Caleb Thielbar
Thielbar pitching for the Minnesota Twins On May 8, 2014
Minnesota Twins – No. 56
Born: (1987-01-31) January 31, 1987 (age 34)
Northfield, Minnesota
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
May 20, 2013, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
(through August 18, 2021)
Win–loss record12–4
Earned run average2.94

Caleb John Thielbar (born January 31, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB).


Early career

Thielbar attended Randolph High School in Randolph, Minnesota, and South Dakota State University, where he played college baseball for the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. The Milwaukee Brewers selected Thielbar in the 18th round of the 2009 MLB Draft.[1] The Brewers released Thielbar in 2011, and he then pitched in independent league baseball for the St. Paul Saints of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.

Minnesota Twins

Thielbar signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins for the rest of the 2011 season.

The Twins added him to their 40-man roster after the 2012 season.[2]

On May 20, 2013, Twins promoted Thielbar to MLB.[3] He made his MLB debut that day, pitching two innings. He became the first South Dakota State baseball player to reach MLB.[4] He would remain in the Twins bullpen for the remainder of the season, appearing in 49 games and pitching 46 innings with a measly 1.76 ERA and 0.826 WHIP.[5]

Thielbar pitching for the Minnesota Twins On September 11, 2014.
Thielbar pitching for the Minnesota Twins On September 11, 2014.

In 2014, he began the season in the Twins bullpen, notching 54 appearances in which he pitched 47.2 innings. His ERA jumped nearly two runs higher than in his debut season, finishing with a 3.40 ERA.

In 2015, he pitched five innings for the team. On July 31, 2015, he was designated for assignment after appearing in just 6 games.[6]

San Diego Padres

On August 8, 2015, San Diego Padres claimed Thielbar off waivers from the Twins.[7] The Padres assigned him to their Triple A affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas, for whom he pitched 12.1 innings, giving up only one earned run.[5] He was designated for assignment on August 30.[8]

Second Stint St. Paul Saints

On March 29, 2016, Thielbar signed with the St. Paul Saints of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.[9] He was 5-2 with four saves and a 2.39 ERA in 64 innings.[5]

Miami Marlins

On November 17, 2016, Thielbar signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins.[10] He was released on March 31, 2017.

Third Stint with St. Paul Saints

On May 27, 2017, Thielbar again signed with the St. Paul Saints for the rest of the 2017 season. He was 2-1 with one save and a 2.01 ERA in 22.1 innings in which he struck out 23 batters.[5]

Detroit Tigers

On January 23, 2018, Thielbar signed a minor league deal with the Detroit Tigers. He split the season between the AA Erie SeaWolves and the AAA Toledo Mud Hens, and was a combined 7-1 with a 2.05 ERA in 57 innings.[5][11]

He resigned a minor league deal on October 30, 2018. He was assigned to AAA Toledo Mud Hens for the 2019 season, for whom he was 2-1 with four saves and a 3.30 ERA, as in 76.1 innings he struck out 92 batters.[5]

Atlanta Braves

On August 30, 2019, Thielbar was traded to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash considerations. He pitched two scoreless innings and had one save for the team's AAA affiliate in Gwinnett.[5] He became a free agent following the 2019 season.[12]

After the season, on October 10, he was selected for the United States national baseball team in the 2019 WBSC Premier 12.[13]

Second stint with Minnesota Twins

On December 13, 2019, Thielbar signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins. On August 3, 2020, the Twins selected Thielbar to the active roster. On August 4th, he made his first appearance of the season and 1st in the majors in a little over 4 years. He finished the season with an ERA of 2.25 in 17 games.


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  10. ^ Frisaro, Joe (November 17, 2016). "Marlins sign 5, including 3 lefty relievers". Retrieved November 17, 2016.
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  13. ^ "USA Baseball Names Premier12 Roster". USA Baseball. October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.