Thigpen with the Lansing Lugnuts in 2005
April 19, 1983 |
|June 6, 2007, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 26, 2008, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Runs batted in||12|
Curtis Barnard Thigpen (born April 19, 1983) is an American former professional baseball catcher. He 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. Thigpen was selected by the Blue Jays in the second round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft with the 57th overall pick, and played parts of 2 seasons with the team.
Minor league career
In 2007, he started the season playing for the Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Major league career
Toronto Blue Jays
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. During the 2008 campaign, Thigpen hit his first home run, and 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. On February 6, Thigpen was sent outright to the Blue Jays' AAA affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s.
Thigpen and former Longhorns teammate J. B. Cox returned to the Texas Longhorns as volunteer student assistants in 2010. Thigpen then went on to work as a commercial lender at R Bank Texas from September 5, 2012 until January 15, 2014