Thompson allowed an earned run across 2.1 innings of relief in Monday's win over the Padres. He gave up three hits and struck out three.
Thompson came into the contest having not allowed a run through his first 15 innings pitched this season, so he was probably due to let someone cross the plate. But the righty still pitched well and owns a spectacular 0.52 ERA. Thompson has given the Cubs valuable length out of the bullpen, as he's retired four or more batters in six of his 10 appearances. Expect the 26-year-old to stick around as long as he's pitching this well.
Thompson (3-1) earned the win in relief Saturday against the Reds after giving up one hit and striking out one in two-thirds of an inning.
Thompson needed just 11 pitches (eight strikes) to get the job done and close out the sixth inning, and while he allowed an unearned run on a double from Tyler Stephenson, he later retired Max Schrock on a popout and struck out Jonathan India. The right-hander has yet to allow an earned run this season.
Thompson pitched two scoreless innings of relief in Saturday's 9-8 extra-inning loss to the Tigers. He allowed one hit and struck out five.
Thompson allowed an unearned run in his last appearance before Saturday to take his first loss, but he's otherwise been stellar for the Cubs. The righty has a 0.00 ERA across 10.1 innings and has struck out seven. Three of Thompson's five appearances have covered at least two innings, so he's been able to give the team some valuable length out of the bullpen. His current role doesn't really put him on the fantasy radar, but the 26-year-old could earn more high-leverage work if he keeps pitching well.
Thompson (1-1) gave up an unearned run on a hit and two walks in two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday's extra-inning loss to Cleveland.
One of Thompson's walks was of the intentional variety to load the bases. He got Cesar Hernandez to pop up for the second out, but Amed Rosario lined a walkoff single to right. Thompson has yet to to be charged with an earned run in his first 8.1 big-league innings. He's posted a 1.56 WHIP and 2:6 K:BB in four appearances and is likely best suited for low-leverage work as he adjusts to the majors.
Thompson notched his first big-league win after tossing three shutout innings in long relief during Saturday's 3-2 triumph over the Pirates. He scattered two hits and a walk and struck out none in the 37-pitch outing.
After working 3.2 scoreless frames while making his first career start in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Dodgers, Thompson shifted to the bullpen on three days' rest and was able to keep the opposition off the board again. With a pair of off days on tap during the upcoming week and Jake Arrieta (thumb) in line for an abbreviated stay on the 10-day injured list, Thompson will likely continue pitching in long relief until the Cubs elect to send him back to Triple-A Iowa.
Thompson didn't factor into the decision during Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Dodgers. He gave up two hits with two walks and struck out two across 3.2 scoreless innings.
Making the first big-league start of his career, Thompson was in control on the mound despite facing one of the best offenses in the National League. After the doubleheader, the Cubs' upcoming schedule will allow the team to get by with a four-man rotation until at least May 18, so Thompson will most likely be returned to Triple-A Iowa following his start.
The Cubs have recalled Thompson from Triple-A Iowa to start the second game of the Tuesday's doubleheader with the Dodgers, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Thompson will be making his first big-league start in the second half of the twin bill, stepping into the rotation as a replacement for Jake Arrieta, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb abrasion. After the doubleheader, the Cubs' upcoming schedule will allow the team to get by with a four-man rotation until at least May 18, so Thompson will most likely be returned to Iowa following his start. Thompson made his MLB debut over the weekend, covering an inning of relief in Sunday's loss to Cincinnati. With that in mind, he'll likely have a limited pitch count in Tuesday's start.
Thompson was optioned to the Cubs' alternate training site Monday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Thompson spent just two days on the big-league roster, allowing two hits and a walk in a scoreless inning of work in his lone appearance. Joc Pederson (wrist) returned from the injured list in a corresponding move.
Thompson earned his first major-league call-up Saturday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Thompson has yet to pitch above Double-A and has made just three appearances over the last two years due to injury and last year's canceled minor-league season. In 158.2 career minor-league innings, he owns a 3.46 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, striking out 23.4 percent of opposing batters while walking 6.0 percent. Kyle Ryan was optioned in a corresponding move.
The Cubs optioned Thompson to Triple-A Iowa on Monday.
Thompson's demotion leaves the Cubs with 47 players still left in big-league camp as the club looks to pare down its active roster to 26 men ahead of Opening Day. The 26-year-old right-hander will get his first taste of Triple-A in 2021 after he previously made 14 starts for Double-A Tennessee between the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Thompson's contract was purchased by the Cubs on Friday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
He missed most of 2019 with an undisclosed injury but spent this past summer at the Cubs' alternate training site. The 6-foot-1 righty turns 26 in March, so while he has only made one start at Double-A in his career, he could get some run in the majors as a depth bullpen arm now that he is on the 40-man roster.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/15||@ NYM||L 2-3||2.0||1||0||2||3|
|06/11||vs STL||W 8-5||1.0||2||0||0||0|
|06/07||@ SD||L 4-9||2.0||1||2||2||3|
|06/04||@ SF||L 5-8||2.0||2||2||2||5|
|05/31||vs SD||W 7-2||2.1||3||1||0||3|
|05/29||vs CIN||W 10-2||1||0.2||1||0||0||1|
|05/25||@ PIT||W 4-3||1.2||0||0||2||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2018||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||67.2||12||12||0||3||3||0||61||13||49||3.21||0.923|
|2019||ROK-AZL Cubs 1||5.0||2||2||0||0||2||0||5||0||4||7.20||0.800|