Jim Callis of Baseball America was one of a few people who were live-tweeing the Futures Game and had a couple things to say about Thornburg’s 5th inning:
Thornburg’s delivery not as unorthodox as I thought. 93-95, changeup had moments. Gave up single to Marte in scoreless fifth. #FuturesGame
That second tweet is the big one. Depending on who you ask, Thornburg is either a potential middle-of-the-rotation starter or a guy who could end up being a (very good) reliever. Those questions aren’t based on worries about the stuff — he definitely has the mix to be successful at every level — but rather focus on his durability. You’ll always find some scouts that are scared of small pitchers (Thornburg is 5’10″), but his delivery is also a bit out of the ordinary.
It’s hard to argue with the results Thornburg has posted in his first year-plus, though, and he held his own on Sunday against some higher-rated prospects. Those types of appearances — even if he only threw 10 pitches — can only help when it comes to repairing the reputation of the Brewers’ farm system.
I just ask one thing: please stop comparing him to Tim Lincecum. It’s simply not a fair comparison to make at this point.