Cubs call up Keegan Thompson, 2017 3rd-round draft pick

Cubs contact 2017 3rd-round draft choice Keegan Thompson initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

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Prior to Saturday’s video game versus Cincinnati, the Cubs called Thompson from Triple-A Iowa, optioning Kyle Ryan to Iowa in a matching relocation.

The Cubs prepared Thompson, 26, in the 3rd round of the 2017 MLB Draft. The right-hander reached Double-A in 2018, proceeding there in 2019, when an elbow injury sidelined him for much of the season.

Thompson holds a profession 3.46 PERIOD in 35 minors looks (29 starts), consisting of a 3.61 PERIOD in 25 starts in 2018. 

The Cubs included Thompson to the 40-man lineup last November and he opened the group’s eyes this spring training, supervisor David Ross stated Saturday. Ross promoted Thompson’s capability to toss strikes and command the zone, in addition to his “great” secondary pitches.

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“He’s got a starter mix, which is really good for the bullpen, especially using some length [Friday],” Ross stated. “He gives us some length out of there and can go multiple [innings] for us.”

Thompson is ranked as the Cubs’ No. 14 possibility, according to MLB Pipeline.

The Cubs remembered Ryan from Iowa on Friday, when he pitched 2/3 scoreless innings. This is the 2nd time this season they have actually optioned him to the alternate site/Triple-A.

Iowa’s season starts Tuesday.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.