Curtis Thigpen

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Curtis Thigpen
Curtis Thigpen Cropped.jpg
Thigpen with the Lansing Lugnuts in 2005
Born: (1983-04-19) April 19, 1983 (age 36)
Dallas, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 6, 2007, for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 2008, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
Batting average.229
Home runs1
Runs batted in12

Curtis Barnard Thigpen (born April 19, 1983) is an American former professional baseball catcher. He played parts of 2 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Amateur career[edit]

Thigpen spent his college career at the University of Texas and won the College World Series in 2002 during which he was named to the All-Tournament Team. In 2003, he played collegiate summer baseball in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.[1] Thigpen was selected by the Blue Jays in the second round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft with the 57th overall pick.

Minor league career[edit]

In 2007, he started the season playing for the Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Major league career[edit]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

He was called up from the minors on June 5, 2007, and made his major league debut on June 6, 2007, at Rogers Centre in Toronto against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, when he went 1-4 playing first base. After the 2007 season, he finished hitting .238 with 0 home runs, 11 RBIs, a .294 on-base percentage and a .287 slugging percentage over 47 games. During the 2008 season, Thigpen saw less playing time with Rod Barajas coming to Toronto. On September 26, 2008, Thigpen hit his first and only home run—in what would turn out to be the final at-bat of his major league career. He finished the season hitting .176 with one home run and one RBI.

On February 4, 2009, Thigpen was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot for newly acquired pitcher Brian Burres.[2] On February 6, Thigpen was sent outright to the Blue Jays' AAA affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s.

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On March 27, 2009 Thigpen was traded to the Oakland Athletics.[3] He was released in 2010.

Post-playing career[edit]

Thigpen and former Longhorns teammate J. B. Cox returned to the Texas Longhorns as volunteer student assistants in 2010.[4] Thigpen then went on to work as a commercial lender at R Bank Texas from September 5, 2012 until January 15, 2014 [5]


  2. ^ "Thigpen likely out". Retrieved 2009-02-05.[dead link]
  3. ^ A's Acquire Catcher Curtis Thigpen from Toronto
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2011-09-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2014-01-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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