This August update covers professional ballplayers signed from Utah high schools. At the start of the 2013 season, approximately 34 Utah ballplayers had been signed by professional baseball teams in the MLB, MiLB, international and independent leagues.
To keep up with Utah ballplayer signings, stats, assignments and other news during the season, check back at the beginning of each month. Also, to review players’ stats and updates from past seasons, use the keyword search “Utah ballplayers.”
Here is a legend for the information listed below:
Name (Position), High School
Organization, Team (Level) Stats to date
John Buck (C), Taylorsville H.S.
New York Mets, New York Mets (MLB) .215 AVE, 101 G, 368 AB, 15 HR, 60 RBI
Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB) 1.000 AVE, 1 G, 3 AB, 0 HR, 0 RBI
● Buck took paternity leave on August 17, allowing Mets catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud to make his major league debut.
● Buck returned to the Mets roster after three days, and then was traded to the Pirates on August 28.
Brandon Duckworth (RHP), Kearns H.S.
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (NPB) 4.29 ERA, 15 G, 77.2 IP, 1.468 WHIP
● Clint Hulsey of the I R Fast blogsite offers a release point analysis of Duckworth and other Rakuten pitchers.
Brady Lail (RHP), Bingham H.S.
New York Yankees, GCL Yankees (R) 2.33 ERA, 12 G, 54.0 IP, .815 WHIP, .200 BAA
New York Yankees, Tampa Yankess (Adv-A) 7.04 ERA, 2 G, 7.2 IP, 2.217 WHIP, .389 BAA
● Nice Q & A with Lail, in which he discusses adjusting to the schedule, his pitching strengths and what he’s learned thus far as a professional ballplayer.
Marcus Littlewood (C), Pineview H.S.
Seattle Mariners, Clinton LumberKings (A) .240 AVE, 58 G, 204 AB, 3 HR, 18 RBI
● Littlewood and the LumberKings are heading to the Midwest League playoffs.
Cole Miles (SS), Viewmont H.S.
Florence Freedom, Florence Freedom (IND) .207 AVE, 10 G, 29 AB, 0 HR, 3 RBI
● The Freedom are hanging on to a wild card slot for the playoffs.
Mitch Talbot (RHP), Canyon View H.S.
Miami Marlins, GCL Marlins (R) 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 3.0 IP, .875 WHIP, .412 BAA
New York Mets, Las Vegas 51s (AAA) 9.82 ERA, 1 G, 3.2 IP, 2.727 WHIP, .273 BAA
● Talbot was released by the Marlins on August 5, signed with the Mets and was assigned to Las Vegas. Talbot pitched one game for Las Vegas and was placed on the DL, on August 31.
● Las Vegas is playing the Salt Lake Bees in a five-game series for the Pacific Conference Championship. The winner advances to the Pacific Coast League Championship.