I've always said, to family and friends, you have to find something that's going to separate you. Two years ago in Vancouver, I had a (0.81 ERA) and that got me noticed a little bit. Last year was more of a learning year, and even though it wasn't a bad year really, there was nothing to really separate me from the other guys then. Now, it's nice to have the strikeouts be that separator. —Taylor Cole
Former BYU pitcher Taylor Cole struck out 21 batters in 12 innings over the span of two starts this week, while fellow former Cougar Jake Hannemann shined after his promotion to advanced Single-A Daytona in the Chicago Cubs organization.
Meanwhile, C.J. Cron is back in the majors after a brief stint in Salt Lake City and Taylorsville High product John Buck signed with the Salt Lake Bees.
Overall, it was another wild week for professional baseball players with Utah ties.
Cole struck out a career-high 12 batters in 6 2/3 innings on Monday, helping the Dunedin Blue Jays to a 3-0 victory over Bradenton. The BYU product followed it up with nine more strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings on Saturday, as Dunedin fell to Charlotte 6-1.
Cole now has 143 strikeouts on the season in 114 innings pitched (11.3 strikeouts per nine innings). He surpassed Cincinnati Reds minor leaguer Ben Lively, who has 140 strikeouts between advanced Single-A Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola in 115 2/3 total innings, as the strikeout leader of all minor leaguers this season.
"I've always said, to family and friends, you have to find something that's going to separate you. Two years ago in Vancouver, I had a (0.81 ERA) and that got me noticed a little bit," Cole told MiLB.com reporter Sam Dykstra, after his start on Monday. "Last year was more of a learning year, and even though it wasn't a bad year really, there was nothing to really separate me from the other guys then. Now, it's nice to have the strikeouts be that separator."
Cole is 2-1 with a 1.49 ERA in the month of July. He has 36 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched this month. He has led the Florida State League in strikeouts for the majority of the season.
Hannemann, on the other hand, joins the FSL after being promoted to advanced Single-A Daytona. He hit .254, with 25 extra base hits, 39 RBIs, 32 stolen bases and 57 runs scored in 88 games for lower Single-A Kane County.
The Utah native and former Cougar standout shined immediately with his new club, going 6-for-8, with one RBI, two stolen bases and three runs scored in a doubleheader on his first day with the Daytona Cubs on Saturday.
“I’m just going to try to keep it up," Hannemann told Daytona Beach News-Journal reporter Sean Kernan after the doubleheader. "We won the first half in Kane County, and I hope to help us win the second half here and be in the championship with these guys.”
Also in the FSL, former Ute pitcher Tyler Wagner threw another seven shutout innings on Tuesday to continue his dominant run and lower his FSL-leading ERA to 1.61 on the year. Wagner has allowed just two runs in his last six starts, spanning 41 1/3 innings (0.44 ERA).
He leads Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow (1.74 ERA) for the FSL lead in ERA.
Cron is back in the majors after a brief stint with the Bees. The former Ute went 3-for-11, with a double and a pair of RBIs in his first couple of games back with the Angels.
Finally, Buck signed with the Bees on Monday. The former Utah prep went 7-for-26 at the plate in his first week back in Utah.
C.J. Cron (Utah), Los Angeles Angels: Three hits, one double, two RBIs and one run scored in 11 at-bats throughout the week. Cron started the week in Triple-A Salt Lake, but returned back to the majors after a brief stint that lasted less than a week in the minors.
Cron is batting .269 through 56 games in the majors this season. He has nine home runs, 19 extra base hits and 29 RBIs.
Jeremy Guthrie (BYU), Kansas City Royals: 1-1, 6.17 ERA in two combined starts throughout the week. Guthrie gave up three runs on five hits in a 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Monday. Guthrie then allowed five runs on 10 hits and a pair of walks against Cleveland on Saturday, but the Royals scored seven straight runs to win 7-5.
The win snapped Guthrie’s streak of three straight losses. He’s now 6-9, with a 4.70 ERA this season.
Brandon Kintzler (Dixie State), Milwaukee Brewers: 0-0, 0.00 ERA in two separate appearances throughout the week. Kintzler allowed no hits and no runs in an inning pitched against Cincinnati on Tuesday, but was charged with his third blown save of the season, allowing an inherited runner to score. Milwaukee went on to win 4-3 anyway.
Kintzler pitched a perfect 1 2/3 innings on Sunday against the Mets. He also struck out a batter. The Dixie State product has not allowed an earned run in his last six appearances, and has lowered his ERA down to 3.44 on the season.
John Buck (Taylorsville H.S.), Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels): Seven hits, two doubles, three RBIs and one run scored in 26 at-bats throughout the week. Buck signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels on Monday after being released by the Seattle Mariners on July 15. He was immediately assigned to Salt Lake.
Matt Carson (BYU), Columbus (Cleveland Indians): Five hits, two home runs, two RBIs and three runs scored in 27 at-bats throughout the week. Carson is batting .266 this season, with eight home runs, 24 RBIs and 34 runs scored in 61 games.
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): Two hits and three RBIs in seven at-bats throughout the week. Spring went 2-for-3, with a pair of doubles and three RBIs to help Pawtucket defeat Lehigh Valley 7-2 on Wednesday. He’s batting .267 in six games since being promoted to Triple-A.
Tyson Brummett (Spanish Fork H.S.), Chattanooga (Los Angeles Dodgers): Placed on the 7-day disabled list for undisclosed reasons. 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, two doubles, one RBI and one run scored in 16 at-bats throughout the week. Morin is batting .333 over his last 10 games. He’s batting .243 overall on the year, with 12 RBIs and eight runs scored in 34 games with the Naturals.
