Thornburg, Tolliver Totally Transacted

Two former Valley Leaguers will have new addresses after the first little while of the MLB Winter Meetings- Tyler Thornburg (Winchester 2008) and Ashur Tolliver (Harrisonburg 2007).

Thornburg developed into an elite bullpen arm in 2016 for the Brewers, as he went 8-5, 2.15, with 13 saves, a 0.94 WHIP, 3.4 BB/9 and 12.1 K/9 in 67 innings pitched. He was traded to the Boston Red Sox for a package consisting of Travis Shaw and two minor leaguers. Tyler will most likely be a setup man for Craig Kimbrel in 2017.

Ashur Tolliver has been bouncing around quite a bit. He made his major league debut for the Baltimore Orioles in 2016, throwing 4 2/3 innings. He was grabbed off of waivers in September by the Angels, and now has been scooped up by the Houston Astros (off waivers again). I’m always intrigued when the Astros do something like this, as I think their player development program is pretty strong. Perhaps they see something in Ashur that will lead to him getting some major league time in the bullpen, like Will Harris (Staunton 2003)!

Tyler Thornburg

Tyler Thornburg

Ashur Tolliver

Ashur Tolliver

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