This February update covers professional ballplayers who lived or attended school in Utah and later signed out of state. It 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), High School, College
2012 Team (League), Stats
2012-13 Winter Team (League), Stats
2013 Organization (Team)
Tyson Brummett (RHP), Spanish Fork H.S., UCLA
2012 Philadelphia Phillies/Toronto Blue Jays
2012 Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (AAA) 3.62 ERA, 26 G, 72.0 IP, 1.306 WHIP, .247 BAA
2012 Philadelphia Phillies 3.38 ERA, 2 G, 2.2 IP, .750 WHIP, .200 BAA
2013 Toronto Blue Jays (unassigned)
● October last year was a busy month for Brummett, who made his MLB debut with the Philies, was designated for assignment, claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays and designated for assignment again.
● Brummett has two appearances this spring training: 0.00 ERA, 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 HB, 3 SO.
Christian Colon (SS), Taylorsville H. S., California State University Fullerton
2012 Kansas City Royals
2012 Northwest Arkansas Naturals (AA) 73 G, 273 AB, 5 HR, 27 RBI, .289 AVE
2012 Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA) 5 G, 17 AB, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .412 AVE
2012-13 Leones de Ponce (PRWL) 39 G, 153 AB, 1 HR, 11 RBI, .301 AVE
2013 Kansas City Royals (unassigned)
● A natural shortstop, Colon went to the Puerto Rican Winter League to work on playing second base and wound up being named league Rookie of the Year.
Steve Hirschfeld (RHP), Grand County H.S., San Diego State
2012 Minnesota Twins
2012 New Britain Rock Cats (AA) 4.38 ERA, 21 G, 117.0 IP, 1.427 WHIP, .292 BAA
● Hirschfeld was released in December and does not appear to have been signed to date.
Travis Huber (RHP), West Jordan H.S., University of Nebraska
2012 Minnesota Twins
2012 Elizabethton Twins (R) 7.71 ERA, 9 G, 14.0 IP, 1.857 WHIP, .300 BAA
2013 Minnesota Twins (unassigned)
● Huber finished his first year of professional baseball on a decidedly up-note, as the Twins won the Appalachian League title.
Tanner Robles (LHP), Cottonwood H.S., Oregon State
2012 Cincinnati Reds
2012 Dayton Dragons (A) 4.45 ERA, 16 G, 85.0 IP, 1.412 WHIP, .266 BAA
2012 Bakersfield Blaze (A) 2.50 ERA, 7 G, 36.0 IP, 1.278 WHIP, .237 BAA
2013 Cincinnati Reds (unassigned)
● Robles finished the season on the DL and was reinstated in September.
Braeden Schlehuber (C), Viewmont H.S., C. of Southern Nevada
2012 Atlanta Braves
2012 Lynchburg Hill Cats (A) 87 G, 289 AB, 8 HR, 42 RBI, .270 AVE
2013 Atlanta Braves (unassigned)
● Schlehuber’s hot bat helped lead the Hill Cats to the Carolina League championship title and got him named a 2012 Carolina League All-Star.
Egan Smith (LHP), Pleasant Grove H.S., C. of Southern Nevada
2012 Toronto Blue Jays
2012 Dunedin Blue Jays (AA) 3.49 ERA, 23 G, 98.0 IP, 1.306 WHIP, .245 BAA
2013 Toronto Blue Jays
● Smith finished his season on the DL and was reinstated in September.
Jordan Smith (RHP), Pleasant Grove H.S., C. of Southern Nevada
2012 Cincinnati Reds
2012 Louisville Bats (AAA) 4.85 ERA, 50 G, 55.2 IP, 1.455 WHIP, .297 BAA
2013 Miami Marlins (unassigned)
● A free agent following the 2012 season, Smith signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins in November.
● Smith has one appearance in spring training thus far: 0.00 ERA, 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 HB, 0 SO.
Keenyn Walker (OF), Judge Memorial Catholic H.S., Central Arizona College
2012 Chicago White Sox
2012 Winston-Salem Dash (A) 36 G, 139 AG, 3 HR, 16 RBI, .245 AVE
2013 Chicago White Sox (unassigned)
● Walker was named to the White Sox Organization All-Star team in October.
● Walker is making the most of his invite to major league camp this spring: 5 G, 9 AB, 3 H, 5 TB, 1 3B, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 4 SO, .333 AVE