Timpanogos and Spanish Fork face off in 4A baseball final 23

Spanish Fork's Cy Nielson pitches the ball during the 4A Utah state championship baseball game between Timpanogos and Spanish Fork on Friday, May 26, 2017, at Utah Valley University in Orem. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

Left-handed pitchers are always at a premium, and major league teams often come calling.

Spanish Fork left-hander Cy Nielson, who committed to play at BYU, was selected in the 40th round of the major league draft on Wednesday by the Cleveland Indians — pick No. 1,210 if you’re counting.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder just completed his career at Spanish Fork, winning the Utah Gatorade Player of the Year award for his efforts. Nielson finished 6-1 with a 1.91 ERA and 66 strikeouts. As a hitter, he had a .400 batting average with nine doubles, one triple, two home runs and 26 RBI.

There’s not a lot of bonus money available being drafted in the 40th round, so it’s likely Nielson will still put on a Cougar uniform next fall.

Utah Valley pitcher Paxton Shultz, who prepped at Orem, was chosen by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 14th round (pick No. 433). He was a junior for the Wolverines this season.

Cutter Clawson, a left-handed pitcher from Laguna Beach, California, who is part of BYU’s Class of 2020, was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 33rd round and will likely still come to Provo this fall.

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