Meet the freshmen: Expectations high for middle infielder Tyler Krieger

Johns Creek, Ga. standout has a shot to nail down Tigers' starting shortstop spot

Baseball - Tyler Krieger and Steven Duggar

Photo by Mark Crammer

Baseball - Tyler Krieger and Steven Duggar

Tyler Krieger

6-1, 170, Middle Infielder

Northview High, Johns Creek, Ga.

Jack Leggett's pre-season Plan A: Freshman Tyler Krieger steps onto the field as Clemson's starting shortstop, allowing junior Steve Wilkerson to remain at second base, where a year ago he formed one of the nation's top double-play combos with Jason Stolz.

High expectations are no stranger to Krieger, who turned down a pro offer (drafted in the 35th round by the Seattle Mariners) to play his college baseball at Clemson.

He earned ESPN first-team all-state honors as a senior at Northside High in Johns Creek, Ga., and was an all-region pick in 2011.

Following is an excerpt from Perfect Game's scouting analysis:

"Lanky athletic frame, wiry strength with room to add more. Switch hitter, equally effective both ways. Stays balanced, some wrap to start the bat, smooth swing, moves through contact, creates bat speed, good extension out front, gap power from both sides, squares it up well especially from the left side. 6.90 runner, good body control defensively, soft clean hands, quick exchange and release."

Accomplishments

• Drafted in the 35th round (#1061 overall) by the Seattle Mariners

• East Coast Pro Showcase

• Area Code Games

• All-state selection by ESPN.com

• Team offensive MVP

• Lettered three times in baseball

• Coached by Josh Bartlett at Northview High School

• His father, Bram, played baseball at Ithaca

• Majoring in pre-business

• Born Tyler Bram Krieger on January 16, 1994 in Laguna, CA

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thecoach writes:

Someone needs to check out two kids at Commerce High School in Georgia. One is a junior shortstop. Awesome skills, speed and strength. Name is Keenan Lord. The other is a Freshman he is 6ft 1 plays first base and is a left handed pitcher. Great location, power at the plate and is a vacuum cleaner at first. The freshman is projected to be 6 ft 5 when he is done growing.Throwing right now in the mid 70's. His name is Tanner Hamby.

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