Former Charleston Southern baseball standout Tyler Thornburg made his Major League debut last week for the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, June 19 at Miller Park, getting the start vs. the Toronto Blue Jays. Thornburg gave up five earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts in 5.1 innings. He was impressive at the plate as well with a one-out double for his first Major League hit. The Brewers eventually fell to the Blue Jays 10-9.
Thornburg, who was drafted by the Brewers in the third round of the 2010 MLB Draft, was recalled from AA Huntsville to AAA Nashville during the weekend of June 16 and was later promoted to Milwaukee. He was 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 is 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 still holds CSU single-game records in home runs, runs and RBI.