Washington diminutive 5-10 right handed pitcher Tyler Davis has been leading the Washington Huskies this season to an impressive 29-10-1 record while going 16-5 in Pac-12 play.
No one better represents the amazing turnaround of the Huskies – a traditional afterthought in college baseball – than Davis. One season removed from a disastrous sophomore season (2-7, 5.11), Davis is one of 50 players on the midseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, presented annually to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.
“He’s a lot like their team,” Washington State coach Donnie Marbut said admiringly. “Their team doesn’t care they were picked 10th, and he doesn’t really give a (profanity) that he’s 5-foot-8.”
Marbut was joking about Davis’ height, but the coach was dead serious when he said, “He can really locate his fastball away. You can tell he’s got a lot of confidence in himself.”
Davis’s confidence took a hit when the former high school All-America selection went 4-11 as a part-time starter his first two years at Washington. At the urging of the coaching staff, Davis (an economics major from Mountain View, CA.) skipped summer ball and remained on campus to gain strength physically and mentally.
“My first two years here,” Davis said, “I knew I was a good pitcher, but I didn’t have the right mentality to make the jump from high school to the Pac-12, the best conference in college baseball.”
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