21-Year-Old Pitcher – Texas Rangers
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
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-foo...
Jake Thompson Contract Information:
Agreed to a rookie contract with the Tigers in June of 2012.
Thompson, 20, has a 2.29 ERA and 26:8 K:BB ratio in 19.2 innings for Double-A Frisco since coming over to the Rangers in the Joakim Soria trade.
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Texas Rangers Roster
MajorsAndrus, Elvis (SS)
AAAAlberto, Hanser (SS)
AAAlfaro, Jorge (C)
A+Brinson, Lewis (OF)
AAkins, Jordan (OF)
RookieBeras, Jairo (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
With Nick Castellanos set to move up to Detroit on a permanent basis, Thompson will make his case to become the Tigersí 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. Thompsonís 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 Tigersí system in 2014, but he is not expected to become a legitimate option at the major league level until 2016.