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Tyler Jay – LHP
Born: April 19th, 1994 (23 years old on opening day)
Drafted: 1st round (6th overall), 2015 from the University of Illinois
Height: 6’ 1”
Weight: 185 lbs
Tyler Jay was drafted with the 6th overall pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Illinois, where he was the closer on a team that won the Big Ten Conference with a 50-10-1 overall record and were Regional Champions in the NCAA Tournament that season. Jay also took home the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year hardware and saw his draft stock rise throughout the season as he wasn’t your typical 1-inning closer.
In 30 appearances during that 2015 season, Jay pitched more than 1 inning 18 times, finishing with 66.2 total innings. It wasn’t out of the question to see some starter potential there.
After signing, Jay was sent directly to the Florida State League and pitched out of the bullpen. In 18.1 IP he had a 3.93 ERA and struck out 22 to begin his pro career. For the 2016 season he made 13 starts for the Miracle, going 5-5 with a 3.10 ERA and 68 K’s in 69.2 innings before being bumped to Chattanooga where he made 2 starts and 3 relief appearances.
Before the 2017 season started, the new Falvine regime decided to move him to the bullpen permanently, and the expectation was he might move quickly and join the Twins bullpen during the summer. Unfortunately, injury struck in spring training and he sat out until May 25th. He’d make just 2 appearances for Chattanooga before going back on the disabled list, and the fear at the time was he might require Thoracic Outlet Surgery. He again missed all of June and July and most of August, but after surgery was determined not to be needed, he went at a rehab tour in Fort Myers with the GCL Twins and the Miracle before heading to the Arizona Fall League.
He was able to get in 9.2 more innings in the AFL, though the results were a mixed bag as he had a 5.59 ERA and allowed 13 hits, including 2 home runs. He did strike out 11. The biggest takeaway from this was he showed he should be healthy heading into the 2018 season.
He begins this year back with the Chattanooga Lookouts, and the plan for 2018 isn’t much different than it would have been in 2017 provided he was healthy. If he’s performing he could be a quick mover, with the Twins bullpen in sight before September rolls around.
2015 Draft Preview: http://twinsdaily.co...tyler-jay-r3720
2018 Next Minnesota Twins: http://twinsdaily.co...wins-2018-r6569
Edited by Steve Lein, 11 April 2018 - 03:57 PM.