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Tyler Alexander (baseball)

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Tyler Alexander
Detroit Tigers – No. 70
Pitcher
Born: (1994-07-14) July 14, 1994 (age 26)
Chicago, Illinois
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
July 3, 2019, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
(through 2020 season)
Win–loss record3–7
Earned run average4.50
Strikeouts81
Teams
Career highlights and awards
MLB Records
  • 9 consecutive strikeouts by a relief pitcher

Tyler John Alexander (born July 14, 1994) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Amateur career

Alexander attended Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas. In 2013, as a senior, he went 12–1 with a 0.66 ERA, striking out 177 batters in 94.2 innings.[1] He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 23rd round of the 2013 MLB draft, but did not sign with the Tigers and instead chose to attend Texas Christian University (TCU), where he played college baseball.[2] As a freshman in 2014, he went 10–3 with a 2.36 ERA in twenty games (16 starts), and in 2015, as a sophomore, he went 6–3 with a 3.07 ERA in 17 games (15 starts). After his sophomore season, Alexander was again drafted by the Tigers, this time in the second round of the 2015 MLB draft.[3][4]

Professional career

Alexander signed with the Tigers and spent the 2015 season with the Connecticut Tigers,[5] posting an 0–2 record and 0.97 ERA in 37 innings pitched. He started 2016 with the Lakeland Flying Tigers and was promoted to the Erie SeaWolves during the season. In 25 total games (24 starts) between the two teams, he pitched to an 8–8 record and 2.44 ERA with a 1.05 WHIP. He returned to Erie in 2017, posting an 8–9 record, a 5.07 ERA, and 120 strikeouts in 27 games (26 starts),[6] and in 2018, he played for both Erie and the Toledo Mud Hens, going 6–8 with a 4.44 ERA in 26 games (24 starts). He returned to Toledo to begin 2019.

On July 3, 2019, the Tigers selected Alexander's contract and promoted him to the major leagues as the 26th man of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox.[7] In his major league debut, he pitched five innings, allowing two runs and recording four strikeouts (including the very first batter he faced).[8] On September 16, Alexander pitched six innings of one-run baseball against the Baltimore Orioles, earning his first major league win.[9]

On August 2, 2020 against the Cincinnati Reds, Alexander set an MLB record for a reliever by striking out nine consecutive batters. He also tied the American League and Tigers' franchise record of nine consecutive strikeouts set by Doug Fister on September 27, 2012. He became the first pitcher with 10 or more strikeouts in a relief outing since Randy Johnson set the strikeout record for a relief pitcher with 16 on July 18, 2001. (Johnson's record was accomplished on the second day of a suspended game; while he was the first pitcher to appear that day, he was officially listed as a reliever.)[10][11]

With the 2020 Detroit Tigers, Alexander appeared in 14 games, compiling a 2-3 record with a 3.96 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 36.1 innings pitched.[12]

References

  1. ^ "Southlake Carroll's Tyler Alexander named Baseball Pitcher of the Year; Rockwall-Heath's Bret Boswell Hitter of the Year | SportsDay". Sportsday.dallasnews.com. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "College Check-in: TCU Pitcher Tyler Alexander Looks to Become a Leader – Southlake Style". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Tigers take TCU left-hander Tyler Alexander with 65th overall Draft pick". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "Detroit Tigers draft left-hander Tyler Alexander for second time in three years". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Tigers farm report: 2nd-rounder Alexander pitching well". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "Tyler Alexander Stats, Highlights, Bio – MiLB.com Stats – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  7. ^ Chris McCosky (July 2, 2019). "No joke: LHP Tyler Alexander to make big-league debut Wednesday". The Detroit News. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  8. ^ Chris McCosky (July 4, 2019). "'Tough night': Abreu, White Sox sweep away big games by Tigers". The Detroit News. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  9. ^ Beck, Jason (September 16, 2019). "Reyes keeps impressing as season winds down". MLB.com. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  10. ^ Crawford, Kirkland (August 2, 2020). "Detroit Tigers' Tyler Alexander sets record by striking out nine straight Reds". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  11. ^ Beck, Jason (August 2, 2020). "Alexander K's 9 in a row, tying AL record". MLB.com. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  12. ^ https://www.mlb.com/player/tyler-alexander-641302
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