Saturday, June 11, 2011

Yankees Draft: 40th Round - Tyler Hanover SS


Hanover is out of his junior year at LSU.

He played high school baseball at North Davidson High School in North Carolina.  According to his LSU bio he did the following:

He was a 2008 Second-Team High School All-American.  The 2008 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of North Carolina and 2008 Piedmont Conference Player of the Year during which he led team to conference title.  He batted .475 in 2008 for North Davidson HS with eight doubles,12 homers, 43 RBI, 15 steals and 37 runs and served as North Davidson HS closer in 2008, recording a 1,70 ERA and three saves in 12 innings.   He earned all-conference honors in each of his four high school seasons and received academic honor roll recognition.  He batted .450 in 2007 with five homers and 28 RBI.

As a freshman in 2009, he played in 65 games, 53 starts at 3B.  He hit .321 with 5 HRs, 47 RBIs, and 40 runs.

In 2010, he started all 63 games, all but one at 2B (one at 3B).  He batted .332 with 2 HRs, 35 RBIs, and 49 runs.

His pre-junior year scouting report by the LSU website read:
Projected as the Tigers' starting second baseman for the second straight season after starting 62 games at second base in 2010.  He is a gap-to-gap hitter with surprising middle of the order pop due to his explosive hips and hands and has excellent instincts and baseball savvy, and he plays with great confidence.  HE has played in each of the past two Cape Cod League All-Star Game and batted .286 for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the summer of 2010 with 10 doubles and 12 RBI in 38 games.  He batted .300 for Yarmouth-Dennis in the summer of 2009 with four doubles, two homers and 16 RBI in 25 games.

During his junior season he hit .311 with no HRs, 25 RBIs, and 41 runs.  He played in all 56 of LSU's games.

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