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Aaron Thompson | Relief Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/28/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 203
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Twins released LHP Aaron Thompson.
Thompson began last year in Minnesota but was sent down to Triple-A after his ERA ballooned to 5.01. The 29-year-old was even worse this spring, delivering a 9.95 ERA over seven relief outings. He should find a new team quickly but will probably have to prove himself in the minor leagues before getting another shot in the majors. Apr 2 - 5:59 PM

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

Thompson elected free agency after being removed from the Twins' 40-man roster last month, but he's now back with the club. The southpaw held a 5.01 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 17/11 K/BB ratio across 32 1/3 innings in 2015.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 04:46:00 PM

Aaron Thompson has elected free agency.

The 28-year-old left-hander had been sent outright to Triple-A Rochester last week, but has chosen to explore the open market rather than accept that assignment. The 28-year-old appeared in 41 games out of the bullpen for the Twins in 2015, registering a 5.01 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 17/11 K/BB ratio across 32 1/3 innings.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 12:31:00 PM

Twins sent LHP Aaron Thompson outright to Triple-A Rochester.

Thompson started out the season like gangbusters. Through his first 21 1/3 innings in April and early May, he held a stellar 2.11 ERA while holding batters to a .181 average against. His next 11 innings saw him knocked with a 10.64 ERA, at which point, the Twins optioned him to Triple-A. And now he's off the 40-man roster. The 28-year-old southpaw can elect for free agency if he doesn't accept his Triple-A assignment.
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 04:44:00 PM

Twins optioned LHP Aaron Thompson to Triple-A Rochester.

Thompson has struggled the last few weeks and holds a 5.01 ERA over 41 appearances this season. He's replaced in the bullpen by Ryan O'Rourke.
Mon, Jul 6, 2015 11:28:00 PM

Twins recalled LHP Aaron Thompson from Triple-A Rochester.

He's replacing the suspended Ervin Santana on the roster. Thompson has pitched well for the Twins this spring with a 2.11 ERA. He'll work in middle relief.
Fri, Apr 3, 2015 04:54:00 PM

Twins optioned LHP Aaron Thompson to Triple-A Rochester.

Thompson pitched well this spring, with a 2.11 ERA in 8+ innings. He'll serve as organizational depth for the Twins.
Tue, Mar 31, 2015 09:22:00 AM

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.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 04:45:00 PM

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

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3B1Miguel Sano
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