Texas will give up closer Joakim Soria in the deal. Knebel has tossed 8 2/3 innings in the majors this season, but has mostly pitched in the minors. He has a 1.62 ERA spread over two levels. Thompson is currently in Double-A. He's posted a 3.06 ERA over two levels.
Thompson, who struck out the only two batters he faced in the All-Star Futures Game earlier this month, gave up one run in five innings and struck out five in this outing. The Tigers are on the lookout for bullpen help and could be a match with the Phillies, who have Jonathan Papelbon and Antonio Bastardo on the market.
One day after appearing in the 2014 Futures Game,
Thompson came through in his Futures Game appearance, striking out the only two batters he faced. It was an exclamation point to a first half that saw the prospect go 6-4 with a 3.14 ERA and 79:25 K:BB ratio in 83 innings over 16 starts with high Class A Lakeland.
Thompson, who was selected in the second round of the 2012 draft, made seven starts for the Gulf Coast League (rookie) Tigers last season. He was 1-2 with a 1.91 ERA and 0.85 WHIP in seven starts. He also struck out 31 in 28 1/3 innings. Thompson is considered the Tigers' ninth-best prospect by MLB.com.
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