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Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

Utahns in baseball: Pine View alum Marcus Littlewood extends hit streak

Ex-Ute Tyler Wagner keeps rolling

By Carter Williams, Deseret News

Published: Sun, Aug. 3 11:20 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)

Two-time former Deseret News Mr. Baseball Marcus Littlewood extended his hit streak to 11 games with a single on Sunday while former Ute Tyler Wagner is 7-0 while holding a 0.52 ERA over his last eight starts.

The pair headlines the past week of baseball players with Utah ties.

Littlewood, who was named Mr. Baseball in 2009 and 2010 while at Pine View High School, went 1-for-3 on Sunday to extend his hitting streak. The former Utah prep is batting better than .400 during the streak. He also has four extra base hits, including his first two triples of the season, during the streak.

The surge has helped the catcher up his batting average back to .252 on the year at Single-A Clinton (Iowa) in the Midwest League. After a strong start to the season, Littlewood cooled off the past couple of months. He batted .197 in June.

Meanwhile, Wagner continued his dominance in advanced Single-A Brevard County (Florida) with a pair of starts during the week. The former Ute won on Monday and Saturday, allowing just two runs (one earned) in 11 total innings. The one earned run was just his third earned run he has allowed over his past eight starts, which have stretched 52 1/3 innings.

Wagner (11-4, 1.54 ERA) now finds himself in a tie for the Florida State League in wins. He also maintains the ERA lead in the league.

BYU alum Taylor Cole had the FSL lead in strikeouts heading into the week, but he was promoted to Double-A New Hampshire on Friday.

The righty was 7-6, with a 2.92 ERA in advanced Single-A Dunedin. He also led all minor leaguers with 143 strikeouts heading into the week.

However, Cole struggled in his Fisher Cats debut. He allowed eight hits and eight runs (seven earned) in 5 1/3 innings, picking up a loss as New Hampshire fell to Reading 14-3 on Saturday.

Finally, Utah resident and 2014 Winter Olympian Eddy Alverez continues to impress in the Rookie Arizona League. Alverez is batting .287 on the season in 24 games for the AZL White Sox, but .364 over his past 10 games. He also hit his first two career professional home runs heading into this week.

MLB

C.J. Cron (Utah), Los Angeles Angels: Two hits, one double and one run scored in six at-bats throughout the week. Cron is batting .271 in 58 games this season, with nine home runs and 29 RBIs.

Jeremy Guthrie (BYU), Kansas City Royals: Allowed three hits and two walks in six shutout innings, leading Kansas City to a 1-0 win over Oakland on Friday. Guthrie also struck out six batters.

The former Cougar improved to 7-9 on the year, and lowered his ERA back to 4.50 and it had ballooned to 4.70 in his previous start.

Brandon Kintzler (Dixie State), Milwaukee Brewers: Allowed zero hits and walks in a perfect frame of relief on Saturday against St. Louis. He also struck out a batter in his lone appearance of the week. The Dixie State product has a 3.35 ERA in 37 2/3 innings this season.

Triple-A

John Buck (Taylorsville H.S.), Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels): Seven hits, one double, three RBIs and two runs scored in 21 at-bats throughout the week. Buck is batting .298, with six RBIs in 11 games since joining the Bees.

Matt Carson (BYU), Columbus (Cleveland Indians): One hit and one RBI in nine at-bats throughout the week. Carson has just six hits in 32 at-bats over the span of his last 10 games (.188 average). He’s batting .256 on the year, with eight home runs and 26 RBIs in 65 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, two home runs, two RBIs and two runs scored in 12 at-bats throughout the week. Spring hit his first two home runs since his promotion in early July over the week, hitting one against Syracuse on Thursday and another against Columbus on Sunday.

Spring is batting .222 in Pawtucket, with five extra base hits and five RBIs in 10 games.

Double-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.

Taylor Cole (BYU), New Hampshire (Toronto Blue Jays): Allowed eight hits, four walks and eight runs (seven earned) in 5 1/3 innings in a 14-3 loss to Reading on Saturday. Cole struggled in his Fisher Cats debut after being promoted from advanced Single-A Dunedin on Friday.

The righty was 7-6 in Dunedin, with a 2.92 ERA and a minor league-leading 143 strikeouts in 114 innings.

Parker Morin (Utah), Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City Royals): One hit and one run scored in 13 at-bats throughout the week. Morin is batting .227 in 38 games with the Naturals this season.

Braeden Schlehuber (Viewmont H.S.), Mississippi (Atlanta Braves): Six hits, one double, five RBIs and three runs scored in 21 at-bats throughout the week. Schlehuber picked up three multi-hit games over the week and is hitting .333 over his last 10 games.

The Viewmont High product is now batting .218 in 61 games this season. He also has 33 RBIs.

