Tyler Thornburg
Tyler Thornburg
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cincinnati Reds
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Tyler Thornburg in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Reds in December of 2019.
Invited to Reds camp
PCincinnati Reds  NRI
December 31, 2019
Thornburg signed a minor-league deal with the Reds which includes an invitation to spring training Tuesday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
ANALYSIS
Thornburg's career has fallen off the rails since thoracic outlet syndrome caused him to miss all of the 2017 season. The Reds are taking a low-risk flyer on a player who was once a shutdown reliever, but Thornburg's 6.54 ERA in 42.2 big-league innings over the last two seasons isn't exactly promising.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
24
Last 10 Games
26
Last 5 Games
30
How many pitches does Tyler Thornburg generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Tyler Thornburg generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-30%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .274 72 14 7 17 3 2 1
Since 2017vs Right .296 121 29 13 32 8 1 9
2019vs Left .217 28 5 4 5 2 0 1
2019vs Right .308 58 17 6 16 8 1 3
2018vs Left .308 44 9 3 12 1 2 0
2018vs Right .286 63 12 7 16 0 0 6
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-42%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-24%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-77%
ERA at Home
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.13 1.48 26.1 2 0 0 6.8 3.8 1.7
Since 2017Away 8.82 1.84 16.1 0 0 0 12.7 5.0 2.8
2019Home 8.49 1.89 11.2 0 0 0 7.7 5.4 1.5
2019Away 6.43 1.29 7.0 0 0 0 15.4 3.9 2.6
2018Home 2.45 1.16 14.2 2 0 0 6.1 2.5 1.8
2018Away 10.61 2.25 9.1 0 0 0 10.6 5.8 2.9
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Tyler Thornburg compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.20
 
