Tyler Thornburg Holds His Own in Futures Game

The Brewers’ Tyler Thornburg may have been overshadowed by the likes of Matt Moore and Julio Teheran at the MLB Futures Game on Sunday, but that didn’t mean he didn’t impress a few people.

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. #FuturesGameless than a minute ago via HootSuite Favorite Retweet Reply

So far, so good. Don’t think he’s an obvious RP. @dclynch2: Any chance Thornburg becomes more of a starter in your eyes? #Brewersless than a minute ago via HootSuite Favorite Retweet Reply

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.