Mostly 90-92, held velo in later innings, hit 95 trying to finish off 8th inning; works down in zone, mostly to arm side, misses are high, gets into trouble when elevating; maintains velo from stretch; gets downhill with release, flashes plus late tail to armside, hard sink with mild run
Quality fade and drop, plays well off fastball; throws consistently for strikes, inconsistent command, will leave it up in the zone
Flatter, sharper break than CB, mild tilt, some sweep; buries to glove-side, uses as out-pitch
11-5 shape with two-plane break, more depth than lateral break; uses to both sides of plate with inconsistent command
Will allow walks, but won't drown in them; throws FB and CH for strikes; struggles with breaking balls, though SL more of a chase pitch
FB use is heavy to armside, misses are up and hittable; SL is heavy to glove-side and used for chasing; CB and CH can be inconsistent
Acquired from Texas in the Cole Hamels trade, Thompson is a stocky right-handed pitcher with four average or better pitches. The fastball sits above-average to plus and can touch 95, but he'll get into trouble when he elevates. Change flashed plus with fade and drop, and is a consistent strike pitch that can generate swing-misses. The curve is an average offering with depth but inconsistent command, while the slider features sharper break than CB and works as his out pitch. Control and command profiles are average, with inconsistencies in the off-speed offerings. Thompson is young for his present level, with the stuff and workhorse build to become a quality mid-rotation option. Low risk bottom-of-rotation contributor.