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Oakland Athletics' Jaycob Brugman, left, celebrates his solo home run with teammate Sean Doolittle during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

It hasn't been a great year for many of the players with Utah ties who are suiting up at all levels of professional baseball. There have been plenty of injuries, inconsistency and a handful of players getting released or retiring altogether.

On the positive side, there have been a few players producing at a high level while earning call-ups to the majors or moving up in their team's system.

Here is a list of the players with Utah ties who are suiting up for major league or minor league teams this season, and how they have performed so far.

Did we miss someone? If so, please email: jyeomans@deseretdigital.com.

Major League Baseball

Jaycob Brugman, BYU, Oakland Athletics/Nashville Sounds

Following a strong start to the season in Nashville, Brugman got called up to the Athletics where he has played 29 games over the last month. One of his best games since being called up was in a 7-4 win over the Chicago White Sox when he went 2 for 3 while belting his second home run.

In 29 games with Oakland, he is hitting .239 with two home runs and eight RBI in 92 at-bats.

In 33 games in Nashville, he hit .288 with five doubles, a home run and eight RBI in 132 at-bats.

Christian Colon, Taylorsville, Kansas City Royals/Miami Marlins/New Orleans Baby Cakes

After struggling to find a groove at the plate with the Marlins, Colon is now with the New Orleans Baby Cakes. The transition back to Triple A has helped as he has collected nine hits in eight games while scoring four runs and knocking in two.

In 24 games in the majors, he is hitting .160 with a double in 50 at-bats.

In 23 at-bats in New Orleans, he is hitting .391 with an on-base percentage of .500.

AL Minnesota Twins pitcher Brandon Kintzler delivers a pitch in the fifth inning during the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Miami. | Lynne Sladky, Associated Press

Brandon Kintzler, Dixie State, Minnesota Twins

Kintzler has been untouchable of late as he has gone 10 straight games without giving up an earned run. During that stretch, he has given up just seven hits in 10 innings while collecting seven saves to help the Twins stay in contention in the AL Central.

On the season, he has pitched in 39 games with an ERA of 2.29 and 24 saves in 39.1 innings.

C.J. Cron, Utah, Los Angeles Angels/Salt Lake Bees

Cron has been going back-and-forth between Triple-A Salt Lake and the Angels since returning from injury but hasn't been very productive at the plate in either spot. He has just one hit in his last six games with Los Angeles while collecting just six hits and five RBI in his last 10 appearances with the Bees.

In 37 games with the Angels, he is hitting .213 with five doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI in 122 at-bats.

In 22 games with the Bees, he has knocked in 23 runs with six doubles and four home runs while batting .268.


Jacob Hannemann, BYU, Tennessee Smokies/Iowa Cubs (Chicago Cubs)

After a miserable start to the season with the Smokies, Hannemann has found new life after getting moved up to Triple-A Iowa. With the promotion, he has shown renewed energy on the base paths while also showing more consistency at the plate. One of his best games lately was in a 9-4 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers when he went 2-for-5 with a stolen base.

In 33 games in the PCL, he is batting .283 with eight doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI while adding 11 stolen bases.

Stephen Fife, Utah, New Orleans Baby Cakes (Miami Marlins)

The last time Fife was on the mound for New Orleans, he pitched seven strong innings while giving up just three hits and two earned runs while fanning seven in a 3-2 loss to Memphis. Since then, he was placed on the temporarily inactive list by the Baby Cakes and then released two days later.

In 12 starts, he had a 4-3 record with an ERA of 3.97 while striking out 52 in 65.2 innings.

Catcher Braeden Schlehuber loosens up during a spring training baseball workout, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Kissimmee, Fla. Schlehuber retired on June 21. | John Raoux, Associated Press

Braeden Schlehuber, Viewmont, Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves)

After spending much of the season on the 7-day disabled list, Schlehuber decided to call it a career as he announced his retirement on June 21. His last big game before he retired was in a 9-0 win over The Charlotte Knights when he collected a pair of hits and drove in two in four at-bats.

On the season, he had four hits, three runs and three RBI in six games.

Tyler Wagner, Utah, Round Rock Express (Texas Rangers)

Wagner has pitched well in stretches but has had a rough season overall for Round Rock. One of his best recent outings was in a 5-4 loss to Memphis when he pitched six innings of three-hit ball while striking out nine.

In 17 games, he is 1-7 with two saves and an ERA of 7.49 in 79.1 innings of work.

Taylor Cole, BYU, Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays)

Cole finally saw his first game action after spending most of the year on the disabled list. His lone work was with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays where he struck out one in an inning of work while on a rehab assignment.

Brady Lail, Bingham, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders/Trenton Thunder (New York Yankees)

After making 13 straight starts for the RailRiders, Lail has come out of the pen in two of his last four appearances. His best recent showing was in a 6-1 win over Syracuse when he went 6.1 innings while allowing four hits and one run to secure his fourth win.

