During the 2011 calendar year, Leffler has helped Benton Consolidated High School to baseball and basketball regional championships, as well as the second round of the IHSA Class 3A football state playoffs. Recently named an all-state quarterback after piling up 2,462 total yards and accounting for 26 touchdowns, Leffler is a two-time All-South performer on the football field and baseball diamond by The Southern Illinoisan newspaper.
Benton's shortstop and a pitcher, Leffler hit .480 as a sophomore in 2010 with seven home runs, 39 runs batted in and 13 stolen bases. He followed with a .381 average, four home runs, 31 RBI's and 10 steals as a junior last season.
The son of Tim and Lynette Leffler, Tyler was born July 11, 1994 in Carbondale, Ill.
Quoting Bradley Baseball Head Coach Elvis Dominguez
"A three-sport star at Benton High School in southern Illinois, Tyler is a blue-collar athlete who is a great competitor. In high school and in the summer, Tyler pitches and plays shortstop. We look for Tyler to be a fixture in our infield during his time here."