Tyler Cyr

Position: RHRP
Level: Double-A
Affiliate: Richmond Flying Squirrels
League: Eastern League
Born: 05/05/1993 (Age: 31)
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 200
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 10th Rd., 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft (SFG)

Prospect Spotlight

A converted starter taken in the 10th round of the 2015 draft, Cyr was playing well above his listed weight in my view on August 25, looking closer to 220 pounds. He shows his numbers from a closed, rock-step wind-up, and he stayed tall in his crossfire delivery to generate angle and deception from his high-3/4’s slot, helping to play up his fastball/slider combo.

His average fastball was sitting 91-to-94 mph, and his above-average cutter was in the 88-to-91 mph range. The cutter was the more effective of the two, with late dart that was particularly effective versus lefties, who are hitting just .174 against him this year (RHH are hitting .333), and he’ll get swing and miss on the pitch (10.4 SO/9 rate). The four-seamer showed some flat run with average movement, but his command was inconsistent and the use was limited. His slider is more of a slurve at 80-to-84 mph, and it was an average offering with limited depth but good sweeper action, and he showed some feel to add and subtract with it. He has the confidence to control it for first-pitch strikes and get some swing and miss in and out of the zone, but his command when using it for chase was inconsistent.

He’s been more hittable in 2017, and his H/9 has trended up to 9.1 over 49 1/3 innings this year versus 6.7 over 73 2/3 innings between two A levels in 2016, showing that his command still needing some refinement versus advanced bats. He’s got below-average control (3.6 BB/9) this year (up from 3.1 BB/9 over 73 1/3 innings last year), but he progressed as a strike-thrower since the All-Star break, with a 24:3 BB:SO rate over his last 21 1/3 innings, and the cutter in particular is proving tough to backspin, with just five home runs allowed over 144 2/3 career innings.

Cyr is still developing as a reliever, and the deceptive delivery fits the role. 2017 was his first season of Double-A ball, and if the control profile continues on its current path of improvement and the slider develops more consistency as a put-away offering, he could become a solid Role 50, second-division set-up/late-inning situational arm. He’s a reliever to watch in the 2017 Arizona Fall League.