This February update covers professional ballplayers signed from Brigham Young University, and includes a quick review of their 2012 regular season stats, winter league stats (if applicable), highlights and latest news.
By the close of the 2012 season, 43 Utah ballplayers had played professional baseball in the MLB, MiLB, international and independent leagues. How many will suit up in 2013 remains to be seen, with a number of free agents still unsigned, and the independent leagues months away from getting started.
With the first exhibition games scheduled for Feb. 21 (Grapefruit League) and Feb. 22 (Cactus League), major and minor league spring training camps are in full swing. Ballclubs have from now until March 31st to whittle down the long list of veterans, prospects, longshots and rookies into the opening day roster of 25 names.
To keep up with Utah ballplayer signings, stats, assignments and other news, check back at the beginning of each month.
Here is a legend for the information listed below:
Name (Position), 2012 Organization
2012 Team (League), Stats
2012-13 Winter Team (League), Stats
2013 Organization (Team)
Christopher Capper (RHP), 2012 Arizona Diamondbacks
2012 Missoula Osprey (R) 3.77 ERA, 24 G, 43.0 IP, 1.349 WHIP, .265 BAA
2013 Arizona Diamondbacks (unassigned)
● Capper and the Osprey won the 2012 Pioneer League championship title.
Matt Carson (OF), 2012 Minnesota Twins
2012 Rochester Red Wings (AAA) 115 G, 422 AB, 14 HR,53 RBI, .282 AVE
2012 Minnesota Twins (MLB) 5 G, 21 AB, 0 HR, 1 RBI, .381 AVE
2013 Cleveland Indians (unassigned)
● A free agent in the offseason, Carson signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians and an invite to major league camp at spring training.
Taylor Cole (RHP), 2012 Toronto Blue Jays
2012 Vancouver Canadians (A) 0.81 ERA, 12 G, 66.1 IP, .799 WHIP, .160 BAA
2013 Toronto Blue Jays (unassigned)
● Eyes will be on Cole this spring, after an outstanding rookie season that included 2012 Northwest League (NWL) championship, Baseball America 2012 NWL Top 20 Prospects and 2012 Topps/Minor League Players of the Year.
Jeremy Guthrie (RHP), 2012 Kansas City Royals
2012 Kansas City Royals (MLB) 3.16 ERA, 14 G, 91.0 IP, 1.13 WHIP, .288 BAA
2013 Kansas City Royals (MLB)
● Guthrie signed a three-year, $25 million deal with Kansas City in the offseason, so expect him to see him in the starting rotation for 2013.
Austin Hall (RHP), 2012 Milwaukee Brewers
2012 AZL Brewers (R) 4.41 ERA, 13 G, 32.2 IP, 1.561 WHIP, .271 BAA
● According to the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, Hall retired from the Brewers in January.
Matthew Neil (RHP), 2012 Miami Marlins
2012 Jacksonville Suns (AA) 4.78 ERA, 19 G, 92.1 IP, 1.332 WHIP, .280 BAA
2013 Miami Marlins (unassigned)
Stephen Parker (3B), 2012 Oakland A's
2012 Sacramento River Cats (AAA) 97 G, 321 AB, 7 HR, 44 RBI, .255 AVE
2013 Oakland A’s (unassigned)