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  • MLB: Twins add Thielbar to big league roster

  • NOVEMBER 27 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Caleb Thielbar is one step closer to the major leagues after the Minnesota Twins added the former Little Falls Miner to their 40-man roster last week. The 25-year-old left-handed reliever from South Dakota State University recently...
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  • Caleb Thielbar is one step closer to the major leagues after the Minnesota Twins added the former Little Falls Miner to their 40-man roster last week.
    The 25-year-old left-handed reliever from South Dakota State University recently completed a stint in the Arizona Fall League where he helped the Peoria Javelinas win a championship. Originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 18th round of the 2009 draft, the Northfield, Minn., native signed with his home state’s big league club during August of the 2011 season.
    Thielbar pitched at three levels during the regular season in 2012 and finished the year in Rochester with the Red Wings of the AAA International League. He posted a 6-2 record with six saves in 48 appearances overall, all but one in relief. He struck out 74 batters in 77 2/3 innings and finished with a 2.43 ERA. He did not allow an earned run in seven outings with Class A Fort Myers then moved to AA where he went 2-1 with four saves and a 1.80 ERA in 25 innings for New Britain. He was 3-1 with a 3.57 ERA and his only start for Rochester.
    In Peoria, Thielbar made 11 relief appearances and won his only decision. He struck out 12 batters in 13 innings but allowed 16 earned runs on 21 hits and eight walks.
    A New York Collegiate Baseball League all-star while pitching with the Miners in 2007, Thielbar struck out 52 batters in 52 innings during his time in Little Falls.
    Thielbar is one of 10 players connected to the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League who currently hold places on major league rosters. Hunter Pence who played in Schenectady in 2002 before the Mohawks relocated to Amsterdam, helped the San Francisco Giants win the 2012 World Series. Seattle Mariner Casper Wells, Milwaukee Brewer Mike Fiers, Houston Astro J.D. Martinez and New York Yankee Cody Eppley spent all or most of 2012 in the big leagues while four other players hold spots on their organizations’ 40-man rosters or are active and have appeared in the majors: Twin Darin Mastroianni, San Diego Padre Miles Miklos, Cleveland Indian Cord Phelps and Philadelphia Phillie Michael Schwimer.
    If Thielbar were reach the major leagues, he would be the first player from the Diamond Miners/Miners/DiamondDawgs franchise to do so. The most recent Little Falls summer leaguers to see the bright lights of the big leagues were the Knickerbocker Baseball Club’s Justin Brunette, Earl Snyder and Alex Graman.
    Brunette, a left-hander from San Diego State University, made four relief appearances for the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals.
    Snyder, an infielder from Hartford University, played 18 games for the Cleveland Indians in 2002 and one of the Boston Red Sox in 2004; he hit 220 home runs in 10 minor leagues season and one for the Indians.
    Graman, a left-hander from Indiana State University, made two starts and three relief appearances for the Yankees in 2004 and 2005; he later pitched in Japan and recorded the final out of the 2008 Japan Series as the closer for the Seibu Lions.
    Page 2 of 2 - Left-handed reliever Steve Kline was the longest-tenured major leaguer among former Little Falls Diamonds. Kline pitched in Little Falls before being drafted by the Indians in 1983 and made 797 major league appearances with five teams over 11 years before retiring after the 2007 season.
    Compiled From Times Staff Reports

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