Jake Thompson Worcester Red Sox Pitcher

       
 
Age: 28
Born: September 22, 1994
Birthplace: Florence, OR
Height: 6-1
Weight: 215
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 4th round, 2017 by BOS;
24th roun, 2013 by CHC
How Acquired: Draft
College: Oregon St.
High School: Central (OR)
   

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First Pro Contract: July 7, 2017 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Justin Horowitz
Signing Bonus: $350,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2023
   
Pro Debut: August 3, 2017 (Lowell)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/22): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2022): MiLB contract
   
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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. Pitch is on the straight side with average life. Comes in from a tough angle for right-handed hitters. Below-average command and control. Showed ability to sit 94-96 mph prior to 2019 Tommy John surgery. Potential average offering.

Curveball: 80-83 mph. 11-to-5 break. Tight with a high spin rate. Does a good job snapping it off and can really bury it down. Will telegraph the pitch at times and hitters get a good look. Originally scrapped a slower version of the pitch in 2018, but seems to have brought back a harder version of it. Potential average offering.

Splitter: 87-89 mph. Pitch will flash late tumble and fall off the table late. Inconsistent and does not throw that often. Showed improved feel with the offering very quickly after adding it in 2018, but struggled with the pitch at Fall Instructs in 2020. Potential fringe-average offering.
  Slider: 83-85 mph. 10-to-4 break. Can get on the loose side. Lacks feel. Hasn’t thrown in outings scouted in 2022. 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.

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. Has spent time on the development list in 2021 and 2022.

Summation: Projects as an organizational depth reliever. Ceiling of an organizational reliever. Velocity has not come all the way back after Tommy John surgery, but looks much better in 2022, with fastball and curveball both flashing average potential. Old for the level, so will have to continue to show drastic improvement to reach the majors, but has positioned himself to be a solid organizational arm. At his best pre-surgery, showed two potential above-average pitches in his fastball and splitter.


Links
Scouting Scratch (08.14.17)
Scouting Report Update (5.27.2020)
Scout Chatter (11.19.20)
Scouting Report Update (3.5.2022)
 
   
     
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2014 Oregon State Pac12 NCAA -- 19 3 2 4.25 14 6 0 36.0 25 17 17 1 5 21 23 1.28 5.75 5.25
  2015 Oregon State Pac12 NCAA -- 20 0 1 9.95 3 3 0 6.1 12 8 7 0 0 4 4 2.53 5.68 5.68
  2016 Oregon State Pac12 NCAA -- 21 3 3 4.28 14 13 0 61.0 59 36 29 2 3 28 53 1.43 7.82 4.13
  2017 Oregon State Pac12 NCAA -- 22 14 1 1.96 20 19 0 128.2 85 29 28 5 1 40 119 0.97 8.32 2.80
  2017 Lowell Spinners NYPL A- Bos 22 0 3 3.18 7 7 0 11.1 10 7 4 0 0 6 11 1.41 8.74 4.76
  2018 Salem Red Sox Car A+ Bos 23 5 13 5.30 26 26 0 125.2 148 91 74 9 7 47 96 1.55 6.88 3.37
  2019 Salem Red Sox Car A+ Bos 24 0 1 3.86 4 0 0 7.0 5 3 3 0 1 1 5 0.86 6.43 1.29
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 23 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Greenville Drive SAL2 A+ Bos 26 0 0 8.10 3 0 0 3.1 8 6 3 0 0 3 3 3.30 8.10 8.10
  2021 Portland Sea Dogs DNE AA Bos 26 2 0 4.13 27 0 0 28.1 28 17 13 2 0 18 28 1.62 8.89 5.72
   
     
    2022 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2022 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 27     stats                            
  2022 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 27     stats                            
   
     
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