- Pitching Coach
The lone returner from last year’s staff, Tom Thornton, is back at The Steel Yard for his second year as a Pitching Coach. In his return to professional baseball, he helped develop Trevor Lubking into one of the top arms in the American Association while three other pitchers, Adam Heidenfelder, Nolan Clenney, and David Griffin, had their contracts purchased by Major League Baseball Organizations.
The Detroit Tigers took Thornton in the 21st round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft from the University of Notre Dame, and he posted a 2-4 record, 3.33 earned run average, 1.247 WHIP, and 31 strikeouts in his one season in their organization as a member of the short-season Oneonta Tigers. He played an additional four years in independent baseball with the Traverse City Beach Bums, Nashua Pride, Evansville Otters, and Schaumburg Flyers before spending two seasons as a RailCat.