Written by Matt Wixon
Where are they now: Former Rockwall-Heath star pitcher Jake Thompson
Jake Thompson was an excellent hitter when he was at Rockwall-Heath, but Major League scouts wanted him as a pitcher. The Detroit Tigers wanted him enough that they drafted Thompson in the second round of the 2012 draft.
That was quite a week when Thompson was drafted. It included winning Game 3 against Frisco Wakeland in a regional final to send Rockwall-Heath to the state tournament, graduation, the draft, signing with the Tigers, and then winning his final high school game as starting pitcher in the state semifinals.
Rockwall-Heath went on to win the 4A state title, and Thompson was off to the minor-league system of the Tigers. A little less than two years later, where is he now?
Thompson, who turned 20 just two months ago, is pitching for the Lakeland Flying Tigers in Advanced A ball. He is 2-1 this season with a 1.20 ERA in 30 innings, with 28 strikeouts. The Tigers list him as the No. 4 prospect in their minor-league system.
From the Tigers' web site:
At 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Thompson has the build to be a durable starter, and he also has possesses the stuff to pitch near the front of a rotation. His delivery can get out of sync at times, but that's typical for a young pitcher and he should develop reasonable command down the road.
Thompson pitched last year for the West Michigan Whitecaps (Single A) before getting promoted for this season. That's him pictured on the schedule for the Whitecaps.
- Whitecaps (@wmwhitecaps) March 12, 2014
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