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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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David Hennessey of The Eagles Wire did an NFL prospect preview on former BYU running back Jamaal Williams leading up to the NFL draft.

Hennessey gave a scouting report on Williams while looking at strengths, places where Williams needs improvement, how he would fit with the Eagles and an NFL player comparison.

After talking about Williams’ numbers at BYU and his 40-yard dash time, Hennessey wrote, “Though Williams dealt with some injuries and missed a semester during his time at BYU, his strong running style will help him create a role for himself at the next level.”

Will looking at some of Williams strengths, Hennessey wrote, “Williams can also break tackles with his sheer strength. He almost finds the end zone here against Michigan State, despite the fact that he has to fight through contact that begins at the line of scrimmage.”

After looking at some things that Williams needs to work on, Hennessey then looked at Williams’ fit with Philadelphia, saying, “If Williams can improve his pass blocking he has a chance to be an every-down back. If not, he could fit well in a rotation with Wendell Smallwood.”

Metrics show Rudy Gobert is the best defensive center in the NBA

Adam Fromal of Bleacher Report looked at the top five NBA defenders at every position based on statistical analysis, and Rudy Gobert was far and away the best center in the league.

Talking about Gobert’s value on the defensive end, Fromal wrote, “Rudy Gobert is the only player to place within the top 10 in all four of our categories—Draymond Green missed out in on/off differential—and it’s impossible to call the Utah Jazz stopper’s field-goal percentage differential a fluke. Most of his contests come around the rim, where he’s making an impact unlike anything we’ve seen in recent seasons.”

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The UT Arlington Mavericks used a wonderful offensive performance to dismantle the BYU Cougars 105-89 in the Marriott Center on Wednesday night. The Mavericks got just about whatever they wanted all night long as the had the Cougars on their heels from the get-go. They moved the ball with precision to expose BYU’s defense deficiencies.

Drew Charles led the way for the Mavericks with a career-best 28 points on 10 for 17 shooting from the floor, including 5 for 12 from beyond the arc. Kevin Hervey also had a big night with 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists while Kaelon Wilson also managed a season-high with 20 points on 8 for 11 shooting from the field.

Eric Mika paced the Cougars with 29 points on 8 for 13 shooting from the floor and 13 for 16 from the foul line. Nick Emery provided an offensive spark as well as he totaled 24 points on 8 for 15 shooting from the floor, including 4 for 9 from beyond the arc.


Why the Cougars lost

The Cougars got embarrassed defensively because of their inability to guard in the pick-and-roll. Sometimes they didn’t hedge well on the picks while at others they rotated back to their own man too early, leaving a man wide open. BYU also struggled mightily with weak side help and it turned into more wide open shots that the Mavericks converted on.

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