Jake Thompson Portland Sea Dogs  |  Pitcher

     
 

Age: 26
Born: September 22, 1994
Florence, OR
Height: 6-1
Weight: 215
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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Physical Description: Sturdy, filled-out frame with a thick lower half. Does not have any physical projection remaining.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Works exclusively from the stretch. Starts on the first base side of the rubber. Considerable amount of effort in his delivery. Has a medium leg kick and short arm action back, but is long coming forward. 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: 92-94 mph. Tops out at 96 mph. Showed ability to sit 94-96 mph prior to 2019 Tommy John surgery. Pitch is on the straight side with fringy life. Velocity was up from 90-93 mph in Fall Instructs 2020 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in early 2019. Well below-average command. Pitch is straight and lacks life. Potential average offering with improved command and control.

Splitter: 84-86 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, but struggled with the pitch at Fall Instructs in 2020. Potential below-average offering.

Slider: 83-85 mph. 10-to-4 break. Can get on the loose side. Lacks feel. Potential below-average offering.

Changeup: Scrapped 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: Scrapped this pitch as well in 2018. Sat 73-77 mph. Lagged behind other secondary pitches. Did not 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. Moved to the bullpen in 2019 and made just four appearances before injuring his right elbow and eventually undergoing Tommy John surgery. Participated in 2020 Fall Instructional League.

Summation: Projects as a mid-minors depth reliever. Ceiling of an organizational reliever. Velocity has not come all the way back after Tommy John surgery. Feel for secondaries and command/control are lacking, so future projection is murky. At his best pre-surgery, showed 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
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 25 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Greenville HAE A+ Bos 26     stats                            
  2021 Portland DNE AA Bos 26      stats                            
   
  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 2021
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
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MLB Service Time (through 2020):
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Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): MiLB Contract
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