Zach Thompson Made an Important Change to His Mindset in 2021

ST. PETERSBURG - The Pirates might have gotten Zach Thompson at the right time in his career.

The 28-year-old right-hander was one of three players acquired from the Miami Marlins in last November's Jacob Stallings trade -- with prospects RHP Kyle Nicolas and OF Connor Scott also coming over in the deal.

Thompson made his MLB debut in 2021, putting up a 3.24 ERA in 75 innings of work, eventually moving into the rotation.

There is reason for skepticism with those results. The mixture of a small sample size from an older player making his MLB debut, plus a 4.65 xFIP, indicated that Thompson might not maintain the better ERA. Thompson credits the emergence last year to figuring out who he is as a pitcher.

"A lot of guys, it takes them awhile to figure that out, or they figure it o...

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tedwins

Good article👏👏 Get healthy soon Mr. Thompson👍

emjayinTN

A very informative article and very timely. Going 4.2 IP, 2 ER yesterday in his first start back from the IL against a strong Brewers lineup was what the Pirates were hoping for. After the Friday game, Bryse Wilson and Zach Thompson helped save the pitching staff.

With the depth and quality of youth on the position player side, if the Pirates can cobble together a decent Rotation, there could be a .500 season as early as 2023.

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