Kevin Thompson (baseball)
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|Born:September 18, 1979|
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|June 3, 2006 for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 30, 2007 for the Oakland Athletics|
|Runs batted in||9|
Thompson played Little League with the Benbrook youth league and graduated with honors from Western Hills High School, where he played baseball and football. Thompson recently graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with his Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance as of May 2011.
He was a South Atlantic League All-Star selection in 2002 and a Florida State League All-Star in 2003. Injuries plagued his 2004 season, however, he went to the Arizona Fall League and excelled. Hitting .320 with 5 home runs, he was nominated to Arizona Fall League All-Prospects team in 2004.
He won the Yankees' minor league player of the year award for the 2005 season, when he played with the Yankees' Double-A affiliate, the Trenton Thunder and the Triple-A affiliate, the Columbus Clippers. He made his major league debut on June 3, 2006, as a member of the Yankees, getting his first major league hit in the game.
- 2003-SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE ALL-STAR
- 2004-FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE ALL-STAR
- 2005-EASTERN LEAGUE ALL-STAR
- 2005-USA FUTURES GAME PARTICIPANT
- 2006-NEW YORK YANEES MINOR LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENT
On April 8, 2007, he was called up because of Hideki Matsui's injury. He had a two-RBI double in his first at bat of the season against the Twins off of Dennys Reyes. On September 1, the Yankees designated Thompson for assignment, and he was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics on September 7. He was later claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates on October 15.