AZDR Prospect Snapshot: Notre Dame Prep’s Tyler Cranston (2018)
If you’ve been reading this website for a few years, you’ve probably noticed that I have a certain affinity for players who exhibit a great deal of energy on the field. These are the guys that I really enjoy watching.
Good energy translates to a love of the game and is also a strong indicator of a player who will continue to grind and become a better player in the future.
With that in mind, if I had to compile a list of my favorite players to watch in the Arizona Class of 2018, Notre Dame Prep’s Tyler Cranston would be at or close to the top of the list.
At 5-8 and 160 pounds, Tyler is certainly not the most imposing figure on the playing field, but he makes up for his size with a burning will to win and to contribute.
Tyler is a 3 year starter at NDP, hitting .377 as a sophomore and earning 1st Team All Section honors.
He hit.391 with 13 extra base hits for the Saints as a junior, leading the team in hits and runs scored. He had an on base % of .472 and a 1.050 OPS and was named to the All Arizona 5A team
In the summer Tyler played for the AZ Pilots in the Connie Mack Qualifier and the Don Mattingly World Series, and it seemed like every at bat produced a shot up the gap for extra bases.
He has surprising juice in the bat and is an extra base hitting machine.
Tyler has plus speed and is a smart aggressive base runner always looking to take the extra base. His 29 stolen bases was tops in the state in 5A last season.
Tyler is a solid student with a 3.3 GPA. He committed to Elon University , a Division 1 school in North Carolina, this summer.
The coaches at Elon are getting a real competitor who will make everyone around him better and will certainly be a significant contributor in the future.
20 Questions With Tyler Cranston
All time favorite Major Leaguer? Derek Jeter
Favorite current Major Leaguer? Mike Trout
Who has been the biggest influence on you athletically? My brothers
One word to describe your style of play? Aggressive
What is the one thing most people don’t know about you? I have 2 middle school track records. 100m/200m
4 artists currently in my mp3 player? Eminem, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre
Favorite Movie? Step Brothers
On my secluded island, strand me with… Margot Robbie
In 10 years I hope to be…. A professional baseball player
Refreshing beverage of choice? Coke
Three people I’d like to have at my dinner table: Babe Ruth, Jesus, George Washington
What’s on the menu for your perfect dinner? Pasta
When they make the movie based on your life, who gets the starring role? Will Ferrell
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
In my sparetime, when I’m not playing baseball, I like to…. Hangout with my friends/family and play video games
Best player I’ve played against? Matthew Liberatore
Best teammate I’ve had? Nick Labella
Beach or Mountains? Beach
Favorite TV shows? The Office, Prison Break, Impractical Jokers and The Walking Dead
Most embarassing moment on the baseball field. Getting picked off