After a successful summer stint with the USA Collegiate National Team, Georgia pitcher Robert Tyler is relaxing in his hometown of Cordele until he returns to the Classic City in the fall.
A 6-4, 217-pound right-hander, Tyler made the elite 24-man USA roster and emerged as one of the stars of the pitching staff. He registered a 3-0 record and a 1.00 ERA in nine innings. The squad went 9-8 during its summer tour, which featured winning a series from Cuba.
Tyler is a rising junior who is expected to be a premium pick in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft next June.
After being limited to just 23.2 innings this past season for the Bulldogs, Tyler pitched briefly for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod League before reporting to USA Team Camp in mid-June.
Tyler said his most memorable experience was the July 4th start against Cuba in front of a sellout crowd at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte. Tyler pitched four scoreless innings in an 11-1 series-clinching victory in front of 10,352 fans. It matched the largest win over Cuba in national team history. Tyler allowed only a two-out double in his final inning of work.