Name: Jeff Thompson
Position: Starting Pitcher
Date of Birth: September 23, 1991
Dates Observed: April 11 and May 12 2015
Acquired: Draft, Round 3 2013
Body: (6’6”, 245): Really big guy; every bit as big as the 6’6” 245 he is listed at; not much physical projection left; has the size to be able to pitch a lot of innings.
Delivery/Mechanics: Throws from a more over the top arm slot; moves his arm in a full circle before delivering the pitch; a lot of arm speed which adds some deception to his delivery; can see the ball from fairly early in his delivery; not much effort; starts from the first base side of the rubber.
Fastball: Both outings 87-89 touching 91 with his fastball; pitch lacks movement, but it does occasionally have a little cut action on it; below average command of pitch; pitch is easy for hitters to pick up; hitters consistently make very hard contact; maintains the same velocity in both the windup and stretch; can improve if he adds command and movement; fastball has 4+ velocity currently but due to lack of control and movement it plays down to a 4. Grade: Present 4/Future 4+
Slider: sits in the 80-82 range; good movement; struggled with his control; couldn’t seem to find the strike zone in either of the outings; primary out pitch right now; can develop into a solid major league offering if command/control are improved. Grade: Present 4/ Future 5 (Note: he appeared to be messing around with a curveball that was in the same velocity range, but he rarely ever threw it)
Changeup: Least effective pitch; Sat in the 83-84 range; thrown with the same arm speed, which is good, but the velocity difference between CH and his fastball isn’t enough to keep guys off balanced; little bit of movement; doesn’t look like he could rely on it to get more advanced hitters out; solid, but not great command. Grade: Present 3/Future 3+
Control/Command: Battled some serious control problems early the second start I saw; fastball command looked pretty bad both outings; couldn’t throw his slider for strikes; did show pretty solid change-up command.
Other: Showed a couple of pick-off attempts which looked average for a right-hander.
Summary: Not much to like about Thompson’s game right now; Has some attributes with potential, including his slider and possibly his fastball; aside from physical presence there isn’t really anything that projects him to MLB.
Projection: Considered a prospect after previous looks; realistically looks like an org. guy; ceiling is a middle relief type if command and consistency improve; will probably spend the next couple seasons bouncing around the Single-A levels and Double-A.