Ty Abraham is just about as different as he could be from his brother Cody, a former outfielder who played for Mississippi State.
“We’re polar opposites,” Abraham said. “He’s fast and I’m slow; he’s small and I’m big; he played outfield and I pitch.”
Despite this, Abraham has found himself in the very place his brother played in 2011 – with the Victoria Generals.
“My brother’s experience here helped me a lot with this decision. He had nothing but good things to say about (Head Coach Michael) Oros and the Generals,” Abraham said. “Both he and my coaches at the University of Houston knew Coach Oros and about the Generals. They spoke positively about it, so I thought it would be a good place for me.”
“Whether I am a starter or a reliever, I have to keep the same mentality,” Abraham said. “I just have to learn how to conserve my energy to go deeper into games.” https://t.co/CDX7kI5BoV— AdvoSports (@advosports) July 13, 2019
Oros, who played with Cody Abraham in 2009, said it was an easy decision to bring in Ty for the season.
“I played with his older brother growing up in Houston, so to hear the name Abraham again and figure out he was Cody’s little brother was crazy,” Oros said. “Then to see the year he’s having and what he’s capable of doing, it was pretty simple.”
Abraham, who came out of high school as the No. 22- rated prospect in Texas, went into his freshman season as a two-way player for the Cougars. During the season, Abraham realized he wanted to focus on pitching.
“I’ve always liked to hit, but I developed this love for pitching,” Abraham said. “For me, when I step on the mound it’s just a totally different feeling. I live for that.”
Ty Abraham strikes out the last batter of the sixth inning against the Brazos Valley Bombers at Riverside Stadium. pic.twitter.com/fQqCjQUwW4— Tyler Tyre (@TylerTyre) July 13, 2019
Ty Abraham started the season as the Generals’ closer and excelled in the role, allowing only one earned run in 16 innings, but Oros wants Abraham to become a starter.
He last pitched three innings in relief on July 6, as part of his transition from the bullpen to a starter.
“We really think he can be a starter, so we want to get him groomed for that,” Oros said. “I think the biggest thing for him will be confidence and repetition. With him redshirting last year, he needs to get that rust off and get some innings under his belt.”
Abraham said he is ready to take on the challenge of becoming a starter.
“Whether I am a starter or a reliever, I have to keep the same mentality,” Abraham said. “I just have to learn how to conserve my energy to go deeper into games.”
Abraham hopes that his experience this summer with the Generals also will help him next season when he plays at Paris Junior College.
“I believe that I can be a starter, and my experience here with the Generals is going to help me take that step,” Abraham said. “Taking that step from pitching one or two innings to five or six isn’t easy, but that is where I want to be and what I need to be able to do if I want to have success in college.”