Pitcher, York Revolution, formerly of the Toronto Blue Jays
Born: 11/5/78 in Augusta, Georgia
Resides: York, Pennsylvania
Major League Debut: April 5, 2002 for the Toronto Blue Jays, against the Minnesota Twins, at the SkyDome in Toronto.
Tough, passionate, intense. It doesn’t take much to accurately describe York Revolution starting pitcher Corey Thurman, but that hardly means he’s a man of few words. The 30-year-old right-hander can often be seen chatting up fans and signing autographs before and after every game at Sovereign Bank Stadium. His outgoing personality, positive outlook and superb pitching has everyone in the Revolution organization excited about his likely return for the 2009 season.
Thurman has spent nearly half his life playing baseball professionally, and has reached the top. His humble approach to the game however doesn’t exactly characterize him as someone with a “big league” attitude.
“The fan support here is great, and I appreciate that. It’s just easy to play here, compared to some places where they don’t have as many fans.” If I don’t get back to the big leagues, York is where I’d like to finish my career,” says Thurman.
Thurman is a 13-year veteran of professional baseball, which includes parts of two seasons in the Major Leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays. Thurman appeared in 49 games for Toronto between 2002 and 2003. He spent the entire 2008 season with the Revolution, making a team high 29 starts, throwing a team high 165.1 innings. Thurman finished the season tied for fourth in the Atlantic League in strikeouts with 129.
Corey Thurman will forever carry the distinction of being the first Revolution player to be honored with a league monthly award, after being named Atlantic League Pitcher of the Month for June of 2008.
In the month, Thurman was 4-0 in six starts and 38.1 innings pitched. He allowed just seven earned runs in June, for a microscopic ERA of 1.65. He also struck out 30 batters while walking just nine in those six starts. In two of the outings, June 6 at Camden and June 12 versus Somerset, he allowed no runs in seven innings of work.
Born in Augusta, Georgia, Thurman first signed with the Kansas City Royals out of high school in Texarkana, Texas after being selected in the fourth round of the 1996 amateur draft. He would make his professional debut later that summer at the age of 17. In addition to his Major League experience with Toronto, he’s also spent time in the St. Louis Cardinals, Montreal Expos and Milwaukee Brewers organizations.
Formerly of Wake Village, Texas, Thurman took residence in York this past offseason.