Hometown Hero

Brosius returns to throw out first pitch at Haywood Post 47 game

Former Tuscola standout will start with Braves' Rookie team in Florida Gulf Coast League in Florida
By Staff Report | Jun 11, 2013

At tonight's American Legion baseball game at 7:05 p.m. from the Tuscola Ballpark against visiting Caldwell County Post 29, Haywood Post 47 will honor Tyler Brosius, who will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Brosius, a former Tuscola High School two-sport standout, was drafted out of Walters State Community College (Morristown, Tenn.) in the 21st round on Saturday by the Atlanta Braves. He is expected to sign his professional contract today before attending the American Legion game.

North Carolina's Cody Stubbs, another former Mountaineer standout, was drafted in the eighth round by the Kansas City Royals on Friday.

“We are all excited about two former Tuscola High players getting drafted into pro baseball," said Post 47 Manager Caleb McConnell, who was also the two players head baseball coach at Tuscola. “We want to show both of them how much the community really cares about them and how proud we all are of what they have accomplished since leaving Tuscola High. Tyler will report to Florida on Wednesday, so tonight's game is our chance to have a special night for him. Once (Cody) Stubbs' season is over, we hope to have a 'Cody Stubbs Night' at the ballpark before he leaves to start his professional career."

He is expected to report to Orlando on Wednesday to play in the Gulf Coast League.

"Maybe one day we will get a chance to see Brosius pitching against Stubbs in a big league game," said McConnell.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound right-handed pitcher made 15 pitching appearances for the Senators this season. Brosius was 3-2 with a 3.14 ERA and struck out 43 batters in 43.1 innings.

In his senior season for the Mountaineers' baseball team, Brosius batted .447 with 51 RBIs (a school record) and belted 13 home runs. As a quarterback for the Tuscola football team, he threw for 7,895 yards in his career.