Zuber Ready to Play for Red Wolves

Tyler Zuber tweeted during the Sun Belt Conference Tournament recently he wished he had on the Arkansas State Red Wolves uniform right then. "He was like that when we signed him,'' said ASU assistant Anthony Everman said. "we had to tell him to relax and enjoy your senior season."

And Zuber, a right-handed pitcher from White Hall, did.

"We had a good season,'' he said. " I felt like we got better toward the end of the season. I felt like I was consistent all year."

The Bulldogs did not defend their Class 5A title, but did reach the quarterfinals of the state tourney where they lost to eventual runner-up Little Rock Christian. Zuber was the winning pitcher in a first-round 6-0 victory over Beebe.

For the year, the 5-foot-10 Zuber finished 5-1 with a 1.69 earned run average. He pitched 54 innings and had 98 strikes outs and 41 walks. He threw 999 pitches and had 612 strikes.

He also played on the infield and batted .493 with one home run and 26 RBIs. He had a .710 slugging percentage and .560 on-base average.

"Oh I definitely like pitching better," he said. "I am one of those kinda guys who will go right after a hitter unless the scouting report says to go against him then you try to pitch around him. I really just like to go right at hitters."

Zuber said he relies on his fastball, but also has a curveball, change-up and a slider.

"I can throw them all for strikes," he said.

He said after participating in the Xtra Innings Classic in Jonesboro in July. Not long after that an offer came.

"It just felt like home," he said. "The coaching staff, the place, the facilities, everything was just.

"First time they talked to me I was excited. Very excited. After the Xtra Innings a lot of people started calling me."

He also had offers from Central Arkansas and UALR. His decision came down to the Red Wolves and UCA.

He will play this summer for the Rawlings Prospects, a traveling team in central Arkansas that will play games in Conway, Jonesboro and Fayetteville.

"I am ready to look at the fall and see how I can compare with my hitters, ASU's hitters,'' he said. "And see how I do from there.

"I am expecting a better season than this year. I hope to step in and get some playing time. I just want to see how I compare to college hitters."

Zuber is hoping to see some time as a two-way player in college.

"I have asked them if I could hit ...and they said we will talk about it. So ... that basically means you are going to be a pitcher. I wanna just pitch but then again I don't want to give up hitting yet."

As a junior, Zuber was 5-5 with an 1.87 ERA and had 72 strike outs in 59.2 innings. He batted .333 with 14 RBIs and a .451 on-base percentage.

At the time of his signing ASU pitching coach Tighe Dickinson said, "Tyler is very good pitcher that brings a great skill set to the mound. He has a quality fastball that he locates very well, throws a tight breaking ball, and he is very competitive on the mound. Tyler has the desire to be exceptional at everything he does and we look forward to him pitching for ASU next year."