Stephen Fife started his season with Albuquerque before moving up to Dodgers.
Sept. 19, 2012
With the minor league seasons at an end and the major league playoffs right around the corner, UtahUtes.com catches up with all the former Utes currently playing professionally.
Stephen Fife made his major league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 17. He made two starts in July and had one start in August and was most recently recalled on Sept. 11. In his last start against Saint Louis on Sept. 16, he had a career-high nine strikeouts. Fife went 11-7 with a 4.66 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) with Triple-A Albuquerque, striking out 93 during the year.
C.J. Cron hit .293 with 27 home runs and 32 doubles for the Class-A Inland Empire 66ers of the Angels organization. He was the first player in the majors or minors this season to reach 100 RBI, ending with 123 (one short of the Angels minor league record) before undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. Cron was named the Cal League Rookie of the Year.
Jordan Whatcott went 1-3 with a 4.42 ERA in 38 games (seven starts) for the Double-A Reading Phillies. He had 50 strikeouts for the year. Whatcott was an EAS Midseason All-Star.
Four players opened their professional careers this season. Parker Morin hit .267 over 55 games with the Idaho Falls Chukars. Tyler Wagner transitioned into a starting role (vs. his closer role at Utah) to go 1-4 in 14 games for the Helena Brewers. James Brooks hit .273 in 28 games for the Gulf Coast League Nationals. He also had a short stint with the Auburn Doubledays. Shaun Cooper batted .213 over 67 games with the Yakima Bears.
For more on each player, please use the links below.