The Pirates claimed Thompson off of waivers from the Nationals.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed left handed pitcher Aaron Thompson off of waivers from the Washington Nationals, according to the team's official Twitter feed. To make room, they designated reliever Wilfredo Ledezma for assignment.
Thompson was a first round pick for the Florida Marlins in 2006. He was acquired by the Nationals in 2009 in exchange for Nick Johnson. Thompson reached the AAA level for the first time in 2010, making one start with one run allowed on five hits in five innings. He has made 68 starts at the AA level over the last three seasons, with a 5.01 ERA in 365 innings, with a 6.2 K/9 and a 3.6 BB/9 ratio. In 2010 he had a 5.80 ERA in 26 starts at the AA level, with a 6.3 K/9 and a 3.5 BB/9 ratio.
The left hander throws a 90-91 MPH fastball, which touches 93. He has a good feel for a four seam fastball, a two seam fastball, a solid-average changeup, and has recently added a cutter. His ...
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