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Jake Thompson

Jake Thompson
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Thompson pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2017
Leones de Yucatán - No. 38
Born: (1994-01-31) January 31, 1994 (age 27)
Dallas, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: August 6, 2016, for the Philadelphia Phillies
KBO: March 26, 2019, for the Lotte Giants
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Win-loss record7-8
Earned run average4.87
KBO statistics
(through 2019 Season)
Win-loss record2-3
Earned run average4.74
Men's baseball
Representing  United States
Pan American Games
Silver medal - second place Team

Jacob Keith Thompson (born January 31, 1994) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Leones de Yucatán of the Mexican League. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies and for the Lotte Giants of the KBO League.


Amateur career

Thompson attended Rockwall-Heath High School in Heath, Texas.[1] There, in his senior year he was 12-3 with a 1.90 ERA and batted .504 with 15 home runs and 58 RBIs in 131 at bats, and Baseball America named him a First-Team High School All-American.[2] He committed to attend Texas Christian University (TCU) on a college baseball scholarship to play for the TCU Horned Frogs baseball team.[3] However, the Detroit Tigers selected Thompson in the second round of the 2012 MLB draft,[4][5] and he signed with the Tigers for a $532,000 signing bonus.[6]

Minor leagues

Thompson with the Lakeland Flying Tigers in 2014

He made his professional debut for the Gulf Coast Tigers of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, recording six strikeouts over four innings with one hit allowed.[7] He finished his first season 1-2 with a 1.91 earned run average (ERA) and 31 strikeouts over 28+13 innings in seven starts. Right-handed batters hit .125 against him.[2]

Thompson played the 2013 season with the West Michigan Whitecaps of the Class A Midwest League.[8] He pitched in 17 games with 16 starts, going 3-3 with a 3.13 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 83+13 innings. He started the 2014 season with the Lakeland Flying Tigers of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League.[9] He was a mid-season Florida State League All Star.[10] In July, Thompson played in the All-Star Futures Game, and was promoted to the Erie SeaWolves of the Class AA Eastern League.[11]

On July 23, 2014, the Tigers traded Thompson and Corey Knebel to the Texas Rangers in exchange for reliever Joakim Soria.[12] The Rangers assigned Thompson to the Frisco RoughRiders of the Class AA Texas League.[3] After the 2014 season, MLB.com named him the 6th-best prospect in Texas's minor league system.[2]

In 2015 he was a Texas League mid-season All-Star.[2] On July 31, 2015, Thompson was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies along with Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro, Alec Asher, Matt Harrison, and Jerad Eickhoff in exchange for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman.[13] Thompson pitched for the Reading Fightin Phils of the Class AA Eastern League.[14] After the 2015 season, Baseball America him the 3rd-best prospect in the Phillies minor league system.[2]

In 2016, Thompson pitched for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs of the Class AAA International League. He led the league with a 2.50 ERA and tied for the most wins with 11. He won the International League Most Valuable Pitcher Award.[2] He was also named an International League Post-Season All Star, and Baseball America Triple-A All Star.[10]

Philadelphia Phillies

Thompson received his MLB callup on August 6, 2016,[15] as the starting pitcher against the San Diego Padres in a 9-7 loss.[16] He earned his first MLB win on August 12, in a 10-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. He also struck out four batters in the second inning of that game.[17] Thompson finished his rookie season with a 3-6 record with a 5.70 ERA and 32 strikeouts over ten MLB starts.[18]

During the 2017 season Thompson split time between the Phillies and Lehigh Valley, posting a 3-2 record with a 3.88 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 11 appearances (8 starts).[18]

Thompson recorded his first MLB career save on April 8, 2018 against the Miami Marlins, pitching three scoreless innings to end a 20-1 blowout. Despite this performance, Thompson was optioned Triple-A immediately after the game.[19] He was designated for assignment by the Phillies on August 10.[20]

