WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.- He had a chance to play professional baseball at just 18 years old. But Tyler Green had his sights set on going to college. This past year, Tyler graduated from Williamsville North High School and will play baseball at Vanderbilt University in the fall.
If Tyler went on to the pros, he would have been the third player from Western New York this year to advance to the professional level. Mark Armstrong of Clarence and Jonah Heim of Amherst both signed with professional teams right after high school.
Despite his fellow Western New Yorkers passing up college, Tyler realized his immediate dream was to play collegiate baseball."I look at Vanderbilt as the best of both worlds as far as baseball and academically. To be able to play there is just incredible it's surreal to have the opportunity to go there and to play baseball and to extend my playing career on to the college level," Tyler said.
Before Tyler committed to Vanderbilt, he still kept the option of heading to the pros within eyesight. But once he heard his potential future at Vanderbilt, that was enough for him. "I heard from several major league teams, I wasn't lucky enough to be selected in the major league draft but there were definitely teams interested and even if I was lucky enough to be selected the option at Vanderbilt I don't believe I would have been able to pass that up," Tyler explained.
During his four years at Williamsville North, Tyler played football and hockey in addition to baseball. But for Tyler, there was no question as to what sport he would pursue past high school."There were definitely options to play other sports but baseball's always been my love since I started playing. Baseball has always been my number one and favorite sport since I was a little kid," Tyler said.
Unfortunately for Tyler, his last year playing for Williamsville North didn't go according to plan. He missed his entire senior season because of a stress fracture in his back. Now he's ready to compete again come the fall, where he'll most likely play a corner infield position.
Tyler hasn't decided what he wants to major in, rather he plans to take general studies courses. He'll then make a decision after his sophomore year. Tyler heads for Nashville on August 17th.