The Colorado Rockies have made Robert Tyler, a right-handed pitcher from Georgia, their second selection in the the 2016 MLB amateur draft. Combined with Riley Pint, the Rockies first overall pick, the Rockies have had a strong start to the draft and will pick one more time tonight 45th overall in the second round.
Like Pint, Tyler is known for his big fastball that has reached triple digits. Ranked as the 25th best prospect by mlbpipeline.com, Tyler's fastball has been graded as a 75 on the classic 20 to 80 scale. His secondary pitches need development, and there is some thought that his future is in the bullpen because of that. However, he has flashed a plus changeup at times.
The Rockies continue their trend of valuing guys who can throw a good fastball. Tyler's fastball is not just about speed either, it has good movement, and maybe more importantly for the Rockies good sink on it.
Tyler has matched up well against top competition, including a duel with A.J. Puk where Tyler threw 8.1 innings and allowed one run while striking out nine. Georgia won that game 2-1 in 12 innings.
Tyler completed this season after having been shut down with injuries the previous three seasons, including once with a forearm strain.