|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)|