Tyler

Rank

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#7

Right-Handed Pitcher
Other Position 1B
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 237
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Rochester, Minn.
High School: Mayo
Experience: 1 Letter

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2007; Spring 2008; Fall 2008)

2009 Outlook: Sophomore Tyler Rank was one of four true freshmen hitters who gained valuable experience last season Appeared in 17 contests, splitting time between first base and designated hitter as he adjusted to the college game Hit .192 with five RBIs, including a pair of multi-RBI contests Two-way performer who battled through shoulder injuries in 2008 and underwent a pair of surgeries on his shoulders  in the off-season Will likely be limited to hitting duties this spring, taking away an arm that could have added depth in the Husker relief corps Has been excellent in the classroom, carrying a 3.26 GPA and being named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in each of his three semesters as a Husker.

2008: Rank was a valuable bench performer in the Huskers’ run to an NCAA Regional appearance in 2008 Appeared in 17 contests, hitting .192 with five RBIs, as he saw time at first base and designated hitter Showed a good eye at the plate, drawing six walks in just 32 plate appearances Did not play in the NCAA Regional or the Big 12 Tournament Hit .111 in nine at-bats against Baylor, coming up with a two-run pinch-hit double against the Bears on April 26 Started at designated hitter against Western Illinois on April 29, going 1-for-3 with a walk in NU’s 6-4 win Started NU’s opener against Texas on March 28, going 0-for-2 in NU’s 14-4 win Picked up his first extra-base hit with an RBI triple, going 1-for-4 in a start at first base against Northern Colorado on March 26 Started at designated hitter against Arkansas on March 19, singling to right in his only at-bat against the Razorbacks Came off the bench to deliver a two-run single against Nebraska-Kearney on March 4 Made his first career start at first base against UC Riverside on March 1, drawing a pair of walks, stealing a base and scoring a run in a 10-4 Husker win.

Mayo High School: Rank was one of the top prospects in Minnesota playing for Coach Dan Hoefs at Mayo High School Tabbed a first-team all-state performer by the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association and St. Paul Pioneer Press after hitting .392 with three homers and 20 RBIs in 2007 Rated by Baseball America as the No. 2 high school prospect in Minnesota for the 2007 MLB Draft Earned first-team National High School Baseball Coaches Association All-District V honors Hit .587 with seven homers, 46 RBIs and a 1.011 slugging percentage in American Legion ball in 2007, highlighted by a doubleheader when he went 7-for-7 against Winona Also recorded a 2-0 mark with a 2.46 ERA Was a three-time all-conference pick, hitting .410 with two homers and 30 RBIs as a junior Selected to the 2006 Area Code Games, where he helped lead the SPARQ Midwest Team to a tournament title Totaled eight varsity letters in high school, as he was also a two-time all-state selection in football and played hockey for a season Named to the high honor roll during his prep career at RMHS.

Personal: Born on Feb. 9, 1989, in Rochester, Minn. Parents are Ron and Shelly Rank Has one sister (Miranda) and a brother (Ryan) Has not declared a major, but carries a 3.26 GPA entering the spring semester.

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