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RHP Jake Thompson Is Promoted to the Phillies, Starts Saturday

Jake Thompson (Photo Credit: Unknown, via csn.com)

Last night, the Phillies announced that RHP Jake Thompson was being promoted to the major league level. Unfortunately, Aaron Nola’s elbow issues have opened a spot for the Phillies top pitching prospect. Thompson will be making his debut this Saturday against the San Diego Padres.

Thompson will join fellow acquisition Jerad Eickhoff in the Phils starting rotation. Both were acquired last offseason in the trade that sent Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers.

Since being acquired by the Phils, Thompson has worked his way up through the minors. He began at AA last season, posting a 5-1 record to go with a 1.80 ERA in 7 games. He then began this season at the AAA level. After a slow start, Thompson has been on fire the past couple of months. Overall, Thompson has an impressive 11-5 record and a 2.50 ERA this season at AAA.

Baseball Prospectus had this to say when they scouted the 22 year old:

Thompson is a big righty, built to log innings in the middle of a major-league rotation. He will flash more than just third starter potential at times, especially on the days when his slider looks like a bona fide plus pitch instead of only flashing. This year it has backslid a bit, so he can lack a true swing-and-miss offering, but his four-pitch mix has been enough to dispatch International League hitters. The fastball has sat more in the 89-92 range in 2016, and the change and the curve require further development to even grade out at average. Thompson fills up the zone with all his pitches, but the command profile lags behind his control at times.

Jake Thompson will be making his long awaited debut at the major league level tomorrow in San Diego. Make sure to stay tuned in, because Thompson has the potential cement himself as a top of the rotation pitcher on this young staff.

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