That is pretty much what you will hear pre-game in a Cyclones game from many children seeking autographs. Minor league uniforms do not write the player name in the back so you would not expect a 9 year old kid to recognize any of the players.">
That is pretty much what you will hear pre-game in a Cyclones game from many children seeking autographs. Minor league uniforms do not write the player name in the back so you would not expect a 9 year old kid to recognize any of the players.">

Tyler's Terror

"Hey number 29 can I have your autograph."....."Number 12 can you sign this ball for me."....."Please sign this number 7."<br> <br> That is pretty much what you will hear pre-game in a Cyclones game from many children seeking autographs. Minor league uniforms do not write the player name in the back so you would not expect a 9 year old kid to recognize any of the players.

However, that is not the case for Cyclones first baseman and clean up hitter Tyler Davidson who every fan at KeySpan can recognize just by looking at his figure.

Standing at 6'5 and 240 pounds it is pretty hard not to recognize him.

"That is the only player my son recognizes said Billy Shane" who bought his eight year old son Timothy to KeySpan for the fourth time this season on Sunday afternoon. "He is just so big you don't need a roster sheet to know who he is."

Other than first base and the 4 hole in the lineup you will notice Tyler Davidson's name scattered all around the NY-Penn league leader board.

As of July 25, Davidson was ranked in the top four in average, doubles, on-base percentage and extra-base hits in the NY-Penn league. His .351 average is good enough for second on the team and his 23 runs batted in leads the team.

So to what does Tyler attribute the success to this season?

"Just getting a lot of help in the batting cage with Donovan, and trying to get my swing down, and trying to keep it consistent with each at bat" say's Davidson.

Davidson clearly a power hitter, and someone who puts on a show during batting practice had only two home runs entering Sunday's game against the Aberdeen IronBirds, with both of those home runs coming on the road. Many would point to the winds coming off the Atlantic Ocean as the reason KeySpan is not known as a home run hitters park, however Tyler does not believe that is the problem with him.

"Not so much I think" he say's. "It is so short you think about hitting the home run all the time. I am driving my hits to right center more, than instead just pulling them, so that might be a reason for my low power numbers." On Saturday night after the doubleheader with Aberdeen Davidson spoke about how he hopes his power numbers will soon show up.

"I have hit a couple of hard balls to the wall lately but I am just not pulling them. I think I am beginning to get my swing down better now, so maybe the power will show up soon."

Well the power did show up in the fifth inning Sunday with Davidson crushing a ball off the right field scoreboard.

"It felt great" said Davidson following the game.

Tyler is not only impressing at the plate but also on the field. The Mets converted Davidson to first base this season, and speaking to him on opening day at KeySpan Park he was not that happy about it. "I hope I can play a little in the outfield" said Davidson back on June 22, however a month later he realizes first base is better.

"I am really enjoying it" said Davidson with a smile before. "It is much more fun and exciting than playing the outfield, and you're just involved in the game so much more."

Watching Davidson you would think he has played first base his whole life. From making a throw to second base, catching a pickoff throw from the catcher, or throwing to home plate, he just makes it seem so smooth.

"I'm just learning all the footwork, and knowing what spots to play in each situation. I feel like I am doing alright right now at first" said Davidson, who works out at first base each afternoon.

"He knows what he has to do to get better" said Cyclones manager Tony Tijerina about Davidson's transition to first base. "Each day we give him a different situation to practice, whether it is going back on a ball or throwing to second base, it is just a day to day process trying to improve his footwork at first."

Two weeks ago Capital City's (A) first baseman Ian Bladergroen damaged ligaments in his right wrist, and underwent season-ending surgery. At the time Davidson thought he would hear a promotion to Columbia calling, however it never came. Still the Cyclones first baseman is looking forward to playing at the season in Brooklyn.

"I thought I might have gotten promoted at that point but then the organization told me I would be staying here for now. I might go down there for their playoffs if we don't make it, but I can't control that right now. All I can control is the way I am playing here, and for that I am pleased" Davidson said.

So he can hit to all fields, hit for power and field. Everything you would expect from someone who is 6'5 and 240 pounds. However, you would not expect him to have speed would you? Well that he has also. Davidson has stolen three bases this season, and has even showed his extra gear on doubles, and even a triple Saturday during the doubleheader.

"He runs pretty well for his size, and with his gap power that certainly is an advantage" said Tijerina several weeks ago when Davidson stole his first base of the season.

When asked about his speed, Davidson just smiled, and gave a little wink.

"I have a little speed for my size."

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