Jake Thompson Salem Red Sox  |  Pitcher

     
 

Age: 23
Born: September 22, 1994
Florence, OR
Height: 6-1
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 4th round, 2017 (BOS); 34th round, 2013 (CHC)
How Acquired: Draft
College: Oregon State
High School: Central (OR)

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Scouting Scratch (08.14.17)

Physical Description: Listed at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds and has a filled-out frame with a thick lower half. Old for a draftee so doesn’t have much physical projection remaining.

Mechanics: Throws exclusively from the stretch, utilizing a three quarters arm slot. Starts on the first base side of the rubber and has a medium leg kick and short arm action. Hides the ball behind his body until late. Quick arm, usually does a good job keeping his line to the plate.

Fastball: Sits 94-96 mph in short bursts. Have yet to see how he holds his velocity deeper into games. Pitch has average life, but is on the straight side. Pitch only sat 90-92 in Spring Training 2018 working in a starter role in a simulated game.

Slider: 83-86 mph. Two-plane, 10-to-4 break. Showed feel for offering during pro debut. Pitch flashed depth and late bite when he snapped it off. Has bat missing potential at the major league level. Potential plus offering.

Changeup: 83-86 mph. Inconsistent, will flash average-to-better at times and below-average at others. At its best is thrown with deceptive arm speed and late drop and fade. Shown a willingness to throw to both left and right-handed hitters.

Splitter: 81-84 mph. Featured pitch heavily during Spring Training 2018. Unclear if this pitch will be replacing his changeup or as a new offering. Pitch will flash above-average potential with late tumble, but is inconsistent and still a work in progress.

Curveball: 73-77 mph. Lags behind other secondary pitches. Doesn’t consistently snap off and on the loose side. Looks like a potential show-me pitch, best used in sequence to steal a strike in the future.

Career Notes: Missed the majority of his sophomore season with a back injury. Returned to a decent 2016 season before taking a major step forward in 2017.

Summation: Fastball-slider combination could play in a bullpen role, but with the potential his changeup showed during his pro debut, it will be worth developing him as a starter initially. Potential for three at least solid-average offerings if his secondary pitches continue to develop. Due to his age, could be fast-tracked in a bullpen role if necessary.

 
   
  Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
  2014 Oregon State NCAA Coll --- 19 3 2 0.600 4.25 14 6 0 36.0 25 17 17 1 21 23 1.28 1.10 5.75
  2015 Oregon State NCAA Coll --- 20 0 1 0.000 9.95 3 3 0 6.1 12 8 7 0 4 4 2.53 1.00 5.68
  2016 Oregon State NCAA Coll --- 21 3 3 0.500 4.28 14 13 0 61.0 59 36 29 2 28 53 1.43 1.89 7.82
  2017 Oregon State NCAA Coll --- 22 14 0 1.000 1.52 17 17 0 118.1 76 21 20 3 36 113 0.95 3.14 8.59
  2017 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 22 0 3 0.000 3.18 7 7 0 11.1 10 7 4 0 6 11 1.41 1.83 8.74
  2017 Salem Car A+ Bos 23     stats                            
   
  Additional Player Info  
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First Pro Contract:
July 7, 2017 by Justin Horowitz (BOS)
Signing Bonus: $350,000
MiLB Debut: August 3, 2017 (Lowell)
MLFA Eligible: November 2023
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2020
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
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MLB Service Time (through 2017):
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Options Remaining
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Contract (2018): MiLB Contract
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