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Team W-L L10 STRK
24-14 5-5 W1
20-18 4-6 L2
16-21 5-5 W1
15-22 6-4 L2
11-26 7-3 W2

2022 Pitching

Earned Run Average
Base on Balls (Walk)
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 3 0 1.41 27 10 1.03

Top Keegan Thompson News

  • Cubs' Keegan Thompson: Victorious in second start

    Thompson (3-0) registered the win during Tuesday's 7-0 victory over Pittsburgh, allowing four hits with five strikeouts in five scoreless innings.

    Making his second start of the season, Thompson shut down Pittsburgh's offense in allowing no more than one baserunner in any one inning. After exceeding expectations in a multi-inning role, the 27-year-old has seen that success carry over with a total of two runs allowed on nine hits and two walks with six strikeouts in nine innings as a starter. Thompson and his 1.41 ERA should have the inside track for Sunday's game against Arizona, though Chicago is yet to tab a starter.

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  • Cubs' Keegan Thompson: Confirmed as Tuesday's starter

    Thompson will start Tuesday's game against the Pirates, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Thompson made his first start of the season Wednesday against the Padres, allowing two runs on five hits and a pair of walks while fanning one over four innings. He also threw a season-high 61 pitches, so it will be interesting to see if the Cubs stretch him out past that number in this favorable matchup, as Thompson came up through the minors as a starting pitcher. The 27-year-old righty has a 1.67 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 22:10 K:BB in 27 innings this season.

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  • Cubs' Keegan Thompson: Lasts four frames in start

    Thompson pitched four innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out one in Wednesday's win over the Padres. He did not factor into the decision.

    Thompson was called upon to make his first start of the season Wednesday, surrendering one run in the first inning and then another one on an Eric Hosmer solo homer in the second frame. The 27-year-old has now allowed five runs over his last four appearances after tossing 13.2 scoreless innings to open the season. Thompson will likely return to his typical bullpen role following the start, and he now holds a 1.67 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 22 strikeouts over 27 innings in 2022.

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  • Cubs' Keegan Thompson: Starting Wednesday

    Thompson will draw the start Wednesday against the Padres, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Chicago has elected to give Thompson his first start of the season Wednesday, allowing Drew Smyly to get two more days of rest before he's expected to go Friday against the Diamondbacks. The 27-year-old has appeared in seven games this year out of the bullpen, compiling an impressive 1.17 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with 21 strikeouts in 23 innings. Thompson hasn't worked more than four innings in any appearance this season and is pitching on three days' rest, so even if he fares well in Wednesday's start, he may struggle to work deep enough into the contest to qualify for a win.

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  • Cubs' Keegan Thompson: Allows one run Tuesday

    Thompson allowed one run on four hits across 3.2 innings of relief in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox. He didn't have any walks or strikeouts.

    With Scott Effross making the spot start as Drew Smyly hit the bereavement list before the game, the Cubs needed some length from their bullpen, and Thompson delivered. The righty has turned into a useful long-relief option, as he's pitched at least three innings in each of his last five appearances. For the season, Thompson has an impressive 0.89 ERA across 20.1 innings.

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  • Cubs' Keegan Thompson: Finding niche as multi-inning arm

    Thompson scooped up the win in relief during Monday's 4-2 victory over the Rays after striking out five and allowing one hit and one walk over 3.2 scoreless innings.

    Heading into the season, Thompson looked as though he might serve as the Cubs' No. 5 starter with all of Wade Miley (elbow), Alec Mills (back) and Adbert Alzolay (lat) on the injured list, but manager David Ross may prefer to keep the 27-year-old right-hander in his current role as a multi-inning fireman out of the bullpen. He's been fantastic through three appearances, scooping up two wins and working 9.2 scoreless frames in total while permitting only seven baserunners and striking out 10. Predicting when he might be used could be difficult, however, so Thompson's fantasy value is mostly contained to NL-only or deeper mixed leagues for the time being.

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  • Cubs' Keegan Thompson: Suspension reduced

    Thompson's suspension has been reduced from three to two games, Jordan Bastian of reports.

    Thompson's punishment won't have much of an impact on his availability since he threw 45 pitches in Thursday's series opener in Colorado and will begin serving the suspension Friday. The right-hander has struck out five in six scoreless frames to begin the year, and he'll be eligible to rejoin the Cubs' bullpen for Sunday's game against the Rockies.

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  • Cubs' Keegan Thompson: Appealing suspension

    Thompson elected to appeal his three-game suspension Tuesday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Thompson was handed a three-game ban Monday for intentionally hitting Andrew McCutchen with a pitch Saturday. The appeal means he'll remain available for now, but it's still likely he's forced to miss up to three games sometime soon. If a resolution for his appeal doesn't come before the weekend, Thompson could pick up a start in Colorado on Friday, when the Cubs will require a fifth member of the rotation for the first time this season.

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  • Cubs' Keegan Thompson: Handed three-game ban

    Thompson was hit with a three-game suspension Monday for intentionally throwing at Andrew McCutchen on Saturday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    The incident cleared the benches and resulted in Thompson's ejection. He'll now be ineligible to pitch before Friday's game against the Rockies.

