Although the regular season has wrapped up across the affiliated and independent minor leagues, a handful of ballplayers with Utah connections are involved in postseason playoffs. This recap covers Utah ballplayers in the hunt for their respective league championship titles.
C. J. Cron led the charge for the Arkansas Travelers in game one of the Texas League playoffs, with two homeruns. The Travelers are playing the San Antonio Missions for the Texas League Championship series.
Ryan Khoury and the Wichita Wingnuts finished the regular season in style, clinching their fourth playoff appearance in five seasons and setting a new franchise record for wins in a season with 59. The Wingnuts swept the Grand Prairie AirHogs in the divisional series, 3-0, and now advance to the American Association League Championship series, which begins on September 10.
Chris Capper remains on the DL for the South Bend Silver Hawks, which have advanced to the Midwest League championship series. They will face the Quad Cities River Bandits in a best-of-five series that begins with two games in South Bend, September 11-12.
Dominique Taylor wraps up his first year in professional baseball in style, as his Idaho Chukars are competing for the Pioneer League South Division title. The Chukars lead the three-game series 1-0 over the Grand Junction Rockies.
Marcus Littlewood only got a taste of postseason play, as the Clinton LumberKings were swept in two games in the first round of the Midwest League playoffs. Littlewood’s playoff stats: .500 AVE, 2 G, 6 AB, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 0 SO.
Cole Miles and the Florence Freedom earned the wild card berth in the Frontier League playoffs. The Freedom are trailing 2-0 in the best-of-five divisional championship series against the Schaumburg Boomers.
Christian Colon and the Omaha Storm Chasers won the first round of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) playoffs with a three-game sweep over Oklahoma City. Next, the Storm Chasers take on the Salt Lake Bees for the PCL championship title in a five-game series that starts with two games in Omaha on September 10-11.
The Mississippi Braves lost in the first round of the Southern League playoffs, one game to three, to the Mobile BayBears. Braeden Schlehuber appeared in just one game of the series, going 0-for-3, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.