MILWAUKEE -- Count Thursday among the very best days of Brewers pitching prospect Tyler Thornburg's impressive season.He was named the Brewers' lone representative to the 13th annual Futures Game, an honor previously enjoyed by the likes of Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Yovani Gallardo. A group of U.S. prospects will play a World team at Chase Field on the Sunday before the 82nd All-Star Game in Phoenix. Thornburg, a 22-year-old Florida native whose frame and pitching style has drawn comparisons to the Giants' Tim Lincecum, will pitch for the U.S. team. He is ranked the No. 9 prospect in the Brewers' farm system, according to MLB.com.
He had an outstanding first half at Class A Wisconsin this season, going 7-0 with a 1.57 ERA in his first 12 starts. Thornburg struck out 76 batters versus 25 walks in 68 2/3 innings.
He also worked a scoreless second inning in Tuesday's Midwest League All-Star Game, allowing a hit and a walk, as well as striking out two batters. According to a post by teammate Jimmy Nelson on Twitter, Thornburg and fellow Timber Rattlers pitcher Austin Ross were getting a promotion to advanced Class A Brevard County on Thursday. The Brewers' Florida State League affiliate is a pitcher's haven.Thornburg will happily take a break from his work with the Manatees to travel to Phoenix during the second week of July. The Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD, and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday on Taco Bell All-Star Sunday, July 10, at 6 p.m. ET. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175. MLB.com will provide complete coverage before, during and after the game, and you can keep up to date by following @MLBFutures on Twitter. Fans can join the Futures Game conversation by tagging tweets with #mlbfutures. Major League Baseball, along with with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America, USA Baseball and the 30 Major League Baseball clubs, selected the 25-man rosters for each club. Each organization is represented, and the World Team features players from 12 countries and territories. Players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to participate.