Taking your player to the next level

Travel Baseball Tournament Organizers and Tournaments in Utah

Utah Select Baseball
Learn about their tournaments here.

Mountainwest Baseball
Tournaments and leagues.

Articles For Those New to Travel Baseball

What is Travel Baseball?
Clarkstown Baseball Association provides a cut and dry overview of what travel or elite baseball is and the differences between it and "Recreational" baseball.

Choosing a Youth Travel Baseball Team
This is a great introductory article for those new to the travel baseball scene that can help you narrow down what you are looking for.

Picking the Right Travel Baseball Team
By John Pinkman
Taking a look at Coaches, Mission, costs, size of team and much more.

Overuse Injuries in Youth Baseball
Pitchers aren't the only ones with overuse injuries in baseball. Check out the latest data and prevention tactics.

Pros and Cons of Parent Coaches and Being One Yourself
Parent coaches in travel baseball, good thing or bad thing? Is it a good fit for you?

Youth Sports: Maintaining Reasonable Expectations
What are the chances your kid will play college baseball or softball? Professional baseball or softball? You should read this article.

Where the Elite Kids Shouldn't Meet
By Tim Keown, ESPN Writer
A raw and honest look into Travel / Elite Baseball

Sites, Organizations and Articles We Like

American Legion Baseball
Teams from 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Regional tournaments, State tournaments and a World Series make this one of the most popular baseball organizations around.

Dixie Youth Baseball
They play great baseball and players have an opportunity to play in tournaments and a league World Series. Find a team or start a franchise.

Babe Ruth League Youth Baseball
Great organization and great baseball. This is another option for youth baseball players to continue developing their skills. Start or find a charter here.

Travel Ball Select
Travel Ball News, Forums, Scores, Travel Ball TV and other cool stuff.

Game Changer
Sign your team up, keep stats during the game, track other teams. It's great!

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College Baseball News


MLB News and Rumors from Yard Barker


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Travel Baseball Teams in Utah

MLB Players from Utah

Historically, 38 major league players have hailed from Utah. Baseball America lists five players as currently active, though not all are presently on rosters of major league teams ( Three are. Jordan Smith plays for the Miami Marlins. Mitch Talbot plays for the New York Mets. Brandon Lyon was recently acquired by the Los Angeles Angels.

Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith was born in American Fork in 1986. He started watching baseball on television when he was five. There was a lot of baseball in the family. His younger brother was in Little League uniform at seven -- with their dad running the show (

Smith played baseball at Pleasant Grove High School. At that stage of the game, he was catcher. He made the transition to pitcher while playing at Salt Lake Community College. He later transferred to the College of Southern Nevada.

He went in the 6th round of the 2006 draft. He began his minor league career at Billings and progressed to Carolina. He went straight from AA to the majors; his MLB debut came in 2010.

Smith’s younger brother was also drafted, but has seen some injuries and hasn't cracked the majors.

Mitch Talbot

Mitch Talbot was born in Cedar City in 1983. He, too, played in Little League as a child. Even then, he was serious about baseball, reportedly once telling his teammates he wanted to make the majors so they better 'stop messing around' (

Talbot played for Canyon View High School. He was selected in the second round of the 2002 draft when he was just 18. Salem, Corpus Christi, and Durham were among the teams he played for while in the minors. His big league debut came in September of 2008 when he was 24. He still had to put in quite a bit of time in minors (

Brandon Lyon

Brandon Lyon was born in Salt Lake City in 1979. He played Little League in Taylorsville. On his team was another future big leaguer, John Buck. Later they would be on the team at Taylorsville High School. His senior year, Lyon was selected as Utah's Player of the Year.

Lyon attended Dixie Community College. He was a 14th round draft pick in 1999 when he was 19. His major league debut came in 2001.

Lyon has been on several major league teams. A free agent in 2013, he signed on with the Mets, in part to fulfill a childhood dream. Back when they were Little Leaguers, he and Buck had had a goal of playing together in the majors. Decades later, they talked about the Mets option on the telephone, about New York… and about how their kids could play together.

But baseball can involve a lot of travel. Before long, Lyon had found his way to LA.

Tomorrow's Ball Players

After joining Buck on the Mets, Lyon said, "It's kind of cool to have one-sixth of my Little League here (” Indeed. That's something few will be able to say. But Lyon goes on to capture some of what youth players can experience in team sports even if they never make the pros. "We had 12 of us that we basically grew up together in baseball with... We still keep in touch with a lot of those guys."

Lyon credits his high school and college coaches with turning him into someone who could make the pros. He told Deseret News, “I enjoyed playing baseball in Salt Lake. It got me ready for some of those cold April games… I’m definitely proud of where I came from (”

Players who have big league talent are finding it easier to get scouted in Utah ( The baseball scene is growing.

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