Former CSU standout Tyler Thornburg is scheduled to get his first career MLB start Tuesday for the Milwaukee Brewers as he takes the mound to face the Toronto Blue Jays. First pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m. at Miller Park.
Thornburg, who was drafted by the Brewers in the third round of the 2010 MLB Draft, was recalled from AA Huntsville to AAA Nashville this past weekend and was later promoted to Milwaukee. He is currently 8-1 with 71 strikeouts on the season for the Huntsville Stars and boasts a 3.00 ERA. Thornburg was slated to pitch in the Southern League All-Star Game on Tuesday prior to his call up.
"We are very proud of Tyler and his accomplishments," says CSU head coach Stuart Lake. "His work ethic while a student-athlete in our program was and still is an example for all of our players. He represents our school and baseball program very well."
Following in the steps of RJ Swindle and Bobby Parnell, Thornburg will be the third Buccaneer in program history to play in a major league game. He played for the Bucs for three seasons from 2008-10, posting a 9-3 record in his sophomore and junior seasons with 123 strikeouts and 58 walks in that time frame. Thornburg also saw action at the plate, hitting .292 with 12 home runs and 16 doubles in 2009. He currently holds CSU single-game records in home runs, runs and RBI.