Tyler Cravy
Cravy with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 2016.
Pitcher
Born: (1989-07-13) July 13, 1989 (age 32)
Vallejo, California
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 2, 2015, for the Milwaukee Brewers
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 2016, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record0–9
Earned run average4.56
Strikeouts57
Teams

Tyler Jay Cravy (born July 13, 1989) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He has previously played for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Amateur career

Cravy graduated from Hogan High School in Vallejo, California, in 2007. He also spent one semester in his sophomore year at Benicia High School in Benicia, California, but returned to Hogan. He had surgery to repair a hernia in 2008, and did not play baseball. After attending Diablo Valley College in 2008, he transferred to Napa Valley College in 2009, and pitched for their baseball team. He set a school record with 110 strikeouts in 90+13 innings pitched.[1] Cravy was named the Bay Valley Conference's Most Valuable Player and a Community College Baseball All-American.[2]

Professional career

Milwaukee Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers selected Cravy in the 17th round of the 2009 MLB Draft. He signed with the Brewers, receiving a $75,000 signing bonus. He began his professional career with the Arizona Brewers of the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2009, and pitched for the Helena Brewers of the Rookie-level Pioneer League in 2010. After starting the 2011 season with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Class A Midwest League, where he struggled with a 5.75 earned run average (ERA). The Brewers demoted him to Helena. Cravy returned to Wisconsin for the 2012 season, and he responded with a 3.38 ERA.[2]

In 2013, Cravy pitched for the Brevard County Manatees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, and he had a 4-2 win–loss record with a 2.04 ERA in 79+13 innings pitched. After the 2013 regular season, the Brewers assigned Cravy to the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League.[3][4] He began the 2014 season with the Huntsville Stars of the Class AA Southern League, and started the league's All-Star Game for the Northern Division.[5] After pitching to an 8-1 record and a 1.72 ERA with Huntsville, the Brewers promoted Cravy to the Nashville Sounds of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL).[6] In his first game with the Sounds, he strained his left oblique muscle, and missed the remainder of the 2014 regular season.[7]

Cravy began the 2015 season with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the PCL. The Brewers added him to their 40-man roster and promoted to the major leagues on May 31.[8] He was optioned back to Colorado Springs on June 3.[9]

Spending spring training with the Brewers major league team, Cravy was the last player cut in spring training, the organization opting to send him to Class AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox.[10] He was called up to the active roster on April 2, 2016, when Matt Garza was put on the DL.[11] The Brewers put Cravy in to more of a relieving role in 2016, and he appeared in 20 games.[12]

An "on-the-bubble" player heading in to 2017,[13] Cravy pitched around a 2.00 ERA in spring training and again was the final player cut, leading him to harshly criticize the Brewers management, saying that he may not report to the minor leagues but instead go to "a 9 to 5 job where I get treated like a human."[14] Cravy also was a returning roster member, which made getting cut for the second straight year harder.[15] He also took shots at the Brewers' management and general manager David Stearns, saying, "It says a lot about the integrity, or lack thereof, of the guys running the show."[16] He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

York Revolution

On May 11, 2018, Cravy signed with the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He was released on June 18, 2018.

References

  1. ^ "Southern League notebook: Milwaukee Brewers' Tyler Cravy suited to start with Huntsville Stars - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Hogan High graduate Tyler Cravy has big league dreams". timesheraldonline.com. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  3. ^ MARTY JAMES. "Former Napa Valley College star Tyler Cravy pitching in Arizona Fall League". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  4. ^ HARRELL MILLER. "Baseball: NVC's Tyler Cravy takes hill for Brewers in Arizona Fall League". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  5. ^ "Huntsville Stars' Tyler Cravy named starting pitcher for Southern League All-Star Game". AL.com. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  6. ^ Marty James. "Baseball: Former NVC pitcher Tyler Cravy promoted to Triple-A Nashville". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  7. ^ Marty James. "Cravy on the comeback trail". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  8. ^ http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/305631721.html
  9. ^ "Brewers call up Shane Peterson". Brew Crew Ball. June 3, 2015. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  10. ^ "Brewers come close to finalizing 25-man roster with signing of Carlos Torres". Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  11. ^ "Brewers place Garza on DL; recall Cravy". Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  12. ^ "Milwaukee Brewers 2016 Season Review". Call to the Pen. October 11, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  13. ^ "Milwaukee Brewers 2017 Preview by Position: Bullpen". Brew Crew Ball. March 16, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  14. ^ "Brewers pitcher Cravy just wants to be 'treated like a human'". NY Daily News. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  15. ^ "Brewers reliever ponders job in which he's 'treated like a human' after not making roster". CBSSports.com. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  16. ^ Haudricourt, Tom (April 2, 2017). "Reliever Cravy lashes out after being cut by Brewers". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.