Jake Thompson got off to a slow start at Triple-A last season with a 4.23 ERA over the first two months. A mechanical adjustment to his delivery helped improve his secondary pitches and led to a 1.21 ERA in June and July. That earned Thompson a promotion to the majors in August when Aaron Nola went on the disabled list. He struggled overall, but turned things around in his final start in August and posted a 3.41 ERA over his last six starts, though he was still having command issues as evidenced by his 19:15 K:BB over his last 34.1 innings. The Phillies shut Thompson down in late September after he reached his innings cap. He works in the low-90s with his fastball and complements that with a changeup, slider and curveball. The lack of strikeouts caps Thompson's upside, and his high walk rate in the majors indicates he still needs some refinement of his arsenal. He will get a chance to compete for a rotation spot this spring.
Thompson tossed seven scoreless innings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday to earn his first win of the season. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter. Thompson allowed 15 runs in his first two starts for Lehigh Valley, but he's allowed just one run over the course of his two most recent appearances. Greg Joyce of The Express-Times reported that Thompson reverted to his old mechanics with an overhead windup in his third start of the season, and that seems to have helped the righty get back on track. He may have fallen behind Nick Pivetta in the pecking order for the next opening in the Phillies' rotation, however.
The Phillies optioned Thompson to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. Thompson missed most of spring training recovering from a wrist sprain. He will open the season in the Lehigh Valley rotation and should see time with the Phillies later this season.
Thompson (wrist) tossed 2.1 scoreless innings in his spring debut Thursday against the Orioles. He struck out two and did not walk a batter. Thompson had been sidelined since camp began due to a wrist sprain. He suffered the injury when he fell during a workout right before reporting to spring training. The right-hander will open the regular season in the rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but should see time with the Phillies later this season.
Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure confirmed Thomson (wrist) is expected to make his spring debut Thursday or Friday, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports. The Phillies have taken things slow with Thompson since he first reported to camp with wrist soreness, but it seems the 23-year-old is ready to make his first Cactus League appearance. He made 10 starts for Philadelphia last season, posting a 5.70 ERA and a 32:28 K:BB across 53.2 innings. Thompson is expected to start the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, barring any major injuries to the starting rotation.
Thompson (wrist) is scheduled to throw live batting practice Tuesday, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Thompson could appear in a spring training game later this week if all goes well in Tuesday's session. He has been sidelined with a sprained right wrist.
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