RANDOLPH, NJ -- Morris County's Tyler Poulin was selected in the 29th round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks last month.
“From the time I was young, my father brought me all over town to each and every park in Randolph,” Poulin said, a Randolph High School alumnus. “Whether it was hitting me ground balls, throwing me batting practice, or more importantly having a catch with me, he turned baseball into my favorite hobby and sport from the very beginning. I credit his love and dedication to me as the major reason for my love for the game as well as growing arm strength since I was a child.”
The right-handed pitcher overcame multiple injuries throughout his journey playing baseball. During his time at RHS, an ankle injury served as a minor bump in the road. Poulin initially played baseball at County College of Morris, but it was while playing at Marist College where he underwent Tommy John Surgery on his pitching-arm.
The procedure, known as “TJ,” is a reconstructive surgery on an ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), located in one’s elbow. The repair is usually to fix a partial or complete tear, using another tendon in the body.
“Tommy John Surgery was not an easy obstacle to overcome, however, I have always had the discipline and work ethic to overcome adversity and injuries,” said Poulin. “I worked endlessly at physical therapy weekly and worked out in my free time, and before I knew it my arm strength was back to normal,”
Poulin added, “My velocity continued to rise after the surgery due to my newly found strength and determination. Knock on wood, my arm has been feeling wonderful since, and I credit my hard work at rehab to this major comeback.”
Poulin transferred to Quinnipiac, where he pitched his junior and senior seasons and was the first Bobcat to be drafted since 2017. Poulin also set the school's Division I single season strikeout record.
The MLB Draft lasts some 40 rounds, plus compensatory rounds. Players from all over the country and world are scouted, from high school, preparatory school, and collegiate levels.
“I am most excited about just enjoying the moment and experience itself since not many players get this type of opportunity,” said Poulin. “I am very blessed to be in the position I am today and I am going to do my best to embrace every moment. I can assure you I will be taking advantage of every perk and opportunity I am given.”
Every athlete has areas that are strong, as well as some that require development.
“One area of my game I would like to improve on is establishing more confidence in my changeup as well as continually working on being more effective with my pickoff moves,” said Poulin. “Controlling the running game is often overlooked in pitching, however, it is crucial to your success as a pitcher, especially once the competition gets tougher.”
Poulin discussed the type of pitcher he is.
“I would consider myself as a little bit of both a contact and high velocity pitcher,” said Poulin. “I believe it is important to be a combination of both because once you’re playing upper level baseball, velocity means nothing unless you’re locating your pitches and keeping hitters off balance.”
Poulin then added, “I will definitely not shy away from bringing some high cheese when it is called for in the right situations.”
Poulin graduated from RHS in 2014, and was a first-team all-league honoree as both a junior and a senior, a second team All-Morris County selection, and an honorable mention All-State from MSG Varsity.
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