Tyler Webb: The Road To Memphis
Once an Eagle, always an Eagle, right?
That’s certainly the case for 2014 Prosper graduate Tyler Webb.
Webb is gearing up for his senior year at the University of Memphis where he is a proven leader on the baseball field.
While at Prosper, Webb was a three-time All-State football player and a two-time All-State baseball player, despite going through two knee surgeries. He played wide receiver, defensive back and punter for the Eagles football team. He played all four years on the varsity baseball team at both third base and shortstop.
“Whatever we needed he did,” said Prosper baseball coach Rick Carpenter. “Not only was he a great player, but he was a great leader also; one of my favorite players of all time.”
Carpenter became emotional reciting a story about Webb’s play in a district championship game.
“Bases were loaded with two outs and we were down a run playing for the district championship. Our hitter belted a one hop missile at their third baseman, who only had to run a short few steps and touch the bag. I admit, I already registered defeat in my mind. While their kid was jogging to third, Tyler somehow slid into the bag a split second before theirs, much to the shock of everyone, including myself. This tied the game. Our next hitter chopped a slow roller to the same third baseman, who was spooked by now and he booted it and we won the game. Gives me chills,” recalled Carpenter.
When asked about Carpenter, Webb said, “That man made me fall in love with baseball, I was a football kid and he really opened my eyes to another world and I can’t thank him enough.”
After high school, Webb traveled south to Galveston College where he would continue to impress for the next two years. In his final year with the Whitecaps, Webb hit a team-best .424 in 50 games and led the team in total hits (70), doubles (14) and runs scored (47). Webb was also named an All-American while at Galveston College.
“My post-high school successes are a credit to my coach in Galveston, Chris Joblin. I arrived in Galveston an athlete, he made me an All-American baseball player.”
In 2016, Webb signed a letter of intent to transfer from Galveston College to the University of Memphis for baseball.
In his first year with the Tigers, Webb had a batting average of .305, with 43 runs on 65 hits, 16 doubles, 1 triple and 5 home runs. In a game against Murray State, Webb drove in three runs in the bottom of the ninth and two more runs in the 12th inning to give Memphis an 11-10 win. The Tigers were trailing 8-5 in the ninth before Webb cracked a double into left center to clear the bases and tie the game at 8-8 and would trail again in the 12th before Webb’s game-winning hit.
“We aren’t able to make every game, but we sure watch them,” said Tori Webb, Tyler’s mother. “We are just so thrilled to be able to watch him out there. We are definitely proud parents,” added his father, Denny.
Webb, who is studying business management, was also named to the Dean’s List at the University of Memphis.
Webb’s sister, Logan Bass is a 2009 graduate who is currently teaching at Prosper High School while his younger brother, Braden, who also plays varsity baseball, will graduate in 2019. Denny, coincidentally, was a member of Prosper’s 1984 State Championship baseball team. The Webb’s hail from a long line of Prosper graduates dating back to the 1950’s. His great-grandfather, Charles Webb, worked for PISD from 1954-1958 and his grandmother, Pam Webb, has worked in the Superintendent’s office at PISD for 33 years and will be retiring this month.
“My family has been a solid source of support and encouragement. My little brother, Braden, is a better ballplayer than I was at that age and I look forward to seeing what he does and repaying some of that support,” said Webb.
With his last year for College baseball in his sights, Tyler says, “I’ve been playing baseball for so long that it’s really a part of me and I am working everyday toward my goal of getting drafted.”
A little-known fact about Webb is that in fifth grade, he was considered one of the top cup-stacking champions in the entire world! Good to know he has a backup plan in case his baseball doesn’t work out.,.but I wouldn’t get out those red solos just yet, I think we are in for a lot more baseball from him.
Renee Marler | firstname.lastname@example.org