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Opening Day: Current professional baseball players with ties to Utah (19 items)

By , Deseret News

March 31, 2014

Baseball season has officially begun, with a full slate of action Monday.

There are several players this season in the majors and many more in the minors with ties to the state of Utah.

With baseball now underway, here is a list of all the professional baseball players with Utah ties in the majors and minors.

Are we missing a player? Email: cwilliams@deseretdigital.com

1 of 19. Tyson Brummett, pitcher, Los Angeles Dodgers organization (Spanish Fork HS)

Brummett, a graduate of Spanish Fork High School, signed with the Dodgers before this year’s spring training. He pitched in the Venezuelan League over the offseason.

Brummett made his major league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012, but was released by the ball club after that season. He spent time with Triple-A Buffalo and Double-A New Hampshire in the Toronto Blue Jays organization last season.

2 of 19. John Buck, catcher, Seattle Mariners (Taylorsville HS)

The Taylorsville native certainly wasn’t the highest paid offseason acquisition by the Seattle Mariners, but the Mariners signed Buck to a one-year deal. He’s expected to split time with Mike Zunino as the Seattle’s catcher this season.

Buck hit .241 and drove in four runs in 16 games for the Mariners over spring training. He has 133 home runs and 485 RBIs to his name in his career, including stints with Kansas City, Toronto, Miami, New York Mets and Pittsburgh.

3 of 19. Chris Capper, pitcher, South Bend Silver Hawks (BYU)

Capper, one of several BYU products in the minor leagues, posted a 2.98 ERA in 27 games for the Class-A South Bend Silver Hawks last season. Capper allowed 37 hits in 42 and 1/3 innings and remaining within the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

4 of 19. Matt Carson, outfielder, Columbus Clippers (BYU)

Carson hit .252 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs last season for the Clippers. He hit .273 in spring training, earning some recognition to potentially land with the Cleveland Indians out of spring training, but will likely start 2014 with the Triple-A Clippers.

He has played 92 games in the majors in his career, but in stints with Oakland and Minnesota, in addition to the Indians. In fact, the BYU product hit a mythic .636 last season — in 11 major league plate appearances for Cleveland. He has 167 home runs and 642 RBIs in his minor league career.

5 of 19. Taylor Cole, pitcher, Dunedin Blue Jays (BYU)

Cole spent time with Lansing and Dunedin last season in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He ended last year with a 3.94 ERA in 137 innings, mostly with Lansing. Cole also struck out 103 batters last season, while walking just 61.
1. eagle
Provo, UT,
March 31, 2014

Adam Law of Provo HS and BYU is in the Dodger minor league system. Played for the Raptors last summer now moving onto to higher A or AA ball.

2. Sounds right..
Cedar city, UT,
April 1, 2014

Where is the Hannamen kid from BYU. He was drafted In the 3rd round by the cubs last year?