Meet the 'Jackets: Tyler Paul

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Lebanon sophomore Tyler Paul will return to the Lebanon lineup this season after earning second team All-Ozark Conference honors last year as a freshman.


Lebanon sophomore Tyler Paul figures to be a key figure in the lineup this season for the Yellowjackets baseball team and will likely see time in the outfield and on the mound for head coach Dustin Young.

As a freshman last season, Paul earned second-team All-Ozark Conference honors. In nine conference games, he hit .483 with four doubles, nine runs scored and 12 RBIs.

He is one of six players that the ‘Jackets will bring back with varsity experience after a 13-9 year.

According to Young, Paul is a player who started at the JV-B level as a freshman, but worked his way up to the varsity level after plenty of success at ever level he was told to play at.

The Lebanon Daily Record caught up with Paul to talk to him about the upcoming baseball season.

LDR — What are your strengths are on the baseball field?

Tyler — The one strength I have always had is being aggressive, and I think it’s because I hate to lose. No matter what position it is I’m always giving 100 percent of the time.

LDR — What are some things you have worked on to try and improve during the offseason?

Tyler — The two big things I worked on are getting faster and being conditioned because I think to be successful in the outfield and on the base path you need to be fast and need to be able to run no matter what.

LDR — What are some expectations you have for your team and individually this season?

Tyler — I plan on us making it as far as we allow ourselves to. That means giving 100 percent at practice or anytime we are in the field. Some expectations I have for myself is give it all I have when I’m on the field and be the best teammate I can be.

LDR — Was it hard for you to adapt to varsity baseball as a freshman last year and what are some things you learned that would help you this season?

Tyler — I knew that going in as a freshman I was going to have to focus and do what I knew to do, but I always knew that I had nothing to lose and just needed to play the way I knew how and it has paid off so far.

LDR — Who are some individuals that have had an impact on your baseball career?

Tyler — I have two people that have been there for me through my baseball career, and that’s my cousin Austin Knight and my brother Blake Paul. Austin was always there to tell me what I was doing wrong and help me with anything I needed, and Blake and I were always together doing something with baseball either in the yard playing catch, at the field hitting or watching videos on how to do different things.

LDR — What are the most significant differences in this years team compared to last year?

Tyler — Last years team there was a bunch of moving around and didn’t have a set lineup, and that’s why I think we lost some games we shouldn’t have, but this year I feel like we will have a set lineup and have more success.

LDR — Who is a baseball player you try to model your game after?

Tyler — A player I try to be like is Yadier Molina because when he plays the game he plays, it’s so smooth and plays it well.

LDR — Is there any specific game that you're looking forward to this season?

Tyler — The game I am looking forward to is Jefferson City, and that’s because they were the state champions last year, and I feel like we have a good shot at beating them this year if we come ready to play.

LDR — What is your favorite baseball memory?

Tyler — One of my favorite memories happened last year during a varsity game. I was up to bat and fouled the ball off my face. All I remember is falling and coach running up to me asking me if I was okay. I told him I was alright and then got up and and finished my at-bat with a double.


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