CASA GRANDE — Former Central Arizona College pitcher Tyson Brummett played professional baseball for eight seasons. The right-hander’s career highlight came on Oct. 3, 2012, when he made his one and only major league appearance as a reliever for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Brummett and three others were killed Friday when a small plane he was piloting crashed in rural Utah. The Associated Press reported the plane left from South Valley Regional Airport in West Jordan and went down near Box Elder Peak in American Fork Canyon just before 8 a.m., according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.
The 35-year-old Brummett played for CAC in 2004 and 2005. He appeared in 41 games as a Vaquero, going 7-7 with seven saves, 102 strikeouts and 35 walks in 114 1/3 innings pitched. Brummett played his final two seasons of college ball at UCLA, going 16-13 with 194 strikeouts in 235 2/3 innings as a weekend starter for the Bruins.
Brummett was selected in the MLB draft three times – by the San Francisco Giants in Round 35 in 2003 out of Spanish Fork High School in Spanish Fork, Utah, again by the Giants in Round 38 in 2004 after his first season at CAC, and by the Phillies in Round 7 in 2007 following his senior year at UCLA.
Brummett played at the Single A, Double-A and Triple-A levels in the minors from 2007-14 and in the Arizona Fall League in 2008 and 2010. He also pitched for La Guaira of the Venezuelan Winter League for three seasons from 2011-14.
Former CAC baseball coach Clint Myers (1996-2005) said in a telephone interview that Brummett “was a standup guy and willing to put the work in. He knew what he wanted to do and he busted his rear end to make it happen.”
While not an overpowering thrower, Brummett excelled in keeping batters off-balance by “hitting his spots and changing speeds,” Myers said. “It was difficult to square him up.”
Myers said he “was pleasantly surprised” that Brummett “was able to pitch for such a long time and accomplish his dream of making it to the big leagues.”
Brummett’s lone MLB appearance came in the 2012 season finale against the Washington Nationals. He entered with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning and faced four batters. The first two – Ian Desmond and Danny Espinoza – singled. Brummett then retired Jesus Flores and Chad Tracy on swinging third strikes.
All total, Brummett threw 11 pitches.
During his minor league career, Brummett went 31-60 with a 4.50 ERA in 242 games (106 starts), striking out 607 and walking 257 in 799 1/3 innings. He appeared in 25 games (24 starts) for La Guaira, going 8-2 with a 3.72 ERA while striking out 69 and walking 38 in 116 innings.