Jake Thompson Minors  |  Pitcher

     
 

Age: 25
Born: September 22, 1994
Florence, OR
Height: 6-1
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 4th round, 2017 (BOS); 34th round, 2013 (CHC)
How Acquired: Draft
College: Oregon State
High School: Central (OR)

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Scouting Report Update (5.27.2020)

Physical Description: Sturdy, filled-out frame with a thick lower half. Does not have any physical projection remaining.

Mechanics: Throws exclusively from the stretch, utilizing a high three-quarters arm slot. Starts on the first base side of the rubber and has a medium leg kick and short arm action. Hides the ball behind his body until late. Quick arm, usually does a good job keeping his line to the plate. Short-arms the ball somewhat.

Fastball: 90-93 mph. Tops out at 96 mph. Has shown ability to sit 94-96 mph in shorter outings. Pitch is on the straight side with fringy life. Could play up in a bullpen role. Potential above-average offering with improved command and control.

Splitter: 83-85 mph. Pitch will flash above-average potential with late tumble. Really falls off the table late. Showed improved feel with the offering very quickly after adding it in 2018.

Slider: 84-86 mph. 10-to-4 break. Can get on the loose side. Lacks feel. Potential fringe-average offering.

Changeup: Scrapped the pitch in favor of the splitter in 2018. Was 83-86 mph. Inconsistent, flashing average at times and below-average at others. At its best, was thrown with deceptive arm speed and late drop and fade.

Curveball: May have scrapped this pitch as well in 2018. Sat 73-77 mph. Lagged behind other secondary pitches. Didnít consistently snap it off and left it on the loose side.

Career Notes: Missed the majority of his sophomore college season with a back injury. Returned to a decent 2016 season before taking a major step forward in 2017. Made just four appearances in early 2019 before getting straining his right elbow, eventually undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Summation: Potential organizational reliever. Ceiling of an up-and-down relief option. A lot depends on how he comes back from Tommy John surgery. At his best, shows two potential above-average pitches in his fastball and splitter. Lack of a third pitch and command and control profile led to move to the bullpen in 2019, where he profiles much better.

 
   
  Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
  2014 Oregon State NCAA Coll --- 19 3 2 0.600 4.25 14 6 0 36.0 25 17 17 1 21 23 1.28 1.10 5.75
  2015 Oregon State NCAA Coll --- 20 0 1 0.000 9.95 3 3 0 6.1 12 8 7 0 4 4 2.53 1.00 5.68
  2016 Oregon State NCAA Coll --- 21 3 3 0.500 4.28 14 13 0 61.0 59 36 29 2 28 53 1.43 1.89 7.82
  2017 Oregon State NCAA Coll --- 22 14 0 1.000 1.52 17 17 0 118.1 76 21 20 3 36 113 0.95 3.14 8.59
  2017 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 22 0 3 0.000 3.18 7 7 0 11.1 10 7 4 0 6 11 1.41 1.83 8.74
  2018 Salem Car A+ Bos 23 5 13 0.278 5.30 26 26 0 125.2 148 91 74 9 47 96 1.55 2.04 6.88
  2019 Salem Car A+ Bos 24 0 1 0.000 3.86 4 0 0 7.0 5 3 3 0 1 5 0.86 5.00 6.43
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
July 7, 2017 by Justin Horowitz (BOS)
Signing Bonus: $350,000
MiLB Debut: August 3, 2017 (Lowell)
MLFA Eligible: November 2023
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2020
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
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MLB Service Time (through 2019):
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Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2020): MiLB Contract
Trade Restrictions
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