Aaron Thompson Video Recap

Thompson pitched four innings against Altoona in the 2010 Eastern League playoffs.

On December 23rd, the Pittsburgh Pirates claimed left hander Aaron Thompson off of waivers from the Washington Nationals.  Thompson was a first round pick for the Florida Marlins in 2006.  He was acquired by the Nationals in 2009 in exchange for Nick Johnson.  He has made 68 starts at the AA level over the last three seasons, with a 5.01 ERA in 365 innings, with a 6.2 K/9 and a 3.6 BB/9 ratio.  In 2010 he had a 5.80 ERA in 26 starts at the AA level, with a 6.3 K/9 and a 3.5 BB/9 ratio.

For more about Thompson, and all of the prospects in the farm system, check out the Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect Guide.

I saw Thompson pitch in September against the Altoona Curve in the Eastern League playoffs.  Thompson pitched four innings, allowing three runs on four hits, with three walks and four strikeouts.  Below is video from the game, with Thompson going up against Pirates prospects Chase D’Arnaud, Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer, Matt Hague, and Andrew Lambo, with two plate appearances each.

Furthermore, let me know what you think of the new condensed style for the video recap.  Rather than just uploading the individual at-bats, I cut out all of the down time, and only included the pitches, all in one video.  I’m hoping to get back to uploading video, with at least one recap per week.




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It looks like Thompson is a meat ball hitter. He can pitch inside on righties but hitting the other side of the plate, seems to be a problem. Control issues seems to be the main concern from his 2-0 counts or 2-2 counts here and there. if thre is a pitching coach that can help him find the plate, he may make a decent 4-5 starter? Any reports on the speed of his pitches? I always thought 1 or 2 pitchers that can throw 95+ mphs fast ball can real off balance line-ups and help balance the rotation instead of the 92-94 mph pitchers we have now 1-5 spots. I was just curious anyways….

They Call Me The Whiz

I like it Tim, it’s more manageable this way.

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