Tyler Green (baseball)
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|Born: February 18, 1970|
|April 9, 1993, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 1998, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Earned run average||5.16|
|Career highlights and awards|
Green was named Gatorade National Player of the Year along with Dr. Pepper Colorado Athlete of the Year.
The Cincinnati Reds drafted Green as their 2nd pick out of high school but he opted to attend Division I (D-I) baseball powerhouse Wichita State (WSU) with legendary coaches Gene Stephenson and Brent Kemnitz.
As a freshman starter, Green helped the Shockers (68-16) to a NCAA D-I Championship.
Earlier that year, Green was a member of the gold-medal winning Team USA and was the MVP beating Cuba 8-1 with a complete game 1-hitter and at one point retired 17 straight Cuba batters in the 1988 Jr. Olympics in Sydney Australia.
His sophomore campaign was highlighted by a 9 inning no-hitter against New Mexico which carried into the Cape Cod Summer League where Tyler received the “Top Pro Prospect” award given by the coaches and pro scouts.
As a junior, he earned First Team All Missouri Valley Conference.
He earned All-Tournament recognition and was named Most Outstanding Player of the 1991 MVC Classic.
He ranked 7th in the nation with 134 strikeouts and 17th with an average of 10.4 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched.
On June 7, 1991, the day of the MLB Amateur Draft, Tyler was chosen as the 10th pick in the first round by the Phillies.
Later that night in Omaha, Nebraska at the College World Series, he stuck out 14 and combined with teammate Jamie Bluma to beat hometown favorite Creighton University 3-2 in a 12-inning dual and still remains as one of the best College World Series games in history.
After a short stint in the minor leagues which included a no-hitter vs. Ottawa on July 4, Tyler made his big league debut as a member of the 1993 National League Champion Phillies, where he joined a pitching staff that included Curt Schilling, Terry Mulholland and "Wild Thing" Mitch Williams. “Macho Row” members Lenny Dykstra, Darren Daulton and John Kruk also led that team.
Green’s best season was in 1995, where he was in the running for Rookie of the Year along with Hideo Nomo and after back to back complete game shutouts against the Dodgers and a clutch performance beating John Smoltz and the Atlanta Braves, Tyler was selected to represent the Phillies and the National League in the All-Star Game in Arlington Texas.
After battling through 4 shoulder and 2 elbow surgeries, Tyler ended his 10-year career as a member of the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indian organizations in 2000.