Single-A

Jaycob Brugman (BYU), Stockton (Oakland Athletics): Five hits, one double, one home run, five RBIs and one run scored in 25 at-bats throughout the week. Brugman is batting .230 in Stockton, with two home runs and 12 RBIs in 25 games.

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.

Jake Hannemann (BYU), Daytona (Chicago Cubs): Four hits, one home run, one RBI and four runs scored in 24 at-bats throughout the week. The former BYU standout hit his first home run since being promoted to advanced Single-A on Wednesday, going 3-for-5 at the plate in the process.

Hannemann is batting .263 in 10 games with Daytona. He also has three extra base hits, three RBIs and seven runs scored.

Adam Law (BYU), Rancho Cucamonga (Los Angeles Dodgers): Six hits and three runs scored in 22 at-bats throughout the week. Law is batting .289 in Rancho Cucamonga this season, but just .212 over his last 10 games.

Brady Lail (Bingham H.S.), Tampa (New York Yankees): Placed on the 7-day disabled list over the week. Lail last appeared on July 23. He is 1-0, with a 7.36 ERA in two starts since being promoted to advanced Single-A Tampa.

Marcus Littlewood (Pine View H.S.), Clinton (Seattle Mariners): Eight hits, one home run, one triple, one double, three RBIs and six runs scored in 18 at-bats over the week. Littlewood extended his hit streak to 11 with a single on Sunday.

With the hot streak, Littlewood raised his batting average back to .252 in 68 games on the year. He also has six home runs, 12 doubles and 39 RBIs this season.

Adam Miller (BYU), South Bend (Arizona Diamondbacks): 0-0, 9.64 ERA in three separate appearances over the week. Miller tossed two shutout innings at Clinton on Monday, scattering just three hits. Miller then allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in two innings against Bowling Green on Wednesday. The BYU alum then allowed three runs on five hits in 2/3 inning at Dayton on Friday.

Prior to Wednesday, Miller hadn’t allowed an earned run since coming off the disabled list and joining the bullpen on July 8. He has a 3.11 ERA in 46 1/3 innings in South Bend.

Dominique Taylor (Northridge H.S.), Lexington (Kansas City Royals): Two hits, one triple and three runs scored in 10 at-bats throughout the week. Taylor, who is batting .301 in Lexington this year, returned to the Legends on Thursday after a brief rehab stint. He hadn’t played since going on the disabled list on June 25.

Tyler Wagner (Utah), Brevard County (Milwaukee Brewers): 2-0, 0.82 ERA in two separate starts during the week. Wagner allowed just two hits and one walk in six shutout innings, leading the Manatees to a win over Jupiter on Monday. He then allowed six hits and two runs (one earned) in five innings, as Brevard County defeated Bradenton on Saturday.

The lone earned run was just Wagner’s third earned run allowed over his last 52 1/3 innings (0.52 ERA). Wagner also improved to 11-4 on the week, placing him a tie for most wins in the Florida State League this season with Bradenton’s Chad Kuhl. Wagner also leads the FSL with a 1.54 ERA.

Keenyn Walker (Judge Memorial H.S.), Winston-Salem (Chicago White Sox): Five hits, one double, three RBIs and four runs scored in 17 at-bats throughout the week. Walker is batting .201 in Winston-Salem this season.

Short Season Leagues:

Eddy Alvarez (Salt Lake C.C.), Arizona White Sox (Chicago White Sox): Three hits, one home run, one RBI and one run scored in 13 at-bats throughout the week. The 2014 Winter Olympian is batting .287 on the season, with eight extra base hits and nine RBIs.

Tanner Banks (Utah), Arizona White Sox (Chicago White Sox): Allowed two hits and one run, while striking out four in 2 1/3 innings against the AZL Rangers on Thursday. The former Ute is 1-1, with a 1.80 ERA in 10 games to start his professional career.

Bubba Blau (Dixie State), Arizona Brewers (Milwaukee Brewers): Did not make an appearance this week. Blau is 1-3, with a 3.48 ERA in eight games in the Rookie Arizona League.

Nick Green (Utah), Idaho Falls (Kansas City Royals): Allowed one hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings against Ogden on Tuesday, striking out five batters in the process. Green is 0-1, with a 2.79 ERA in nine games this season.

Kavin Keyes (Alta H.S.), Arizona Mariners (Seattle Mariners): One hit and one run scored in 11 at-bats throughout the week. Keyes is batting .226 in 15 games this season.

Trey Nielsen (Utah), State College (St. Louis Cardinals): 0-1, 0.00 ERA in two starts throughout the week. Nielson allowed just one hit and one walk in four shutout innings against Mahoning Valley on Monday. He then allowed one unearned run on three hits and one walk on Sunday, picking up a loss to Hudson Valley.

Mitch Watrous (Utah), Arizona Padres (San Diego Padres): Remains on reserve list. Has not made minor league debut yet.

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