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Birth Date1-31-1994
Height6' 4"
Weight235 lbs
Age21 years, 6 months, 3 days
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WARP Summary

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YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2012 TGR Rk 7 7 28.3 4.46 107 .157 .217 .300 .304 .233 .206 94 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2013 WMI A 17 16 83.3 3.91 115 .260 .256 .327 .373 .257 .325 101 14.9 1.6 14.9 1.6
2014 LAK A+ 16 16 83.0 3.61 122 .226 .261 .326 .380 .256 .316 99 15.0 1.5 15.0 1.5
2014 ERI AA 2 2 11.0 4.00 113 .249 .250 .319 .373 .253 .286 104 1.6 0.2 1.6 0.2
2014 FRI AA 7 6 35.7 5.35 82 .226 .259 .326 .395 .259 .305 104 2.4 0.3 2.4 0.3
2015 FRI AA 17 17 87.7 4.94 99 .259 .263 .335 .390 .260 .330 112 11.5 1.2 11.5 1.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2012 TGR Rk 1 2 0 7 7 28.3 14 10 31 1 56% .206 4.4 3.2 0.3 9.8 0.85 1.91 1.2 0.1
2013 WMI A 3 3 0 17 16 83.3 79 32 91 4 45% .325 8.5 3.5 0.4 9.8 1.33 3.13 14.9 1.6
2014 FRI AA 3 1 0 7 6 35.7 28 18 44 3 46% .305 7.1 4.5 0.8 11.1 1.29 3.28 2.4 0.3
2014 ERI AA 1 0 0 2 2 11.0 10 4 7 0 40% .286 8.2 3.3 0.0 5.7 1.27 2.45 1.6 0.2
2014 LAK A+ 6 4 0 16 16 83.0 75 25 79 3 44% .316 8.1 2.7 0.3 8.6 1.20 3.14 15.0 1.5
2015 FRI AA 6 6 0 17 17 87.7 94 30 78 7 46% .330 9.7 3.1 0.7 8.0 1.41 4.72 11.5 1.2

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Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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Compensation

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0 y 0 dFrontline Sports2014

Details
  • Acquired by Texas in trade from Detroit 7/22/14 (Soria deal).
  • Drafted by Detroit 2012 (2-91) (Rockwall-Heath HS, Heath, Texas). $0.5318M signing bonus (slot amount).

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BP Articles

Jake Thompson is referenced in the following articles.

