AZDR Prospect Snapshot: Red Mountain’s Tyler Rice (2018 Uncommitted)
With the fall baseball season now in full swing, one of the top uncommitted players in Arizona is Red Mountain infielder Tyler Rice.
Tyler, who starts at 2B for the Lions and forms perhaps the state’s best middle infield combination with Austin Duffy, is capable of playing any infield spot and being a very capable defender.
Tyler is a 3 years starter for the Lions, hitting .309 as a sophomore before a breakout junior year that saw him smash his way to a .432 average with a 1.109 OPS and 26 RBIs, all team highs.
In addition, he punched out only 6 times in 105 plate appearances and defensively committed only 3 errrors in 88 chances.
This summer Tyler played for the Arizona Pilots in the AZ Connie Mack World Series Qualifier and the Don Mattingly World Series, where he handled himself very well against top level pitching.
This past weekend Tyler performed with Wilson Sandlot and was named to the All Tournament Team after going 8-19 at the plate.
Tyler has begun adding quality strength to his 5-10 170 pound frame. He has a balanced, athletic left handed swing that has good gap to gap power.
A solid student, Tyler carries a 3.8 GPA at Red Mountain. He has not made a college decision but will be a solid pickup for whatever program lands his services.
20 Questions With Tyler Rice:
All time favorite Major Leaguer ? Dustin Pedroia
Favorite current Major Leaguer? Dustin Pedroia
Who has been the biggest influence on you athletically? Terry Kellen
One word to describe your style of play? Passionate
What is the one thing most people don’t know about you? I was in a Category 5 Hurricane (Wilma) in Cancun, Mexico in 2005
4 artists currently in my mp3 player? Thomas Rhett, Migos, The Weeknd, Dustin Lynch
Favorite Movie? Elf
On my secluded island, strand me with… Alex Morgan
In 10 years I hope to be…. Playing professional baseball
Refreshing beverage of choice? Lemonade
Three people I’d like to have at my dinner table: Dak Prescott, Kevin Hart,
What’s on the menu for your perfect dinner? Fettuccine Alfredo with Shrimp
When they make the movie based on your life, who gets the starring role? Ryan Phillippe
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
In my sparetime, when I’m not playing baseball, I like to…. Hangout with my friends or family
Best player I’ve played against? Nolan Gorman
Best teammate I’ve had? Conner Thurman and Nick Labella
Beach or Mountains? Beach
Favorite TV shows? Friends / Intentional Talk on MLB Network
Most embarassing moment on the baseball field: Tripping over my shoelace during infield outfield my freshman year when I was up on varsity.