DOB: 02/21/1988 (Age 27)
Place Of Birth: Lubbock, Texas
Teams: St. Louis Cardinals
Tyler Lyons was born in Lubbock, Texas to Monte and Lori Lyons. A two-sport athlete in high school, Lyons was a stand out quarterback and an ace pitcher. He was named to the All-State team in football his senior year and was a two-time district MVP in baseball. After high school, Lyons decided to take a baseball scholarship from Oklahoma State University.
At Oklahoma State, Lyons majored in Sports Management and was an integral part of the Cowboys' success from 2008-2010. He was named to Second Team All-Big 12 in 2008 and then All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2010. During that time, Lyons also pitched for Team USA in 2008, where he helped the team win the gold medal at the FISU World Championships by appearing eleven times without giving up a run.
Lyons was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 9th round of the 2010 MLB Draft. He began his professional career with the Palm Beach Cardinals, where he pitched the only no-hitter in team history. After working his way up the ranks of the Cardinals' minor league system, Lyons made his MLB debut on May 22, 2013 with a stellar start in San Diego that resulted in a 5-3 win for the Cardinals.
Since then, Lyons has made multiple trips from St. Louis to Memphis, bouncing back and forth from AAA to the big leagues. Lyons' major career highlight was delivering seven shutout innings and a win for the Cardinals on September 30th, 2015 against the Pirates when the Cardinals clinched the National League Central and won their 100th game of the season.
As A Player
Position(s): Starting Pitcher
Bats: L Throws: L
Career W/L Record & ERA: 5-9, 4.27
Tyler Lyons has had an up and down career with the Cardinals so far, pitching as a starter and a long reliever. Lyons' command of his pitches is usually solid, but he does not possess an over-powering fastball (88-92 MPH). Without that put-away heater, Lyons can have an off day if the command does not show up to the ballpark. His other pitches are a changeup and curveball, with the curveball being far more dominant than the change.
As far as his long-term outlook goes, many scouts are starting to see Lyons as a reliever. They suggested giving him a look as a starter when he was initially brought up to the majors, but now it is more clear that Lyons has more value coming out of the bullpen. With all the pitching talent that the Cardinals have right now, it has been difficult for Lyons to separate himself from the pack. If he continues to work on his command, he can definitely be an impact arm out of the bullpen for the Cardinals in 2016.