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Raw Projection: Ep. 13: Probably for the BestCJ Wittmann2015-08-03
Raw Projection: Ep. 13: Probably for the BestTucker Blair2015-08-03
Raw Projection: Ep. 13: Probably for the BestMauricio Rubio2015-08-03
BP Unfiltered: The 2015 Trade Deadline Transaction Analysis ThreadBaseball Prospectus2015-07-31
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Rangers Go HAMelsMike Gianella2015-07-30
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Rangers Go HAMelsJeff Moore2015-07-30
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Rangers Go HAMelsColin Young2015-07-30
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Rangers Go HAMelsMatthew Trueblood2015-07-30
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Rangers Go HAMelsKate Morrison2015-07-30
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, July 27thJeff Moore2015-07-28
This article requires BP Premium accessBP Top 50: The Best Midseason ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2015-07-06
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Top 50 Fantasy Prospects: Midseason UpdateBret Sayre2015-07-06
This article requires BP Premium accessRubbing Mud: The Cole Hamels DecisionMatthew Trueblood2015-07-02
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: 2015 U25 Rankings: American League WestCraig Goldstein2015-06-24
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: 2015 U25 Rankings: American League WestBen Carsley2015-06-24
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of June 18, 2015Jeff Moore2015-06-19
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: June 8, 2015BP Prospect Staff2015-06-08
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of May 29-31, 2015Brendan Gawlowski2015-06-01
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Tuesday, May 26, 2015Brendan Gawlowski2015-05-27
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 20, 2015Jeff Moore2015-05-21
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of May 8-10, 2015Jeff Moore2015-05-11
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, May 4, 2015Jeff Moore2015-05-05
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of April 17-19, 2015Jeff Moore2015-04-20
Notes from the Field: Texas' Extraordinary Organizational DepthCraig Goldstein2015-04-03
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: A Different Dynasty Top 101 ListBen Carsley2015-03-10
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 175 Starting PitchersBret Sayre2015-02-27
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Top 101 Dynasty League Prospects for 2015: Part 2: 1-50 (plus one)Bret Sayre2015-02-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Starting Pitcher Prospects for 2016Ben Carsley2015-02-24
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Starting Pitcher Prospects for 2016Craig Goldstein2015-02-24
The Top 101 Prospects of 2015: Sliced and DicedMauricio Rubio2015-02-16
The Top 101 Prospects of 2015: Sliced and DicedRob McQuown2015-02-16
2015 Prospects: Top 101 Prospects of 2015Nick J. Faleris2015-02-09
2015 Prospects: Top 101 Prospects of 2015BP Prospect Staff2015-02-09
2015 Prospects: Top 101 Prospects of 2015Chris Mellen2015-02-09
BP Experts Prospect Mock Draft: Rounds 5-7Bret Sayre2015-02-05
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: Texas Rangers Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2015-01-28
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: Texas Rangers Top 10 ProspectsNick J. Faleris2015-01-28
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: Detroit Tigers Top 10 ProspectsChris Mellen2015-01-21
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: Detroit Tigers Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2015-01-21
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Rangers Get DurableMark Anderson2015-01-20
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Rangers Get DurableR.J. Anderson2015-01-20
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Rangers Get DurableJ.P. Breen2015-01-20
Fantasy Team Preview: Texas RangersCraig Goldstein2014-10-27
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: More Top 50 TalkBen Carsley2014-08-20
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: More Top 50 TalkCraig Goldstein2014-08-20
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessCloser Report: Week 20Mauricio Rubio2014-08-11
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: Post-Deadline Prospect ValueBen Carsley2014-08-06
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: Post-Deadline Prospect ValueCraig Goldstein2014-08-06
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: August 1, 2014Daniel Rathman2014-08-01
BP Unfiltered: The 2014 Trade Deadline Transaction Analysis Thread BP Staff2014-07-31
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 23Jeff Moore2014-07-24
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Tigers Bullpen Gets Less SorryR.J. Anderson2014-07-24
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Tigers Bullpen Gets Less SorryJordan Gorosh2014-07-24
This article requires BP Premium access2014 Futures Game Preview: Scouting the U.S. TeamRon Shah2014-07-11
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: Futures Team Meet and Greet: USACraig Goldstein2014-06-25
Eyewitness Accounts: May 7, 2014Jason Parks2014-05-07
Eyewitness Accounts: May 7, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-05-07
This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/28Jason Parks2014-03-28
This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/28Jordan Gorosh2014-03-28
25-and-Under Talent Rankings: Ranking All 30 Teams from Top to BottomJason Parks2014-03-03
25-and-Under Talent Rankings: Ranking All 30 Teams from Top to BottomBP Prospect Staff2014-03-03
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Starting Pitcher ProspectsCraig Goldstein2014-02-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Starting Pitcher ProspectsBen Carsley2014-02-26
This article requires BP Premium accessPerfect Game Presents: Before They Were Pros: AL CentralPatrick Ebert2013-12-03
This article requires BP Premium accessPerfect Game Presents: Before They Were Pros: AL CentralGeorge Bissell2013-12-03
This article requires BP Premium accessPerfect Game Presents: Before They Were Pros: AL CentralTodd Gold2013-12-03
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Detroit Tigers Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2013-12-02
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 15Zach Mortimer2013-08-16
The Great Trade Game: Hunter PencePaul Sporer2013-07-31
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of June 21-23Zach Mortimer2013-06-24
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: June 10, 2013BP Prospect Staff2013-06-10
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, April 8Zach Mortimer2013-04-09
Prospects Will Break Your Heart: 2013 Organizational RankingsJason Parks2013-03-29
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Detroit Tigers Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2013-02-05


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-06-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank Reynaldo Lopez, Jake Thompson, and Grant Holmes in dynasty?
(Grizz from Chi)
Jake Thompson > Grant Holmes > Reynaldo Lopez, imo. (Ben Carsley)
2015-02-26 20:00:00 (link to chat)What pitching prospects ranked 20 and lower will make their big league clubs in 2015? Chi Chi Gonzalez, Jake Thompson, Steven Matz, Aaron Blair, others?
(Karl from San Angelo)
Those first three are good names. Blair has an outside shot. I'd throw Norris, Wisler, and Appel on there as well. (Bret Sayre)
2015-02-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)Jake Thompson has been ranked well by almost every prospect publication, but still seems to fly under the radar with fans. He was labelled as a potential #3 starter in the BP Rangers top 10, but after reading the write ups on him here and other places, he actually seems like one of the few players in the upper minors who could potentially be a TOR starter in the near future. Whats the best case scenario for him?
(username49 from Ohio)
I actually filed a report on Thompson. You can read it here: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_pit.php?reportid=68

In fact, I'm probably half a tick low on his slider. (Jordan Gorosh)
2015-02-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)Which of these Rangers minor league pitchers ends up having the best career? Jake Thompson , Chi Chi Gonzalez , Luis Ortiz or Luke Jackson?Can jackson be a starter or is he ultimately bound for the bullpen?
(Chad from OKC)
Chi Chi slightly ahead of Thompson, gap, Jackson, Ortiz. It's going to come down to command for Jackson, but he's definitely got the stuff to be a starter. It'd be great in short bursts, but they'll give him every chance to start. (Jordan Gorosh)
2015-02-13 19:00:00 (link to chat)Do you prefer Miguel Almonte or Jake Thompson ?
(Mark from Topeka, KS)
Close for me, but I'd take Almonte, in part because Texas is a rough ride for rookie pitchers. (Mike Gianella)
2015-02-12 19:00:00 (link to chat)How good is Jake Thompson?
(dantroy from davis)
Very good. The slider is hard to describe in words that are safe-for-work, the fastball is there, and the other two pitches are coming along. He could get major league outs as a two-pitch reliever right now. I've been impressed with his willingness to mix pitches as a starter, and not just fall back on the fantastic slider to get outs. (Kate Morrison)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)Who threw the best breaking ball you've seen all year?
(Fart Garfunkel from Poopsylvania)
I was sitting on the side for the futures game, but this guy Lucas Giolito has a pretty good one. Hunter Harvey's had big time depth.

