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Jeff Thompson

RHP | TigersDET
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Jeff Thompson
Name: Jeffrey Leo Thompson
Born: Sep 23, 1991 in Greenville, IN
College: Louisville
High School: Louisville
Ht.: 6'6" / Wt.: 245 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 3rd round (94th overall) by the Detroit Tigers in 2013 (signed for $549,400)
An all-state tight end and defensive lineman as an Indiana high schooler, Thompson drew interest from college football programs but opted to pursue baseball at Louisville. He cuts an imposing figure on the mound at 6-foot-6 and 248 pounds, and he's capable of touching 95 mph with his fastball. He had a 28-inning scoreless streak in March and a 9-1, 1.94 record through 13 starts, but scouts wonder how his package will play at the next level. Thompson sits at 90-92 mph with his heater, but it's straight and his long arms enable hitters to see it well. He abuses college hitters by getting them to chase his solid slider out of the zone, and presumably professional hitters will be more discerning. His changeup is a decent third pitch. Thompson throws strikes and gets good angle to the plate, and a team that sees his fastball and slider as true plus offerings could take him in the third round.
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