Tyler Strawn: Left-Handed Hitting Shortstop out of California Seeking Team Overseas for 2018
Tyler Strawn is a left-handed hitting shortstop out of Hayward, California. He attended Laney Junior College where he won All-Conference honors during his freshman season. After playing two years with Laney, Tyler accepted an offer to play Division I baseball at East Carolina University. But unfortunately once he got there in the fall of 2014, the coaching staff that recruited him was fired. The following spring, Tyler decided to transfer to the Academy of Art University back in California where he would finish his college baseball career on a high note. In his senior season, Tyler led the Urban Knights in most offensive categories with 185 at-bats, 57 hits, 12 doubles, 72 total bases, and an OBP of .375.
Now that Tyler has finished college ball, he is looking to extend his baseball career overseas so he can get the opportunity to travel the world, experience new cultures, and continue playing the game he loves. He would make a good addition to a European team as a middle of the lineup hitter who can drive the ball in the gap and pull the ball for some power. He would like a team to cover flights, housing, and a monthly salary to cover living expenses. If the situation is right, he may be willing to cover his own flights if necessary.
Like many ball players, my playing career started when I was a child. I played year round ball from 11 till now. I went to a high school that was not predominately known for baseball. My senior year approached with no serious college offers. After a decent season I took a year off of school after high school debating whether I wanted to continue playing. I attended Laney Community College in Oakland, CA where I received all conference honors my freshman year. I signed a letter of intent the next fall with East Carolina University (ECU) a Division 1 in North Carolina. I had to pass 24 units in the spring to attend ECU in the fall. As a result of my packed class schedule, my baseball performance suffered. I passed my classes, but the coaching staff from ECU was fired. I attended in the next fall anyway. Things didn’t work out there and as a result I ended up at the Academy of Art in San Francisco in the spring of 2015. I finished my college career there.
Date of birth: August 22, 1993
Birthplace / Current Residence: Hayward, California / San Leandro, California
Passports held: United States
Dual Citizenship: No
Height and weight: 6’4″/ 210 lbs
Bats / Throws: Left/Right
Primary position(s): Shortstop
Secondary position(s): 3rd base
Education: Communications & Media Technologies
Hobbies and Interests: Videography and Photography
Post baseball career plans: Work for an MLB organization as a video coordinator or help in player development using video analysis
Relationship status: Single and free to travel the world
Recent injuries or illnesses: No
2013-14: Laney College, California Junior College – Bay Valley Conference
2015-16: Academy of Art University, NCAA: Division 2 – Pacific West Conference
2014-16: San Francisco Seals, Far West League
2010 & 2011: 2nd Team All-Conference (Hayward Area Athletic League)
2013: All-Conference (Bay Valley Conference)
2013 & 2014: MVP and Teammate of the year (Laney college)
2016: Team MVP (Academy of Art)
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|2016||Academy of Art||185||57||12||0||1||18||18||28||19||2||3||2||0.308||0.375||0.389|
Dan McDermott, Academy of Art Baseball, Head Coach: DMcDermott@academyart.edu
Dan Parker, Napa Valley College, Head Coach: Daniel.Parker@napavalley.edu
Jimmy Meuel, Academy of Art Baseball, Assistant Coach: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have gotten to know Tyler Strawn over the fall and winter and remember him from the recruiting process when he was in high school and coming out of Laney. Tyler spent most of his career at 3B and that is probably his most natural position. He played a bit at SS, and could play 1B as well. If memory serves, he may be a step too slow to be an everyday SS, but is physical enough to be a prototype 3B. Glove and arm will play at 3B.
I could see him hitting for a high average and a lot of doubles. I also think it is not a stretch to think he could hit more home runs as he has filled out since college. Even though he is a good size, I do not think he has peaked physically.Tyler is a great person off the field and would be a great ambassador for your league in the community. He helped me move and watches our cats when my wife and I are gone. He was considered a D1 talent coming out of Laney and originally signed with East Carolina, only transferring to ART U when the coaching staff he committed to was fired. To put him further in perspective, I believe he would have started for any of the Menlo teams I was a part of.
Tyler is looking for a team overseas for the 2018 season who is willing to set him up with flights, accommodations, and a salary to cover living expenses. He may be willing to pay for his flights if the situation is right. Tyler is also open to working for a team editing baseball videos and audio for a media program.
LinkedIn: Tyler Strawn