RHP Tyler Bolton (2012-14)
June 7, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina junior Tyler Bolton was selected in the 33rd round by the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday afternoon during the third day of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Bolton was taken with the 990th overall pick and is the fourth Pirate selected in this year's draft behind Jeff Hoffman (No. 9 overall/Toronto Blue Jays), Ryan Williams (10th RD/Chicago Cubs) and Zach Houchins (13th RD/Los Angeles Angles).
Tyler Bolton - 2014 Biographical Sketch
Appeared in 14 games making 13 starts ... Sported fifth-lowest ERA on the staff (2.42) ... Allowed 29 runs (19 earned) on 64 hits posting a 2-7 record ... Struck out 35 while allowing 27 walks in 70.2 innings ... Tied for eighth in Conference USA with 19 earned runs allowed ... Picked up first collegiate win against N.C. Central (Mar. 29) on a predetermined pitch count where he surrendered two runs (one earned) on five hits with a pair of strikeouts in three innings ... Notched second win against Middle Tennessee (Apr. 18) tossing 5.2 shutout frames ... Tallied four quality starts on the year (VCU, UNCG, FAU, Southern Miss) ... Did not allow a hit against UTSA (May 16) where he allowed one run (unearned) in 5.1 innings before being lifted ... Held opposing hitters to a .246 composite batting average ... Worked a career-best 7.2 innings against FIU (May 2) ... Struck out a career-high five batters on two occasions (at VCU, at ODU) ... Surrendered one or less run in six of his outings ... Worked into the sixth inning seven times (seventh frame three times) ... Fanned two or more batters in nine contests.
Career Notes: Three-year letterwinner ... Appeared in 27 career games (15 starts) ... First collegiate win came against N.C. Central during junior campaign ... Spent two summers playing in the Coastal Plain League (2012-13) ... With the Wilmington Sharks in 2013, posted a 5-0 record with a 0.87 ERA (second in the league) ... Named CPL East All-Star starting pitcher tossing a pair of shutout innings with one strikeout.
Career Pitching Numbers at ECU: 2-7, 3.44 ERA, 86.1 IP, 27 games (15 starts), 91 Hs, 45 Rs, 33 ERs, 35 BBs, 45 Ks.
Career-Highs - innings pitched: 7.2 vs. FIU (5/2/14); strikeouts: 5 (twice, last at ODU 4/12/14); walks: 5 at VCU (2/25/14); hits: 7 (3 times, last at USM 5/10/14); runs: 6 vs. VCU (3/19/14); earned runs: 4 (twice, last vs. FIU 5/2/14).