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Tyler Thornburg
Birthdate: 9/29/1988 (28 y, 6 m)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-0/185     Position: P
Drafted: 2010 June Amateur Draft - Round: 3, Pick: 14, Overall: 96, Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Contract: $2M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Thornburg (shoulder) was diagnosed with a shoulder impingement Tuesday and will not throw for a week, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. (3/28/2017)
Injury: Shoulder, Day-to-Day
Profiles:  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Tyler Thornburg's 2016 campaign was his best. His arsenal didn't change β€” four-seamer, curve, changeup, although the latter two flip-flopped from 2015 β€” but his velocity did, picking up more than 4 mph on his curve and more than 2 mph elsewhere. It helped him add almost 12 percentage points to his strikeout rate (K%) and rack up an inordinate number of fly balls. Thorny may have benefited from luck - his .223 batting average on balls in play (BABIP) testifies as much, and his strand rate (LOB%) reached levels mostly unseen from him. While the latter seems extraordinary, an 80% strand rate is common for relievers, so that seems repeatable. Ultimately, his fly ball tendencies seem like a serious issue: his 32.4% ground ball rate (GB%) ranked in the bottom tenth of relievers last year, all of whom endured bad seasons, exclusive of Kenley Jansen and inclusive of his new teammate, Craig Kimbrel. Alas, a trade to Boston removed Thorny from Milwaukee's closer role. He figures to set up for Kimbrel, who has ceded few save opportunities the last six years, but Kimbrel's reign as a ninth-inning force appears to be approaching its demise. In other words, Thorny's chances of saves in Boston are better than any of Kimbrel's set-up predecessors. It makes him a worthy handcuff, so to speak, but his fly ball issues are still a cause for concern. He's valuable in leagues with holds; otherwise, he's a target merely in AL-only leagues. (Alex Chamberlain)

The Quick Opinion: Tyler Thornburg is slated to set up for Craig Kimbrel, whose grasp on the closer gig, while strong, is more tenuous than ever. Still, although Thornburg improved, he isn't poised to repeat the magic and may be a relatively disappointing holds (and now-and-again saves) candidate. He should be targeted in AL-only formats and leagues with holds, but he may be overvalued in 2017.

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2012-08-07MIL (AAA)@OAK1003.600005.0214220400006
2012-05-19MIL (AA)@LAD1004.500006.0265330400003
2012-05-07MIL (AA)@SEA1103.000006.0264221400007
2012-05-14MIL (AA)ATL1101.500006.0265410300004
2012-04-26MIL (AA)@ATL1101.590005.2254410300007
2012-09-02MIL (AAA)STL10112.270003.2206550201007
2012-08-23MIL (AAA)@TEX1015.400005.0213331201006
2012-08-18MIL (AAA)@KCR1014.500004.0194220200003
2012-08-02MIL (AAA)@SFG1000.000005.0203000200007
2012-06-09MIL (AA)@ARI1017.710004.2234640202005
2012-05-30MIL (AA)@CHC1105.400005.0214332200001
2012-05-24MIL (AA)CHW1102.840006.1286221200005
2012-04-06MIL (AA)@MIA1001.800005.0203111200207
2012-08-28MIL (AAA)CHC1101.800005.0217110100002
2012-04-21MIL (AA)SEA1006.750004.0185431100002
2012-04-11MIL (AA)@CHW1000.000006.0234100100006
2012-08-13MIL (AAA)LAA1000.000005.0216100000005
2012-07-04MIL (AAA)@STL1103.600005.0195220000006
2012-06-04MIL (AA)ATL1104.500006.0257430000006
2012-05-02MIL (AA)LAD1101.290007.0235110000007
2012-04-16MIL (AA)CHC1101.230007.12311100000011