Milwaukee Brewers

The Phillies traded Thompson to the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations on August 14, and Milwaukee optioned him to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.[21] He was designated for assignment on August 31, 2018. He was outrighted to AAA on September 3, 2018 and became a free agent after the season.[22]

Lotte Giants

On December 13, 2018, Thompson signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Lotte Giants of the KBO League.[23]

On June 9, 2019, he was released by the Giants.[24]

Detroit Tigers (second stint)

On July 25, 2019, Thompson signed a minor-league contract with the Detroit Tigers. He became a minor league free agent on November 7, 2019.[25]

Los Angeles Angels

On January 22, 2020, Thompson signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels. He became a free agent on November 2, 2020.

Leones de Yucatán

On May 25, 2021, Thompson signed with the Leones de Yucatán of the Mexican League.[26]

See also


  1. ^ "Where are they now: Former Rockwall-Heath star pitcher Jake Thompson". High School Sports Blog. Archived from the original on December 16, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Jake Thompson Stats, Fantasy & News | MLB.com". M.mlb.com. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Pitcher Jake Thompson's 'crazy' year brings him home to Texas Rangers - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "MLB draft: Tigers take Jake Thompson with 2nd-round pick (with videos)". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ George SippleDetroit Free Press (June 5, 2012). "Tigers select Texas high school pitcher Jake Thompson with first pick in MLB draft". Rockwallheraldbanner.com. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "Detroit Tigers sign 15 draft picks, including team's top pick Jake Thompson". MLive.com. June 13, 2012. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Detroit Tigers' top draft pick Jake Thompson strikes out six in four innings in professional debut". MLive.com. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "Jake Thompson, Tigers' top pick in 2012, debuts tonight with Whitecaps with familiar coach by his side". MLive.com. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "Armed and Ready: Flying Tigers Boast Top Pitching Prospect". TheLedger.com. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Jake Thompson Stats, Highlights, Bio | MiLB.com Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Milb.com. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Detroit Tigers promote prospect Jake Thompson to Double-A Erie day after Futures Game appearance". MLive.com. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ Tigers land All-Star reliever Soria from Rangers MLB.com, July 23, 2014
  13. ^ Badler, Ben (July 31, 2015). "Trade Central: Phillies Get Impact Talent, Depth In Hamels Deal". Baseball America. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ "Fightins' Thompson finishes on high note". MiLB.com. September 5, 2015. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ Zolecki, Todd (August 6, 2016). "Phillies designate Oberholtzer for assignment". mlb.phillies.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ Zolecki, Todd (August 6, 2016). "Thompson ready for next challenge after debut: Phillies prospect was 'amped up' in first inning of rough outing". mlb.phillies.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ Breen, Matt (August 13, 2016). "Howard's Grand Slam Lifts the Phillies". philly.com. Retrieved 2016.
  18. ^ a b "Jake Thompson Stats, Fantasy & News". MLB.com. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ "Maikel Franco, Aaron Altherr crush grand slams as Phillies rout Marlins 20-1". ESPN.com. Associated Press. April 8, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ Jeff Todd (August 10, 2018). "Phillies Designate Jake Thompson". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ "Philadelphia Phillies trade Jake Thompson to Milwaukee Brewers". Espn.com. August 14, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ Eddy, Matt (November 6, 2018). "Minor League Free Agents 2018". Baseball America. Retrieved 2018.
  23. ^ "Lotte Giants bring back one American pitcher, sign new one for 2019". English.yonhapnews.co.kr. December 13, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  24. ^ "Last-place baseball club replaces American starter with Canadian right-hander". English.yonhapnews.co.kr. June 9, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  25. ^ Woodbery, Evan (November 7, 2019). "Tigers' minor-league free agents include 5 who played in Detroit in 2019". mlive. Retrieved 2019.
  26. ^ "El abridor Jake Thompson llega a las fieras". leones.mx (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021.

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