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Aaron Thompson | Relief Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/28/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Twins purchased the contract of LHP Aaron Thompson from Triple-A Rochester.
Thompson was sporting a 3.98 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 51/26 K/BB ratio in 52 innings this season at Rochester. He last appeared in a major league game back in 2011. Aug 30 - 4:45 PM

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Twins re-signed LHP Aaron Thompson to a minor league contract.

Thompson was suspended for the first 50 games this past season for violating baseball's drug policy, but he returned to post a 2.76 ERA over 58-plus frames on the farm. The southpaw will compete for a bullpen spot in spring training.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 06:31:00 PM

Twins' minor league left-hander Aaron Thompson will be suspended 50 games for violating baseball's drug policy.

The commissioner's office has yet to make an official announcement on the suspension, but Twins' general manager Terry Ryan said Saturday that he tested positive for recreational drug use, not performance-enhancing drugs. Thompson, 25, signed a minor league deal with the Twins this winter after spending last season in the Pirates' organization.
Sat, Mar 24, 2012 06:20:00 PM

Twins signed LHP Aaron Thompson to a minor league contract.

He also receives an invite to spring training. Thompson, who was claimed off waivers by the Bucs from the Nationals last December, made four appearances with the big club in August and September. While his command improved in the minors this season, the 24-year-old southpaw is missing less bats than ever before. He likely won't make an impact with the Twins, but Minnesota is making sure it improves a putrid Triple-A Rochester team from this past year.
Thu, Dec 15, 2011 03:57:00 PM

Pirates sent LHP Aaron Thompson outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Thompson, who was claimed off waivers from the Nationals last December, made four appearances with the big club in August and September. While his command improved in the minors this season, the 24-year-old southpaw is missing less bats than ever before.
Mon, Oct 31, 2011 06:44:00 PM

Pirates recalled LHP Aaron Thompson from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Thompson threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings in his major league debut earlier this season against the Brewers. He'll function as a long reliever this month for Pittsburgh.
Tue, Sep 6, 2011 03:28:00 PM

Pirates optioned LHP Aaron Thompson to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Thompson pitched well in his major league debut Wednesday, tossing 4 1/3 scoreless innings in a spot start against the Brewers. The 24-year-old southpaw could rejoin the Pirates in September.
Thu, Aug 25, 2011 03:51:00 PM

Aaron Thompson pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings against the Brewers in his major league debut Wednesday.

Thompson was pulled after getting into trouble in the fifth, so he didn't get the chance to get the win in what was a 2-0 game. He did, however, escape with a perfect ERA after Jason Grilli stranded both runners he inherited. Thompson wasn't guaranteed anything more than the one spot start, but perhaps he'll get a chance to stick around after the solid showing.
Wed, Aug 24, 2011 03:39:00 PM

Pirates recalled LHP Aaron Thompson from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Thompson will draw a spot start Wednesday against the Brewers. He posted a 4.63 ERA and 60/22 K/BB ratio over 95 1/3 innings this season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis and can be ignored for fantasy purposes.
Tue, Aug 23, 2011 11:04:00 PM

The Pirates have summoned left-hander Aaron Thompson from Triple-A Indianapolis.

The Pirates haven't made an official roster move, but he could be a candidate to start Wednesday or pitch out of the bullpen. The 24-year-old southpaw has a 4.63 ERA and 60/22 K/BB ratio over 95 1/3 innings this season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis. It's unlikely he'll be fantasy relevant.
Tue, Aug 23, 2011 04:30:00 PM

Pirates sent LHP Aaron Thompson outright to Double-A Altoona.

Thompson was designated for assignment last week to clear a spot for Chase d'Arnaud on the 40-man roster. The 24-year-old southpaw has a 4.97 ERA and 43/18 K/BB ratio over 67 innings at the Double-A level this season.
Thu, Jun 30, 2011 03:17:00 PM

Pirates designated LHP Aaron Thompson for assignment.

Space was needed on the 40-man roster for Chase d'Arnaud. Thompson, 24, was struggling mightily for Double-A Altoona this season, posting a 4.97 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in his first 67 innings of work. It's a possibility he'll clear waivers and end up back with the Bucs.
Fri, Jun 24, 2011 02:59:00 PM

Pirates claimed LHP Aaron Thompson off waivers from the Nationals.

Thompson entered the 2010 season ranked as the No. 12 prospect in the Nationals organization, according to Baseball America, but he posted an underwhelming 5.65 ERA over 27 starts between Double-A and Triple-A, averaging 6.3 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9. It was a big step back for the former 2005 first-round pick, but he's a worthy gamble for the pitching-hungry Pirates.
Thu, Dec 23, 2010 02:34:00 PM

Nationals optioned RHPs Collin Balester and LHP Atahualpa Severino to Triple-A Syracuse; optioned RHPs Ryan Mattheus and LHP Aaron Thompson to Double-A Syracuse; optioned RHP Juan Jaime to Single-A Potomac.

Thompson, Jaime and Severino were all acquired from the Marlins in the Nick Johnson trade last July. Thompson, a 23-year-old southpaw and former first-round pick in 2005, was 5-12 with a 3.93 ERA between Double-A Jacksonville (Marlins) and Double-A Harrisburg (Nationals) last season. He impressed with four scoreless innings during Grapefruit League action and manager Jim Riggleman hasn't ruled out the possibility that he could start for the Nationals at some point during the season.
Mon, Mar 15, 2010 08:50:00 PM

Nationals purchased the contracts of LHP Aaron Thompson, RHP Juan Jaime, and LHP Atahualpa Severino.

Thompson, 22, was acquired from the Marlins in the Nick Johnson trade. He was 5-12 with a 3.93 ERA between Double-A Jacksonville (Marlins) and Double-A Harrisburg (Nationals) in 2009. Jamie, 22, had a sterling 12.3 K/9 in 14 games (12 starts) between Class A Vermont and Hagerstown. Severino, 25, was 10-0 with a 2.62 ERA in 44 relief appearances between Class A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg, earning 17 saves.
Thu, Nov 19, 2009 05:01:00 PM

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