Scott G Winterton, Deseret News archives

As the Major League Baseball playoffs arrive, take a look back at hometown players that are making their way in the professional world of baseball.

James Brooks
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News archives

Shortstop played at the University of Utah


Organization: Nationals


Seasons as pro: Rookie


Note: Started in the Gulf Coast League, promoted to single-A for a short time before being sent back down


2012 numbers: .214, 0 HRs, 1 SB, 14 RBI

Tyson Brummett
Ben Hasty, Reading Eagle

Pitcher from Spanish Fork High School


Organization: Phillies


Seasons as a pro: 6


Note: Started with the double-A Reading, spent most the season with triple-A Lehigh Valley


2012 numbers: 3.20 ERA, 90 inns., 83 Ks, 29 BBs

John Buck
Tom Gannam, Associated Press

Catcher played for Taylorsville High



Organization: Marlins



Seasons as a pro: 14 (9 in the majors)



Note: Struggled to his worst year at the plate, ceded the starting catcher job to Rob Brantly



2012 numbers: .192, 12 HRs, 0 SBs, 41 RBIs

Chris Capper
Associated Press

Pitched for BYU



Organization: Diamondbacks



Seasons as a pro: rookie



Note: Helped the Missoula Osprey defeat Ogden in Game 1 of the Pioneer League Championship series



2012 numbers: 3-2, 3.77 ERA, 44 Ks, 14 BBs

Matt Carson
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News archives

Outfielder played for BYU



Organization: Twins



Seasons as a pro: 11 (3 in the majors)



Note: Started in triple-A Rochester, called up late to the majors for the first time since 2010 (when he was with Oakland)



2012 numbers: .282, 14 HRs, 9 SBs, 53 RBI with Rochester; .227, 0 HRs, 0 SBs, 4 RBIs with Minnesota


Taylor Cole
Associated Press

Pitched for BYU



Organization: Blue Jays



Seasons as a pro: 2



Note: Had an outstanding year, leading the Vancouver Canadians' starters in ERA and WHIP



2012 numbers: 6-0, 0.81 ERA, 57 Ks, 17 BBs

C.J. Cron
Mike Terry, Deseret News archives

Designated hitter played for the Utes



Organization: Angels



Seasons as a pro: 2



Note: Led the minor leagues in RBIs ... will spend offseason recovering from shoulder surgery



2012 numbers: .293, 27 HRs, 3 SBs, 123 RBIs

Brandon Duckworth
Associated Press

Pitcher from Kearns



Organization: Rakuten



Seasons as a pro: 15 (8 in majors, 1 in Japan)



Note: Started season with triple-A Pawtucket, signed with Rakuten of Japan's Pacific League in August



2012 numbers: 9-2, 3.17 ERA, 93 Ks, 35 BBs with Pawtucket; 3-1, 3.45 ERA, 19 Ks, 5 BBs with Rakuten

Stephen Fife
Brian Nicholson, Deseret News archives

Pitched for the University of Utah



Organization: Dodgers



Seasons as a pro: 5 (1 in the majors)



Note: Started the year in Albuquerque, pitched well in his five starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers



2012 numbers: 11-7, 4.66 ERA, 93 Ks, 44 BBs with Albuquerque; 0-2, 2.70 ERA, 20 Ks, 12 BBs with Los Angeles

Willie Eyre
Jim Mcisaac, Getty Images

Pitcher played for Cyprus High and CEU



Organization: Rangers (Round RockAAARangers)



Seasons as a pro: 12 (4 in majors)



Note: Started season with Orioles' triple-A team, Norfolk, before being released. Signed with Round Rock on June 20.



2012 numbers: 1-3, 7.92 ERA, 20 Ks, 15 BBs with Norfolk; 1-2, 4.09 ERA, 32 Ks, 8 BBs with Round Rock

Jeremy Guthrie
Paul Beaty, Associated Press

Pitcher played for BYU



Organization: Royals



Seasons as a pro: 10 years (9 in majors)



Note: Tale of two halves ... cut ERA in half after being traded to Kansas City from the Colorado Rockies



2012 numbers: 3-9, 6.35 ERA, 45 Ks, 31 BBs with Colorado; 5-3, 3.16 ERA, 56 Ks, 19 BBs with Kansas City

Austin Hall
Jason Olson, Deseret News archives

Pitched (and played infield) for BYU



Organization: Brewers



Seasons as a pro: Rookie



Note: Drafted in the 33rd round of the 2012 draft, played 13 games in the Arizona Rookie League



2012 numbers: 2-2, 4.41 ERA, 31 Ks, 13 BBs

Steven Hirschfeld

Pitcher from Moab



Organization: Twins



Seasons as a pro: 7



Note: Spent most of the season in double-A New Britain, but also played a lot for triple-A Rochester



2012 numbers: 9-12, 4.94 ERA, 94 Ks, 35 BBs

Travis Huber
Nati Harnik, Associated Press

Pitched for West Jordan High



Organization: Twins



Seasons as a pro: rookie



Note: Drafted in the 23rd round after pitching for Nebraska Huskers, assigned to rookie-level Elizabethton (Tenn.)



2012 numbers: 1-0, 7.71 ERA, 10 Ks, 8 BBs, 1 save

Goose Kallunki
Tom Smart, Deseret News archives

Played first base for UVU and Orem High



Organization: Padres



Seasons as a pro: rookie



Note: Drafted in the 27th round, assigned to single-A Eugene (Ore.) of the Northwest League



2012 numbers: .254, 2 HRs, 1 SB, 13 RBIs

Brady Lail
Mike Terry, Deseret News

Pitched for Bingham High School



Organization: Yankees



Seasons as a pro: rookie



Note: Drafted in 18th round, assigned to Gulf Coast League allowed a run in just one of his five games



2012 numbers: 1-0, 1.42 ERA, 10 Ks, 2 BBs

Marcus Littlewood
T.J. Kirkpatrick, Deseret News archives

Second baseman played for Pine View High



Organization: Mariners



Seasons as a pro: 2



Note: The 20-year-old showed improvement in his second season with single-A Everett, upping his average 70 points.



