Jake Thompson, the 69th ranked prospect by MLB.com, made his Major League debut for the Philadelphia Phillies in San Diego yesterday. The 22-year-old righty, who had dominated AAA earlier this year (11-5, 2.50 ERA and 1.09 WHIP) was shelled by the Padres, giving up 6 ER and 7 hits in just 4.1 innings pitched.
Thompson, who was sent to the Phillies from the Texas Rangers as part of the Cole Hamels deal last season, was recently scouted by Eric Longenhagen of Fangraphs. Longenhagen noted some control issues and average potential for most of his pitches. “It’s a league-average starter’s profile for me,” Longenhagen noted.
While Thompson may not be the next Roy Halladay, it looks like the Phils may have something here based on his success in AAA and his projection. Every team needs a quality 4th starter.