11 replies to this topic
Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:31 PM
So many superlatives here for Mr. Thielbar... First, and most importantly, he is a native of Northfield, MN! Always good to have another Minnesotan on the roster. Out of HS he went to South Dakota State, and was selected by the Brewers in the 18th round of the 2009 first-year player draft. In 2009, he pitched in 2 rookie-level leagues, the Arizona and the Pioneer. Between those two places, he appeared in 16 games, starting 2, and was quite impressive. In 47 IP, he accumulated a 6-1 record with a 1.53 ERA. He posted a solid 1.13 WHIP, but was really impressive was his k/BB ratio (6.6/1) and his k/9 rate (9). He also did a great job keeping the ball in the park, giving up only one homer. In 2010, Caleb took a step back, accumulating 9 appearances in the rookie pioneer league, and 30 in the low-A Midwest league, all as a reliever. He posted an 0-2 record, with a 5.19 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over 67.2 innings. This was likely caused by the fact that his k/BB ratio dropped drastically from 2009 (3/1), his k/9 rate plummeted (7), as well as giving up 8 dingers. In 2011, for some reason I can't seem to find on the almighty internet, he did not play in the Brewer's system, but was signed by the Twins as a minor league free agent on August 18, and was able to appear in 3 games, spanning 7.1 innings at Fort Myers. He began 2012 back in Fort Myers, and in his age 25 season, is showing some signs of returning to his 2009 form. So far in thsi short season, he has appeared in 5 games, all in relief, and gone 1-1. He has yet to allow an earned run in 10.1 innings, and has only allowed one unearned run. He has an outstanding 7.5/1 k/BB ratio, and has struck out an impressibe 13.4 batters per 9 innings. Given that he is 25 and still in A-ball, this is a big year for Caleb, as you would think he'd have to get to New Britain this year and show some success if he hopes to be a big league contributor. Will this success continue? Stay tuned to find out!
Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:38 PM
Caleb Theilbar struck me out an untold amount of times in the prestigious Southern Dakota County Little League in the years between 1998-2000. He actually went to Randolph High School, even though he's listed as being from Northfield. It's hard to believe that you didn't find it on the 'net but after falling out of the minors in 2010, he spent the front part of last year working down on the midway for the St. Paul Saints! Looking forward to following this thread, as this is the one prospect I have local ties to.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:47 AM
Update Time! Big week for Caleb! First, and most importantly, Thielbar was promoted to AA New Britain. A lot of credit has to go to Mr. Thielbar for having a great start to the season, and getting the organization to notice that, giving him a shot to continue towards the Bigs. Last week, Thielbar appeared in two games, on Wednesday and Thursday. In 2 innings, Thielbar gave up only one hit, walked no one, struck out one, and allowed no runs, earned or otherwise. This put his season line at the below; 1-1 with a 0.00 ERA, 4 hits and 2 walks across 12.1 IP for a nifty 0.49 WHIP, while compiling 16 strikeouts (8/1 k/BB and 11.7 k/9). All of those numbers add up to someone who has been completely lights out, and clearly deserves a shot against tougher competition. Will the success continue as Thielbar faces more advanced hitters out of the comforts of the notoriously pitcher-friendly Florida State League? We're about to find out!
Posted 12 May 2012 - 04:59 PM
gave up a hit and struck out 3 in 2 innings of Work. Still sporting that 0.00 ERA... looking good Mr. Thielbar.
"You teach me baseball and I'll teach you relativity. No, we must not. You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball." [SIZE=2]Albert Einstein[/SIZE]