Lyons drafted by Yankees

Former Frenship High School pitcher and current Oklahoma State standout Tyler Lyons was selected in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday by the New York Yankees. (John Bowersmith)

Former Frenship High School pitcher and current Oklahoma State standout Tyler Lyons was selected in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday by the New York Yankees. (John Bowersmith)

Taking things one step at a time has worked out for former Frenship baseball star Tyler Lyons.

Lyons, now pitching for Oklahoma State University, was drafted in the 10th round, No. 315 overall, by the New York Yankees on June 10 during the Major League Baseball draft.

“It was an exciting time and cool to see when they drafted me,” said Lyons. “I have kind of been waiting on it to happen for a while. You have to take everything one step at a time. In junior high you look forward to high school. When I was in high school, I just tried to make varsity as a freshmen and from there I looked forward to playing professional.”

Lyons has been made his mark at OSU for the past two seasons. As a sophomore, he posted a 12-2 record with a 3.31 ERA and recorded 92 strikouts in 108 2/3 innings.

He was limited in the fall of 2008 with a sore arm and had a slow start to this season as he finished 7-6 with a 4.07 ERA as Oklahoma State failed to make it to the Big 12 Championship.

“It has been such an up-and-down year with injuries,” said Lyons. “I had some tenderness last fall that just didn’t feel right. I started off slow but toward the end of the season I really started to get my stuff and my velocity back to where it needed to be.”

“I just got back from seeing Dr. Andrews and he said everything was OK,” said Lyons. “The Yankees have concerns with my arm, but MRIs and tests showed that everything was OK and there was no structural damage.”

Lyons said the realization of being drafted first entered his mind in the summer of 2008 when he pitched for Team USA. While with Team USA he went 2-0 with 17 strikeouts in 14 innings. He made a total of 11 appearances while helping lead Team USA to a 24-0 record and a gold medal at the FISU World Championships.

“When I played for Team USA it really hit me that I could have the opportunity to be drafted,” said Lyons. “I had a really good time when I was down there.”

Lyons had a workout with the Yankees the week prior to the draft.

“At the workout we were able to talk about a future contract and issues with my arm,” said Lyons. “They know the number I am shooting for and hopefully we can work things out.”

Lyons said he grew up not being a fan of the Yankees, but is excited to be part of the organization.

“They are kind of like the Dallas Cowboys of baseball,” said Lyons. “People always want to play for the Yankees when they are little kids. When I was drafted by them it took a little while for things to set in. It is a cool thing to be part of their organization because of all their history and players from the past.”

Currently, Lyons is playing in the Cape Cod League for the Chatham A’s while he negotiates contract details with the Yankees. He plans on making several starts for Chatham to reassure the Yankees his
arm is in good condition.

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