Healthy Mudd Back In The Recruiting Process

Bruce Hefflinger
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Healthy Mudd Back In The Recruiting Process

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Tyler Mudd OF / LHP / Deerfield Academy, MA / 2021

SHREWSBURY, Ma. - Now fully healthy, Tyler Mudd is back involved in the recruiting process.

“I was fully cleared about a month ago,” related Mudd, who missed time with an ACL injury. “I was out in May of 2019 and had surgery in June. Obviously it was tough. There was a lot of adversity, I just had to fight and get through it.”

Previously committed to Rutgers in the fall of his sophomore year, Mudd injured an ankle before his spring season that school year, then came the ACL problem once back in action.

“I ended up losing my scholarship,” related the Deerfield Academy junior, who reclassified after 10th grade. ”It was a tough year.”

The 31st-ranked 2021 is getting most interest from “high-academic schools” in the northeast. Mudd has checked out Maine, Dartmouth, Harvard and Holy Cross while also talking with Cornell, George Washington and Bucknell.

“I’m very interested in Harvard,” Mudd noted. “It’s close to home right in Boston.”

The 5-8 165-pounder points to hard work while sitting out as being highly beneficial.

“I dedicated myself to off-field training,” Mudd said. “I’m bigger, faster, stronger, I can tell. I had a jump in my velocity and hitting-wise. It’s given me an advantage that was missing in my game.

“Coming back from the ACL was tough, but it helped prepare me for college,” Mudd added. “Doing two-a-day workouts really got me ready for what college baseball will be like.”

More power has come into his game.

“Off-field training really helped,” Mudd explained. “I was a line drive type of guy before, but now I’m able to hit the gaps and get extra bases I previously wasn’t getting.”

There was more that Mudd learned while missing game action.

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