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August 28, 2013Dream school and Texas don't usually link up for Northern California prospects. However, this was the case for Capital Christian right-hander Tyler Schimpf who committed to the Longhorns in July. Hear what led him to Austin.
"It's always been my dream school ever since I watched college baseball. I love Texas," Schimpf said. "I've been checking it out. It's a school I always wanted to go to."
The No. 27 ranked prospect in the NCP Top 50 traveled to Austin this summer to play for the Austin Wings.
"I went out and played for the Austin Wings and basically told them my dream was to go to the University of Texas," Schimpf said. "They got me the exposure."
With good size at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Schimpf touched 89 MPH at the Area Code tryouts in July with a good breaking ball and a smooth delivery. He also has a hard knuckleball which can get strikeouts. As a junior, he went 4-0 with a 1.05 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 20 innings.
The big right-hander though gets his biggest strength from his late father, Bill Schimpf, who passed away when Tyler was a freshman.
"My father (known as Coach Billy) is my motivation and whenever I pitch, I am doing it for him and the Lord. My father passed away my freshman year and I play this game for him. We always had the goal of going to the University of Texas and then to the Major Leagues so I am taking that goal step by step and am always striving to get better each day for my Dad," Schimpf said. "He is my motivation and my strength."
Schimpf carries that strength as the Cougars look to repeat as section championship in 2013 before heading to Austin.