Tigers pitcher picks Salt Lake City school

Tyler Stanford is not a dime-a-dozen baseball player.

“I told him, ‘You’re a 6-foot-2, 190-pound left-handed pitcher, they’re going to like you,’ ” Grand Junction High School baseball coach Kyle Rush said.

Wednesday at Grand Junction High School, Stanford decided which school he likes the most, signing to play baseball for Salt Lake Community College.

“It makes me feel great that I’m qualified to play at that level,” Stanford said. “It wasn’t a hard decision since it’s a lot closer to home, and it’s good baseball.”

The Bruins didn’t come into the mix until a few weeks ago when Stanford was dragged to Salt Lake City by teammate Aaron Berk. The Tigers’ catcher has already signed with Salt Lake CC.

“I went with Aaron to Salt Lake two weeks ago because he said I had to,” Stanford said. “But I threw for them, and the coach really liked me, and they called the next week to offer me a scholarship.”

Stanford doesn’t have a ton of experience, but will be one of the Tigers’ main pitchers this season.

“The thing is, now he can relax now,” Rush said of Stanford deciding on a college. “He’s got a high ceiling, and he’s starting to figure things out.”

Stanford said he wants to use the two years at SLCC to grow as a player, then move to a four-year school.

“I want to see where I can go with my baseball career,” Stanford said. “Two years ago I didn’t think I could play (in college), but it makes me feel good as a baseball player, and I have high hopes for the future.”


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