Tyler Prince is a senior at Bishop Luers High School, a right-handed first baseman, DH and pitcher for the Knights. This 6-foot-3, 200-pound baseball player started playing ball at the age of 7. He played with the Hoagland Youth League and was selected to play on the All-Star team every year from age 9-14. As he grew in baseball, Tyler played on the St. Joe Big League and on District 10 All-Star team three years with his team winning the State Title in 2015 and 2016. Last year while playing with the Big League, Tyler was named to the Central Region All-Tournament Team.
Recently, around the country, top high school baseball players put pen to paper and signed their letter of intent taking advantage of the chance to make their college choices official.
Noticing the accomplishments on Tyler’s plate, the University of St. Francis baseball made it official, and signed Tyler to their roster. Tyler will be starting as a freshman fall semester of 2017-2018 majoring in Sports Medicine/Physical Therapy.
We think he’ll have an immediate impact with his bat,” Greg Roberts, head baseball coach at USF asserted. “He’s one of the best hitters in the area and will be a middle of the lineup hitter. He makes consistent contact and is a big, strong kid with power. I’m really excited to see what he does at this level.” “He is one of the best — if not THE best — hitters in the local area. We’re going to find a place for his bat,” Coach Greg Roberts said.
Roberts said they’ve watched Prince play at Luers, where he was a First Team All-SAC selection, and followed him with the summer baseball team in Royville, Indiana.
Tyler is working hard to prove himself, as he has the past years. This humble, talented young man has not only been a standout in baseball, but also academically carrying high honors/honors all 4 years at Bishop Luers.
“I am very proud of Tyler and his accomplishments on the field and off,” said Judy, Tyler’s mom. “It has truly been a joy watching him grow and develop into the ball player he is today. My wish for Ty is to use the gifts God has blessed him with, to achieve his goals and to make all of his dreams come true.”
Assisting with keeping Tyler focused, are his grandfather and dad. Grandpa Harold Prince, 80, was a ball player in his time. Signed with the Cleveland Indians. “Tyler is living my dream,” Harold said.
Stan, his dad (’76 grad from Elmhurst High School) and twelve-year-old brother, Trevor are his most loyal fans. “If Ty plays up to his potential he will have an even better year than last. With his God-given natural ability to hit a baseball, the sky is the limit,” said his dad.
Tyler is currently batting .200, only because, teams are pitching around him, and because of that he is losing time at bat. “The better the pitcher, the better the batter,” is the mindset of Tyler as he progresses in his final season at Luers.
In an upcoming game, on May 5 at 4:30pm against Dwenger, Tyler and the Bishop Luers Knights will be playing at Parkview Field. It would be nice to see Tyler Prince put one out of the Park! Let’s play ball!
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