K/9
10.6
 
BB/9
4.8
 
HR/9
1.9
 
Fastball
93.7 mph
 
ERA
7.71
 
WHIP
1.66
 
BABIP
.357
 
GB/FB
0.67
 
Left On Base
59.1%
 
Exit Velocity
92.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
15.4%
 
Spin Rate
2412 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
55.8%
 
Swinging Strike
9.4%
 
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Thornburg was Josh Hader before being a dominating middle reliever was en vogue. Thornburg made the transition from flawed starter to shutdown reliever in 2016 and was promptly traded to Boston for Travis Shaw and others. The deal has been massively lopsided in Milwaukee's favor as Shaw has mashed while Thornburg has thrown all of 24 innings over two seasons for the reigning world champs. He missed all of 2017 with thoracic outlet syndrome, which is about the worst injury for a pitcher as the recovery from it is anything but certain. Thornburg gave up nine home runs in 36 innings between Pawtucket and Boston last year, but he was just happy to get back on a mound. Boston saw enough in him to give him a one-year guaranteed contract for 2019, albeit one that pays out just $1.8 million. It would take an incredible leap of fortune for Thornburg to step into the closer role at any point in 2019.
The Red Sox acquired Thornburg from the Brewers last offseason with the hope of strengthening the bridge to closer Craig Kimbrel. In March, he was dealing with a "dead-arm period" and lacked command in limited Grapefruit League appearances. By the end of the month, he was diagnosed with a shoulder impingement, and the Red Sox placed him on the disabled list to begin the season with the hope of getting him back in late April. After multiple setbacks kept him sidelined into June, it was revealed that he had thoracic outlet syndrome, and would need season-ending surgery to treat the issue. The Red Sox signed Thornburg to a non-guaranteed one-year deal to keep him in the fold as spring training begins, and it's expected that he'll be healthy when pitchers and catchers report in February. When healthy, Thornburg brings a mid-90s fastball, good curveball, and occasional changeup in his arsenal, which gives him the ability to rack up strikeouts and generate value in deeper formats even in a setup role.
Thornburg's spectacular 2016 season bought him a ticket from Milwaukee to Boston, landing him with the Red Sox in a trade for Travis Shaw and two prospects. The 2016 numbers for the right-hander were elite, with a 2.15 ERA in 67 innings and a 34.2 percent strikeout rate. That performance eventually gave him the closer role in Milwaukee after the Jeremy Jeffress trade, which went well enough until he stumbled at the end of the season, allowing runs in four straight appearances and increasing his ERA from 1.55 to the final 2.15 mark. Even with that stumble, his ascension was still complete, going from a middle relief role to a late-inning arm for a contender. His arsenal revolves around a fastball that sits around 94-96 mph and a good curveball that he loves to use early in the count. Thornburg figures to open 2017 as Boston's top setup man and would likely be the first name called if something were to happen with Craig Kimbrel.
Similar to his 2013 campaign, Thornburg saw more success in the majors than in the minors. With the Brewers, he acted as a long reliever, posting a decent 3.67 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. With Triple-A Colorado Springs, however, he put up a rough 5.28 ERA and 1.61 WHIP. Some of these disappointing Triple-A numbers could be as a result of pitching in hitter-friendly Colorado Springs, but Thornburg did himself no favors with a career-low 5.8 K/9. The 27-year-old has proven himself as one of the more reliable pitchers on a young Brewers staff and has shown he can strike out major league batters, so he should still have a role with the Brewers going forward despite the rough showing in Triple-A this past year.
Thornburg was well on his way to a nice season out of the Brewers’ bullpen before seeing his campaign cut short due to an elbow injury. He was fortunate to avoid Tommy John surgery, but did not pitch after June 6. Presumably healthy for 2015, he will likely open in a middle-to-long relief role out of the Brewers’ bullpen. His ratios were not pretty, but he averaged nearly a strikeout per inning, and owned a 2.83 ERA prior to his final outing of 2014, so he could be a key cog in the relief corps at some point in 2015.
It’s rare that a player struggles at Triple-A but dominates in the majors, but that’s exactly what Thornburg did in 2013. Thornburg allowed a lot of runners to reach base and did not win a game in 15 starts with Triple-A Nashville, but he shined in Milwaukee, posting a 3.04 ERA in 11 relief appearances, and an even more impressive 1.47 ERA in seven starts. Thornburg doesn’t have dominant stuff, but he throws three pitches and gets the ball over the plate. His big league performance essentially negated his rough 2013 Triple-A season, but the Brewers' addition of Matt Garza via free agency means he will likely open the 2014 campaign with Nashville. However, he will likely be among the top options should the Brewers need to bring up a starter.
Thornburg continued to shoot through the Brewers' ranks last season, appearing in games at every level from Double-A through the bigs. As a starter in the minors, he posted a 10-4 record, 3.20 ERA, and 113:37 K:BB in 112.2 innings; and while he fell victim to the long ball with Milwaukee, he at least got his feet wet in the majors. Thornburg figures to open the 2013 campaign in the minors, but he could be one of the top options should the big club need to add a starter. If the Brewers decide his secondary pitches are not good enough to cut it as a starter in the big leagues, he should at least develop into a useful late-inning option in the bullpen.
Thornburg was bumped up to High-A Brevard County and pitched well with a 10.03 K/9IP in 68 innings as a starter. The 4.37 BB/9IP is disconcerting and may cause him to be moved into a relief role, but the Brewers will continue to use him as a starter in the minors. He could get bumped up to Double-A in 2012 with an eye towards contributing at the major league level in 2013.
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Signs with Dodgers
PLos Angeles Dodgers  NRI
Hip
July 29, 2019
Thornburg (hip) signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
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Released by Red Sox
PFree Agent  NRI
Hip
July 10, 2019
Thornburg (hip) was released by the Red Sox on Wednesday.
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Refuses assignment to minors
PBoston Red Sox  NRI
Hip
July 10, 2019
Thornburg (hip) exercised his right to refuse an assignment to the minors Tuesday, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
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Pauses rehab assignment
PBoston Red Sox  NRI
Hip
July 8, 2019
Thornburg's (hip) rehab assignment was ended Monday but he remains on the injured list, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.
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Roster decision looming
PBoston Red Sox  NRI
Hip
July 6, 2019
Thornburg (hip) will pitch Saturday for the Triple-A Pawtucket, the final outing before his 30-day rehab assignment ends Monday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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