Acquired: Drafted by the Phillies in the 4th round of the 2007
T: R / Height: 6' 1" / Weight: 195
Birth Date: December 11, 1985
2007 Team: Williamsport
Positions Played in 2007: 2B (56 g)
School: Oklahoma State University
Since being selected as the number 20 prospect on our list of the Top 75
Phillies Prospects, Tyler Mach has gone dangerously AWOL. He has yet to show up
in Clearwater for minor league spring training and is reportedly considering
retirement, even though he has been a highly touted prospect and put up solid
numbers in his debut season with Williamsport.
Batting and Power: Tyler Mach had some pretty hefty help in
learning his offensive skills, working with former major leaguer Edgar Martinez.
Mach took the lessons to heart and developed not just the physical skills that
Martinez had, but learned how to put in the work that is required to become a
good hitter. His power certainly isn't legendary and he's not bound to win any
home run titles, but he's got enough power that opposing pitchers need to be
careful with him. In addition to the power, Mach has the ability to get on base
and should hit for a strong average should he decide to continue his career.
Baserunning and Speed: Mach's baserunning skills are pretty good, but
not great. His speed also isn't overwhelming and he's not going to steal too
Defense: There is some work to do on Mach's mechanics, but a lot of
the things that scouts say about Mach's defense are the same things that they
said about Chase Utley when he was drafted. Utley worked hard on the mechanics
of fielding and made himself into a much better fielder and it's very likely
that Mach would be able to make the same sort of progress.
Projection: There isn't any one thing that Mach does in a dominating
way. Instead, he just does a lot well and strives for consistency in every part
of his game. There would be a lot of work to do with Mach, but the shortcomings
that he has certainly aren't things that couldn't be fixed with some hard work.
The fact that he's seriously considering retirement is unfortunate for a couple
of reasons. First, because the Phillies will have basically wasted a fourth
round pick from the 2007 Draft. Secondly, Mach has the ability to be a pretty
good player and once the rough edges would be worked out, he would have to be
considered a well above average prospect. If he's back, he would probably need
at least some time in extended camp, but could certainly be in Lakewood before
"I’m going to give myself
five years. At the end of that, we’ll see where I’m at. Minor league life is
definitely not like major league life... Ever since I was little, I looked up to
guys in the major leagues and wondered what it would be like to be in their
shoes. It’s weird to know I have the opportunity now. I might have the chance to
make a dream come true." - Tyler Mach on how he viewed his pro career when
he was drafted with the Phillies fourth round pick in 2007.
Tyler Mach's career stats