2012 numbers: .262, 9 HRs, 2 SBs, 37 RBIs

Brandon Lyon
Al Behrman, Associated Press

Pitcher played for Taylorsville High



Organization: Blue Jays



Seasons as a pro: 12 (10 in the majors)



Note: Was traded from Houston to Toronto (his first MLB club) on July 20.



2012 numbers: 0-2, 3.25 ERA, 35 Ks, 11 BBs with Houston; 4-0, 2.88 ERA, 28 Ks, 9 BBs, 1 save with Toronto

Taylor Mangum
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News archives

Pitched for American Fork High and UVU



Organization: Brewers



Seasons as a pro: rookie



Note: Signed as free agent, working his way up from the Arizona League (where he had a 0.79 ERA) to the Pioneer League



2012 numbers: 2-2, 3.42 ERA, 23 Ks, 12 BBs

Kam Mickolio
Associated Press

Pitcher played for Utah Valley University



Organization: Hiroshima



Seasons as a pro: 7



Note: Pitched well as the closer for the Carp of the Japan's Central League



2012 numbers: 2-5, 19 saves, 2.89 ERA, 54 Ks, 14 BBs

Parker Morin
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News archives

Catcher played for the Utes and Park City High



Organization: Royals



Seasons as a pro: Rookie



Note: Drafted in the 14th round and was assigned to Idaho Falls' rookie-league team



2012 numbers: .267, 4 HRs, 1 SB, 21 RBIs


Matthew Neil
Jason Olson, Deseret News archives

Pitched for BYU



Organization: Marlins



Seasons as a pro: 2



Note: After baffling batters in the Florida State League (2.06 ERA), he was promoted to double-A Jacksonville.



2012 numbers: 8-7, 3.90 ERA, 94 Ks, 28 BBs

Stephen Parker
Tom Smart, Deseret News archives

Played third base for BYU and American Fork



Organization: Athletics



Seasons as a pro: 4



Note: Played the entire season with triple-A River Cats



2012 numbers: .256, 7 HRs, 5 SBs, 47 RBIs

Tanner Robles
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News archives

Pitched for Cottonwood High



Organization: Reds



Seasons as a pro: 3



Note: Continued to move up the ranks, going from single-A Dayton to advanced-A Bakersfield this season



2012 numbers: 8-8, 3.87 ERA, 92 Ks, 46 BBs

Braeden Schlehuber
Tom Smart, Deseret News archives

Catcher played for Viewmont High



Organization: Braves



Seasons as a pro: 5



Note: Had career-bests in average, home runs and RBIs for the advanced-A Lynchburg Hillcats



2012 numbers: .270, 8 HRs, 1 SB, 42 RBIs

Egan Smith
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News archives

Pitched for Pleasant Grove High



Organization: Blue Jays



Seasons as a pro: 4



Note: Played all season for double-A Dunedin (Fla.), ended season on disabled list



2012 numbers: 8-7, 3.49 ERA, 70 Ks, 34 BBs

Jordan Smith
Jason Olson, Deseret News archives

Pitcher from Pleasant Grove



Organization: Reds



Seasons as a pro: 7



Note: Spent whole season with triple-A Louisville as a part-time closer for the Bats



2012 numbers: 3-3, 4.76 ERA, 13 saves, 36 Ks, 16 BBs

Matt Spring
Robert F. Bukaty, Associated Press

Catcher played for Dixie State



Organization: Red Sox



Seasons as a pro: 9



Note: Played 60 games with double-AA Portland (Me.) and 2 games with triple-A Pawtucket



2012 numbers: .203, 7 HRs, 1 SB, 23 RBIs

Mitch Talbot
Associated Press

Pitcher from Cedar City



Organization: Samsung Lions (Korea Professional Baseball) based in Daegu, South Korea



Seasons as a pro: 10



Note: Is having a strong showing in his first season playing for South Korea's top team



2012 numbers: 13-3, 3.88 ERA, 65 Ks, 47 BBs


Tyler Wagner
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News archives

Pitched for Utah



Organization: Brewers



Seasons as a pro: rookie



Note: Had a rough rookie campaign with the Pioneer League's Helena Brewers



2012 numbers: 1-4, 7.77 ERA, 47 Ks, 22 BBs

Keenyn Walker
Michael Brandy, Deseret News archives

Played outfield for Judge Memorial H.S.



Organization: White Sox



Seasons as a pro: 2



Note: Despite two stints on the DL, stole 56 bases for single-A Kannapolis and A-advanced Winston-Salem



2012 numbers: .267, 4 HRs, 56 SBs, 55 RBIs

Jordan Whatcott
Associated Press

Pitched for the University of Utah



Organization: Phillies



Seasons as a pro: 3



Note: Promoted from A-advanced Clearwater to double-A Reading early in the season



2012 numbers: 3-3, 3.78, 62 Ks, 24 BBs

Keli'i Zablan
Keith Johnson, Deseret News archives

Pitched for Southern Utah University



Organization: River City Rascals



Seasons as a pro: 3



Note: After one season in the Mariners' organization, returned to the independent Frontier League



2012 numbers: 4-4, 4.68 ERA, 44 Ks, 33 BBs; also batted .138, 1 RBI, 1 SB