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Utahns in baseball: Former Mr. Baseball Marcus Littlewood highlight 5 locals named to all-star game rosters

By Carter Williams, Deseret News

Published: Sun, June 8 9:05 p.m. MDT

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

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

(T.J. Kirkpatrick, Deseret News)

Marcus Littlewood, two-time former Mr. Baseball in Utah, Spanish Fork High School alum Tyson Brummett and BYU alumnus Taylor Cole highlight five players with ties to Utah named to minor league all-star games this week.

Utah alum Tyler Wagner and Bingham High School product Brady Lail were also named to their league's respective all-star game.

Littlewood, the 2009 and 2010 Mr. Baseball winner at Pine View High School, will start in the Midwest League all-star game, representing the Clinton LumberKings — the Seattle Mariners' Class-A farm team.

Former BYU pitcher Adam Miller was also selected to participate in the all-star game, but will sit out because of injury.

Brummett was named to the Double-A Southern League all-star game this week as well. The former Spanish Fork pitcher is 4-5 on the season and has struggled of late, but has a respectable 2.63 ERA in 12 starts with the Chattanooga Lookouts.

The Florida State League all-star team will feature two pitchers with Utah ties. Both Cole, respresenting the Dunedin Blue Jays, and Wagner, a member of the Brevard County Manatees, were named to that all-star game.

Cole is 4-2 on the season, with a 2.12 ERA in 12 games this season. More impressively, he has 88 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 72 1/3 innings, while allowing opposing hitters to bat .221 against him.

Wagner has been equally impressive for his Brevard County squad, a Milwaukee Brewers farm team. Wagner is 4-4 on the year and boasts a 2.29 ERA.

Finally, Lail was named to the South Atlantic League all-star game roster. The South Jordan native had a rough week on the mound, losing just his second and third games of the season, but remains 7-3 on the year with a 3.82 ERA in 12 starts. He has 65 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings.

Meanwhile in the majors, Taylorsville High School product John Buck launched a go-ahead two-out opposite field home run on Tuesday, propelling the Seattle Mariners to a 7-5 win over the Atlanta Braves.

It was Buck's first home run of the season and first as a Mariner. He also collected two other hits and scored three runs in the game.

BYU alumnus Jeremy Guthrie also continued his winless slide over the week. The righty lost his sixth straight decision on Friday as the Royals fell to the Yankees 4-2.

However, it hasn't been entirely the former Cougar's fault on the mound. The Royals have scored just five total runs (shut out three times) in Guthrie's last five starts, while he posted a 3.09 ERA in that span. He last won on April 9.

MLB

John Buck (Taylorsville H.S.), Seattle Mariners: Three hits, one home run, two RBIs and three runs scored in eight at-bats during the week. Buck hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh to help the Mariners beat Atlanta 7-5 on Tuesday.

He’s batting .245 on the season, with one home run and four RBIs.

C.J. Cron (Utah), Los Angeles Angels: Five hits, one double, four RBIs and one run scored in 18 at-bats over the week. Cron hit a two-run double in the fourth inning on Friday to pad the Angels’ lead to 4-1 over the Chicago White Sox. Los Angeles went on to win 8-4.

The former Ute is batting .295 with the Angels. He also has three home runs and 15 RBIs in 30 games.

Jeremy Guthrie (BYU), Kansas City Royals: Allowed six hits, one walk and four runs in seven innings, as Kansas City fell to the New York Yankees 4-2 on Friday. Guthrie, who has a 4.10 ERA this season, is winless in his last 11 starts.

Triple-A

Matt Carson (BYU), Columbus (Cleveland Indians): Remains on the 7-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain suffered on May 24. Carson is batting .273 on the season, with seven doubles, five home runs, 17 RBIs and 26 runs scored in 41 games with the Clippers.

Stephen Fife (Utah), Albuquerque (Los Angeles Dodgers): Remains on the 7-day disabled list with right forearm tightness. The former Ute is 1-2 on the season, with a 6.94 ERA for the Isotopes, but has not pitched since May 10.

