BATAVIA – After a solid season with the Batavia Muckdogs, Tyler Prospero continued his baseball trek later this summer, and the Notre Dame High School graduate continued to make the most of his opportunities.
In early August, Prospero signed onto the field with the Williamsport Crosscutters of the MLB League to compete in the second half of the league, thus helping the right-handed lead the team to the championship game.
A graduate Niagara University featured in seven games during his month with the team, all out of the game, and finished with an ERA of 3.52 in 15.1 innings. Prospero allowed 13 hits and only walked three times, while hitting 10; He finished with a solid WHIP of just 1.04, while his hitting average was a solid 0.236.
“Getting into an MLB draft this summer with the Williamsport Crosscutters was a dream come true,” Prospero said. “A show in front of 6,000 fans in stunning historic stadiums in a very talented professional league is all I’ve been asking for.”
Williamsport finished the second half of the season with the league’s best record at 24-13, while the Crosscutters also had the league’s best lead at +63.
Looking at his stats, Prospero averaged 14.28 hits per inning, while he was credited with a pair of bookings, his hit-to-walk ratio was 3.33 and the average hit against balls put into play was just 0.44.
However, despite his continued success on the hill, Prospero is well aware that he still has a lot of work to do to pursue his baseball dream.
“It’s inappropriate, I feel like I’m going to improve in every speed I can to the movement to add more pictures because after my summer I’m knocking on the door to get into a really high-level professional baseball game,” Prospero said. “So I want to take advantage of my off season and get the best I can.”
The MLB Draft League is a summer college baseball league that began playing in 2021. Created by Major League Baseball and Prep Baseball Report, the league is a showcase of the top qualifying prospects for scoring that leads each summer in the MLB Draft.
The league’s top six teams were formerly members of Minor League Baseball’s New York-Penn League, Eastern League, and Carolina League prior to MLB’s reorganization of the Palace for 2021. In 2021, each team in the league played 68 regular season games, while the season was expanded to 80 matches per team starting from the 2022 season.
This season for the Muckdogs, Prospero has appeared in eight games, with seven starts, and finished with a 4-1 record and an ERA of 4.08. He allowed 44 hits and walked eight runs in 35 1/3 innings, while hitting 30. Meanwhile, last season in Niagara as a graduate student, Prospero appeared in 13 games from the center of play and was 1-0 with a 6.23 epoch. In 13 rounds, he allowed 18 hits, while he walked 10 and hit eight.
In all, Prospero spent three seasons with the Purple Eagles at Niagara U after one season in the GCC, and in his career with the Purple Eagles, he made 22 runs on the mound and scored 2-0. He hit 25 in 31.2 innings pitched.
As a Notre Dame Prospero senior he earned a New York State Class D All-State pick when he finished 6-1 on the hill with a 1.46 ERA with 78 strikes, 31 allowed strikes and 10 walks only in 52 2/3 innings. Prospero set a school record with a batting average of 157 opponents. Prospero also hit 0.369 with six pairs and a home run.
With his hiatus in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League and the completion of the MLB Draft League, Prospero is already beginning to look to the future and what the next stop might be.
“My next step will be to go through the trials and submit the videos,” he said. “I have been contacted by multiple teams and I am currently studying my options. I will continue to stay humble and continue to work as hard as I can to achieve my dream. I also want to finish second and shout at my parents and brother for teaching me the game. Without them I wouldn’t be here.”
In Jekyll and Hyde’s playing style, the Williamsport Crosscutters fell in the 2022 MLB Draft Championship to the West Virginia Black Bears by a final score of 10-6 at the Monongalia County Ballpark.
With the loss, the 2022 Williamsport Crosscutters miss out on the chance to win their first franchise league championship since winning the 2003 New York-Penn League, but still represent the historic Cutters, having won the second half of the 2022 MLB Draft League. Her first title of any kind since it became the 2015 New York-Penn League Pinckney Division Champions.