Buc in the Bigs: Thornburg shining in Brewers' bullpen

Buc in the Bigs: Thornburg shining in Brewers' bullpen

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Former Charleston Southern standout Tyler Thornburg has emerged as a standout reliever for the Milwaukee Brewers this season. Thornburg recently set a reliever franchise record by retiring 23 consecutive batters, most in Brewers history for a reliever.

Thornburg's run of 23 straight batters retired spanned 12 games, providing the latest highlight in the best season of his Major League career. As of last Sunday, Thornburg's 12.58 strikeouts per nine innings was 10th in the Major and fourth in the National League.

The hard-throwing 27-year old right-handed is currently 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 25.1 innings pitched. Thornburg has been dominant over his last 15 games, recording a 0.63 ERA while allowing just five base runners in 14.1 innings.

Thornburg, once the Brewers' top pitching prospect, has alternated between the starting rotation and bullpen during his time with the organization. He is two appearances away from the high watermark of his big league career.

Thornburg was a third-round selection of the Brewers in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He was a force on the mound and at the plate for coach Stuart Lake's Bucs from 2008-10. Thornburg notched 178 strikeouts in 163.1 innings at CSU, and highlighted his college career by authoring a complete game, 11-strikeout performance in a win at No. 6 Florida.

Thornburg is one of two former CSU pitchers in the Majors. Bobby Parnell (CSU, '05), the one-time closer for the New York Mets, is pitching in the bullpen for the Detroit Tigers. 

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