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Otters bring back franchise strikeout leader


EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The Evansville Otters have signed 2016 Frontier League Champion, pitcher Tyler Vail.


Vail, a native of Easton, PA, returns to Evansville for his sixth season in an Otters jersey. Vail is the franchise's all-time leader in strikeouts with 347. Most recently, he had a limited season in 2021 due to injury. During that year, Vail struck out 16 batters in four starts and 20.1 innings pitched. 


In 2019, he began in the bullpen before transitioning to the starting rotation. Vail went 5-5 with a 2.78 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 81 innings pitched and 18 appearances. In 2019, Vail became the Otters' franchise career leader in strikeouts at 331. Vail came back to the Otters in 2018 after playing previously for Evansville in 2015-2016. Vail went 15-8 with a 4.06 ERA in 35 appearances. He pitched in 206 innings while striking out 160 batters.


In 2017, the Arizona Diamondbacks signed Vail before the start of the season and he split time between Hillsboro and Missoula, where he made 14 total starts. He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 5th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft from Notre Dame High School in Easton, Pennsylvania.


The 2023 season is right around the corner. For information on season tickets, call 812-435-8686. Group and single-game tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks.


The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.


The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Frontier League 2006, 2016
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