Aaron Thompson

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Aaron Thompson
Aaron Thompson 2010.jpg
Thompson with the Washington Nationals
Free agent
Born: (1987-02-28) February 28, 1987 (age 31)
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 24, 2011, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record 1–3
Earned run average 4.94
Strikeouts 24

Aaron M. Thompson (born February 28, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011.

Early life[edit]

Thompson was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He grew up in Beaumont, Texas, and then graduated from Second Baptist High School of Houston in 2005. While there, he went 8-3 with two saves and 0.84 earned run average in 14 games as a senior, with 133 strikeouts and 35 walks in 66 innings. Brother of Will Thompson, professional actor and creator of Free Native, and Luke Milstead, a two-time Texas academic All-State athlete.

Professional career[edit]

Florida Marlins[edit]

He had signed a National Letter of Intent with Texas A&M,[1] but was drafted in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft and joined the Florida Marlins organization.

While with the Marlins; Thompson was selected as organizational Pitcher of the Month, Player of the Week, and he represented his club as a member of the South Atlantic League All-Star Team.

Washington Nationals[edit]

The Washington Nationals acquired him at the 2009 trade deadline for first baseman Nick Johnson. He spent most of his time with the club's AA Harrisburg Senators affiliate as a starter.

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed Thompson off waivers from the Nationals on December 24, 2010.[2]

On August 24, 2011, Thompson made his major league debut for the Pirates at PNC Park. During the game, he pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings, before being relieved in the 2-0 shutout over the Milwaukee Brewers.[3]

Following the 2011 season, Thompson played winter ball for the Toros del Este of the LIDOM.

Minnesota Twins[edit]

Thompson signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins on December 15, 2011. Between 2012 and 2013, he pitched almost exclusively out of the bullpen, totaling 64 appearances. He also played the first half of the 2013 winter ball season with the Aragua Tigres of the LVBP and was named "Setup del Ano" for the league that season.

On August 30, 2014, Thompson was called up and added to the Twins roster. He pitched in seven games as a reliever, getting six strikeouts and posting an ERA of 2.45.

In 2015, he joined the Twins bullpen and pitched primarily in a middle-relief role, contributing largely to the team's first-half success. Upon the return of Ervin Santana from steroid suspension, Thompson was demoted to Triple A Rochester where he finished the season. Over the following winter he would travel to play for the Canberra Cavalry of the Australian Baseball League. He was later was released from the Twins at the end of the following Spring Training on April 11, 2016.

Sugar Land Skeeters[edit]

Aaron Thompson is currently a starting pitcher for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Profession Clubs.

Tomateros De Culiacán[edit]

Thompson pitched for Tomateros de Culiacán in the Mexican Pacific League in 2017.


  1. ^ MLB.com profile
  2. ^ Pirates claim RHP Thompson, signs INF Atkins
  3. ^ Associated Press. "Aaron Thompson, Pirates bullpen combine on shutout of Brewers". ESPN.com. Retrieved 24 August 2011.

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