Pitching beyond his years

By: Prentice Elliott Email
By: Prentice Elliott Email

The Greenjackets have, by far, the best pitching staff in the minors, if not all of basebal.

The average age of the group is 22 years old but they've been performing well beyond their years.

There's no one that applies to more than Clayton Tanner.

At 19, he's the youngest member of the greenjackets and the only one under the age of 21.

The left-handed starter is an all-star this season with a 9 and 3 record and is just a year removed from high school.

This time last season, he was just getting settled into rookie ball after graduating from De La Salle high school in California.

There's a lot of ways for a 19-year old to get into trouble in the minors but Tanner gets a little help staying in line from one of the veterans.

Tanner says, "My roommate, Dayton Buller. He's the old man of the team. So I give him old man jokes, he gives me young guy jokes. It goes back and forth. It's pretty fun."

It should be noted Buller is the old-man of the team at 25.

Tanner hasn't pitched like a 19-year-old.
He carries a 2.76 ERA to go along with his 9 and 3 record.


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