The LA Angels need pitching badly, unfortunately most of their best pitching prospects are more than two years away from being ready. However at least there is some help on the way or the Angels could trade some of these prospects to get pitching help now.
LA Angels right-handed pitcher Kyle Tyler is showing signs that he could a pitcher that could work his way up and be a help to the Angels staff in the future. Tyler was a 20th round draft pick in 2018 out of the University of Oklahoma.
While playing for the Sooners, Tyler was overshadowed by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Kyler Murray who also played for the Sooners baseball team. However, Tyler is a better prospect than Murray who is just an athlete who can play baseball. Tyler can pitch and pitch well.
Tyler pitched for three years for the Sooners and improved every year. His junior year he went 6-2 with a 2.97 ERA striking out 84 batters and only 20 walks in 66 innings of work. Upon being drafted Tyler was sent to the Angels rookie league team in Orem working 24.2 innings with a 5.11 ERA. These numbers are not spectacular, but this season in Burlington for the Low Single-A Bees, Tyler has blossomed.
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So far in 18 games my 13 of which were starts, Tyler has a 6-0 record with an ERA of 2.75 with a WHIP of 0.99. He has 73 strikeouts and only 29 walks in 88 innings of work. In his last six starts Tyler has pitched 34 innings and only given up one earned run which is an ERA of 0.26 and his WHIP is just as stellar at 0.73.
Tyler mixes his 91 to 94 mile per hour fastball with a wicked slider and a change-up. He hopes to bump up his velocity a few ticks to reach the mid-90’s, but he is happy with how the season has gone so far. Tyler hopes to continue to improve this season and he wants to develop a third pitch.
“I think I’ve done well so far this season, but I can always improve on some things and get even better,” Tyler said. “My biggest goal this season is to develop a third pitch which is my change-up and that is coming along really well which I am pretty happy about.”
While Tyler is still in low Single-A if he keeps on pitching well he will move up quickly and could be in the majors in about two years. He would love to make it to the Angels and have players like Mike Trout, Andrelton Simmons, Shohei Ohtani, Griffin Canning, and Jo Adell playing behind him.
“It is great to be in an organization that has so many talented players that you can learn from by just watching how they go about their business,” Tyler said of Trout, Canning, and Ohtani. “It would be great to have guys like that behind me when I pitch knowing that they could get to almost every ball that is hit.”
If I can get called up this season it will mean I am one step closer to my goal of being in the big leagues,” Tyler said. “I think it is every little boys dream to make it to the big leagues one day. Now I am actually getting the opportunity to live it which is pretty awesome.”
Growing up Tyler looked up to Kerry Wood, and he says he has tried to pattern himself after him by going after hitters and being aggressive. Burlington Bees pitching coach Jonathan Van Eaton says that Tyler’s aggressiveness is one of his best attribute. Van Eaton has been impressed with Kyle Tyler’s transition from a bullpen arm to a quality starter this season for the Bees.
“Kyle has done a great job especially lately in not getting many deep counts which has allowed him to go deeper into games,” Van Eaton said. “He has done a great job of going from mostly a bullpen guy at University of Oklahoma to being a very effective starter now. Kyle is very good of getting weak contact. He may not strike a lot of guys out, but he gets a to of two-strike counts and forces guys to swing at his pitch which has Adell him successful this season.”
Good luck Kyle, we are looking forward to watching you progress and hopefully you will realize your dream by making it to Anaheim one day.