Bolton Selected in 33rd Round By Arizona Diamondbacks
Junior Ranked Fifth On ECU Pitching Staff With A 2.42 ERA
GREENVILLE, NC June 7, 2014 – East Carolina redshirt junior Tyler Bolton was selected in the 33rd round by the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday afternoon during the third day of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Bolton was taken with the 990th overall pick and is the fourth Pirate selected in this year’s draft behind Jeff Hoffman (No. 9 overall/Toronto Blue Jays), Ryan Williams (10th RD/Chicago Cubs) and Zach Houchins (13th RD/Los Angeles Angles).
Tyler Bolton – 2014 Biographical Sketch
Appeared in 14 games making 13 starts … Sported fifth-lowest ERA on the staff (2.42) … Allowed 29 runs (19 earned) on 64 hits posting a 2-7 record … Struck out 35 while allowing 27 walks in 70.2 innings … Tied for eighth in Conference USA with 19 earned runs allowed … Picked up first collegiate win against N.C. Central (Mar. 29) on a predetermined pitch count where he surrendered two runs (one earned) on five hits with a pair of strikeouts in three innings … Notched second win against Middle Tennessee (Apr. 18) tossing 5.2 shutout frames … Tallied four quality starts on the year (VCU, UNCG, FAU, Southern Miss) … Did not allow a hit against UTSA (May 16) where he allowed one run (unearned) in 5.1 innings before being lifted … Held opposing hitters to a .246 composite batting average … Worked a career-best 7.2 innings against FIU (May 2) … Struck out a career-high five batters on two occasions (at VCU, at ODU) … Surrendered one or less run in six of his outings … Worked into the sixth inning seven times (seventh frame three times) … Fanned two or more batters in nine contests.
Career Notes: Three-year letterwinner … Appeared in 27 career games (15 starts) … First collegiate win came against N.C. Central during junior campaign … Spent two summers playing in the Coastal Plain League (2012-13) … With the Wilmington Sharks in 2013, posted a 5-0 record with a 0.87 ERA (second in the league) … Named CPL East All-Star starting pitcher tossing a pair of shutout innings with one strikeout.
Career Pitching Numbers at ECU: 2-7, 3.44 ERA, 86.1 IP, 27 games (15 starts), 91 Hs, 45 Rs, 33 ERs, 35 BBs, 45 Ks.
Career-Highs – innings pitched: 7.2 vs. FIU (5/2/14); strikeouts: 5 (twice, last at ODU 4/12/14); walks: 5 at VCU (2/25/14); hits: 7 (3 times, last at USM 5/10/14); runs: 6 vs. VCU (3/19/14); earned runs: 4 (twice, last vs. FIU 5/2/14).