Walsh is a player to watch

Mater Dei (IN) High School 2013 shortstop/right-hand pitcher Tyler Walsh may be one of the most under recruited players that I saw at the Keith Hagan Memorial All-American Tournament in Memphis, Tennessee last week.

  • Name: Tyler Walsh
  • Classification: 2013
  • Position: Shortstop/Right-Hand Pitcher
  • Ht, Wt: 6-foot-5, 195
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right
  • High School: Mater Dei (IN) High School
  • Summer Travel Team: Evansville Wolfepack
  • Schools of Interest: Evansville, Memphis, Southern Indiana

    It's not often you see a shortstop who can go deep into the hole between short and third base and make a play, then throw the runner out at first. But I saw Walsh easily make that play during a game last week. When asked his strengths as a baseball player, Walsh mentioned that very thing.

    "My arm is pretty strong," he said. "I can go get the ball deep in the hole and make the throw to first base. I've made a lot of those plays."

    I was also impressed with him as a hitter. He made good contact just about every at-bat that I saw.

    "Offensively, I'm more of a contact hitter who gets the job done if there are runners in scoring position," said Walsh. "I'm mostly a doubles hitter but I can get the ball out some."

    He's also the type player who doesn't let the game speed up on him.

    "I don't let my at-bats affect my fielding and I don't let my fielding affect my at-bats," he said.

    With a good glove, good arm and a player who hits for a good average, you would think colleges would be knocking down his door. Not so.

    "I have a couple of local teams that are recruiting me, USI (Southern Indiana) and UE (Evansville)," said Walsh. "Memphis has shown some interest in me."

    The schools who have seen him play are looking at him mostly as a pitcher. But Walsh would prefer playing in the field in addition to pitching.

    "Most of the colleges who have seen me play want me as a pitcher, but I would rather play (in the field) and be a swing guy (a pitcher and hitter)," said the youngster. "I like to hit and be out in the field, not just pitching."

    In addition to a fastball, he has a couple of other pitches that he throws.

    "I have a good curveball which I am still working on and a really good changeup," he said. "If I hit my spots and I'm on throwing strikes I'm pretty hard to hit."

    Walsh and his Evansville Wolfepack teammates played in Memphis, Tennessee the past two weeks in the Keith Hagan Memorial All-American Tournament (wood bat) in front of numerous college coaches.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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