IUP left-hander pitcher Tyler Adams was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 27th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.
Adams, the 810th overall pick, became the ninth player in IUP history to be selected in the MLB draft and the first since Ryan Uhl was taken in the seventh round by the Seattle Mariners in 2015.
“I am beyond blessed to be selected by such a great organization,” said Adams. “This has been a dream of mine since I was a young boy. I knew that if I believed in myself and had family and friends who supported me, good things would happen. My father, who passed away last October, was my biggest supporter. He pushed me to become the best baseball player and person that I could be on and off the field.”
Adams finished his junior season with a 3-2 record in nine appearances, including seven starts. He struck out 38 batters in 27 1-3 innings, averaging 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings.
In 20 career games, Adams averaged 14.6 strikeouts per nine, fanning 58 in 35 2-3 innings.
At his scout day last fall, Adams clocked his fastball at 92-96 miles per hour. He also boasts a slider (81-83) and a change-up (78-80).
“Today is a very special day for Tyler, and I couldn’t be more happy for such a great person,” said IUP head coach Anthony Rebyanski. “Tyler emulates the type of student-athlete that we as a staff strive to have and recruit to IUP. He is a true team player, hard-working both on the field and in the classroom, 100 percent dedicated to our program in all facets, and is a tremendous individual.”