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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