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PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 05: Amir Garrett #50 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 05: Amir Garrett #50 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – JULY 14: Tyler Mahle #30 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

Tyler Mahle, Starting pitcher

Tyler Mahle was drafted in the 7th round of the 2013 MLB Draft. Mahle played high school ball in California for Westminster High School and was the highest drafted player from that school since Ryan Klesko was taken by the Atlanta Braves with the 116th pick in the 1989 MLB Draft. Mahle had committed to play for UC-Santa Barbara, but decided to forgo his eligibility.

Mahle went 1-3 with a 2.36 ERA in 34.1 innings pitched during his first professional action in the Arizona Fall League. Mahle worked his way through the minors and reached Double-A Pensacola in 2016. He began the 2017 season with the Blue Wahoos and pitched a perfect game on April 22, 2017. It took Mahle just 89 pitches and he recorded eight strikeouts in the outing.

Mahle made his major league debut on August 27, 2017, going five innings and striking out five batters. The right-hander allowed three earned runs in his debut, but followed that up with a solid performance, going six innings and allowing no runs. Mahle finished his first season of big league action with a 2.70 ERA and 14 strikeouts.

Tyler Mahle enters the 2020 season with a few question marks, but despite a 3-12 record, he showed improvement in his strikeout-rate and walk-rate according to FanGraphs. Mahle will likely have a big impact on the 2020 season and beyond with Anthony DeSclafani and Trevor Bauer set to become free agents this coming offseason.