Rockies select Georgia pitcher Robert Tyler

Former Georgia standout starter Robert Tyler is headed west.

Tyler was drafted by the Colorado Rockies with the 38th overall pick in the 2016 MLB draft. It was the second time the Cordele native has been drafted, as the Baltimore Orioles selected him in the 28th round three years ago.

The 6-foot-4, 226-pound Tyler entered his junior year as a preseason All-American, according to Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. He posted a 3-5 record with a 4.10 ERA in 14 starts. He also notched 89 strikeouts in the 2016 season.

Tyler’s junior year came on the heels of a 2015 campaign that was halted temporarily due to injury. The right-hander left a start against Georgia Southern on Feb. 27 with a forearm strain and missed the next two months. He finished his sophomore season with six appearances and a 1-1 record.

In his three years at Georgia, Tyler posted a 10-10 record with a 3.62 ERA in 32 starts. He pitched 179 innings and struck out 182 batters.

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