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Bradley Joseph Thompson (born January 31, 1982) is an American former professional pitcher who played in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals from 2005–2010.

Brad Thompson
Thompson pitching to the Brewers.jpg
Thompson with the St. Louis Cardinals
Pitcher
Born: (1982-01-31) January 31, 1982 (age 37)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 8, 2005, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
June 2, 2010, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record21–21
Earned run average4.46
Strikeouts190
Teams
Career highlights and awards

CareerEdit

Thompson was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 16th round of the 2002 amateur draft out of Dixie State College of Utah. He holds the AA single-season scoreless innings streak.[1] He made his major league debut on May 8, 2005. In his rookie season, he had 40 appearances and a 2.95 ERA in 55 innings pitched. On July 3, 2006 Thompson was sent down to the Cardinals' AAA affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds.

In 2007, Thompson, who had been in and out of the Cardinals' starting rotation, finished with an 8-6 record and a 4.73 ERA to go with 53 strikeouts. In 2008, he pitched 6.2 scoreless innings and picked up the win in his first start. He was then optioned to the Memphis on April 23, 2008, then released on November 4, 2009.

Thompson signed with the Kansas City Royals for the 2010 season, but was released on 3 June when he chose to become a free agent after he was designated for assignment. He then signed with the Houston Astros, but was released in August.[2]

He was injured for the 2011 season and played winter baseball in the Dominican Republic to get ready for the 2012 season.

The Minnesota Twins signed him to a minor league contract on January 19, 2012; he pitched for their AAA affiliate, The Rochester Red Wings.

Thompson currently co-hosts The Fast Lane, a sports radio show in St. Louis, on 101 ESPN with Randy Karraker and Chris Rongey and serves as a color commentator and analyst for Fox Sports Midwest.

Personal lifeEdit

Thompson married his wife, Andrea Kotys Thompson, in 2008. He resides in St. Louis, Missouri. He has a son Dylan and a daughter Lexi.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Smokies pitcher sets new minor league mark for scoreless innings". USA Today. AP. 19 May 2004. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Astros Release Brad Thompson" mlbtraderumors.com 7 August 2010

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