- Full name Tyler Jay Cravy
- Born 07/13/1989 in Martinez, CA
- Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 220 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Napa Valley College
- Debut 06/02/2015
- Drafted in the 17th round (526th overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009.
Organization Prospect Rankings
After a few undistinguished seasons in the bullpen, Cravy has flourished since the moving to the rotation in 2013. That was the case again in 2014 at Double-A Huntsville, where he put together a strong first half and started the Southern League all-star game. The Brewers bumped him to Triple-A Nashville, but he strained his oblique in his first start. He made up for lost time by pitching in Venezuela's winter league. Cravy works fast and pounds the zone with a 90-91 mph sinker. His slider sits at 84-86 mph with good bite, and he keeps hitters off balance with a slower curveball. Mix in a cutter and a changeup and he has a starter's repertoire and the kind of command that makes him difficult to hit. The Brewers love the way he competes and pitches with no fear, allowing weak contact and recording quick outs. Some scouts still see Cravy as a middle reliever, but the Brewers will keep him in the rotation at Triple-A Colorado Springs, where his penchant for keeping the ball down should serve him well.
Cravy made big strides in 2013 as a swingman at high Class A Brevard County, making nine starts and pitching 16 times out of the bullpen. The Brewers were so intrigued by his performance that they assigned him to the Arizona Fall League. A finesse pitcher, Cravy uses a 90-91 mph sinker to induce groundball outs. He works fast and pounds the zone, staying ahead in the count and pitching to contact. He keeps the ball in the park with his sinker, allowing only one home run during the 2013 season before giving up another in the AFL. Cravy throws a slider at 84-86 mph with good bite, and to keep hitters further off-balance, he mixes in a slower curveball at 77-78 mph with good tilt. He throws his breaking stuff with good deception, notching strikeouts despite just average velocity on all pitches. Cravy has a good feel for setting up hitters and shows confidence and poise on the mound. He could be valuable as a middle reliever also capable of filling in as a spot starter when necessary. A ticket to Double-A Huntsville awaits Cravy in 2014.