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    Tyler has a big arm Tyler Flowers Jersey , but injuries have held back his progress”WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Scaling the RocksPebble Fan ExperienceRockies Minor Leagues and ProspectsColorado Rockies prospect rankings: No. 23, Robert TylerNew,20commentsTyler has a big arm, but injuries have held back his progressMSTShareTweetShareShareColorado Rockies prospect rankings: No. 23, Robert Tyler23. Robert Tyler (261 points, 28 ballots)Robert Tyler looks like a pitching prospect straight out of central casting. He possesses a rocket right arm that flirts with triple digits, stands 6’4”, 226 pounds, and has the pedigree of a (supplemental) first round pick with a $1.7 million signing bonus. Of course, Tyler could only be accurately cast for a baseball movie like Major League in which you really only need one hellish fastball to mow down big-leaguers left and right. Okay, that’s not exactly fair: Tyler also boasts a 55 grade change-up to pair with his 75 grade fastball (which beyond heat also offers good movement).Mid-season Rank:聽22High Ballot:聽13Mode Ballot:聽13, 18, 26Future Value:聽40 , MLB set-up manContract Status:聽2016 Competitive Balance Round A, Not Rule 5 Eligible, three options remainingMLB ETA:聽Late 2020So why isn’t Tyler higher on the PuRPs list? For one, he’s been hurt so far as a professional, losing all of 2017 to shoulder fatigue. Before that, he was hurt throughout his college career as well. More importantly, the 23-year old has been given just a 40 grade on his command, well below average for a prospect of note. Those two items combined (durability and reliability) have led the Rockies to confine Tyler to a relief role, in which his stuff certainly plays up over shorter outings.In a full-time relief role in 2018 after a year away, Tyler showed markedly improved command (and therefore results) with Low A Asheville. In 38 1鈦? innings over 34 appearances with Asheville, Tyler posted a 3.99 ERA (1.83 xFIP) and 8 saves with 52 strikeouts against just 7 walks — which is incredible considering he walked 16 men in just 7 innings in 2016. Those are excellent results indeed, and they came despite a short DL stint in May. Unfortunately, the good numbers didn’t follow Tyler to High A after a late July promotion. In 12 appearances with Lancaster Phil Niekro Jersey , Tyler only provided five outings in which he was un-scored upon, allowing 11 runs (10 earned) on 17 hits and 5 walks, striking out 5 in 9 1鈦? innings against age appropriate competition in the hitter friendly California League. Obviously that’s a sour ending to what had up to that point been a sweet season for Tyler, but let’s hope he gets it corrected for 2019.Here’s some tape on Tyler from June 2018 courtesy of 2080 thinks enough right now of Tyler’s arm to rank him 12th in the system:Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs rated Tyler the 14th best prospect in the system back in May 2018, slapping Tyler with a 40 FV grade:The bottom line is that Tyler represents arguably the highest ceiling of Colorado’s bevy of relief prospects, a shut-down late inning reliever, thanks to the explosiveness of the fastball/change combo. Then again, his floor is also low for such a high octane arm due to the durability and command concerns he still presents.Tyler’s lost 2017 put him behind the development curve, and he’ll be Rule 5 eligible after the 2019 season. With an arm like Tyler’s, he’s nearly certain to be selected if left un-protected, so the Rockies will hope Tyler shows better in Lancaster (presumably) in 2019 than he did in 2018. If things go well, Tyler could be in the 2020 bullpen conversation. On my personal ballot, Tyler’s ceiling and Asheville success slightly outweighed his Lancaster failure and flame-out risk , as I ranked him 15th (one of the highest in the electorate on Tyler) with a 40 Future Value grade. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Josh Donaldson was activated from the disabled by AL Central-leading Cleveland and set to make his Indians debut Tuesday night at Tampa Bay.Cleveland also said 18-game winner Corey Kluber will not start this weekend, allowing him to get extra days off and to line him up for the postseason.Donaldson was acquired from Toronto on Aug. 31. The 2015 AL MVP had not played in the major leagues since May 28 because of a left calf strain.Jose Ramirez moved from third to second to make room in the field for Donaldson. Jason Kipnis was moved from second to center field.For the first time, probably, all year we’re getting close to where we have our team and hopefully nothing else happens and we can work towards becoming a team that can be a factor,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.Donaldson was sidelined from April 11-May 2 with a shoulder problem.Francona is leaning toward using a four-man playoff rotation.Kluber allowed four runs in 1 2/3 innings in Monday.“Barring anything crazy, he can go into a playoff game with one extra days rest, which is what he wants,” Francona said.

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