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Prospect Focus: 2015 1B/LHP Tyler Durna

A two-year starter at first base and the cleanup hitter for Ayala High School (Chino Hills, Calif.), Tyler Durna has gone on to earn all-league honors in the Sierra League after hitting over .340 both seasons.

With only one error in over 90 attempts, defensively there aren't many first baseman better than Durna in the area. Standing 6'0" the junior-to-be has a very disciplined approach that doesn't waste many at-bats. With 10 strikeouts in over 100 plate appearances, pitch recognition is a strong suit.

"Offensively, he has hit over .340 both years for us," said Ayala head coach Chris Vogt. "[He] is starting to tap into some of his power too."

During his freshman campaign, Durna was the teams closer with very good results.

"He had a sub 1.00 ERA in 13 innings," said Vogt. "He did not pitch his sophomore season because we were pretty deal on the mound. I plan on seeing him there the next two years."

When watching and talking with Durna you see a young man that is focused on the task at hand. There isn't the typical goofing around you often get with high school sophomores during practice.

Durna carries that same focus into the classroom where he has a GPA over 3.2.

"[He] is mature beyond his years," said Vogt. "He will be an outstanding player at the next level."

Below is a video shot on 6/5/13 of Durna throwing a bullpen at Ayala High School.

--Les Lukach

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