This September update covers professional ballplayers signed from University of Utah. 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.
Trey Nielsen, who signed a professional contract in July, is new to this list. Almost immediately after signing with the St. Louis Cardinals, Nielsen ended up on the DL and never threw a pitch during the 2013 season.
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), Organization
Team (Level) Stats to date
James Brooks (SS), Melbourne Aces
Melbourne Aces (ABL)
● Brooks did not appear on any affiliated or independent league rosters in the U.S. in 2013, however he is listed on the Melbourne Aces roster of the Australian Baseball League (ABL). Opening day is October 31.
Shaun Cooper (OF), Traverse City Beach Bums
Traverse City Beach Bums (IND)
● Cooper spent the entire season on the injured list.
C. J. Cron (1B/DH), Los Angeles Angels
Arkansas Travelers (AA) .274 AVE, 134 G, 519 AB, 14 HR, 83 RBI
● Cron and the Travelers qualified for the playoffs and made it to the Texas League Championship series, but ended up losing to the San Antonio Missions.
● Cron will play in the Arizona Fall League, which begins on October 8.
Stephen Fife (RHP), Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB) 2.47 ERA, 9 G, 51.0 IP, 1.314 WHIP, .307 BAA
Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA) 6.03 ERA, 10 G, 37.1IP, 1.795 WHIP, .297 BAA
● Fife was recalled from Albuquerque on Sept. 1, and made one starting and two relief appearances.
● The Dodgers will face the Atlanta Braves in the National League Divisional series; Fife was not included on the postseason roster.
Ryan Khoury (SS), Wichita Wingnuts
Wichita Wingnuts (IND) .244 AVE, 99 G, 398 AB, 3 HR, 46 RBI
● Khoury and the 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 advanced to the American Association League Championship series, losing to the Gary SouthShore RailCats three games to one.
Parker Morin (C), Kansas City Royals
Wilmington Blue Rocks (Adv-A) .226 AVE, 88 G, 297 AB, 1 HR, 30 RBI
Tyler Wagner (RHP), Milwaukee Brewers
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A) 3.21 ERA, 27 G, 148.2 IP, 1.244 WHIP, .236 BAA
Jordan Whatcott (RHP), Sioux Falls Canaries
Sioux Falls Canaries (IND) 5.78 ERA, 34 G, 67.0 IP, 1.642 WHIP
● Sioux Falls exercised their option to re-sign Whatcott for the 2014 season.