On Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals transferred the option of pitcher Tyler Lyons from Triple-A Memphis to Double-A Springfield. The left-hander threw two innings of relief for the Redbirds Friday night and should be returning to St. Louis next week. In the interim, it is unlikely that he will pitch for Springfield, a club that has been eliminated from Texas League post-season contention.
In the corresponding move, outfielder James Ramsey moved up from Springfield to Memphis.
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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