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Thielbar Says Ex-Teammates Must Stay Confident

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Three former Jackrabbit pitchers are trying to make their way to the major leagues through the minors and American Association.

A path the only SDSU alum in the bigs, Caleb Thielbar, knows all too well.

Thielbar was drafted by Milwaukee but released after the 2010 season.  Caleb played 2011 for the St. Paul Saints and was eventually signed by the Twins.

 He's currently 1-1 with 0.68 earned run average for the Twins in his first major league season.

Former teammates Blake Treinen and Layne Somsen are in the Washington National and Cincinnati Red farm system, while Stephen Bougher is playing for the Lincoln Salt Dogs.

Thielbar says all three need trust in themselves during the good and bad times.

"Really just go out there and throw strikes every time.  That's the biggest thing in baseball more than anything.  Layne's definitely got the stuff to do it, Bougher does too, and Treinen's moving up pretty good too.  So, I mean, they all can do it, it's just a matter of keeping mentally strong."  Thielbar says.

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