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Jacob Thompson

RHP | BravesATL
Jacob Thompson
Name: Jacob Floyd Thompson
Born: Nov 19, 1986 in Denton, Texas USA
High School: Tunstall HS, Dry Fork, Va.
College: Virginia
Ht.: 6'6" / Wt.: 235 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
 IPERAWHIPBB/9SO/9
Career322.24.741.533.406.67
Drafted in the 5th round (160th overall) by the Atlanta Braves in 2008 (signed for $190,000)
Thompson built an impressive resume and the reputation as a winner in his first two seasons at Virginia. Compiling double-digit wins in both his freshman and sophomore seasons, he had won 21 of his 32 starts coming into his junior year. He also pitched for Team USA's national college squad last summer, compiling a 1.27 ERA in five starts, and started against Cuba in the gold-medal matchup at the Pan American Games. He entered the season as a projected first-round pick, but a disappointing spring caused his draft stock to plummet. Thompson never showed overwhelming stuff, but when successful he mixed his low-90s fastball, plus slider, average curveball and changeup with superior pitchability and command. Creating steep plane from his 6-foot-6 frame, he pitched down in the zone and had a .198 opponent average his sophomore year. He has struggled with his command this year, though. Due to an inability to consistently get over the rubber and pitch downhill, Thompson's fastball has been left up in the zone and his secondary pitches have been flat. A team that drafts Thompson early will do so on his track record, but if he's drafted on the basis of this year's performance, he may slip past the point of being signable.
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