Tyler Thornburg, Relief Pitcher, Boston Red Sox
Date of Birth: 9/29/1988
Birthplace: Houston, Texas
College: Charleston Southern University
Current Salary: $2,050,000
Tyler Thornburg, relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, was both a pitcher and an outfielder in college. He was drafted as a pitcher by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010. He played in the Brewers' minor league system from 2010 through most of 2012.
Thornburg joined the Brewers for eight games in 2012. He pitched as both a starter and a reliever in 22.0 innings and he had a 4.50 ERA. He spent most of the season in the minors, pitching 112.2 innings in 21 minor league games.
In 2013, Thornburg split his time between the minors and the Brewers, pitching in 15 games in the minors and 18 games with the Brewers. As both a starter and a reliever for the Brewers, he had career highs in innings pitched (66.2) and strikeouts (48 to 26 walks). He finished the season with a career low ERA of 2.03.
As a relief pitcher for the Brewers in 2014, he pitched 29.2 innings in 27 games and he had a 4.25 ERA. He had control issues that season, walking 21 batters while striking out 28. In 2015, he pitched again from the bullpen. He finished the season with a 3.67 ERA in 34.1 innings in 24 games. He also pitched 88.2 innings in 17 games in the minors in 2015.
Thornburg finished the 2016 season with a 2.15 ERA in 67 games. He had 8 wins to 5 losses, 13 saves, and 90 strikeouts to 25 walks in 67.0 innings.
Thornburg was traded to the Red Sox on December 6, 2016.
Career pitching statistics for Thornburg through 2016 include:
- 144 games played
- 219.2 innings pitched
- 14-9 win-loss record
- 13 saves
- 220 strikeouts to 91 walks
- 2.87 ERA