Georgia Baseball Pitcher Robert Tyler Shuts Down Cuba on the Fourth of July


The Dawgs’ Robert Tyler found a unique way to celebrate Independence Day, pitching four scoreless innings to beat Cuba.

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This summer, Georgia baseball pitcher Robert Tyler had the thrill of his young baseball life. The 6-4, 217-pound right-hander started the USA Collegiate National Team’s series clinching win against Cuba in front of a sellout crowd at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte on the Fourth of July. Tyler pitched four scoreless innings in the 11-1 victory in front of 10,352 fans.

Tyler emerged as one of the stars of the elite 24-man USA team’s pitching staff. He registered a perfect 3-0 record and a 1.00 ERA in nine innings. The squad went 9-8 during their summer tour, which featured winning the series win from Cuba.

“When you play for Georgia and in the SEC, you see a lot of good talent, and the same goes for the Cape Cod League where some of the best guys in college go play summer ball,” Tyler told “Then, you go play for the USA Team, and it’s awesome. Coach (Fred) Corral encouraged me to learn from all the guys and the coaches with the USA Team and see how I can improve my game. We didn’t have to travel as much this year, so it was nice to hang out and get to know everybody better.”

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Tyler is a rising junior and should be a premium pick in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft next June. He was ranked No. 1 on the Perfect Game USA Top 100 College Sophomores list.

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.

“I went up to the Cape to pitch a little and keep my arm in shape, and then on June 18th, I drove to North Carolina, and a couple of days later I started Opening Day for the USA Team, and that was special,” Tyler said. “I pitched in three games for the USA Team with two starts and had a great time.”

Tyler’s summer baseball season is over, but a few Dawgs are still playing.

Heath Holder, Lexington County Blowfish (Coastal Plain) is 1-1, 2.73 ERA in six starts, 33 innings with 32 strikeouts including a no-hitter.

Nick King, San Luis Obispo Blues (California Collegiate) is batting .279 with eight doubles, 15 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 29 games was selected for the CCL All-Star Game.

Trey Logan, Lima Locos (Great Lakes) is batting .195 with two RBI and four stolen bases in 15 games.

Daniel Nichols, Newport Gulls (New England Collegiate) appeared in seven games with 16 at-bats and hit .125-0-1

Henry Rowling, Lima Locos (Great Lakes) is batting .326 with one home run and eight RBI in 15 games Bo Tucker, Falmouth Commodores (Cape Cod) – 0-1, 3.75 ERA in five games including three starts, posting nine strikeouts in 12 innings

Mitchell Webb, Peninsula Pilots (Coastal Plain) is batting .122 with six RBI in 17 games including 11 starts

Skyler Weber, Peninsula Pilots (Coastal Plain) started all 35 games and hitting .305 with six home runs, 25 RBI and 19 stolen bases

Stephen Wrenn, Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (Cape Cod) is batting .279 with three home runs, 11 RBI and five stolen bases in 28 games.

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