Local flavor: A look at how former Utes, Cougars and high school stars are playing in pro baseball

It hasn’t been a great year for many of the players with Utah ties who are suiting up at all levels of professional baseball. There have been plenty of injuries, inconsistency and a handful of players getting released or retiring altogether.

On the positive side, there have been a few players producing at a high level while earning call-ups to the majors or moving up in their team’s system.

Here is a list of the players with Utah ties who are suiting up for major league or minor league teams this season, and how they have performed so far.

Jaycob Brugman, BYU, Oakland Athletics/Nashville Sounds

Following a strong start to the season in Nashville, Brugman got called up to the Athletics where he has played 29 games over the last month. One of his best games since being called up was in a 7-4 win over the Chicago White Sox when he went 2 for 3 while belting his second home run.

In 29 games with Oakland, he is hitting .239 with two home runs and eight RBI in 92 at-bats.

In 33 games in Nashville, he hit .288 with five doubles, a home run and eight RBI in 132 at-bats.

Christian Colon, Taylorsville, Kansas City Royals/Miami Marlins/New Orleans Baby Cakes

After struggling to find a groove at the plate with the Marlins, Colon is now with the New Orleans Baby Cakes. The transition back to Triple A has helped as he has collected nine hits in eight games while scoring four runs and knocking in two.

In 24 games in the majors, he is hitting .160 with a double in 50 at-bats.

In 23 at-bats in New Orleans, he is hitting .391 with an on-base percentage of .500.

Brandon Kintzler, Dixie State, Minnesota Twins

Kintzler has been untouchable of late as he has gone 10 straight games without giving up an earned run. During that stretch, he has given up just seven hits in 10 innings while collecting seven saves to help the Twins stay in contention in the AL Central.

On the season, he has pitched in 39 games with an ERA of 2.29 and 24 saves in 39.1 innings.

C.J. Cron, Utah, Los Angeles Angels/Salt Lake Bees

Cron has been going back-and-forth between Triple-A Salt Lake and the Angels since returning from injury but hasn’t been very productive at the plate in either spot. He has just one hit in his last six games with Los Angeles while collecting just six hits and five RBI in his last 10 appearances with the Bees.

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