Baseball dream comes true for Capital High grad

Credit: Zach Wolken/KTVB

Baseball dream comes true for Capital High grad


by Zach Wolken

Idaho's News Channel 7

Posted on June 8, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 7:30 AM

BOISE -- Tyler Barrett has been playing baseball his entire life and he's always hoped he would one day make it to the pros. 

"Ever since I have been a little kid this has been my dream," said Barrett. 

Tyler's dream of playing in 'The Bigs' didn't come easily.

Coming out of Capital High school he wasn't exactly a sought after prospect, but he knew if he wanted to get anywhere it was all about his attitude. 

"Never beat yourself up," said Barrett about his daily routine.  "Just, if you have a bad day move on to the next and take one day at a time.  You know it's a long journey."

After his senior season of high school ball he only had one scholarship offer and it wasn't exactly what he was looking for.

"Playing here at Capital I only had one scholarship offer coming out of here and that was to Treasure Valley Community College and I actually ended up walking on at the College of Southern Idaho and playing down there," said Barrett.  

With the support of his family, especially his grandfather, Tyler went to CSI and had two solid years with the program.

After that he finally got his big break when Lewis-Clark State took notice of his arm.  

Barrett went up to Lewiston and had hundreds of scouts looking at him not only because they often visit with the program, but because his talent was finally beginning to shine through.  

He was throwing the ball in the high 80's and low 90's, and he's a lefty.  Those facts alone got him looks from several different scouts, but only one team pulled the trigger on Tuesday in the draft, the Detroit Tigers.  

"When the 19th round came around they called and told me they wanted to take me in the 20th and after I heard my name called it was pretty much all smiles," said Tyler with a smile.

On Thursday it will be down to business though.  With the conclusion of the draft comes contract negotiations.  

Tyler is fortunate enough to have a choice.  He can go back to school for his senior year at LCSC or he can join the Tigers organization and begin play in the minor leagues this summer. 

He's a big fan of the latter choice.  

"I think this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I want to take full advantage of it and see what I can do."

If Tyler agrees to terms with the Tigers he could be playing in a variety of places.  

Barrett's likely destinations if he joins the organization would be with Detroit's team in the Gulf Coast League in Florida or its short season single-A team called the Connecticut Tigers.  

Barrett also said if he does not return to play ball at LCSC he will make it a priority to finish up and get his degree in the off-season.