Selected by the New York Mets in the 19th round of the MLB Draft, Tyler Vanderheiden, a right-handed…
Vanderheiden Still Has Work To Do
"It's his turn to pitch. Sometimes your number just comes up," Donnelly said, quick to dispel any talk of Vanderheiden as the ‘closer'. "He's one of the one's who is comfortable in that role at the end of the game. "The other guys we had, we call piggy backs, the other four college pitchers, they were all starters pretty much. He was the only one who was a bona fide reliever." Vanderheiden leads the Cyclones in saves [three more than anyone else on the team] and accredits a lot of his success to his unique delivery, which has eased the pressure of pitching through tight spots in the shadows of the Big Apple. "It helps to have a different look throwing side-arm because everyone else has a traditional arm angle, but for them to have the confidence in me to go out there puts confidence in myself," Vanderheiden said. "I'm not worried about what happens outside of baseball, I'm just trying to throw strikes as best as I can." At Samford University, Vanderheiden found his niche mostly...
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