Jake Thompson
Jake Thompson
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers in July of 2019.
Returns to affiliated ball
PDetroit Tigers  
July 25, 2019
Thompson signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Thursday and was assigned to High-A Lakeland.
ANALYSIS
After transitioning to a full-time relief role last spring, Thompson failed to find much success at the Triple-A Toledo or major-league level across stints in the Phillies and Brewers organizations. Upon hitting free agency after the 2018 season, Thompson opted to head to the Korea Baseball Organization, where he posted a 4.74 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 62.2 innings before being released in June. He'll now return stateside for work, joining the organization that originally selected him in the second round of the 2012 first-year player draft.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2019
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2018
 
 
-42%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-29%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .242 114 15 15 23 6 1 1
Since 2017vs Right .279 172 34 18 41 10 0 9
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .290 37 5 4 9 4 0 0
2018vs Right .167 39 9 7 5 2 0 1
2017vs Left .219 77 10 11 14 2 1 1
2017vs Right .308 133 25 11 36 8 0 8
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Since 2017
 
 
-35%
ERA at Home
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2018
 
 
-57%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.51 1.51 41.0 4 0 1 8.3 5.3 1.3
Since 2017Away 5.40 1.62 21.2 0 2 1 4.6 3.7 1.7
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 3.38 1.13 10.2 1 0 1 10.1 4.2 0.8
2018Away 7.94 2.29 5.2 0 0 1 3.2 9.5 0.0
2017Home 3.56 1.65 30.1 3 0 0 7.7 5.6 1.5
2017Away 4.50 1.38 16.0 0 2 0 5.1 1.7 2.3
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Jake Thompson
Mound Musings: Life, the Universe and Everything
June 21, 2018
Brad Johnson discusses a few random baseball thoughts including trade rumors and the Nationals picking up Royals closer Kelvin Herrera.
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March 29, 2018
Erik Siegrist comes up with 20 predictions for 2018 with Opening Day underway, like Mariners ace James Paxton taking home the American League Cy Young Award.
Mound Musings: NL East Draft Day Targets
February 16, 2018
Mound Musings returns for 2018, and this week, Brad Johnson focuses on Opening Day pitching staffs to help strategize for draft day. High on his list are Thor and the Mets.
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September 26, 2017
Juan Carlos Blanco looks over Tuesday's slate and recommends a Royals mini-stack headlined by new franchise single-season home run king Mike Moustakas.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Season Finale
September 23, 2017
Todd Zola files one last pitcher ranking as the 2017 season enters its final week. Rotations are in flux, making it a difficult week to rank the starters.
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Thompson posted a 3.88 ERA in 46.1 innings, a fine number for a 23-year-old in his sophomore season. His performances did not back up that ERA, however, as he struck out far too few batters (6.8 K/9) while walking far too many (4.3 BB/9). His 5.92 FIP indicates that his ERA was very lucky and could easily have been far higher. Thompson has youth and prospect pedigree on his side, but his performances will have to improve considerably for him to have a successful MLB career. Thompson's Triple-A strikeout numbers (6.9 K/9) were nearly identical to those he posted in the majors, which doesn't give much cause for optimism, though his walk rate was slightly better (3.6 BB/9), suggesting that there's hope for improvement in at least one area. Thompson will be given another opportunity to start for the rebuilding Phillies, but if his underlying numbers don't improve, he could find himself spending most of the season in the minors again.
Thompson got off to a slow start at Triple-A last season with a 4.23 ERA over the first two months. A mechanical adjustment to his delivery helped improve his secondary pitches and led to a 1.21 ERA in June and July. That earned Thompson a promotion to the majors in August when Aaron Nola went on the disabled list. He struggled overall, but turned things around in his final start in August and posted a 3.41 ERA over his last six starts, though he was still having command issues as evidenced by his 19:15 K:BB over his last 34.1 innings. The Phillies shut Thompson down in late September after he reached his innings cap. He works in the low-90s with his fastball and complements that with a changeup, slider and curveball. The lack of strikeouts caps Thompson's upside, and his high walk rate in the majors indicates he still needs some refinement of his arsenal. He will get a chance to compete for a rotation spot this spring.
The Phillies acquired Thompson from the Rangers as part of the deal that sent Cole Hamels to Texas last season. He has the profile of the prototypical right-handed power pitcher, but has yet to see his velocity reach the level that will allow him to reach that lofty ceiling. For now, Thompson works in the low-90s, topping out at 94 mph. He also has a nasty slider and an improving curveball and changeup. Thompson had a 3.74 ERA, a 7.6 K/9 ratio and 2.9 BB/9 ratio combined between Double-A Frisco and Double-A Reading last season. His strikeout rate has continued to decline as he has moved up the ladder, giving him the profile of a mid-rotation starter rather than an ace. He could open next season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley and will likely see time in Philly at some point during the regular season.
Thompson is not an elite pitching prospect, but he was one of the most advanced 20-year-old arms in the minors last season, and is a very good bet to make it in a big league rotation. With a big 6-foot-4, 235 pound frame, Thompson can handle a starter’s workload and then some. He also features a four-pitch mix highlighted by a low-90s fastball and a slider that works as a true putaway pitch. Thompson put up a 3.14 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and a 79:25 K:BB ratio in 83 innings at High-A Lakeland and was rewarded with a promotion to Double-A Erie, where he pitched just 11 innings before getting traded him to Texas in July in the Joakim Soria deal. The big righty finished the season strong, striking out 44 with a 3.28 ERA in 35.2 innings at Double-A Frisco. The Rangers have some serious question marks in the back half of the rotation heading into 2015, and Thompson could be ready to contribute this summer.
With Nick Castellanos set to move up to Detroit on a permanent basis, Thompson will make his case to become the Tigers’ top overall prospect. The 2012 second-round pick saw his first action above rookie ball last season, going 3-3 with a 3.13 ERA and 91:32 K:BB ratio in 83.1 innings with Low-A West Michigan. The big (6-foot-4, 232-pound) righty features a fastball, slider, changeup, and he has been developing a curveball. His fastball usually sits in the low-90s, but good movement and the possibility of added velocity has the heater graded out as a potential plus-pitch once he reaches the majors. Thompson’s slider is already effective with good break, and it could develop into his best pitch, but his changeup and curveball still need work. The Tigers are currently loaded with starting pitching, which has afforded the team patience with Thompson. The 20-year-old should start progressing his way through the Tigers’ system in 2014, but he is not expected to become a legitimate option at the major league level until 2016.
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Finds work in Korea
PFree Agent  
December 13, 2018
Thompson agreed to a one-year, $900,000 deal with the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization on Thursday, Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net reports.
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Outrighted to Triple-A
PMilwaukee Brewers  
September 3, 2018
Thompson was outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday.
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Designated for assignment
PMilwaukee Brewers  
August 31, 2018
Thompson was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Friday.
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Traded to Brewers
PMilwaukee Brewers  
August 14, 2018
Thompson was traded from the Phillies to the Brewers on Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic Philadelphia reports.
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Designated for assignment
PPhiladelphia Phillies  
August 10, 2018
Thompson was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Friday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
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