Thanks once again to the magic of social media, we have learned today that following the Minor League All-Star break pitching prospect Tyler Thornburg will not head back to meet the AA Huntsville Stars where he has pitched the entirety of the 2012 season to this point.
Instead, Thornburg himself tells us that he’ll be driving to Nashville to meet up with the Sounds, the Brewers AAA affiliate.
Headed to the all star game in knoxville tomorrow then driving over to Nashville from there
— Tyler Thornburg (@tylerthornburg) June 17, 2012
Thornburg is 8-1 in 13 starts on the season for the Double-A Stars with an even 3.00 ERA. He’s tallied 71 strikeouts in 75.0 innings pitched and has held opposing hitters to a .212 batting average. He’s walked 24 on the year and allowed 57 hits which equates to a 1.08 WHIP.
The 6’0″, 190 lb starter has a career 19-7 record in the minor leagues after being drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Charleston Southern University.
There was some talk of Thornburg being under consideration to skip the AAA level altogether when Brewers’ right-hander Marco Estrada was put on the Disabled List after straining his quadriceps muscle while running the bases. Mike Fiers got that call instead and has pitched admirably over four starts.
Thornburg is definitely on everyone’s radar when it comes to lists of Brewers prospects, and one that will reach the Major Leagues in all likelihood. Where he’ll pitch when he gets to Milwaukee is a point of contention though.
Some see him strictly as a relief pitcher at the big league level where others, including the Brewers own scouts and instructors (for now at least) believe he can start.
Either way, following Thornburg so far this season and since his signing back in 2010 has been a fun ride. Hopefully he’ll continue his strong play now with the Sounds and the top level of Minor League competition.
Congratulations, Tyler! You’re one step closer.