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      Difficult Decisions Ahead for MLB Prospect, Robert Tyler

      Crisp County pitcher Robert Tyler TMs days in Cordele are numbered.

      The Major League Baseball draft begins Thursday night with the first and second rounds. The prospect of professional pitching is something Tyler has thought and dreamed about often.

      However, when names are being called this weekend, Tyler will be staying far away from the draft scene.

      Tyler says he will be in Statesboro watching his younger brother, Stewart, and his travel ball team play at Georgia Southern. The right-handed, power pitcher believes he will earn an MLB selection. He just doesn't want to worry about it.

      The goal is to be selected in the top five rounds, meaning by late Friday afternoon Tyler will know his baseball fate.

      With a selection in the top five rounds, the University of Georgia signee is committed on forgoing college baseball and heading to a minor league system.

      New Georgia Bulldog baseball coach Scott Stricklin has reached out to Tyler this week. Stricklin was officially announced as the UGA coach on Monday. Their conversation is making the pitcher TMs decision that much tougher.

      One of the first things he said was, we're going to go to Omaha (site of the College World Series). That just got me excited right then, Tyler said. Either way it goes it's a win, win. Either way I'll be playing baseball and doing what I love to do.