Nashville Sounds: (4-8), 5.0 GB
RHP Mike Fiers: (L, 0-1) 2.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R (6 ER), 5 BB, 3 K, 1 HR — 7.30 ERA
RHP Donovan Hand: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K — 5.00 ERA
LHP Daniel Meadows: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K — 1.00 ERA
CF Logan Schafer: 2-4, 2B, HR (1), BB, 2 R — .204 AVG
RF Caleb Gindl: 2-3, HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 R — .255 AVG
1B Sean Halton: 1-4, 2B, RBI, K — .286 AVG
Huntsville Stars: (6-6), 2.0 GB
RHP Tyler Thornburg: (W, 1-0) 7.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K — 0.98 ERA
RHP Rob Wooten: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K — 1.04 ERA
RHP Josh Stinson: (S, 1) 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K — 2.00 ERA
2B Scooter Gennett: 3-4, 2 HR (2), 4 RBI, 2 R — .321 AVG
CF Josh Prince: 1-3, BB, R — .179 AVG
SS Jeff Bianchi: 2-4, 2 R — .326 AVG
Brevard County Manatees: (7-4), 2.0 GB
RHP Jimmy Nelson: (W, 2-0) 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K — 1.06 ERA
LHP Alan Williams: (H, 3) 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K — 3.60 ERA
RHP Casey Medlen: (S, 4) 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K — 1.50 ERA
DH Miguel Velazquez: 2-4, HR (1) RBI, R, K — .214 AVG
CF Reggie Keen: 1-3, 2B, RBI, SB (3), R, K — .237 AVG
RF Franklin Romero Jr.: 1-3, 2B, R — .174 AVG
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: (5-5), 1.5 GB
Game postponed due to cold weather.
Prospect of the Day: RHP Tyler Thornburg
Not to take anything away from the great outing by Jimmy Nelson, but Tyler Thornburg was utterly electric on the mound. He took a perfect game into the eighth inning until outfielder Michael Burgess broke up the magic with a single. Unfortunately, right-hander Rob Wooten — who immediately came in to relieve Thornburg — surrendered an RBI double, which saddled Thornburg with an earned run on his only baserunner of the game.
The most impressive thing for Thornburg was the double-digit strikeout performance mixed with efficiency on the mound. Few pitchers have a night in which they strike out eleven batters, yet do not even reach 100 pitches in the eighth inning. It was quite the night for the young right-hander.
Of course, this banner night from Thornburg has caused many to ask the question: When should we expect Thornburg in the major leagues? Too many variables exist to answer that with any certainty. Add in the fact that some are still unsure if he can ultimately stick in the starting rotation — due to his body type and inability to hold velocity last season — and we simply cannot project when Tyler Thornburg will (or if) he will wear a Brewers uniform.
With that said, Thornburg certainly made a huge impression. He struck out the side in the seventh inning, which suggests his stuff did not wane in the later innings. Brewers players and personnel also raved about Thornburg this spring in camp. One scout also told me that he thought the concerns about Thornburg’s future in the starting rotation were overblown. Take those tidbits for what they’re worth, but it appears that the right-hander made quite the statement about his future within the organization. He possesses the ability to dominate opposing hitters and do so throughout an entire game. The Brewers tend to allow their pitchers to fail in the rotation before moving them to the bullpen, and it seems Thornburg does not intend on giving the organization a chance to make that move.