Tyshawn Barrett: Hitter of the year
By JORDAN ANDERS
The Daily Reflector
Sunday, June 18, 2017
To see Tyshawn Barrett, one might assume he carried the role of the “big bat” in the J.H. Rose lineup.
The numbers from his senior season prove he did more than look the part.
Barrett is this year’s Daily Reflector Hitter of the Year after a campaign in which the 6-foot, 235-pound first baseman hit .440 (33-for-75) for the Rampants and amassed a county-high 36 RBIs. He slugged five home runs, also a county-high.
“I think I did a pretty good job,” said Barrett, who is headed to play baseball at N.C. Central. “I was able to work on some of the things I wanted to work on, so I think it was pretty successful.”
Barrett was an RBI machine for Rose, posting 10 games with at least two and six games with three or more. He had four RBIs twice — in a March 3 victory over Nash Central and a 13-3 win over Scotland County on May 13.
Against Scotland, all four of those RBIs came on a walk-off grand slam in the fifth inning, a moment Barrett called his favorite of the season.
“Early in that game, I wasn’t hitting too well,” he said. “But I didn’t get frustrated and just stayed with it.”
Barrett made gains in almost every statistical area as a senior. He struck out just six times in 97 at-bats, down from 15 Ks in his junior season, and his .440 average was an increase from a .320 campaign the season before.
Perhaps the most impressive statistical leap he made was on the basepaths, where Barrett was a perfect 17-for-17 on stolen base attempts. That’s more than three times as many bases as he stole as a junior, an improvement he said he enjoyed since his speed often came as a surprise to opponents.
“I’m proud of that,” said Barrett, who played offensive tackle on JHR’s football team. “It’s a big part of my game. A lot of people might look at me and think when I get on base that I won’t run, but I take them by surprise.”
Barrett said he spend his senior season trying to train himself to put the ball in play more and avoid trying to knock the ball out of the park in every at-bat. Learning to relax at the plate is something he said he feels like will benefit him when he gets to college.
“(I’m) not putting too much pressure on myself,” he said. “I can go to Central and not worry about doing everything. At Rose, I was in the middle of the lineup so I had to produce, but when I get there, I can be just free and don’t have to stress too much.”
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