Sent down from St. Louis in June, Tyler Lyons is making his case to return heard loudly in July. The Memphis Redbirds left-handed starting pitcher has been named the Pacific Coast League's Pitcher of the Week for the period of July 1-7.
The 25-year-old went 1-0, allowing three runs on just four hits while striking out a league-leading 19 batters over a pair of quality starts against division-rivals Iowa and Nashville during the week. Lyons issued only three walks and limited hitters to a .083 average (4-for-48) over those 15 innings.
Became a Cardinal
Selected in the ninth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. Signing announced July 25, 2010 for a reported $40,000.
He moved into Palm Beach’s rotation in late June after 21 relief appearances. In his 12 starts, Lyons had a 7-2 record with a 4.41 ERA. He fanned 57 and walked 18 in 65 1/3 innings. Lyons moved on to starting in the Arizona Fall League in October and November.
After signing in July and reporting to short-season Batavia, the left-hander was diagnosed with tendinitis in his pitching elbow and was shut down for the remainder of the summer.
Lyons struggled with consistency in 2009 and 10 while excelling during the summer. With Team USA in 2008, he did not allow a run working out of the bullpen. On the Cape in 2009, he posted a 1.77 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 45.2 innings.
In spring 2010, he posted a record of 3-6 with a 6.06 ERA while striking out 80 and walking 18. The southpaw pitches in the high 80’s with a solid curveball that he struggled commanding. Due to these struggles, Lyons found a new feel for his changeup that has made it a valuable secondary pitch.
Lyons was previously selected in the 10th round of the 2009 draft by the New York Yankees.
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