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Jake Thompson | Starting Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (21) / 1/31/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Rangers prospect Jake Thompson was traded to the Phillies in an eight-player deal.
Thompson was a pretty good prospect when the Rangers got him from the Tigers in the Joakim Soria deal last summer, but his stock soared when he excelled in Double-A after the deal. This year, he's been in more of a holding pattern, amassing a 4.72 ERA and a 78/30 K/BB ratio in 87 2/3 innings back in Double-A. He's just 21 and he has the arm of a possible No. 2 starter if he stays healthy, but he's no longer moving as quickly as it looked like he might a year ago. Jul 31 - 12:16 PM

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Rangers pitching prospect Jake Thompson scattered one run and six hits over eight innings Sunday in a win for Double-A Frisco.

Sunday was the longest outing of his career. He finished with nine strikeouts, his second-highest total of the season. The 21-year-old is now second in the Texas League in wins (five) and seventh in innings pitched (52 2/3). Thompson is 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA over his last three starts. A second-round pick in 2012, Thompson was acquired last summer in a trade that sent Joakim Soria to the Tigers.
Jun 1 - 3:15 PM

Rangers prospect RHP Jake Thompson allowed three hits and three walks and struck out six batters over 6 1/3 scoreless innings on Tuesday for Double-A Frisco.

Thompson was acquired from the Tigers along with Corey Knebel last month in the Joakim Soria trade. A participant in this year’s All-Star Futures Game, the 22-year-old right-hander has continued to excel since joining Double-A Frisco, posting a 2.93 ERA, .193 BAA and 38-15 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 30 2/3 innings. Overall, Thompson owns a 3.03 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 124-44 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 124 2/3 innings between the High- and Double-A levels. If all goes as planned with his development, Thompson could be ready for his first taste of the major leagues in late 2015.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 04:46:00 PM

Rangers prospect RHP Jake Thompson allowed two runs on two hits and three walks and struck out five batters in four innings on Tuesday in his debut for Double-A Frisco.

Thompson was acquired from the Tigers last week along with reliever Corey Knebel in the Joakim Soria trade. During his time with Detroit this season, the 20-year-old right-hander posted a 3.06 ERA and 86-29 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 94 innings between High-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie. Thompson now ranks as one the Rangers’ top pitching prospects and could be ready to debut in the major leagues at some point next season.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 02:05:00 PM

Rangers acquired RHPs Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel from the Tigers for RHP Joakim Soria.

Thompson, a second-round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft and a Texas native, has the highest upside of the two right-handed prospects acquired in the deal. The 20-year-old owns a 2.96 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 203/69 K/BB ratio in 200 2/3 career innings between rookie ball and Double-A Erie. He was the Tigers' No. 4 prospect coming into the season according to Baseball Prospectus.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 11:30:00 PM

Tigers right-handed pitching prospect Jake Thompson struck out seven in five shutout innings for High-A Lakeland on Friday.

Opposing batters are hitting .200/.290/.237 against him for the season, which, coupled with his 1.64 ERA and 1.036 WHIP, could result in a promotion to Double-A Erie mid-season. Thompson has the potential to be a frontline starter, and could be in Detroit by mid-2015.
Sat, May 31, 2014 09:34:00 AM

Tigers right-handed pitching prospect Jake Thompson struck out seven in seven shutout innings on Saturday, allowing only two singles and one walk.

Thompson has made the batters of the High-A Florida State League look silly, holding them to a .183/.270/.198 line for the season. He needs to cut down on his walks, but the 2012 second round pick could be in line for a promotion to Double-A this summer. He has the potential to be a solid mid-rotation starter with the possibility to be a #2 pitcher at his peak.
Sun, May 4, 2014 10:40:00 AM

Tigers right-handed pitching prospect Jake Thompson allowed his first run of the season for High-A Lakeland on Wednesday, bringing his ERA to 0.48.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Thompson has struck out 17 batters in 18 2/3 innings in 2014 while allowing 10 hits, five walks, and three hit batsmen. Thompson, who was the Tigers' second round pick in the 2012 draft, has averaged 9.6 K/9 for his professional career. Thompson projects to be a mid-rotation starter with an 89-92 mph fastball, a developing slider, and a work-in-progress change-up.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 10:57:00 AM

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