Archive for April 13, 2017

We have come to the start of another baseball season, and there are plenty of players with Utah ties playing at all levels of the sport. There are pitchers and fielders playing in single-, double- and triple-A as well as a handful of key contributors who are on major league rosters.

Here is a list of the players with Utah ties who are suiting up on major league or minor league teams to start 2017.

Christian Colon, Taylorsville High School, Kansas City Royals

Colon is back with the Kansas City Royals where he hit .231 with 34 hits and 13 RBIs in 54 games in 2016. He made his first appearance of the season on Saturday where he went 0 for 2 in a 7-3 win over the Houston Astros.

Jeremy Guthrie, BYU, Washington Nationals

Guthrie, who had been with the Nats’ single-A team was called up to the big club for a spot start — on his 38th birthday. The party did not go as planned. He had a difficult night in a starting appearance for the Washington Nationals on Saturday as he gave up 10 earned runs on six hits and four walks in just two-thirds of an inning of work in a 17-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

He has since been designated for assignment.

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SB Nation’s Mid-Major Madness released its way-to-early mid-major basketball power rankings for the 2017-18 season, and the BYU Cougars came in at No. 5.

After mentioning the struggles in Provo in ’16-17, Russell Steinberg wrote, “The good news is that most significant contributors should return, led by Eric Mika, who scored 20-or-more points 15 times this season. The Cougars were one of the fastest teams in the nation, and should continue to be, making them, at the very least, entertaining. They’re probably looking at predicted third-place finish in the West Coast Conference behind Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s, but with a few big non-conference wins, that just might be enough to get them back to the NCAA Tournament.”

The top two teams in the rankings also come from the West Coast Conference as Gonzaga was ranked No. 1 followed by Saint Mary’s.

Malone, Stockton ranked top 10 best players who didn’t win a ring

Alonzo Warond of Fadeaway World ranked the top 10 NBA players who never won a championship, and Utah Jazz legends, John Stockton and Karl Malone made the list.

Speaking of Stockton — who was ranked No. 5 — Warond said, “Stockton is (according to many, many experts) the best point guard in NBA history after Magic Johnson. His pass-first mentality and outstanding passing ability were greatly complemented by his great offensive skill and his suffocating defense, creating a huge dynasty alongside Karl Malone despite not being a starter from the very first day he made his debut.”

Warond had Malone, three spots higher, at No. 2, saying, “A dominant guy on both ends of the floor, the power forward was a scoring machine while playing lockdown defense and owning the boards on a nightly basis, and if it wasn’t for (guess who) Michael Jordan, he’d have a couple of rings to brag about.”

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