OUTTyler Thornburg
RP BOS
2 years ago

Thornburg may be in line for save opportunities following the Brewers' decision to trade Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Corey Knebel is another possible candidate to replace Jeffress, who converted all but one save chance during his run as Milwaukee's closer this season. Thornburg has been excellent as part of the bridge to the ninth inning this season, carrying a 59:14 K:BB over 42.2 innings and piling up 20 holds thus far (2.32 ERA, 0.98 WHIP).

OUTTyler Thornburg
RP BOS
2 years ago

Thornburg (3-4) faced just one batter in the bottom of the ninth, allowing a leadoff triple to Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison, and watching teammate Scooter Gennett overthrow third base to plate Harrison for the winning run.

EDGE Analysis

Thornburg takes the loss Tuesday despite not actually allowing an earned run, although Harrison's shot nearly left the park before Gennett threw the relay throw into the third base dugout. Thornburg's ERA remains at 2.45 on the season, and Jeremy Jeffress continues to have a lock on Milwaukee's closer role for the time being.

OUTTyler Thornburg
RP BOS
2 years ago

Thornburg picked up his second save of the season, getting four outs and walking one against the A's on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

With closer Jeremy Jeffress sidelined with an eye infection, Thornburg was able to bounce back from his last two poor performances. His 13 holds are good for seventh in the NL and he should continue to be a consistence source for them as the team's set-up man. He'll be good for a handful of saves, too, but Jeffress has a firm grip on that role.

OUTTyler Thornburg
RP BOS
2 years ago

Thornburg threw a perfect eighth inning in Tuesday's victory over the A's -- his eighth consecutive appearance without allowing a base runner.

EDGE Analysis

Thornburg has really been on a role of late, retiring the last 26 batters he faced, and punching out 10 of them in the process. He has been stingy all season however, as evidenced by his 0.79 WHIP and 36:7 K:BB ratio over 25.1 innings. He is now up to 13 holds on the season and continues to work as the Brewers' setup man in front of closer Jeremy Jeffress.

OUTTyler Thornburg
RP BOS
2 years ago

Thornburg picked up his first big league save after walking his first two batters in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Cubs. He struck out two, including getting Jason Heyward to end the game.

EDGE Analysis

Starting closer Jeremy Jeffress was given the day off after blowing the save Wednesday against the Cubs. It's unlikely that the Brewers will replace Jeffress with Thornburg in the foreseeable future, but Thornburg she continue to be a nice source of holds.

OUTTyler Thornburg
RP BOS
2 years ago

Thornburg tossed a scoreless eighth inning in Sunday's victory over the Phillies.

EDGE Analysis

Thornburg opened the season as the Brewers' primary seventh-inning pitcher, but he entered Sunday's contest after initial setup man Michael Blazek for the third time in a row, which signals there has been a change in the pecking order at the back of the Brewers' bullpen. Jeremy Jeffress has a hold on the closer's job for the Brewers, but if he is unavailable for any reason, Thornburg -- at least for the time being -- would be the favorite to see the save opportunity in his place.

OUTTyler Thornburg
RP BOS
2 years ago

Thornburg has tossed a scoreless inning in three consecutive relief appearances to begin the season.

EDGE Analysis

Thornburg has not been a major factor in the Brewers' bullpen since early in the 2014 season, but a few injuries to other relievers have him back in a key role, and he has thrown one inning late in all three games the team has won this season. Thorburg is not a threat to incumbent closer Jeremy Jeffress at this time, but he is throwing in the mid-90s again; so if Jeffress is forced to give up the job and Will Smith (knee) is still out, Thornburg could garner consideration for the ninth-inning role.

OUTTyler Thornburg
RP BOS
2 years ago

Thornburg will be used as a reliever during spring training, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thornburg worked as a starter for the Brewers in the past, but he has not started a game for the big club since 2013, and the team will keep him in the bullpen this spring. Thornburg did not find much success at the big league level over the last two seasons, but he did show flashes of brilliance out of the bullpen early in 2014, so the Brewers will no doubt be hoping he can find that form again. Thornburg is out of options, so if he does not open the season with the Brewers, he will be exposed to waivers if he is assigned to the minors.

OUTTyler Thornburg
RP BOS
3 years ago

Thornburg allowed one earned run over six innings in a start with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday. He gave up seven hits and posted a 7:3 K:BB ratio in the game.

Wednesday's outing was Thornburg's best outing since being transitioned back to a starting role in late April. His 3.98 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 40.2 innings over eight starts don't jump off the page, but the ERA looks a little better when considering six of his eight starts have come in the thin air of Colorado. Thornburg has not started a game for the Brewers since 2013, but given the way things line up, he appears to be the top option to fill next Tuesday's open spot in the big league rotation.

OUTTyler Thornburg
RP BOS
3 years ago

Thornburg is an option to be called up to start Tuesday's game in St. Louis, the Journal-Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports.

With Wily Peralta on the 15-day DL with a rib-cage strain the Brewers need to add a fifth pitcher to the rotation for Tuesday's start. Taylor Jungmann is the other option, according to manager Craig Counsell. While it is hard to fully trust the numbers Thornburg and Jungmann have at Triple-A Colorado Springs (given the extreme hitting environment), neither pitcher should be expected to be very effective as a big-league starter.