Double-A

Tyson Brummett (Spanish Fork H.S.), Chattanooga (Los Angeles Dodgers): Allowed six hits, three walks and four runs (three earned) in four innings, picking up a no-decision in Chattanooga’s 5-4 win Friday at Mississippi. Brummett is 4-5 on the season, with a 2.63 ERA in 68 1/3 innings.

Parker Morin (Utah), Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City Royals): Remains on the 7-day disabled list. The catcher has not played since May 12. He’s batting .211 on the year, with three doubles and six RBIs with the Naturals.

Braeden Schlehuber (Viewmont H.S.), Mississippi (Atlanta Braves): Three hits and two RBIs in 12 at-bats during the week. The catcher is batting .232 on the year, with three home runs and 19 RBIs.

Matt Spring (Dixie State), Portland (Boston Red Sox): One hit and one run scored in six at-bats over the week. Spring is batting .250 on the year, with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 20 games.

Single-A

Jaycob Brugman (BYU), Beloit (Oakland Athletics): Six hits, one triple, three RBIs and three runs scored in 14 at-bats this week. The outfielder is batting .287 on the season, with four home runs and 26 RBIs.

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.

Tyler Chism (Taylorsville H.S.), Wilmington (Kansas City Royals): Released by the Kansas City Royals organization this week. Chism, who led the Class-A Burlington Bees last year, was batting .227 on the season in Wilmington. He has four doubles, two home runs and four RBIs this season in 17 total minor league games.

Taylor Cole (BYU), Dunedin (Toronto Blue Jays): Allowed six hits and three runs (all unearned) in six frames, picking up a no-decision in the Blue Jays’ 4-3 loss to St. Lucie. Cole also struck out six batters.

The righty dipped his ERA to 2.12 in 12 games. He has 88 strikeouts to just 14 walks in 72 1/3 innings.

Jake Hannemann (BYU), Kane County (Chicago Cubs): Nine hits, four doubles, four RBIs, five runs scored and two stolen bases in 27 at-bats over the week. Hannemann started the week with back-to-back three-hit games on Monday and Tuesday against Peoria.

The former BYU standout then collected another multi-hit game Wednesday against Clinton. He’s batting .237 on the year, with 14 extra base hits, 22 RBIs, 35 runs scored and 18 stolen bases in 57 games.

Adam Law (BYU), Rancho Cucamonga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 11 hits, two doubles, one triple, six RBIs and two runs scored in 25 at-bats during the week. Law collected three separate three-hit games during the week and four multi-hit games.

On Sunday, the third baseman helped the Quakes past Bakersfield 5-3 with a 3-for-4 day at the plate and an RBI. He’s batting .319 in 37 games for Rancho Cucamonga this season.

Brady Lail (Bingham H.S.), Charleston (New York Yankees): 0-2, 7.20 ERA in two combined starts during the week. On Monday, Lail allowed four hits, three walks and four runs in a 9-6 loss to Hickory.

The South Jordan native then allowed nine hits and four runs on Saturday, as the RiverDogs fell to Savannah 4-0. Lail also struck out 11 batters combined in both starts.

Lail entered the week 7-1 on the season. He enters this week with a 3.82 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings.

Marcus Littlewood (Pine View H.S.), Clinton (Seattle Mariners): Three hits, one RBI and one run scored in 13 games over the week. Littlewood is batting .281 on the season, with four home runs and 25 RBIs in 38 games.

Adam Miller (BYU), South Bend (Arizona Diamondbacks): Remains on the 7-day disabled list. The BYU alum last pitched on May 15. He is 3-0 this season, with a 2.80 ERA.

Tyler Wagner (Utah), Brevard County (Milwaukee Brewers): Allowed seven hits, three walks and five runs (four earned) in 5 2/3 innings, falling to Charlotte 6-4 on Tuesday. Wagner is 4-4 on the season, with a 2.29 ERA in 12 starts.

Keenyn Walker (Judge Memorial H.S.), Winston-Salem (Chicago White Sox): Two hits, two runs scored, one stolen base in 17 at-bats over the week. Walker, who was batting .155 in Double-A Birmingham was sent down to Class-A Winston Salem this week.

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