LOCALS IN MLB

Locals In MLB: Oliver Dunn Demoted, One Utahn Stands At MLB’s Highest Level

May 17, 2024, 10:43 AM

baseball...

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MAY 15: A general view of the game ball before the game between the Chicago White Sox and the Washington Nationals at Guaranteed Rate Field on May 15, 2024 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

(Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Milwaukee Brewers pulled the plug on the Oliver Dunn experiment after the former Ute struck out ten times in 24 May at-bats.

The 26-year-old infielder was optioned to Double-A Nashville on Wednesday, May 15.

Locals In MiLB: Former Cottonwood Pitcher Earns Promotion To Triple-A

Dunn went 1-4 with a walk and a strikeout in his only game with Nashville.

Utah Utes (2)

Tanner Banks | Pitcher | Salt Lake Bruins

MLB – (Chicago White Sox)

Banks has made four May appearances, sandwiching two clean outings between rough performances against the streaking Minnesota Twins and division-leading Cleveland Guardians. The 6’1 lefty gave up five hits and four earned runs against the AL Central rivals as his ERA ballooned to 7.20 in May.

Chicago sits in the division cellar with a 14-30 record. Only the Marlins (13-32) have won fewer games.

RELATED: Former Utah High Schoolers Show Personality In White Sox Video

The Riverton High School product played two seasons (2011-12) at Salt Lake Community College before finishing his collegiate career across the valley with the Utes.

Banks was 4-12 in 29 appearances for the Utes, including 19 starts. He struck out 70 against 31 walks in 113 innings, ending his amateur career with a 5.18 ERA. The Chicago White Sox selected Banks in the 18th round of the 2014 draft. Banks made his MLB debut with the White Sox in 2022.

Last 7 Games: 0-1 | 6.2 IP | 9.45 ERA | SV | 13 Hits | 6 Ks | 1.95 WHIP

2024 Stats: 15 G | 17.2 IP | 0-2 | 5.60 ERA | 21 Ks | 4 BB | 1.64 WHIP

Oliver Dunn | 2B

Double-A Nashville Sounds  – (Milwaukee Brewers)

Milwaukee (26-17) continues to pace the NL Central as they hold a two-game lead over the Chicago Cubs.

The 5’10 lefthanded hitter played 155 games for the University of Utah (2017-19), hitting .312 with seven home runs and 78 RBI. As a junior, Dunn hit .366 while reaching safely in nearly half of his plate appearances.

RELATED: Former Ute Oliver Dunn Has Memorable MLB Debut With Brewers

The New York Yankees selected Dunn in the 11th round of the 2019 MLB draft. Dunn spent 2023 with the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He appeared in 119 games at Double-A Reading last season, slashing .271/.396/.506 while hitting 21 home runs.

2024 MLB Stats: .226 BA | 19 Hits | HR | 2 2B | 2 3B | 6 RBI | 2 SB | 35 Ks | 5 BB

2023 Stats: .271 BA | 113 Hits | 21 HR | 78 RBI | 16 SB | 139 Ks | 82 BB

RELATED: Micah Ashman Has Perfect Mindset As Utah Utes Closer

BYU Cougars (1)

Michael Rucker | Pitcher

MLB – Philadelphia Phillies

Rucker has yet to debut for the Phillies after the 29-year-old righthander was placed in the 15-day IL with what the team has called ‘right-hand arterial vasospasms.’ Philadelphia has not updated Rucker’s status since he was placed on the injured list on March 25, 2024.

RELATED: Former BYU Hurler Trading Cubs Pinstripes For Phillies Phanatics

Philadelphia has become the class of the National League, rising to an MLB-best record of 31-14. The Phillies hold a 2.5-game lead over second-place Atlanta.

Rucker played two years in Provo, finishing with a 16-2 record in 29 appearances (22 starts). He went 11-1 in 102.1 innings with a 2.73 ERA as a junior. The Chicago Cubs selected Rucker in the 11th round of the 2016 MLB draft.

2024 Stats: N/A

Career Stats: 3 Yrs | 96 appearances | 5-2 | 4.91 ERA | 123.1 IP | 120 Ks | 50 BB | 1.39 WHIP

Follow Locals in Pro Baseball With KSL Sports

Brian Preece is a KSLsports.com insider covering the Utah State Aggies, Locals in MLB, and Salt Lake Bees. Follow Brian’s Bees, Beehive baseball, and Aggie athletics coverage here.

KSL Sports coverage of Locals in MLB can be found here.

Take us with you wherever you go.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio and video and stay updated on all your favorite teams.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

Locals in MLB

logan porter utah tech...

Brian Preece

Locals In MiLB: San Francisco Giants Trade For Former Utah Tech Catcher Logan Porter

It was always going to be an uphill battle for former Utah Tech Trailblazer Logan Porter as a catcher in the Kansas City Royals system.

5 hours ago

ky bush white sox...

Brian Preece

Locals In MiLB: Former Fremont Star Ky Bush Earns Southern League Pitcher Of The Week

Former Fremont star and current Chicago White Sox farmhand Ky Bush has been named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week

1 day ago

schneemann byu cleveland...

Brian Preece

Locals In MLB: Former Cougar Daniel Schneemann Doing It All For Cleveland Guardians

Former BYU Cougar Daniel Schneemann has been incredibly versatile defensively and deadly with the bat since making his MLB debut on June 2.

1 day ago

drew thorpe mlb debut...

Brian Preece

Locals In MLB: Former Desert Hills Pitcher Makes MLB Debut With Chicago White Sox

Former Desert Hills baseball star Drew Thorpe might have wondered when his opportunity would come following two off-season trades.

7 days ago

justin sterner rays...

Brian Preece

Locals In MLB: Former Cougar Justin Sterner Makes Most Of MLB Debut

Former BYU Cougar Justin Sterner didn't have much time to prepare when the rookie pitcher learned he was needed in the big league bullpen.

9 days ago

payton henry...

Brian Preece

Locals In MiLB: Former Pleasant Grove Baseball Star Suffers Scary Injury

It was a scary scene in late May when former Pleasant Grove Viking Payton Henry was struck in the head by an opponent's backswing.

9 days ago

Sponsored Articles

...

KSL Sports

Utah Hockey Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Want to get the latest info on Utah's newest sports franchise? Sign up for the Utah Hockey newsletter!

Hans & Scotty's Day of Adoption...

Hans & Scotty’s Day Of Adoption

Join the KSL Sports Zone for Hans & Scotty's Day of Adoption, in partnership with the Humane Society of Utah, on June 25th, 2024!

ksl-sports-newsletter...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

...

KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Locals In MLB: Oliver Dunn Demoted, One Utahn Stands At MLB’s Highest Level