Thursday, November 11, 2004

Brad Thompson Report

Brad Thompson, RHP, St Louis Cardinals
Drafted 16th Rd, 2002 Draft, Dixie JC, Utah
Bats R/Throws R
22 YO, 6'1", 190 lbs

Thompson had a big breakout this season. It was the first season as a starter, and his first season in the upper minors. Single A to AA is the second biggest step in baseball, trailing only AAA to the Majors, and Thompson passed with flying colors. He posted a 2.36 ERA, 57 strikeouts, 11 walks, and 56 hits allowed in 72 1/3 innings for Tennessee in two stints. He also tossed 2 complete game shutouts for the Smokies. In between, he had a brief callup to AAA Memphis, where he got hammered. In only 14 2/3 innings, he gave up 20 hits and 9 earned runs. Then he got sent back to the Southern League. I don't like the decision. He was getting shelled, but you can't tell much about a pitcher in under 15 innings, and he clearly didn't have anything left to prove in AA. Let him adjust to AAA before you send him back down to sort things out.

Thompson is a sinker/slider pitcher, and will probably rely on his infielders a lot, as is typical of the species. The Cardinals probably will keep him in AAA for most of 2005. If he repeats his numbers from AA, he has a good chance at a september callup and a shot at a 2006 rotation spot.

ETA: Late 2005
4 Stars

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