Carroll making the most of baseball dream
Aug 31, 2017 03:47PM
● Published by Greg James
Former Taylorsville High School baseball standout Dallas Carroll is chasing his dream of playing professional baseball. (Gary Marshall/BMG Photos)
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The Milwaukee Brewers drafted Taylorsville High School graduate Dallas Carroll in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball draft this past June. Carroll joins his twin brother, Dalton, in the quest to make the major leagues.
“It is every little kid’s dream to get drafted,” Dallas Carroll said. “It was always my dream and my brother’s. For us both to get to this point is great. I was fortunate enough to hear my name. I can’t really explain the feeling. It took a few days after, for it to sink in. I enjoy playing the game, but it is different than I expected when I was a kid. There is still a lot of work to do.”
Dallas Carroll started playing organized baseball when he was 5 years old. He said throwing the ball and playing with his brothers started long before that. He played in the Taylorsville little league and through college with his twin brother.
“It is certainly not all glory off the bat,” he said. “I am getting payed to play this game, and I am fortunate for that.”
Shortly after being drafted by the Brewers, he was assigned to join Helena (Montana) in the Pioneer League. After playing 30 games and being selected a Pioneer League All-Star, he was promoted to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
Carroll played 30 games for the Helena Brewers, hitting .336 and had five home runs. He has played mostly at third and first base, but he said the Brewers want him to become very versatile.
The Timber Rattlers promotion came midway through a short rookie ball season. They compete in the MidWest league and at press time are in sixth place with a 21-28 record. In eight games with the Rattlers he has one home run and five runs batted in.
Carroll said he would not be where he is today without the support of his family and the opportunities he was given to compete.
“Playing at the University of Utah was a great experience,” he said. “I played in one of the best conferences in the country under some great coaches. The education was top notch, and I was close enough to play in front of my friends.”
Carroll’s college career was hampered in his freshman and sophomore seasons with injuries. In 2013, his first season as a Ute, he suffered a broken foot against Arizona. In 2014, he broke his collarbone and was awarded a medical redshirt after sitting out the entire season.
Despite sitting out the majority of two seasons, in 2015 he started all 53 games for the Utes at third base and led the team in runs batted in with 33. In 2016 and 2017, he was selected first team All-Pac-12, and in his final season was selected an All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
At Taylorsville, Carroll was named 2012 Deseret News Mr. Baseball and led the Warriors to a runner-up finish at the state tournament. He hit .412 with two home runs as a senior. Dalton Carroll was selected in the 21st round of the 2016 draft by the Atlanta Braves. He currently lives and works in Draper.
“Taylorsville baseball was a big part of both of our lives,” Dallas Carroll said. “Graduating from and playing baseball at Taylorsville High was a big deal for us. We came in up in that program. My teammates and other friends meant a lot to me.”