By: Matt Rothman
After hard-throwing right-handed Tyler Gray made his college pick, J.P. Taravella now has their top two pitchers committed to playing baseball in their future.
Gray is set to play for the University of Houston, while his teammate Chris Scinta will pitch at the University of Miami. He never really considered playing college baseball until he began pitching and quickly blossomed into a star for Gray.
“Now that I have committed to my top school, it feels surreal,” Gray said. “I visited, and I fell in love with the entire program. I don’t think it will feel real until I step onto the campus in August.”
Gray moved to Coral Springs three months ago from Oklahoma and felt J.P. Taravella was the best fit for his final season. In first grade, he began playing baseball when his parents persuaded Gray to play alongside his best friend. He went on to play for many different teams before settling with a travel team in Lawton, Oklahoma. Since moving to Florida, Gray has played for Florida Pokers, GBG, and USA prime.
In his one year with JPT, Gray is currently 3-1 this season. In 14.2 innings, he had struck out 16 and has an ERA of 1.91. The Trojans are currently 15-3–1 and rank among the top teams in the state.
“It was a pleasant surprise that he moved down and transferred in,” said Head Coach Joe Giummule. “Every year, you hear rumors of a ‘big-time arm’ transferring in, and this year it came to a reality. He has blended in nicely with our team, hoping he can help us reach our team goals.”
Gray had the opportunity to communicate with coach Ross Kivett from the University of Houston four months ago. After visiting, Gray says Coach Kivett was highly personable and treated his family exceptionally well, making the decision easy. Also, the Cougars are set to join the Big-12 in the fall of 2023.
“He really values his position on the coaching staff and wants to build the best team possible. Also, the facilities and culture surrounding baseball are unreal.”
Along with his family, Gray developed a terrific relationship with his former pitching coach Alex Marney in Oklahoma. In eighth grade, the two started working together and wholly transformed how Gray pitched. He also credits his best friend Colin Gormley and cousin Jayden Trammel for pushing him to become the best.
Next, Gray is set to join the Big-12 in the fall of 2023. He became the second member of his family to play in college after his grandfather, Bobby Jack Stuart, was an All-American at West Point from 1945-to 1949.
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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