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Tyler Thornburg | Relief Pitcher | #47

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/29/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 189
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Charleston Southern
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 3 (0) / MLW
Contract: view contract details

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Tyler Thornburg was pasted for five runs -- four earned -- on four hits while getting only two outs against the Twins on Saturday.
He also walked a batter and struck one out. All four of the hits were singles and there was a Mookie Betts error and a sacrifice fly mixed in. It was a gruesome stat line for Thornburg but he remains in line to serve as an elite set-up man for closer Craig Kimbrel this season. Feb 25 - 6:19 PM

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Red Sox and RHP Tyler Thornburg avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.05 million contract.

Acquired from the Brewers in a trade last month, Thornburg was arbitration-eligible this offseason for the first time. He held a 2.15 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 67 innings in 2016 and will set up in Boston in 2017.
Jan 13 - 4:18 PM

Red Sox acquired RHP Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers for INFs Travis Shaw and Mauricio Dubon, RHP Josh Pennington, and a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The Red Sox paid a big price in the way of players, but Thornburg comes cheaper in the way of money than the going rate for relievers in free agency. The 28-year-old broke out in 2016 by posting a 2.15 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 67 innings. He even saved 13 games late in the year, though he’ll be setting up for Craig Kimbrel with his new club. Thornburg will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, so he’s under team control for three seasons.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 11:04:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have acquired Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers.

The return package hasn't been confirmed, but Travis Shaw is expected to be part of the deal while prospects Mauricio Dubon and Josh Pennington are also reportedly involved. It's a high price, but the Red Sox feel that's worth it to bring Thornburg aboard in a set-up role. The 28-year-old is coming off a brilliant 2016 where he posted a 2.15 ERA and 90/25 K/BB ratio over 67 innings. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, which makes him cheaper than some of the huge prices we are seeing in free agency. With Thornburg out of the picture, the Brewers will likely go with Corey Knebel as their closer in 2017.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 09:24:00 AM

Tyler Thornburg tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Pirates on Friday for his seventh save.

Thornburg worked around a one-out walk to lock down the victory. The 27-year-old has been spotless since taking over the closer role in Milwaukee and owns a brilliant 1.75 ERA and 74/20 K/BB ratio over 56 2/3 innings.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 10:42:00 PM

Tyler Thornburg converted his fifth save of the season in Monday's win over the Rockies.

Thornburg protected the two-run lead without a sweat, getting a flyout and a pair of swinging strikeouts to nail down the victory. He's allowed just one hit over eight scoreless appearances this month since taking over as the Brewers' closer.
Mon, Aug 22, 2016 10:37:00 PM

Tyler Thornburg struck out one Braves' batter in a clean ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the season on Wednesday.

He has not been officially named as the closer but Thornburg is the obvious choice in the Milwaukee bullpen. He has a 2.12 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings. Those stats stack up nicely to the elite closers in the league. He doesn't have a long track record of pitching this well though. This is the 27-year-old's first season of stellar results.
Wed, Aug 10, 2016 11:48:00 PM

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Monday that he's likely to "move everybody back" in the bullpen following the trades of Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith.

Tyler Thornburg appears in line to take over the closer job with Jeffress and Smith out of the picture, but Counsell stayed away from making an official announcement on roles, joking that "we don't have to, like, knight them." Corey Knebel has been mentioned as a future closer for a while, but Thornburg is deserving of the opportunity. The 27-year-old has dominated with a 2.32 ERA and 59/14 K/BB ratio over 42 2/3 innings this season. Pick him up where he's still available.
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 11:04:00 AM

Tyler Thornburg could get a chance to close for the Brewers after the trades involving Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith.

The Brewers have yet to make an official announcement, but it's the logical play and beat writer Adam McCalvy of speculates that this is the way they could go. Thornburg owns a dominant 2.32 ERA and 59/14 K/BB ratio over 42 2/3 innings this season. He should be picked up in all fantasy formats.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 07:37:00 PM

Tyler Thornburg is likely to take over as the Brewers' closer following the trades of Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith.

Thornburg has had a fantastic season with a 2.32 ERA and 59/14 K/BB ratio over 42 2/3 relief innings. It remains to be seen how many save chances the rebuilding Brewers will provide, but Thornburg is capable of handling the job and needs to be scooped up in any fantasy leagues where he's available.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 05:37:00 PM

With Jeremy Jeffress getting the day off, Tyler Thornburg tossed a scoreless ninth for his first career save Thursday against the Cubs.

Thornburg was pretty shaky, walking two and giving up a long fly ball to Dexter Fowler that wasn't far off from being a three-run homer, but he was able get out of the jam. He has a 4.08 ERA and a 28/7 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings this year. He'll continue to help set up for Jeffress for the most part.
Thu, May 19, 2016 05:04:00 PM

Brewers recalled RHP Tyler Thornburg from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

He's taking Jonathan Broxton's spot on the roster. Thornburg is getting another shot despite posting a 5.28 ERA at Triple-A.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 12:49:00 PM

Tyler Thornburg will be used as a starter at Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The Brewers are lacking in rotation depth, so it's a move that makes sense. Thornburg came up through the minors as a starter and started some during spring training, so it shouldn't take him too long to get stretched out. "He's got to get back to pitching the way he should be pitching," manager Ron Roenicke said. "And then, whether you need a starter or a reliever, if he's lights out pitching as a starter and we think that piece is what we need in the bullpen, (he'll get that opportunity)."
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 08:40:00 AM

Brewers optioned RHP Tyler Thornburg to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Thornburg was off to a rough start in Milwaukee's bullpen, posting a 5.59 ERA over six appearances. He's being replaced by Rob Wooten.
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 10:58:00 AM

Tyler Thornburg struggled in Sunday's Cactus League outing against the Athletics, surrendering three runs on four hits over 1 2/3 innings.

Thornburg walked one and struck out one on the day. He's considered a favorite to land a spot in the Brewers' Opening Day bullpen where he's expected to work in middle relief.
Sun, Mar 29, 2015 09:13:00 PM

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