La Roche College Baseball starting pitcher and AMCC All-Conference performer Tyler Ferguson continues to receive honors even in the Redhawks' offseason. This summer, Ferguson is tossing relief for the Butler Blue Sox and he recently got the nod to partake in the Prospect League's All-Star Game on July 17th.
Ferguson described the Prospect League. "It has a great atmosphere. A lot of fans come to the games and all of the players are in it for the same reason, to play hard."
The Prospect League is also rich with collegiate talent and one of the top collegiate summer baseball leagues in the United States. Games often draw professional scouts, including the All-Star Game which has their own scout day.
Ferguson is enjoying tremendous success as a reliever this summer. He currently sports a 2.00 ERA in 12 appearances this season and has struck out 17 batters in 18 innings of work. He has helped the Blue Sox to a 20-17 record and the team is just 2.5 games out of a playoff spot at the halfway point.
"I am really happy and thankful for making the all-star team. That was one of my goals from the beginning."
Ferguson is also looking forward to coming back to campus next season when he can highlight improvements in his game.
"I'm working on becoming a better pitcher and not just a thrower", said Ferguson. "I'm focusing more on what hitters did in their previous at bats."
Last season with the Redhawks, Ferguson went 7-4 with a 2.78 ERA and led the AMCC Conference with 90 strikeouts. He was an AMCC All-Conference Second Team selection and the AMCC Player of the Week in April.
Ferguson and the Blue Sox will play 2-game sets against Lorain, Chillicothe, and West Virginia before heading into the All-Star break on July 17th. The game will be played at Pullman Park at 7:00PM.
For more information on the Butler Blue Sox and the Prospect League All-Star Game, visit www.butlerbluesox.net.
Photo courtesy of Cathy Tougher