This January update covers professional ballplayers signed from Brigham Young University. Most of the action at this time of year, of course, involves signings and trades. And some ballplayers continue to play in one of the winter leagues during the offseason.
By the close of the 2012 season, 43 Utah ballplayers had played professional baseball in the MLB, MiLB, international and independent leagues. Check back at the beginning of each month for updated stats and news.
Here is a legend for the information listed below:
Name (Position), 2012 Organization
Current Team (League), Stats to date
Matt Carson (OF), Minnesota Twins
Cleveland Indians (unassigned)
● A free agent this winter, Carson signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians and was invited to major league spring training camp.
Taylor Cole (RHP), Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays (unassigned)
● Cole added to his trophy case after being named to the 2012 Topps/Minor League Players of the Year team.
Jeremy Guthrie (RHP), Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals (MLB)
● New Royals teammate James Shields has been negotiating to use the number 33 jersey, which Guthrie currently wears.
Stephen Parker (3B), Oakland A's
Oakland A's (unassigned)
● After Parker’s outstanding 2010 season, some predict 2013 will be his breakout year.