In 17 appearances between Double A and Triple A, he has a 6-2 record with a save in 94.2 innings.

Parker Morin, Utah, Northwest Arkansas Naturals/Omaha Storm Chasers (Kansas City Royals)

Morin was starting to find his swing with Double-A Northwest Arkansas when he was put on the 7-disabled list in late June. Before that, he had collected eight hits in 32 at-bats to move his average up 76 points.

On the season, he is batting .170 with a home run and 13 RBI in 35 games split between Double- and Triple-A.

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Trey Nielsen throws during a spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in Jupiter, Fla. | David J. Phillip, Associated Press

Trey Nielsen, Utah, Springfield Cardinals/Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis Cardinals)

Nielsen has been dominant coming out of the bullpen for the Redbirds since he was called up in mid-May. Over the last month he has given up just four earned runs while striking out 10 in his last 18.2 innings.

On the season, he has a 2-0 record with an ERA of 2.55 with 30 strikeouts in 42.1 innings.


Eddy Alvarez, Salt Lake Community College, Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox)

Alvarez is having a solid season for the Barons while splitting his time in the field between second base and shortstop. One of his best games of late was in a 4-3 win over the Jackson Generals when he hit a home run and collected two of the team's four RBI.

On the season, he is batting .244 with 15 doubles, four home runs and 30 RBI in 80 games.

Adam Law, BYU, Arkansas Travelers (Seattle Mariners)

Law has had a hard time finding a groove at the plate since returning to the lineup from a two-month stint on the disabled list. His best game of the season was in a 3-1 loss to Northwest Arkansas when he collected three hits in four at-bats.

In 15 games, he is hitting .200 with three runs batted in and three runs in 55 at-bats.

Marcus Littlewood brings home a run with this grounder in spring training on March 10, 2017. | Ross D. Franklin, Associated Press

Marcus Littlewood, Pine View, Arkansas Travelers (Seattle Mariners)

Littlewood has shown some power recently after returning to the lineup after a week on the temporarily inactive list. His best game since getting back on the field was in a 6-5 loss to the Corpus Christi Hooks when he clubbed a pair of home runs and accounted for all five of the Travelers' RBI.

On the season, he in batting .265 with five home runs and 23 RBI in 42 games.

Tanner Banks, Salt Lake Community College, Winston-Salem Dash/Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox)

After a really nice start in Winston-Salem, Banks got called up to the Double-A Birmingham Barons where he has had mixed results. His best game with the Barons was in a 3-1 loss to the Biloxi Shuckers when he gave up one earned run while fanning six in six innings but still took the loss.

On the season, he has a 7-5 record in 16 starts with an ERA of 3.56 in 93.2 innings.

Single-A Advanced

Michael Rucker, BYU, South Bend Cubs/Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Chicago Cubs)

After some solid work in the bullpen for Myrtle Beach, the Pelicans have used Rucker as a starter in his last six appearances. One of his best showings as a starter was in a 1-0 win over Buies Creek when he gave up just one hit while striking out six in five innings of work to get the win.

In 18 games, he has a 1-2 record with two saves and an ERA of 2.56 in 52.2 innings.

Bret Helton, Utah, Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Helton is back coming out of the bullpen after making six starts from May 21 to June 24. His best recent effort was in a 3-1 win over the Palm Beach Cardinals when he delivered three innings of scoreless relief to get his fourth hold of the year.

On the season, he is 4-1 with a 3.65 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 66.2 innings.

Brennon Lund, BYU, Burlington Bees/Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angeles Angels)

Lund has been much less aggressive on the base paths, but still hitting very well since joining the 66ers from Burlington at the beginning of June. Since his promotion to Inland Empire, he has totaled 13 multi-hit games, including a 14-7 win over the Lancaster JetHawks when he went 2-for-5 with a home run and three runs batted in.

In 72 games, between the Bees and 66ers, he is hitting .303 with five home runs, 34 runs batted in and 14 steals.


Kolton Mahoney, BYU, Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees), Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins)

After spending the first part of the season coming out of the bullpen, the RiverDogs moved Mahoney into the starting rotation, where he has found some success. His best performance in recent weeks was in an 8-2 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds when he gave up two runs in five innings to get the win.

On the season, he has a 3-3 record and four saves in 18 games with an ERA of 2.95 in 55 innings.

Taylor Snyder, Salem Hills, Asheville Tourists (Colorado Rockies)

After a difficult start that saw him hit under .200 for much of the first three months of the season, Snyder has bumped his average up more than 20 points thanks to hits in five straight games. His best performance lately was in a 7-5 loss to the Greensboro Grasshoppers when he went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI.

In 60 games, he is batting .215 with seven home runs, 22 runs batted in and eight stolen bases.

