Five hits, one double, one home run, three RBIs and two runs scored in 13 at-bats throughout the week. Morin picked up his first home run this season on Thursday, during the Naturals’ 5-4 win over Springfield.
Braeden Schlehuber (Viewmont H.S.), Mississippi (Atlanta Braves): One hit in seven at-bats during the week. Schlehuber is batting .200, with three home runs and 25 RBIs in 45 games.
Jaycob Brugman (BYU), Stockton (Oakland Athletics): Eight hits, one home run, two doubles, five RBIs and four runs scored in 29 at-bats during the week. Brugman joined advanced Single-A Stockton from Single-A Beloit on Monday.
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.
Taylor Cole (BYU), Dunedin (Toronto Blue Jays): Allowed three hits and one run in five innings, while striking out seven batters in his return to the mound Thursday. Cole led the Blue Jays to a 7-4 win over Daytona.
Cole improved to 6-5 on the season, and lowered his ERA back to 3.15 on the season. The win snapped Cole’s three-game losing streak, in which the former BYU pitcher had allowed 23 hits and 14 runs in 14 innings (9.00 ERA). Cole has 114 strikeouts in 97 innings.
Jake Hannemann (BYU), Kane County (Chicago Cubs): Had four hits, one double, one home run, three RBIs, three runs scored and two stolen bases in 18 at-bats throughout the week. The former BYU standout is batting .262 on the season, with 24 extra base hits, 39 RBIs, 56 runs scored and 30 stolen bases in 81 games this year.
Adam Law (BYU), Rancho Cucamonga (Los Angeles Dodgers): Had six hits, one triple, three RBIs, three runs scored and one stolen base in 28 at-bats during the week. He’s batting .304 in 63 games, with 14 doubles, two triples, 26 RBIs and 42 runs scored.
Brady Lail (Bingham H.S.), Charleston (New York Yankees): Allowed five hits, one walk and one run in five innings, leading Charleston to a 4-1 win over Savannah on Saturday. Lail also struck out seven batters in the win.
The win was Lail’s first since May 23, and the South Jordan native improved to 8-4 on the season. He has a 3.71 ERA this season.
Marcus Littlewood (Pine View H.S.), Clinton (Seattle Mariners): Had one hit and one run scored in 11 at-bats this week. After a hot start to the season, Littlewood has cooled down. He’s batting just .098 over his last 10 games. The St. George native is batting .231, with five home runs, 12 doubles and 31 RBIs in 56 games this year.
Adam Miller (BYU), South Bend (Arizona Diamondbacks): Had1-0, 0.00 ERA in two appearances for South Bend. Miller picked up a win on Tuesday, pitching a perfect inning of relief against Dayton. He then tossed another perfect 1 2/3 innings against Fort Wayne on Friday.
Miller last pitched for the Silver Hawks on May 15 before landing on the disabled list. He is 4-0, with a 2.61 ERA in South Bend. He was a starter before the injury.
Dominique Taylor (Northridge H.S.), Lexington (Kansas City Royals): Remains on the 7-day disabled list. He’s batting .305 this season, with five home runs, four triples, 14 doubles, 30 RBIs and 38 runs scored in 61 games this season. Taylor last played on June 24.
Tyler Wagner (Utah), Brevard County (Milwaukee Brewers): Allowed five hits and one run in 8 1/3 innings while striking out nine batters. Wagner had his 27-inning scoreless streak snapped, but has allowed just one run in his last four starts.
Wagner now leads the Florida State League with a 1.74 ERA in 16 starts
Keenyn Walker (Judge Memorial H.S.), Winston-Salem (Chicago White Sox): Had six hits, four RBIs, two runs scored and one stolen base in 27 at-bats throughout the week. Walker is batting .143 in Winston-Salem this year.
Short season leagues:
Eddy Alvarez (Salt Lake C.C.), Arizona White Sox (Chicago White Sox): Had two hits and two runs scored in 16 at-bats throughout the week. Alvarez has a .228 average in 14 games thus far. He has three doubles, a triple, four RBIs and 10 runs scored.
Tanner Banks (Utah), Arizona White Sox (Chicago White Sox): Had 1-0, 0.00 ERA in two combined appearances during the week. Banks allowed just one walk in two innings in a win over the AZL Athletics on Tuesday, while striking out three. He then allowed just one walk in 1 1/3 innings against the AZL Brewers on Friday.
Banks has a 1.08 ERA in 8 1/3 innings this season.
Bubba Blau (Dixie State), Arizona Brewers (Milwaukee Brewers): Allowed two hits and two runs (zero earned) in three innings, picking up a loss to the AZL White Sox on Thursday. The Roy native is 0-1, with a 0.73 ERA in 12 1/3 innings this season.
Nick Green (Utah), Idaho Falls (Kansas City Royals): Had 0-0, 0.00 ERA in two appearances during the week. Green picked up a save on Friday at Billings, allowing just two hits in 1 1/3 shutout innings. Green picked up another save on Sunday at Great Falls, getting the only batter he faced out to shut the door for Idaho Falls.
Green has three saves in six appearances totaling 5 1/3 innings. He also has a 0.00 ERA.
Kavin Keyes (Alta H.S.), Arizona Mariners (Seattle Mariners): Had zero hits in two at-bats for the AZL Mariners on Saturday. It was Keyes’ professional baseball debut.
Trey Nielsen (Utah), State College (St. Louis Cardinals): Had 0-0, 1.80 ERA in two appearances this week. Nielson allowed just one hit in 2 2/3 shutout innings, picking up a save against Auburn on Monday. Nielson then allowed just one run in 2 1/3 innings against Brooklyn on Thursday.
The righty is 3-0, with a 1.53 ERA in the short season New York-Penn League this season.
Mitch Watrous (Utah), Arizona Padres (San Diego Padres): Remains on reserve list. Has not made minor league debut yet.