Mark Thompson (baseball)

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Mark Thompson
Pitcher
Born: (1971-04-07) April 7, 1971 (age 46)
Russellville, Kentucky
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 26, 1994, for the Colorado Rockies
Last MLB appearance
July 27, 2000, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 18–24
Earned run average 5.74
Strikeouts 198
Teams

Mark Radford Thompson (born April 7, 1971 in Russellville, Kentucky) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. He graduated from Logan County High School in Russellville, Kentucky and he then attended the University of Kentucky.

Standing at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) tall and 205 pounds (one source has him at 213), Thompson was selected by the Colorado Rockies 65th overall in the second round of the 1992 draft. In his first two minor league seasons, he was an effective pitcher, posting a record of 14–6.

He spent less than three seasons in the minors before making his big league debut on July 26, 1994 against the San Diego Padres. He earned the win in that game, but his overall earned run average in his rookie season (which consisted of two games) was 9.00.

He spent most of the rest of his career bouncing between the majors and minors. He spent only one season entirely in the majors-1996, when he posted a 9–11 record with a 5.30 ERA. He was ninth in the league in shutouts that year (with one), but he was also ninth in runs allowed (100) and fourth in hit batsmen (13).

He finished his major league career with an 18–24 record, with a 5.74 ERA. He struck out 198 and walked 161 in 337 innings pitched.[1]

He had a .154 batting average in 104 career at bats, with the highlight of his batting career being the home run he hit off of Kent Bottenfield in a 1997 game. He appeared in one postseason game in his career, pitching a perfect inning for the save in the 1995 National League Division Series. He played his final major league game on July 27, 2000.[2]

He stuck around in the minors until 2003, when he finished his career with the independent Long Island Ducks.[3]

In 2006, he was the pitching coach for the Casper Rockies.[4]

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