This September 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.
Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB) .292 AVE, 9 G, 24 AB, 0 HR, 2 RBI
● The Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Wild Card game to advance to the National League Division series; they are currently tied in the series, 1-1, with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Brandon Duckworth (RHP), Kearns H.S.
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (NPB) 4.29 ERA, 16 G, 80.2 IP, 1.488 WHIP
● Duckworth missed part of August and most of September as he was removed from the Eagles’ active roster on August 19-September 1, and September 6-29. He made just one game appearance in September.
● The Eagles clinched their first-ever Pacific League title on September 26, and will start postseason play on October 16.
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 Yankees (Adv-A) 7.04 ERA, 2 G, 7.2 IP, 2.217 WHIP, .389 BAA
Marcus Littlewood (C), Pineview H.S.
Seattle Mariners, Clinton LumberKings (A) .240 AVE, 58 G, 204 AB, 3 HR, 18 RBI
● 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.
Cole Miles (SS), Viewmont H.S.
Florence Freedom, Florence Freedom (IND) .207 AVE, 10 G, 29 AB, 0 HR, 3 RBI
● The Freedom earned a wild card slot for the Frontier League playoffs, then lost to the Schaumburg Boomers in the East Division championship series.
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 pitched one game for Las Vegas, was placed on the DL on August 29 and stayed there through the end of the season.