Thompson pitched the same night as Jeremy Hellickson, who is likely to be traded this month. That indicates Thompson will be brought up to the majors in the coming weeks. He is on a roll, having given up just four earned runs over his last eight starts. Overall, he is 8-5 with a 2.42 ERA and a 77:32 K:BB ratio in 111.2 innings for Lehigh Valley.
Thompson's upper body and lower body weren't aligning in his delivery which caused his secondary pitches to be less sharp. Since making the mechanical adjustment, Thompson has a 0.73 ERA over his last seven starts and has gone at least six innings in each of those appearances. He has also increased his ground ball rate from 29.2 percent in the first two months of the year to 36 percent over the last five weeks. He is likely next in line for an opportunity in the
Thompson allowed one run on five hits over eight innings Thursday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He struck out four and walked two.
Thompson seems to have found his groove of late. He has allowed just one run over his last three starts with a 12:5 K:BB in 21 innings. Thompson is likely next in line for an opportunity with the Phillies when a spot in their rotation opens up. He does not have big-time upside, but should be a solid mid-rotation starter in time if he continues to develop.
This was probably Thompson's best outing of the season thus far. He got 10 of his outs on ground balls. He is now 1-3 with a 4.85 ERA and a 22:10 K:BB in 26 innings. Thompson will likely be in consideration for a promotion to the majors the next time the
Thompson essentially had one good start and one bad start. He allowed just one earned run in his season debut, then was smoked for five runs on six hits in his most recent outing. While his strikeout rate dipped a little last season, Thompson still had a 1.80 ERA in seven starts at Double-A after being traded as part of the Cole Hamels deal.
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