Tyler Daschier Herron
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 190-210 lb.
- High School Wellington Community High School
Pitcher Tyler Herron has played as high as AAA.
He was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 2005 amateur draft. The 46th overall pick (between Jed Lowrie and Michael Bowden), it was compensation for the loss of Mike Matheny to free agency. He was signed by scout Steve Turco and made his pro debut that summer with the Johnson City Cardinals, going 0-3 with a 5.62 ERA in 13 outings. Baseball America rated him as the #20 prospect in the Appalachian League.
He returned to Johnson City in 2006, posting a 5-6 record and 4.13 ERA in 13 starts before being promoted to the State College Spikes for one start at the end of the season. He tied for 7th in the Appalachian League in wins and tied for 4th in losses. Baseball America listed him as the circuit's 13th-best prospect, between Blake King and Brian Kirwan. Moving up to the Swing of the Quad Cities in 2007, the right-hander posted a 10-7, 3.74 record with one save, walking only 26 in 137 1/3 IP. He worked as a tandem starter with Brad Furnish as Quad Cities used tandem starters who both worked 4-5 innings of a game. He was 6th in the Midwest League in strikeouts (130, between Clayton Kershaw and Kyle Ginley). Among St. Louis minor leaguers, he was 9th in wins and 3rd in strikeouts (behind P.J. Walters and Tyler Norrick). Baseball America gave him his highest prospect rankings - #11 in the MWL (between Drew Stubbs and Omar Poveda) and #10 in the Cards' farm chain.
Herron split 2008 between the Palm Beach Cardinals (2-2, Sv, 2.70 in 12 G) and Springfield Cardinals (5-5, 5.20 in 15 G) then allowed seven runs (one earned) in 13 innings for the Honolulu Sharks in Hawaii Winter Baseball. He started 2009 with Springfield (2-4, 4.34 in 9 G) then was released in June, a far cry from his prospect days of 2005-2007. He signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates and was 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 8 games for the Altoona Curve the remainder of the summer.
The Floridian spent 2010 with the independent Kalamazoo Kings (1-3, 3 Sv, 3.50 in 14 G). He missed 2011 while rehabbing from surgery. In 2012, he was on the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and had a strong season at 12-3, 3.29. He tied Robert Coe and Nick DeBarr for second in the American Association in wins, was 6th with 105 K (between Luke Irvine and Justin Garcia) and ranked 6th in ERA (between Stephen Hiscock and Devin Anderson). With the Atenienses de Manatí in the Puerto Rican League, he posted a 3-3, 3.72 record.
In 2013, Herron returned to the affiliated minors for the first time in four years, signing with the Washington Nationals. He spent the season with the Potomac Nationals (1-1, Sv, 1.77 in 10 G) and Harrisburg Senators (6-2, 5 Sv, 3.11 in 33 G). He was 8th in the Nationals system in games pitched. In the winter, he was 1-0 with 12 saves and a 0.84 ERA for the Indios de Mayagüez. He was second in the Puerto Rican League in saves, one behind Saúl Rivera. He starred for the Indios in the 2014 Caribbean Series, with three shutout innings (1 H, 2 BB, 2 K), saving wins over the Tigres del Licey (7-6), Navegantes del Magallanes (5-4) and Magallanes again (2-0). He tied Jean Machi for the Series lead in saves and was named the All-Star relief pitcher.
Tyler split 2014 between Harrisburg (3-2, 6 Sv, 2.73 in 48 G) and the Syracuse Chiefs (1-0, 4 R in 1 2/3 IP), making it to AAA nine years after he was drafted. His 50 games pitched tied Matt Grace for the most by a Washington minor leaguer and he tied Adam Kolarek, Nefi Ogando and Cody Satterwhite for 6th in the Eastern League in pitching appearances. He worked four shutout innings for the Indios in the winter. Back in the indies in 2015, he was 6-7 with a 4.47 ERA for Fargo-Moorhead and 0-1 with 5 runs in 3 innings for the Somerset Patriots.
Returning to Mayagüez for a third winter, he was 5-2 with a 1.96 ERA in 18 outings in relief in 2015-2016. He tied Kanekoa Texeira and Adalberto Flores for the league lead in victories. He opened 2016 back with the RedHawks and was lights-out (5-1, 0.80 ERA, .77 WHIP) after 7 starts. The New York Mets were impressed enough to buy his contract but he struggled for the Binghamton Mets (2-6, 6.32 ERA, 1.81 WHIP in 11 G) and was 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in one start for the Las Vegas 51s. He was on the Israeli national team for the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers but they used only nine of their 15 pitchers and he was not one of them; the team won a spot in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.