Braeden Schlehuber (Viewmont H.S.), Mississippi (Atlanta Braves): Three hits, three doubles, three RBIs and one run scored in 11 at-bats throughout the week. The Bountiful native has collected a double in his last four games and has collected six hits over that span. He’s batting .210, with 28 RBIs and 12 runs scored this season.
Jaycob Brugman (BYU), Stockton (Oakland Athletics): Three hits, one triple, two RBIs, three runs scored in 22 at-bats over the week. Brugman has struggled over his last 10 games, hitting .135 in that span. He’s batting .240 since being promoted to Stockton, with six extra base hits, seven RBIs and 10 runs scored in 19 games.
Chris Capper (BYU), South Bend (Arizona Diamondbacks): Remains on the 7-day disabled list. He has yet to appear in a game with the Silver Hawks this season.
Taylor Cole (BYU), Dunedin (Toronto Blue Jays): 1-1, 1.50 ERA in two combined starts throughout the week. Cole led Dunedin with 6 2/3 shutout innings Monday, as the Blue Jays defeated Bradenton 3-0. He also allowed just two hits and struck out a career-high 12 batters in the start.
Cole returned to the mound on Saturday, allowing two runs on three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out nine more batters, but picked up a loss to Charlotte.
Jake Hannemann (BYU), Daytona (Chicago Cubs): Six hits, one double, one RBI, two stolen bases and three runs scored in 11 at-bats throughout the week. Hannemann was promoted to Daytona after 88 games in low Single-A Kane County.
Adam Law (BYU), Rancho Cucamonga (Los Angeles Dodgers): Four hits, one double and four runs scored in 16 at-bats throughout the week. Law has struggled at the plate recently, batting just .206 over his last 10 games; but he is batting .291 on the year, with 27 RBIs and 48 runs scored in 74 games.
Brady Lail (Bingham H.S.), Tampa (New York Yankees): Allowed six hits, two walks and five runs in a 13-6 win over St. Lucie on Wednesday. Lail is now 1-0, with a 7.36 ERA in two starts since being promoted to advanced Single-A.
Marcus Littlewood (Pine View H.S.), Clinton (Seattle Mariners): Five hits and two RBIs in 13 at-bats throughout the week. The St. George native extended his hitting streak to six games on Saturday with a single against South Bend. Littlewood is batting .237 in 63 games, with 36 RBIs and 30 runs scored.
Adam Miller (BYU), South Bend (Arizona Diamondbacks): 0-0, 0.00 ERA in two appearances for South Bend. The BYU alum allowed a hit and nothing else in one inning against Peoria on Monday. He pitched a perfect frame against Kane County on Friday.
The righty remains with a 0.00 ERA in six relief appearances since coming off the disabled list on July 8. He has a 2.38 ERA on the season.
Tyler Wagner (Utah), Brevard County (Milwaukee Brewers): Allowed four hits and one run in seven innings, picking up a win, while nabbing his first complete game of the season in a 6-1 win over St. Lucie on Thursday.
Wagner lowered his Florida State League-leading ERA to 1.61 on the season. He also has allowed just two runs over his last five starts, totaling 34 1/3 innings (0.52 ERA).
Keenyn Walker (Judge Memorial H.S.), Winston-Salem (Chicago White Sox): One hit, two RBIs and one run scored in 16 at-bats throughout the week. Walker is batting .190 in 42 games with Winston-Salem.
Short Season Leagues:
Eddy Alvarez (Salt Lake C.C.), Arizona White Sox (Chicago White Sox): Six hits, one double and three runs scored in 15 at-bats over the week. Alvarez has collected 11 hits over his past six games. He’s scored at least one run over his past five games.
Alvarez is batting .310 on the season, with six extra base hits, four RBIs and 15 runs scored in 20 games.
Tanner Banks (Utah), Arizona White Sox (Chicago White Sox): Allowed one hit in two innings while striking out three against the AZL Dodgers on Thursday. Banks has a 1.54 ERA in 11 2/3 innings this season.
Bubba Blau (Dixie State), Arizona Brewers (Milwaukee Brewers): 0-2, 9.00 ERA in two combined appearances this week. Blau lost in a start to AZL Padres on Monday, allowing seven hits and five runs (four earned) in four innings. Blau then allowed three hits, two walks and six runs (two earned) in two innings of relief against the AZL Reds on Saturday.
The Dixie State product is now 1-3, with a 3.48 ERA in 20 2/3 innings with the AZL Brewers.
Nick Green (Utah), Idaho Falls (Kansas City Royals): Allowed two hits and one run in one inning against Ogden on Sunday. He has a 3.68 ERA in eight games.
Kavin Keyes (Alta H.S.), Arizona Mariners (Seattle Mariners): Four hits, one double and five runs scored in 18 at-bats throughout the week. He scored four runs in a game against the AZL White Sox on Saturday.
Keyes is batting .278 in 10 games, with four extra base hits, seven RBIs and eight runs scored.
Trey Nielsen (Utah), State College (St. Louis Cardinals): Allowed five hits and two runs in four innings, picking up a loss to Mahoning Valley on Tuesday. Nielson fell to 3-1 on the year with his first loss of the season. He has a 1.75 ERA in 25 2/3 innings.
Mitch Watrous (Utah), Arizona Padres (San Diego Padres): Remains on reserve list. He has not made his minor league debut yet.
Dominique Taylor (Northridge H.S.), Burlington (N.C.) (Kansas City Royals): Three hits and two runs scored in six at-bats in two rehab starts. Taylor began his rehab in Burlington on Saturday. He last played in Single-A Lexington on June 24 before landing on the disabled list.