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The month of May has been rather kind to South Dakota State baseball players, past and present.

The current roster is out in Eugene, Oregon, preparing for their first ever NCAA Division I baseball tournament, while one former Jackrabbit is out in Minnesota…on a bigger stage.


High school, college, and even little leaguers have the same dreams and aspirations when they put on their glove, and step onto the dirt filled diamond…make the "big show."

"It was a one of a kind feeling, I can't even describe it," Caleb Thielbar said. "There were just so many thoughts going through my head, it was unbelievable."

Caleb Thielbar's dream came true when he was called up by the Minnesota Twins and made his first Major League appearance, all on May 20th.

Though, the realty hit Thielbar as soon as he stepped on the mound, these boys get paid the big bucks for a reason.

"The first pitch Joe (Mauer) called was a fastball away and I said ‘Alright, I'm just going to try and throw it in there,' and it gets hit into left field." Thielbar said with a laugh.

After that hit though, Thielbar settled down and struck out three batters that night in Atlanta.

The crazy thing is those strikeouts, even that hit, will go down in history. Thielbar is the first SDSU grad to ever play in the Major Leagues.

"It is just kind of unbelievable, kind of hard to believe that this if the first time this has ever happened," Thielbar said. "I have a lot of Jackrabbit pride."

Thielbar will also be happy to know, the current team takes a lot of pride in him.

"All of our guys were excited on the bus," Current SDSU Baseball Coach Dave Schrage said. "We were watching on the bus when he made his Major League debut last weekend. We have a great family here."

It's safe to say that SDSU fans will be watching Thielbar's career closely and one can only hope it will be a long one with Thielbar's home state team.

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