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[O]ff to the best start is right-hander Austin Ross, an eighth-rounder out of LSU. Ross, 22, was the Brewers’ minor-league pitcher of the month for April and has continued to excel in May.
Through seven games (six starts), Ross is 4-1 with a 1.85 earned run average. In 43 2/3 innings, he has allowed only 28 hits and 12 walks while logging 45 strikeouts.
Brewers minor-league pitching coordinator Lee Tunnell has been impressed with Ross, on and off the field.
“From the first time you meet him, he’s very professional,” said Tunnell. “He presents himself well, takes his job seriously and has a vision to be a major-league pitcher. He’s intelligent and focused.
“So, if you ask if we are surprised by his success, no we are not surprised at all.”
Right-hander Jimmy Nelson, a second-rounder out of Alabama, and righty Matt Miller, a fifth-rounder out of Michigan, also are pitching in the Timber Rattlers’ rotation. But perhaps the most interesting pitcher there is right-hander Tyler Thornburg, taken in the third round out of Charleston Southern.
Because he is smallish – 5-foot-10, 185 pounds – and has an unusual delivery, Thornburg drew comparisons to Tim Lincecum before the draft. And he does have a live arm, throwing his fastball in the mid-90s with regularity.
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Bob Brainerd of Sports 32 has an article on Rattlers Pitcher Tyler Thornburg:
There was a choice to be made at one point in Thornburg’s college career…Hitting or Pitching…
“There was, early on in college when I played both and I was doing a little bit better hitting than pitching,” said Thornburg. “But when I started getting into my sophomore and junior years, started getting a lot of attention as far as pitching, my college coach kind of maneuvered me to pitch more, get my bullpens in rather than take some extra hacks in the cage, so I could get geared more toward a future in pitching.”
Even though the upside was brighter, it was a gut twisting tussle for Thornburg to retire the bat along with chasing down balls in the outfield. Not easy for a player with legit power (24 career home runs at Charleston Southern, fourth most in Buccaneers history) who became a YouTube sensation making full throttle, on the run circus catches.
“It was fun playing the outfield,” said Thornburg with a grin. “That was my freshman year, and I loved playing in the outfield, getting a chance to throw guys out trying to take extra bases…that was the most fun.
“As hard as it is to stop hitting, because hitting is a lot more fun than pitching because you get to play every day, but I know it’s what I needed to do. And I’m willing to give it all I’ve got to make that next step in pitching.”
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Game notes and starting lineups will be up later today.
Tyler Thornburg is the starting pitcher tonight for the Rattlers. He is out of Charleston Southern. Did you know he used to be an outfielder?