Ben Wright, Copper Hills, Kannapolis Intimidators (Chicago White Sox)

Wright has had some up-and-down performances over the last five weeks. While he has suffered four losses out of the bullpen during that time, he has also good showings. His best of the bunch was in a 7-2 loss to Hickory when he threw 3.1 innings of scoreless ball while striking out 6 of 13 batters he faced.

On the season, he has a 1-7 record with three saves while pitching 36.1 innings over 28 games.

Single-A short season

Joe Barlow, Riverton, Spokane Indians (Texas Rangers)

Although he has struggled with his command during the early part of the season, Barlow has also been very tough to hit. One of his best efforts was in a 2-1 win over the Hillsboro Hops when he threw 2.1 scoreless innings while striking out three to secure his second win of the year.

In five appearances, he is 2-0 with an ERA of 3.18 while fanning 16 in 11.1 innings.

Rookie ball

Payton Henry, Deseret News Mr. Baseball 2016, poses for a portrait in Pleasant Grove, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. | Ravell Call, Deseret News

Payton Henry, Pleasant Grove, Helena Brewers (Milwaukee Brewers)

Henry is just in the early part of the season, but he has already shown flashes of brilliance at the plate. His best recent showing was in a 7-4 win over the Idaho Falls Chukars when he went 3-for-5 with a double, home run and four runs batted in while hitting in the No. 4 spot in the lineup.

In 18 games, he is hitting .246 with four doubles, four home runs and 16 runs batted in.

Andre Jackson, Utah, AZL Dodgers (Los Angeles Dodgers)

While the Dodgers are 14 games into their season in the Arizona League, Jackson hasn't played yet as he is coming back from Tommy John surgery.

Riley Ottesen, American Fork/Utah, AZL Dodgers (Los Angeles Dodgers)

Ottesen has had some trouble with the long ball in his first two appearances in the Arizona League after he was selected in round 5 of the 2017 draft. In three innings of work, he has an ERA of 9.00 while giving up two home runs.

Dylan File, Desert Hills/Dixie State, Helena Brewers (Milwaukee Brewers)

File has already seen a lot of action as he has made four appearances in 23 games, including three games in relief, and a start. His best showing was in an 8-7 win over the Missoula Osprey when he gave up four hits and two earned runs while striking out five in four innings in his first professional start.

On the season, he has an ERA of 4.5 with nine strikeouts n 10 innings.

Maverik Buffo pitches for BYU during the Cougars' 2017 season. | Jaren Wilkey, BYU Photo

Maverik Buffo, Spanish Fork/BYU, GCL Blue Jays (Toronto Blue Jays)

Buffo has performed well early in the season in the Gulf Coast League coming out of the bullpen. One of his best games was in a 9-5 win over the Yankees when he went two scoreless innings while striking out a pair for his first win.

In three games he has a 1-0 record with an ERA of 1.69 in 5.1 innings of work.

Colton Shaver, Jordan/BYU, Greenville Astros (Houston Astros)

While he is off to a slow start, Shaver has already shown a good eye at the plate with six walks in seven games. His lone multi-hit game to start his career was in a 7-3 win over the Johnson City Cardinals when he 3 for 3 with a home run and three runs batted in.

In seven games, he is hitting .208 with one home run, three RBI and six runs scored.

Joshua Payne, Fremont, Kingsport Mets (New York Mets)

Payne has had two strong showings since joining the Mets Appalachian League team. His best outing was in a 3-1 loss to the Greenville Astros when he gave up one hit over two innings while striking out three.

In two games, he has allowed two hits and struck out five in three scoreless innings.

Zack Draper, West Jordan, AZL Indians (Cleveland Indians)

Draper has seen both the good and the bad in his four games out of the bullpen. In his first two games, he didn't allow an earned run and gave up just two hits in 2.1 innings. He followed that up with two lackluster showings where he gave up five hits and three earned runs in 1.2 combined innings of work.

On the season, he has an ERA of 6.75 with seven strikeouts in four innings.

Seth Corry, Lone Peak, AZL Giants (San Francisco Giants)

Corry has done well in three early appearances as he hasn't given up a run in more than three innings of relief. His longest stint was in a 3-2 loss to the Angels when he worked two scoreless innings.

Jayson Rose, Utah, Helena Brewers (Milwaukee Brewers)

After a rough first appearance where he gave up two home runs without getting an out, Rose has settled in and done some good work for the Brewers. One of his best games was in a 10-3 win over Great Falls when he struck out four without allowing a run in three innings to earn the save.

In five games, he is 1-1 with two saves and an ERA of 3.18 in 11.1 innings.

Utah infielder Dallas Carroll (23) swings on a pitch against Arizona State on May 28, 2017. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Dallas Carroll, Taylorsville, Utah, Helena Brewers (Milwaukee Brewers)

Carroll is off to a fast start in Helena with seven multi-hit games so far. One of his best games was in a 10-3 win over the Great Falls Voyagers when he went 3 for 4 with a double and two runs scored.

In 18 games, he is batting .315 with three extra-base hits and nine RBIs.