Thompson, 23, made seven starts for short-season Lowell this season, surrendering seven runs (four earned) over 11.1 innings and striking out 11.
Since he had already accumulated 128.2 innings during his senior season with Oregon State before being selected by the Red Sox in the fourth round in the first-year player draft in June, Thompson only tossed a handful of abbreviated outings in his first exposure to professional ball. While it's hard to make many sweeping conclusions about the small sample, the 23-year-old might have pitched well enough in the New York-Penn League to warrant an assignment to a full-season affiliate to begin 2018.
Thompson (3-2) picked up a win Tuesday after allowing one run on four hits over five innings in a 4-1 victory over the Nationals. He struck out five and walked two.
Thompson finishes the year 3-2 with a 3.88 ERA and a 35:22 K:BB in 46.1 innings. His 5.96 FIP indicates he was pretty lucky to finish with an ERA below 4.00 The 23-year-old should get a chance to compete for a rotation spot next spring.
Thompson (3-2) allowed one run on four hits and two walks across five innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Nationals. He struck out five.
Thompson scattered baserunners for the most part, with the only real damage coming in the form of a solo home run by Howie Kendrick in the second inning. He induced five groundball outs, including one timely double-play ball that helped him out of a jam. Thompson has come on of late, going at least five innings while allowing one run or fewer in four of the last five starts to lower his ERA to a solid 3.88. He is not expected to pitch again this year and will look to stake his claim to a spot in the 2018 rotation after a strong finish to the campaign.
Thompson took a no-decision after allowing one run on three hits and three walks in five innings Wednesday against the Dodgers. He struck out three batters.
Thompson turned in another solid performance, and excluding his Sept. 8 five-run blowup against the Nationals, he's allowed just two runs across 16.1 innings (three starts) in September. Thompson has made four starts since rejoining the rotation earlier in the month, compiling a 2.95 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 16:9 K:BB in 21.1 innings over that stretch. Still, he posted a 5.25 ERA in 118.1 innings with Triple-A Lehigh Valley and owns a 5.95 FIP, so he may be a risky play over the final few weeks of the season. He's scheduled to face the Nationals on Tuesday in his next start.
Thompson (2-2) pitched 5.1 scoreless innings with six strikeouts during Thursday's win over Miami.
Interestingly, Thompson has allowed 19 runs over 15 innings through three of his past five starts and surrendered just a single run over 11.1 frames in the other two -- both against Miami. Thompson posted a 5.25 ERA through 22 starts with Triple-A Lehigh Valley and sports a 4.46 mark in the majors, so fantasy expectations should remain in check moving forward. He lines up to make his next start at home against the Dodgers.
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|2013||AFX-West Michigan Whitec||3||3||3.13||17||16||0||0||0||83.1||79||38||29||4||11||32||91|
|2014||AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige||6||4||3.14||16||16||0||0||0||83.0||75||31||29||3||7||25||79|
|2015||AA-Reading Fightin Phil||5||1||1.80||7||7||0||0||0||45.0||33||9||9||3||0||12||34|
|2016||AAA-Lehigh Valley IronPi||11||5||2.50||21||21||0||0||0||129.2||105||44||36||10||6||37||87|
|2017||AAA-Lehigh Valley IronPi||5||14||5.25||22||22||0||0||0||118.1||136||83||69||12||3||47||90|