Tyler Pike was a recently selection to the Midwest League all-star game June 18, where he pitched a scoreless inning.
Pike, a graduate of Winter Haven High School, was picked in the third round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft by the Seattle Mariners, and currently plays for the Clinton Lumberkings. He pitched in college at Florida State.
Pike’s relatives live in Lake Wales. His grandmother is Lois Pike. His father is Mark Pike, and his uncle, Mike Pike is a mailman, Lois said.
In the first half of the season for the Lumberkings, Tyler led the team in strikeouts with 53. He posted a 4-3 mark with an ERA of 2.90.
“I didn’t think I had an outstanding first half, so it surprised me a little bit,” Pike told the Clinton Herald newspaper.”But it’s a great honor to be voted in by the coaches. Hopefully it’ll get me more motivation to get me going.”
At the time of his selection to the all-star team, the 19 year-old southpaw had held batter to a .194 average, best for any pitcher in the league.
His manager, Eddie Menchaca, said Pike is “one of the best lefties I’ve seen in this league.”
His father, Mark, was also drafted into professional baseball out of the University of South Florida by the Cleveland Indians in the 18th round of the 1986 draft. He advanced to the AA level in four seasons of minor league ball.