- Full name Tyler James Sturdevant
- Born 12/20/1985 in Littleton, CO
- Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 185 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School New Mexico State
- Debut 05/24/2016
- Drafted in the 27th round (815th overall) by the Cleveland Guardians in 2009.
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A 23rd-round pick in 2009 out of New Mexico State, Sturdevant signed for $2,500 as a 23-year-old senior and since his pitched his way into the Indians' bullpen plans. While he has always been old for his level, he has a strong arm and could have value as a middle-relief option for Cleveland in the near future. Sturdevant has a lanky build and a quick arm that delivers 93-95 mph fastballs, and he touched 97 during the regular season. The Indians clocked him up to 100 mph in the offseason at the Arizona Fall League. His fastball is his out pitch, a lively four-seamer that he keeps down in the zone and is difficult for hitters to lift. Sturdevant has a flat slider but has developed a promising cutter that comes in around the high 80s and touches 90 mph. He'll throw an occasional changeup, but he tends to slow his arm down when he does. Sturdevant will have to sharpen his command to succeed in the big leagues, and he's still more thrower than pitcher. He'll probably open the season in Triple-A but could get a chance to pitch in the Cleveland bullpen at some point in 2012.