Robert Tyler can sling it, and the Georgia right-hander earned an invitation to compete for a roster spot on the 2014 USA Baseball Collegiate national team, per georgiadogs.com.
Tyler grew up in Cordele, Ga., and the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Bulldogs' starting pitcher will take his first step toward joining the national team on June 19 in Cary, N.C. From there he'll have 10 days to prove himself worthy of making the team's 24-man roster.
Tyler is just the ninth Dawg in school history to earn this invitation. The most recent players on Georgia's roster to do this were Kyle Farmer in 2012 and Zach Cone, who did it in 2010.
In his first season as a Bulldog, Tyler started 12 games and led the team with a 6-4 record. His Earned Run Average of 2.68 was the lowest of any Georgia starter in 10 seasons.
First-year Diamond Dogs head coach Scott Stricklin gave his starter a congratulatory shout-out on Twitter Thursday, tweeting "Congratulations to @RobertTyler2013 for being invited to the Team USA Trials! #BigCountry."
In further SEC Spring Meetings news from Destin, Fla., Tim Tucker's got you covered over at the AJC.
Thursday's most noted debate was on the league's rulings on pace of play and how quickly the ball should be snapped. Tucker referred to the coaches' talks as a 'healthy debate.'
Auburn's Gus Malzahn is an advocate of the faster offense, while Arkansas' Bret Bielema is rooting for the other side. SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw hasn't picked any side.
While the up-tempo teams have complained in the past, Shaw said he believes refs have become more consistent. As usual, Dean and I would like to hear your opinions on the matter. Take to The Porch for a 'healthy debate' of your own. Keep it rated R. I for one am curious to see what the fans have to say.
Not the SEC.
Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph was among those who covered the topic at the SEC's Spring Meetings. When Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity was asked if the the topic was a dead issue, he replied with a simple 'yes.'
Georgia is one of few, and possibly the only SEC school to test and suspend players for a first-time marijuana offense. This rule has led to a few key players missing key games for the Dawgs, and it will again in 2014 as Justin Scott-Wesley won't be on the field when Georgia hosts Clemson in August.
While Mark Richt says everyone should follow the same guidelines, he hasn't pursued the creation of that rule.
He just wants to teach his players a lesson that will last down the road.