Full game observance: Jake Thompson's SL is really nasty. Alex Reyes' flashed 6+. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)In five years, who is the best player: Willy Adames, Derek Hill, Jake Thompson, Robbie Ray, Nick Castellanos?
(Tigersfan from MI)
Hill has the highest ceiling, but I'll go Castellanos. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)I read the splits you showed on Jake Thompson the other day. Dominant against righties with the FB/SL and you say he needs to work on tne change to become effective vs lefties. How would you rate all of his pitches? Whats his ceiling? ETA?
(Zack from Windsor)
He's absolutely destroying RHB, and that's not a surprise, the SL is too good for low minors hitters, and the CB is nothing to sneeze at as well. I actually posted an eye witness scouting report on Thompson here: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=23504

As you can see, I like him quite a bit. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-05-27 11:30:00 (link to chat)Who are some guys that you are higher on than other guys on the BP team? Lower? Also, what region do you do most scouting in?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Higher: Jake Thompson. He's going to burst onto the scene as a potential back end of top 100 prospect this year, if I have anything to say about it. Rougned Odor as well, I think he's one of the top 20 prospects in the game.

Lower: Maikel Franco. I see him as a 1B long term, and his feel for the barrel is only okay. The power potential is nice, but I absolutely detest 1B prospects. Gary Sanchez and Jorge Soler are each guys I'm low on, althoug I think the BP team is, too.

I'm located in Chicago, so I see a lot of MWL games. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-05-27 11:30:00 (link to chat)When do you see Jake Thompson arriving in Detroit? Do you think they keep him in Lakeland all year while monitoring innings or will they move him up post all star break? What is his upside as Ive read some reports of him potentially being able to throw 4 major league average or better offerings.
(Zack from Windsor)
Probably some time in 2016. I published an eye witness scouting report on Thompson, right here in fact: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_pit.php?reportid=68 (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Jake Thompson in highA for DET. Is he someone rising in your eyes? What is the report? I think he's a Texan also.
(Bert from Ticuma)
Here is the (free) scouting report on Jake Thompson: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_pit.php?reportid=68 (Jason Parks)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)It's a Mark Anderson chat, so I just have to ask another Jake Thompson question. I've been reading various reports on the player and two divergent views seem to be out there. One claims the slider is a plus or potentially plus pitch; the other claims it lacks bite, and while he relied on it to get Low-A hitters out he won't be able to use it effectively against major league hitters. Do you have an opinion on which of these is more likely?
(jadelman from Syracuse, NY)
To be quite honest, both are reasonably evaluations. I have seen Thompson's slider in game action as a true plus pitch, and I have also seen it in game action without the same snap. He's very young and very early in his developmental path. Consistency with the slider is one of the big things he has to work on. The raw ingredients are there for him to spin a legitimate plus slider down the line, but it's not there every time he throws it right now. I lean toward him having an above-average slider at his peak and I think you'll see that begin to manifest more frequently in 2014 and 2015. (Mark Anderson)
2013-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jake Thompson had a pretty nice year in 2013 as a 19-year-old in full season ball, but I remember his selection in the amateur draft being considered an overdraft by some. Has the stuff improved at all since he turned pro, or was this more a case of an unusually polished teenager with adequate stuff?
(jdadelman from New York)
There hasn't been a significant change in the raw stuff since signing, but he has tightened the body a bit and improved his stamina. The Tigers put him on a good conditioning program prior to sending him to West Michigan this year and it certainly paid off. The fastball still sits 89-92 throughout his starts, and he will touch 94 at times. The slider was very good this year and was frequently too much for MWL hitters. I didn't hear of much progress with the changeup or command, but I do believe they will come with time. He still looks like a future #3 or #4 starter. (Mark Anderson)
2013-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Jake Thompson can be #3 in the future?
(DETfan from Michigan)
I touched on Thompson earlier in the chat, but if he can make progress with the changeup and refine his command, he could max out as a #3. (Mark Anderson)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2015, Jake Thompson threw 8 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system in 2014, including pitches thrown in . In 2014, he relied primarily on his Slider (85mph) and Sinker (92mph), also mixing in a Curve (78mph), Change (85mph) and Fourseam Fastball (93mph).