Former Hoover High star Tyler Mims is a standout on and off the field for the UAB Blazers. Photo by Karim Shamsi-Basha.
Former Hoover High baseball standout Tyler Mims is having a solid season on the field. The UAB first baseman is having an even better year in the classroom.
Mims, a senior, has been named a Capital One All-Academic District 4 First Team selection. Mims carries a 3.93 GPA in industrial distribution, the highest GPA of any of the District 4 honorees.
Sports information directors within the district voted on the list, which is composed of 12 players from around the South.
First-team Academic All-District honorees from each of the eight districts advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second and third team All-America honorees were selected in late May.
“I am really proud of Tyler for earning this honor,” said head coach Brian Shoop. “He has been so consistent as a player and even more so in the classroom. He has only made one B in his entire college career, which is amazing. I am so proud of what our guys do in the classroom. A lot of times it is about the wins and losses, but in the end almost all of them will make their living in something other than baseball, so it’s nice to see one of our guys honored for his academic achievements.”
The Blazer first baseman has started in 42 games this season and has a .278 batting average, which is the third-best average on the team. Of his 44 hits this season, 11 have been doubles. He has one home run and 21 RBIs. He has reached base 58 times and has scored 25 runs during the current year. He’s also made just three errors at first base.
Off the field, Mims placed on the 2014 Conference USA All-Academic Team and has been honored with the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal in each of his four seasons as a Blazer. Mims is one of 19 Blazers to have at least a 3.0 GPA this semester.