Tyler was selected by the Tigers in the sixth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of North Florida. In just 4 minor league seasons Tyler has recorded a 5-7 record with a 3.58 ERA, 131 strikeouts, 60 walks and 34 saves in 143 innings pitched. Tyler underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010, but has since found his way back. He pitched in 3 games for the Tigers this spring saving one game striking out one and walk 3 with a 3.86 ERA.
Tyler was nice enough to take the time to answer some questions for the readers of the Country Strong Tigers. Here are the questions I asked Tyler with his answers applied:
Q: What’s the one thing you have to have on long road trips?
A: In the past, definitely my iPhone, but this past Christmas I got an iPad. The iPad is amazing and will definitely make those long trips go by quicker.
Q: Any Pre-Game superstitions?
A: Really I have no pregame superstitions. When I am pitching well, I do tend to try to approach each game the same way, but I don’t think that counts.
Q: Who the person you looked up too growing up?
A: It’s more like who are the people I looked up to; my parents, grandparents, and great grandparents would all fall in that category, I spent a lot of time with all of them growing up.
Q: Who influenced you as far as playing the game of baseball?
A: My Father, he has worked in baseball since I was really small. He’s been a coach at a few colleges and has been a scout for the Chicago Cubs for a while now.
Q: Favorite Pro sports teams? (NBA,NFL,MLB etc)
A: Well I grew up in New York and although I’m not a huge NBA fan I like seeing the Knicks win. I went to college in Jacksonville, FL and became a Jaguar fan. I think we all know who my favorite MLB team is.
Q: Do you play any type of video games? If so, what kind of system?
A: I have an XBox 360 and I play a lot of Call of Duty Black Ops.
Q: Favorite hobby to do in your spare time?
A: Hunting and Fishing.
Q: Best manager you have ever played for throughout your career?
A: My High School coach Tom Dooley at Melbourne Central Catholic High School, I learned a lot about baseball from him but even more about life. My College coach Dusty Rhodes at UNF when I think about this guy things like mental toughness, loyalty, and winning come to mind
Q: Best player you have played with or against?
A: Nolan Arenado, played with him in the fall league and that kid can flat out rake.
Q: Best/worst parks to play in? (or cities to travel to)
A: Best Park- West Michigan, I loved every thing about that place. The fans were great, the stadium is nice, the Grand Rapids area was a very nice place to play ball.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
A: In 20 years hopefully I am still associated with the game of baseball in some way. I hope to have a wife and a family and I hope to be able to spend the majority of my time with them.
Big thanks goes out to Tyler for answering these question for the readers of the Country Strong Tigers. Hope to see Tyler wearing the Olde English D one day.
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