FORT WAYNE – Standing on the mound, Tyler Huth is an imposing sight. The Northrop graduate is 6-foot-8 and weighs 265 pounds with a fastball that can reach into the lower 90s.
And once the Purdue recruits maturity and dexterity caught up with his size he became an all-star – he is a member of the North team that will play the South in the annual three-game series this weekend at Wabash College.
Over the four years at Northrop, I have had growing pains and went through a lot of growing, said Huth, who was 6-1 as a freshman, 6-4 as a sophomore and 6-6 as a junior. I finally started growing into my body this past season.
Huth went 6-2 with a 1.33 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 58 innings to earn the spot on the North squad.
Its a big honor just because I have worked so hard for four years and all my dreams are starting to fall right in front of me, Huth said.
As a junior, Huth was 6-1 with a 1.74 ERA. Northrop coach Matt Brumbaugh said Huth added a change-up to go with his fastball and curveball for his senior season.
My size intimidates everybody, Huth said. When I am on the mound, I have an intimidation factor because I throw hard but if I can start consistently hitting spots and throwing in the low-to-mid 90s with a nice curveball and a good change-up, I will be even more of an intimidating factor.
Huth clinched the SAC title this past year for the Bruins with a no-hitter against South Side.
Mentally, over the last year and a half he has matured mentally more than anything, Brumbaugh said. As a sophomore, he was not ready to come up to the varsity level. That was a little bit above what he was capable of doing.
(Huths size) can be intimidating for sure, but his coordination caught up with him over the last year and a half. That helped him out tremendously.
Huth wasnt selected in the recent Major League Baseball draft after having scouts at several of his games this season.
I wish could have taken part in the draft but now I am going to Purdue and work my butt off there, Huth said. I was disappointed, and I was kind of down on myself for a couple of days, but all in all, I am still playing baseball. I know I am going to get pushed to my limits at Purdue, so that will be good for me, and hopefully I can go in the top few rounds after three years.
Huth is playing with the Indiana Spiders 18U travel team this summer and will report to Purdue looking to earn a spot on the pitching staff anywhere he can.
I am going to be open for anything. I would love to be a starting pitcher because thats what I have done since I was 9 years old, Huth said. They have talked to me a little about closing out games because they lost a closer. They are going to train me as a starter. They will put me in the bullpen as long as it takes for me to prove myself.
Brumbaugh said Huth could be the Boilers No. 1 pitcher eventually.
He has to go in and prove himself, obviously, but they have talked whether or not he could eventually be one of their guys in the weekend spots, Brumbaugh said. For him, it will come down to working hard and developing those pitches. He is going to have to put in a lot of hard work, physically he is going to have to drop a little bit of weight so he has a little more stamina.