Former Titan, Tyler Bashlor chosen by NY Mets in 11th Round....
TORRINGTON: While he had heard he may have been going as high as the 3rd round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, this was still a pretty special day for former Torrington Titan pitcher, Tyler Bashlor.
Bashlor was chosen by the New York Mets in the 11th round on Saturday afternoon, the 326th overall draft pick.
The hard throwing right hander just completed his sophomore year at South Georgia College where he excelled on the mound and at the plate.
His stats were good. A 5-3 record with a 3.20 ERA was filled with strikeouts, 79 in just 50.2 innings of work.
At the plate, Bashlor showed why he spent time in the Torrington starting lineup last year with a .308 average that included a pair of home runs and 22 RBI’s.
Late spring was a busy time for Bashlor, who worked out for over a dozen major league teams, making stops in Atlanta at Turner Field and in Tampa at the New York Yankees spring training facility.
“It was great throwing from the mound in Atlanta.” Bashlor said. “The whole thing has been really exciting.”
The 6’0”, 200 pound Savannah, GA native first got himself noticed a year ago at the mid-season All-Star Game hosted by the Futures Collegiate Baseball League in Nashua, New Hampshire.
“That’s when the scouts first started knowing who I was.” Bashlor said.
Lighting up the radar gun in the mid-90’s will do that for a player in front of a dozen or so guys with radar guns and a need for middle relief.
For the Titans, Bashlor batted .264 with nine runs scored and three doubles.
On the mound he racked up 13 strikeouts in seven innings while picking up a pair of saves and posting a perfect 0.00 ERA.
The Mets got into the mix late, calling Bashlor on Friday during the fifth round at which time an offer was turned down in hopes of a better one down the line.
Despite enjoying his time in Torrington a year ago, Bashlor will be playing this summer in the Cape Cod League as he looks to increase his value even more.
Three South Georgia teammates will be in Torrington this summer though.
Rhett Jones, who is back for his second year, Kaleb Holbrook and Spencer Thomas are part of the 2013 Titans roster.