We continue the countdown today at number 86 with Tyler Pill of Cal-State Fullerton. He is from Covina High School in Covina, California where he played three years under Head Coach Ryan Merrill. As a senior, he went 7-4 with a 2.01 ERA on the mound, striking out 103 in 76.2 innings pitched, while hitting .463 with four home runs and 32 RBI at the plate. He was named a first-team All-CIF player and was a two-time all-area player in addition to being named All-Valle Vista League first-teamer in all three seasons of varsity action. He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 38th round of the 2008 MLB Draft.
Tyler decided to continue his baseball career at Cal-State Fullerton following in his brother Brett’s footsteps. He stepped right into the pitching rotation as he made 17 appearances (16 starts) as he went 11-3 with a 4.06 ERA. He pitched a total of 102 innings while striking out 74 batters while walking only 13 batters. For the season, opponents only hit .247 off of him. He set freshmen records at Cal-State Fullerton in wins (11), shutouts (2), and winning percentage (.846, 11-3). He also appeared in 15 games as a hitter where he hit .269 with six RBI. Several national publications named him a Freshman-All American including Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America (second team), and the NCBWA (first team). He was also named the Co-Big West Conference Freshman Pitcher of the Year with teammate Noe Ramirez.
In his sophomore season in 2010, he appeared in 55 games in the lineup as he hit .354 with seven homers and 42 RBI while stealing ten bases in 16 attempts. He was only able to make ten appearances on the mound (nine starts) while going 4-4 with a 3.36 ERA. His season on the mound was cut short as he suffered an injury to his pitching arm.
He spent the summer of 2010 in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Harwich Mariners. He ended up hitting .245 with a homer and 13 RBI in 27 games. He did not see anytime on the mound with the Mariners.
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