Philadelphia Phillies fans must wait no longer, as the future is now upon us.
In a move that was anticipated by just about everybody, manager Pete Mackanin announced following today’s extra-innings loss to the San Francisco Giants, that top prospect Jake Thompson will get the call to the major leagues, and make his MLB debut on Saturday against the San Diego Padres. Corey Seidman of CSNPhilly was the first to relay the news via social media.
Jake Thompson will start for Phillies on Saturday in San Diego. MLB debut
— Corey Seidman (@CoreySeidmanCSN) August 4, 2016
This move comes as very little surprise, given that de-facto ace Aaron Nola is currently on the disabled list, likely to miss the remainder of the season, the Phillies had to make a move that in a way, would offset the Nola injury. There was thought that had Jeremy Hellickson been traded, Thompson would’ve gotten the call. It took a few days longer, but Thompson will join the youthful Phillies rotation of Hellickson, Vincent Velasquez, Zach Eflin, and Jerad Eickhoff. The move has not been made official, but is expected to be made official on Saturday.
Thompson, 22, was acquired by the Phillies in last July’s blockbuster for Cole Hamels. As seen in the tweet below, the 22-year-old has been incredible this season for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In 21 starts, Thompson is 11-5 with a 2.50 ERA. The right-hander also sports a cool K:BB ratio of 87:37. Over his last 10 starts, Thompson has been utterly dominant, compiling a 7-0 record with a 1.32 ERA in 68.1 innings of work.
— Marc Farzetta (@MarcFarzetta) August 4, 2016
Currently rated as the 70th-best prospect in baseball according to MLBPipeline, Thompson projects as a top-end starter in the Phillies rotation for years to come. Just how good he will be, well, we’ll see on Saturday.