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  • Cubs' Keegan Thompson: Ejected Saturday

    Thompson was ejected from Saturday's game against the Brewers after hitting Andrew McCutchen in the top of the eighth inning, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

    Thompson threw inside on back-to-back pitches, with the second pitch hitting McCutchen. The incident caused the benches to clear, and Thompson was ejected from the game as a result. Prior to his departure, he allowed no hits and a walk while striking out four in 2.2 scoreless relief innings. While the right-hander was in the mix for a rotation spot this spring, he's taken on a bullpen role early in the year. It's not yet clear whether he'll face discipline from the league following Saturday's game.

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  • Cubs' Keegan Thompson: Gets competition for No. 5 spot

    With the Cubs adding Steven Brault (lat) on Wednesday, per Jordan Bastian of, Thompson may see added competition for the No. 5 spot in the rotation.

    Thompson and Justin Steele were identified as the likely candidates to replace Adbert Alzolay (lat) in the rotation to begin the season, but Brault gives the team a veteran option if he's recovered from his own lat strain. Thompson made six starts for the Cubs last season and had some good moments, recording a 3.38 ERA and 55 strikeouts across 53.1 innings. He could stake his claim to the No. 5 role with a strong spring performance.

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  • Cubs' Keegan Thompson: Angling for No. 5 rotation spot

    Manager David Ross said Tuesday that Thompson (shoulder) and Justin Steele will be the primary competitors for the fifth and final spot in the Cubs' Opening Day rotation, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

    Heading into the spring, both Thompson and Steele looked like better bets to open the season in the Triple-A Iowa rotation or in the Cubs' bullpen, but the two will now get the chance to battle for a starting role with the big club after Adbert Alzolay was diagnosed with a lat strain that's expected to keep him out for at least two months. Thompson finished the 2021 season on the injured list with shoulder inflammation, but he appears to be fully healthy for the spring, after he was spotted throwing on the field over the weekend, per Scott Changnon of Marquee Sports Network. Thompson spent much of his time in the majors last season working out of the bullpen, but over the six starts he received, the 27-year-old righty delivered a 5.51 ERA and 3.7 K-BB% in 16.1 innings.

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  • Cubs' Keegan Thompson: Shut down for season

    Thompson has been shut down for the final week of the 2021 season due to shoulder soreness, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

    Thompson was effective enough in Sunday's start, allowing just one run in three innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals. He dealt with a shoulder injury earlier in the year, and the issue apparently flared up Sunday. Manager David Ross didn't sound too concerned about Thompson's current injury, so he should have a relatively normal offseason.

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  • Cubs' Keegan Thompson: Lands on 10-day IL

    Thompson was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation Tuesday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Thompson's placement on the injured list doesn't come as a surprise after manager David Ross said Tuesday that the right-hander will be shut down for the final week of the season. The 26-year-old made 32 appearances (six starts) during his first major-league season in 2021, posting a 3.38 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 53.1 innings.

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  • Cubs' Keegan Thompson: Strikes out seven Sunday

    Thompson allowed one run across three innings and did not factor into the decision Sunday against the Cardinals. He gave up three hits and a walk while striking out seven.

    A Paul Goldschmidt solo home run was the only damage against Thompson, but the Cubs still limited the righty to just 56 pitches even as he set a season high with the seven strikeouts in three innings. He threw only 40 pitches in his previous outing, which was his first start after missing a few weeks due to shoulder inflammation, so the organization is clearly just being cautious with nothing to play for. Thompson is currently slated to start the final game of the season next Sunday against the Cardinals and may see his pitch count inch upward, though he still likely won't work too deep into the contest.

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  • Cubs' Keegan Thompson: Remains in rotation

    Thompson is scheduled to make his next start Sunday against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

    Following a two-and-a-half-week-long absence due to shoulder inflammation, Thompson returned from the injured list last weekend and tossed two innings in a start against the Brewers. The Cubs deliberately capped Thompson at 40 pitches coming off the injury, but he should have a looser restriction Sunday. That being said, the Cubs aren't likely to ask him to work more than 4-to-5 innings, so Thompson could face a tough path to collecting a win.

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  • Cubs' Keegan Thompson: Capped at 40 pitches in return

    Thompson (shoulder) tossed two scoreless innings in a starting role Sunday in the Cubs' 6-4 win over the Brewers. He scattered a hit and two walks and struck out none while taking a no-decision.

    After being reinstated from the 10-day injured list ahead of the series finale in Milwaukee without completing a rehab assignment beforehand, Thompson had his workload restricted in his return. He was lifted after just 40 pitches, with Adrian Sampson (four innings, 55 pitches) piggybacking him in the outing. Thompson likely won't be tasked with handling a traditional starter's workload when his next turn in the rotation comes up this weekend versus St. Louis, so he could be deployed in tandem with Sampson once again.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Cullman, AL
Age: 27
School: Auburn
Bats/Throws: R, R