Tyler Cyr didn't begin pitching until he was in college. So it's crazy to think that the Fremont, Calif. native now plays professional baseball, and hits up to 96 mph with his four-seam fastball. Leaving Skyline College in the East Bay for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for his final two years of college, Cyr improved his fastball velocity from high-80s into the mid-90s thanks to his placement in a weight-lifting program for the first time in his life. Now he works in middle relief for the Augusta GreenJackets, and is doing so like a veteran.
Cyr was taken in the 2015 draft during the 10th round by San Francisco, a team he watched growing up in Northern California going to John F. Kennedy High School in Fremont. After a quick stint with the AZL Giants, Cyr was sent to Augusta to finish the 2015 season. He was assigned to Augusta for the current year and has worked piggy-backing young starting pitchers like Michael Santos and Logan Webb in a long relief role.
He's been using his low-to-mid 90s fastball, along with a curveball and changeup, to strike out an average of 14.8 batters per nine innings in five appearances. Among Giants' pitching prospects, Cyr is fourth in that category, trailing Ray Black and teammates Phil Bickford and Cory Taylor. Not only has Cyr been missing bats, but he's also limited baserunners with just six hits and four walks in 13.1 innings.
Scouts seem to like the curveball better than the changeup when it comes to Cyr's secondary offerings, noting that the fastball is his best pitch and that the changeup could use some work. He comes at hitters with an almost straight over-the-top motion, and it appears that his fastball looks even faster than it is. Above is footage of Cyr in minor league spring training, where he sat comfortably between 91 and 94 mph.
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